WBEZ | Christopher Piatt http://www.wbez.org/tags/christopher-piatt Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Think everyone liked 'The Muppets' movie? Christopher Piatt didn't http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-07/think-everyone-liked-muppets-movie-christopher-piatt-didnt-94681 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-07/muppets.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-07/Christopher Piatt web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="Piatt enjoys a real introduction at 'Machete', instead of doing all the introducing himself."></p><p>While the world is dropping loaded praise all over our favorite Muppet friends, there's one reviewer who won't join the brainwashed masses: <em>The Paper Machete</em> host Christopher Piatt. Read an excerpt here, or listen below. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483835-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-12-03-papermachete-christopher-piatt.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><em>It's got a Rotten Tomato meter rating of 98 percent, which means I'm basically the one percent in this country, given a one percent margin of error. It's sort of like being in the top one percent of wage-earners, in that everyone hates you and thinks that you're ruining everything for everyone. Except unlike the top bracket, I'm not insulated by obscene wealth by the hoards of people who believe that I'm the a**hole.</em></p><p><em>So. I will now cope with this social ostracism&nbsp;by reading a curt, scornful essay about how the new muppets movie basically functions as a cruelly apt metaphor for everything else that is wrong with America.</em></p><p>This <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/12/07/1210-line-up/">Saturday at the Horseshoe</a> is one of the last times you can see the Machete in December, before the holiday winds of change sweep us all away. They'll be talking about Blago, obviously, and the line-up includes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.madambarker.com/" target="_blank">Madame Barker’s Cabaret</a>&nbsp;(Molly Brennan&nbsp;and&nbsp;John Fournier); Occupiers Art and Nancy Brennan; Chad the Bird; comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://therealcameronesposito.com/">Cameron Esposito</a>;&nbsp;Kate James and Steve Waltien of The Second City and WBEZ's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey">Claire Zulkey</a>. With music by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myspace.com/babyteethmusic">Baby Teeth</a>.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 pm, it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 17:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-07/think-everyone-liked-muppets-movie-christopher-piatt-didnt-94681 Meet the parents: The Piatts tell you about technology and small town life http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/meet-parents-piatts-tell-you-about-technology-and-small-town-life-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-02/Piatt Family websize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week, we're podcasting a family affair: First, Nancy Piatt&nbsp;mother of&nbsp;<em>Machete&nbsp;</em>host Christopher, talks about how very far far away from anything the Piatt's home in Victoria, Kansas is, but how that might not be such a bad thing.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-02/Piatt Family websize.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="The Piatt family, in their natural habitat"></p><p><em>Well here we are, at the beginning of another holiday season, and people are making reservations and plans to head home for those special celebrations.</em></p><p><em>When our kids come home, it's a bit more challenging than for many of you, because we live five to six hours away from any major airport. Depending on which direction you're coming from, our little town of Victoria, Kansas (population 1200) is located right on I 70, but not close to any metropolitan area.</em></p><p><em>We are a mere pin-dot on the map, but having lived in placees like Denver, Omaha and Cincinatti, I want to tell you why we find the pluses of living in this little place to far outweigh the minuses.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483833-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-11-26-papermachete-nancy-piatt.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div><p>And next, it's her husband,&nbsp;Bob Piatt, father of&nbsp;<em>Machete</em>&nbsp;host Christopher, who gives us a senior citizen's perspective on how technology has changed over his lifetime. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p></div><p><em>Strangely enough, I've been in this bar before. Several years ago, I was here for a fundraiser for a local roller derby team. I don't remember, was it Windy City Rollers? (Christopher answers "Yea" from off-stage). Or Hells Bells maybe? (Good job!) I remember thinking at the time, 'This is a little different than the bake sale or car wash fundraisers we have back home.'&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Since this is my second appearance at the Machete, and for almost a year, as Christopher said, I've been trying to think of a phrase topic to bring to this stage. And I think perhaps I have it.</em></p><p><em>Since I can now qualify for a 69 cent senior citizens discount off the grand-slam at Denny's, I would now feel qualified to discuss a senior citizens perspective on technology.