I’m Hank. Thanks for visiting my site.
The purpose of this website is to help get me out of the hellhole that is a dual career. One pays my bills and the other one pays my soul. My goal is to work in the comedy industry as a writer, performer or writer/performer. I strive to create smart, honest, entertaining comedy and have fun doing it.
I’ve performed stand up at Zanies in Chicago, The Laugh Factory Chicago, Comedy Cafe in Milwaukee, the Comedy Club on State in Madison as well as at numerous showcases in Chicago and surrounding prefectures. I have several quality minutes of jokes at my disposal and frequently think of funny new sentences to say into microphones. I’m happy to perform anywhere as long I can eventually go home. (booking inquiries: HankThompsonComedy@gmail.com)
Here’s a link to the podcast I do called the Winners & Losers Podcast. It’s over 100 episodes of the best and worst comedians Chicago has to offer. Fun, honest conversations about the ups, downs and in-betweens of life. Give it a few episodes and you’ll be hooked. Not ready to commit? try this clip, or this one, or this one. There you go.
I made a short film called Rise. It’s about friendship and pizza and the pain of being left behind. Be careful, it’s 20 minutes, but I’d be thrilled if you took the time to check it out! A lot of people have said, “Yeah, I watched it.” I also direct and produce other video projects, both for myself and others. Head over to the Video section to see some other things I’ve made. Many more are in the works, including a web-series about a wanna-be food celebrity called Food Ease.
When the alphabet soup in my brain gets full and spills over the splatter often ends up on this site. Here’s a piece I wrote about being interviewed on The Today Show. Here’s my response to a pro-heckling Chicago Tribune article. You may also follow me on Twitter (@Hank_Thompson) for the thought diarrhea that erupts at irregular intervals.
I also like to share things I find on the Internet that are funny or interesting. If it wasted my time then it’s worthy of wasting yours. Check back often and let the wasting begin!
-Hank Thompson, know-it-all jerk