This happened last week at the Schubas open mic.
The comic on stage pops up every now and again and tends to say shocking things. More than once his closer has been pulling his penis out. Those of us familiar with the scene tune that stuff out or don’t give a shit. He’s harmless.
But the guy didn’t seem to think so. He’d made annoying drunk comments during a couple prior sets but otherwise wasn’t acting up very much. I assume he and his friends came to Schubas to watch the Blackhawks and came upstairs after the game. At an open mic it’s always nice to have civilians in the audience, drunk, stupid or otherwise. It’s a nice change of pace to look out and see the bored face of a non-comic instead of the bored face of a comic.
I don’t remember what was said that flipped the guy’s switch but all of a sudden he was shouting and moving threateningly to the stage. Bradley Labree — bartender, occasional performer, and all around good guy — jumped into action. That’s when the camera came out.
My favorite part is the voice that says, “I want to post this on the Rosie O’Donnell show!”
Also, notice the comic tries to get back into his joke before the commotion has died down. “So, female…” Push through no matter what, some say.
The guy’s friends seemed cool about it. They weren’t out looking for trouble or anything, but it seemed this wasn’t the first time this dumbass has gotten them thrown out of a place.
Not seen is Junior Stopka approaching the melee rolling his sleeves up. He’s a former amateur boxer and apparently quite a good one. I read that on his Just for Laughs profile. Also, you can tell because sometimes he’ll wear black t-shirts with huge faces of sweaty boxers on it and details about some big fight nobody’s ever heard of. He’s also one of the funniest goddamn comedians in Chicago. It won’t be long before he leaves this town and starts destroying the stages, buildings and police helicopters of other cities.
This reminded me of the time about a year ago when another drunk — an older guy dressed like Sting — had to be tossed on his ass after saying “fuck you” to host Bob Palos for not bumping him up the list.
It’s glorious, this art of ours.