WBEZ | literary humor http://www.wbez.org/tags/literary-humor Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Speaking of Chicago lit, Funny Ha-Ha is coming http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/speaking-chicago-lit-funny-ha-ha-coming-106792 <p><p>I really didn&#39;t expect that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/where-are-chicagos-women-writers-right-here-106767">a list of my friends and colleagues</a> would make such a splash but I&#39;m happy it did. Continuing on the theme of Chicago literary flair, I&#39;d like to humbly bring it to your attention that the literary humor reading series I produce and host, Funny Ha-Ha, is right around the corner. Come check out Molly Backes, one of the ladies on yesterday&#39;s list. There are some men performing as well.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FunnyHaHaMay_0.jpg" style="height: 957px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-04/speaking-chicago-lit-funny-ha-ha-coming-106792 Events in the near and far future! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/events-near-and-far-future-104336 <p><p>If you have no plans Wednesday night and want to learn all about the magical world of blogging, I will be chatting with beloved local bloggers <a href="http://www.dmitrysamarov.com/">Dmitry Samarov</a> and <a href="http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/">Ben Tanzer</a> tonight on a panel at Columbia College. I&#39;m psyched to hear what they say because <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Claire-Zulkey-instr334.html">I am teaching a course on blogging in January</a> and think I need to pick up a few insights from the experts. Details are below:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/401762_10151292465844738_272715510_n.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Also! Mark your calendars, because the literary humor reading series I run, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php">Funny Ha-Ha</a>, is returning in 2013! February 22 at the Hideout from 6:30-8 p.m. Details to come!</div></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/events-near-and-far-future-104336 Chicago's new salon culture http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-23/3547401942_f54f39704f_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Regular WBEZ listeners may have heard about <em><a href="http://themoth.org/events" target="_blank">The Moth</a></em><em>: </em>It's not only on the air but has also become a live event where folks get together and share stories on stage, and is hosted by several WBEZ staff members, like Brian Babylon of Vocalo's <em>The Morning AMp</em> and Events Coordinator Don Hall.</p><p>But <em>The Moth</em>'s not the only game in town--there are other, similar events in Chicago that involve not only readings but theater, music and sometimes, the genres are juxtaposed, and have been been called the "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-30/salonatopia-look-salon-renaissance-sweeping-chicago-91203">new salon culture</a>" here at WBEZ. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-10-24/abraham-levitan-funny-ha-ha-talkin-about-good-wet-dumpling-93391">WBEZ blogger and host of <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> Claire Zulkey</a>&nbsp;joined host of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-01-20/dyan-flores-breaks-down-myth-behind-meat-filled-midwest-95678"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> (which <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345">WBEZ also podcasts</a>) Christopher Piatt, as well as Brian Babylon and&nbsp;Robert Valadez, a Pilsen gallery owner, to talk about this resurgence. Below is are some highlights of their thoughts.</p><p><em>On the resurgence of salon culture in Chicago:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> There is a history in Chicago of sort of, you know, pointy-headed intellectual types that are kind of mouthy, getting together in a bar, in an environment where there are readings….It was also very big in the 90s; you know, Laura Links, Milly’s Orchid Show,&nbsp; David Sedaris and writers like that, came out of a reading tradition that was sort of mixed up with some first person reporting, some essays, some stand-up, some slam poetry.</p><p><em>On the importance of humor in these salons:</em></p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> When I started <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>, I wanted to showcase the funnier parts of Chicago literature. Whenever I would go to a reading, there’d be two funny readers and three serious ones, and I’d always think ‘I want more of the funny’, just because I didn’t want reading series' to be so serious.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I prefer, if we’re having a stand-up comedian, I will ask them maybe to do something that’s more like a one-man show or a reading, as opposed to doing like five minutes of stand-up, just because I want them to stretch their definition of what they do a tiny bit. I still want them to do what they do, but it’s not a stand-up show. It’s not Zanies. It’s <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><em>Who attends the salons, and whether it matters where they are:</em></p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> They’re very populist.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I think we always want to get more people in, but it’s also sort of a recurring cast of characters. I’ve borrowed readers from<em> Paper Machete</em>; I know Christopher has seen friends of mine at <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em>.</p><p><strong>Piatt:</strong> Yeah, we poach each other’s talent. There’s like a Greek mythological level of incest among the series around town…you see the same faces at a lot of these events.</p><p><em>Where are salons in Chicago? Are they just on the North Side, with a primarily White audience? Is there a difference depending on location?</em></p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> How to get people out on the South Side is different than the North Side, proximity of the locations, the bars, the South Side is more spread out, so it’s harder to go out.</p><p><strong>Valadez:</strong> What we’re doing in my gallery and studio is we’re providing an open door and an opportunity for people to express themselves in various ways.</p><p><strong>Zulkey:</strong> I’m always open to changing venues if they’re available, but the Hideout is our home and we have a soft spot in our heart there.</p><p><strong>Babylon:</strong> When <em>The Moth</em> actually went outside of Martyrs', and they called me and they said ‘We want to do an event on the South Side’ I was like ‘Uhhh.’ I mean, at first. It was going to be kind of tough, I felt, to get people out. But they moved it to the sort of south loop side, west area, and it’s been a pretty good crowd…So if you build it, as they say in New York City, The Moth folk, that is, they will come.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-23/photo.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px;" title="Through the looking glass -- Christopher Piatt and Claire Zulkey join Tony Sarabia to discuss salon culture."></p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/chicagos-new-salon-culture-95746