Since the local media loves a success story -- hometown boy or girl made good -- readers too often don't learn much about talented folks in their own backyard until said folks ship off to New York or L.A. and then return whence they came for some overdue adulation. The Chicago-born-and-bred comic Hannibal Buress is a perfect example. Until he landed a writing gig at SNL and then on NBC's "30 Rock," he got scant ink. Now he's filling big rooms and getting major plaudits from comedy giants like Louis C.K. and Chris Rock.
The standups of CYSK -- who for years have staged a weekly showcase in town and around the country -- are in the same boat. One or more of them could break big. But wouldn't it be swell to say you saw them early on, during their rise to stardom? Yes. Yes, it would. So check out the CYSK 5th anniversary blowout on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8). It's in the back room of Timothy O'Toole's pub (622 N. Fairbanks in Streeterville) and tickets are only $5 in advance ($10 at the door), which means more money left over for liquid refreshment.
In addition to the group's current roster of comics--Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez--the event will feature sets from CYSK alums Mike Sheehan and Junior Stopka.
More info at www.comediansyoushouldknow.com.
And here's a link to their self-titled album, available on iTunes, if you want to give a listen before heading out.