The Red Bar Comedy Show | The Red Bar Comedy Club | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through April 18 2013
Phone: 773-598-8361
Price: $10
Given the red carpet outside, the plush booths and candlelit tables within, and the polished video segment that kicks off each show, it's clear Red Bar co-owners Kyle Lane and Mike David (host of the talk-radio program Red Bar Radio) wanted an upscale atmosphere for their weekly stand-up show. But the classy touches don't extend to the club's garden-variety scenester lineup. For better or worse, expect a mixed bag. On the night I visited, Ken Barnard excelled with left-field premises and off-the-cuff quips, while the remaining comics floundered in a pool of flaccid dick jokes. And at just over an hour, the show felt short. But don't dismiss Red Bar yet: between the slick look and reasonable price, you've got a promising stage that may raise the bar for Chicago comics. --Steve Heisler


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