Daily Rehearsal: Chris Tucker stops by Chicago

September 16, 2011

1. I'm just going to throw this out here: "Have you ever had to pee so badly you could nearly taste it?" Um...I don't know, Bob. But go see Urinetown at Mayne Stage, I guess?

2. BEER - The Puppet Musical is up at the Drinking and Writing Theatre, and they also have The City That Drinks going on as well. Neither are particularly family-friendly, but one is at 4 and the other is at 7 at Haymarket Pub and Brewery on Saturday, so take your pick. 

3. The Goodman has gotten a nice chunk of change; a cool $10 million to add to their endowment. Of course, they're still $5 million away from the job, which prompted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to say, "This is a no-brainer. Finish it." The money that's been raised so far includes cash from Shawn Donnelley, James Annable and his wife Susan, and Merle Reskin, all of whom donated $1 million. 

4. Chris Tucker will be at the Chicago Theatre tonight at 7:30 (tickets are $55 to $75). He's currently on a stand-up tour around the nation, and it's all part of his master plan to take over the universe.

5. Chicago comedy veteran Jimmy Carrane brings you Improv Nerd at Stage 773 starting this Sunday night. Carrane will interview comedy locals, and then do something interesting -- he'll engage in 20-minute improv scenes with said individual. Afterwards, they'll discuss how they thought the scene went and what their techniques were. It'll end with a Q&A from the audience, but if you miss it all, you're in luck, because he's podcasting it. Carrane doesn't seem to mind comparisons to Mark Maron's WTF, and he's also probably well-suited to break down the improv, given that he's been teaching it for some time now. And, he used to have a show before on WBEZ -- Studio 312.  Former producer Justin Kaufmann says, "The challenge of this show will be how much Jimmy lets his guests talk. I kid, because I can."

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.