WBEZ | Side Mullet Nation http://www.wbez.org/tags/side-mullet-nation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Cameron Esposito talks about mullets http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-04/daily-rehearsal-cameron-esposito-talks-about-mullets-90129 <p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-04/4697018250_8a348ac1bf.jpg" style="width: 226px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="Cameron Esposito rockin' the mullet (Flickr/TheeErin)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Cameron Esposito <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/cameron-esposito-on-great-mullets-throughout-histo,59773/?utm_medium=RSS&amp;utm_campaign=feeds&amp;utm_source=avclub_rss_daily">talks about mullets</a> all over town</strong></span></span> 'cause she has one and she knows all about them. Esposito's making the rounds becaus her show <em>Side Mullet Nation</em> starts at the <a href="http://www.the-playground.com/">Playground </a>tomorrow night for an extended three week run on Friday nights. <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/chicago-comic-cameron-esposito-founder-of-side-mullet-nation/Content?oid=4372066">She says</a> two of the comics she's included in her line-up,&nbsp;Andrew Halter and Caitlin Bergh, "rock my socks." She also talks about some of her favorite locations to perform, one of which is a little surprising. "I've really enjoyed the challenge of holding a crowd's attention at Steamworks" Esposito said, and yes, she's referring to the Boystown men's bathhouse.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Lots of <em>Funny Girl</em> drama, albeit outside of Chicago</strong></span></span>. The producers <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/153326-Hello-Gorgeous-Lauren-Ambrose-Will-Star-in-Broadway-Bound-Funny-Girl-Revival">announced</a> this week that Lauren Ambrose has been cast as the lead in that particular production, making Lea Michele cry herself to sleep, or into her large <em>Glee </em>paycheck. Ambrose has done more theater in the past few years than usual -- we've <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-14/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-sends-emmy-congrats-martha-plimpton-891">mentioned her turn as Juliet</a> in <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> at Shakespeare in the Park before -- but what about musical theater? Director&nbsp;Bartlett Sher said, "It's important that people not see this casting process as trying to find the next Barbara Streisand. She is one of a kind. Instead, I really needed someone with whom I could explore the original musical and come to terms with Fanny Brice for a new era."</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-04/3095260207_7fac575aca.jpg" style="border-style: none; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec in 'Far North' (Flickr/sodapictures)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Michelle Krusiec&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-01/daily-rehearsal-kevin-bacon-comes-chicago-89916" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">also&nbsp;</a>said goodbye to&nbsp;<em>Chinglish&nbsp;</em></strong></span></span>on Saturday. The actress flew in from Los Angeles, and also managed to get some shopping time in in Wicker Park, and throughly enjoyed herself. It's no Fred Segal, but it'll do. You might remember her most as the competitive eater on&nbsp;<em>Grey's Anatomy</em>&nbsp;whose coach just won't say stop, but Krusiec has been in many films, and more recently returned to the small screen with roles on&nbsp;<em>Community</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>General Hospital</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <em>The New York Times </em>must have picked up on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/hey-audience-sit-down-shut-and-clap-89677">Jonathan Abarbanel</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-26/hey-audience-sit-down-shut-and-clap-89677">'s commentary</a> about how standing ovations are <em>so </em>out, because they have a piece today <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/theater-talkback-is-it-fair-to-jeer/?src=tp">about booing</a> and whether it should make a comeback. "Today, I’m a theater critic with a platform to express myself," says David Fox. "But as a civilian, I’ll admit I contemplated booing."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Want to know what's going on in Canada?</strong></span></span> Chris Jones knows <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ae-0724-stratford-20110722,0,6965064.column">all about the Stratford Shakespeare Fest</a>, including the story on how artistic director Des McAnuff is leaving his post in 2013.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-04/daily-rehearsal-cameron-esposito-talks-about-mullets-90129 Comedian Cameron Esposito brings back the mullet at this year’s Just For Laughs Fest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-08/comedian-cameron-esposito-brings-back-mullet-year%E2%80%99s-just-laughs-fest-875 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-08/jfl11_cameronEsposito_617x367_051620111039.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.justforlaughschicago.com/justforlaughschicago/schedule.jsp" target="_blank">2011 Just for Laughs Chicago</a> comedy fest has some big talent, from Seth Meyers to Whitney Cummings. The event takes place at venues across the city, and features acts from all corners of the comedy world.<br> <br> While the big names are a draw, so too are the hometown talent, like <a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com" target="_blank">Cameron Esposito</a>. It’s her third year at Chicago’s Just for Laughs. On June 15 at the <a href="http://www.the-playground.com/" target="_blank">Playground Theater</a> in Lakeview, she’ll debut her one-hour show: <em><a href="http://justforlaughschicago.com/justforlaughschicago/stories/story/0,,252051,00.html" target="_blank">Side Mullet Nation</a></em>. She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the show, as well as the much-maligned '80s hairstyle.</p><p>The TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival runs June 14 -19.</p></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-08/comedian-cameron-esposito-brings-back-mullet-year%E2%80%99s-just-laughs-fest-875