Since co-founding it in 2008, Chicago-based stand-up comic and podcaster Drew Michael has performed with Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O'Toole's Pub on N. Fairbanks in Streeterville. The six-man group's self-titled 2011 release topped the charts on iTunes, and now Michael is recording an album of his own, "Lovely," May 16 - 18. All shows are open to the public.
"I've always planned on having material 'culminate' into an album," he says. "The album is the artifact, more or less. It's a somewhat 'official' stamping of the work. It just feels like it's time now. So, there is that element. My material is somewhat dark and provocative, so the DIY capabilities we have allow me to create something like this without having to go through all the suited checkpoints of yore. That said, the distribution is also DIY, so in that sense, we're hoping to improve upon the success of the 'Comedians You Should Know' album.
"It is also something I'm hoping to distribute to fans and industry alike to help get my name out there. It's by no means an attempt to get famous, but there is always a market for comedy albums. People are listening to all sorts of podcasts, watching hours of television shows; this is my way of trying to get my voice, my ideas, my perspective through the doorway."
Drew Michael: Lovely
Live at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Thursday May 16 and Friday May 17 at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 p.m.
Tickets $10 (advance purchase recommended)
21 and over
Warning: strong language