</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483833-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-11-26-papermachete-bob-piatt.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>This Saturday at the Horseshoe, Chicago author&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.2913825/apps/nl/content2.asp?content_id=%7B999926BE-731D-408A-8800-2F8E12FA805A%7D&amp;notoc=1" target="_blank">Stuart Dybek</a>&nbsp;will be reading a Christmas short story, burlesque artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.alisarosenthal.com/plucky.html" target="_blank">Plucky Rosenthal</a>&nbsp;will be performing Hanukkah music from the 19th Century New York Yiddish theater, and Christopher Piatt and Amy Verdon read a radio play by the late<a href="http://www.otrcat.com/arch-oboler-plays-p-1056.html" target="_blank">Arch Oboler</a>. With Maggie Anderson of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thegifttheatre.org/" target="_blank">Gift Theatre</a>; Josh Zagoren and Chad the Bird; comedian Nicky Margolis; comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/about/people/castbio/1363/" target="_blank">Katie Rich</a>; and University of Chicago scholar&nbsp;<a href="http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/about/neil-verma" target="_blank">Neil Verma</a>. And eclectic orchestral pop music from Canasta.</p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Listen to the most recent</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/thepapermachete">here</a>, or download it from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-12-02/meet-parents-piatts-tell-you-about-technology-and-small-town-life-9 Several Machete questions with The Piatts http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-24/several-machete-questions-piatts-94325 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/Piatt Family websize.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Every week <em>The Paper Machete</em> features some of Chicago's best artists, writers and comedians. While this week is no exception, the Machete's audience will also be treated to performances by Bob and Nancy Piatt, parents of show curator and host Christopher Piatt. Visiting Chicago from Victoria, Kansas (population 1200!) for the Thanksgiving holiday, Mr. and Mrs. P will be dropping by the Horseshoe and dropping major knowledge.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-23/Piatt Family websize.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="The Piatt's"></p><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "><p><strong>Christopher: What are you talking about in Saturday's <em>Machete</em>?</strong></p><div>Mrs. Piatt: My topic is small town USA. The idiosyncrasies and charms of living in a very small place.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt: Technology. The idiosyncrasies and charms of trying to stay no more than five generations behind the current technology.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>(Mrs. Piatt, disgusted that Mr. Piatt has mocked her description of her own essay, slaps his arm.)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Christopher: Do you listen to <em>The Paper Machete</em> podcast?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mrs. Piatt: I can't say I listen every week. But I listen when my son doesn't think I need to be protected from the content. Like, when you say, "Dad, mom doesn't need to hear this week's show."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt: The podcast is awesome. It allows me to stay in touch with the cynical side of society.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>Christopher: What comedians make you laugh?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mrs. Piatt: I think Jim Carey's funny. I think Ellen's funny. I've warmed up to Steve Martin, although I never thought I would. Tina Fey. That's enough.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt: How could you beat George Carlin? <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/arts/television/11nye.html">Louis Nye</a>.&nbsp;He was before your time. You'd know him if you saw him. From the Steve Allen Show. "Hi ho, Steve-a-rino." Tom Poston.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Christopher: Tom Poston from&nbsp;<em>Newhart</em>?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt: Yeah. And Bob Newhart.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Christopher: What celebrity guest would you be most impressed with if I booked him/her to perform in the Machete?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Mrs. Piatt: At one point I would have said Oprah, but I'm disillusioned with Oprah. Her TV station isn't what I hoped it would be. So Rachel Maddow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt: Jon Stewart.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Christopher: What heretofore unforgiven incident from my childhood would you officially forgive if I were to book that person?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mrs. Piatt: The time you left Scrappy (the famously terrorizing family Piatt schnauzer) in the house all day instead of letting him outside, and he ate the head off my stuffed goose my crafty friend Mary made, and scattered the chewed up bunting all over the house.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mr. Piatt:&nbsp;The time you practiced forging my signature&nbsp;about 50 times&nbsp;on a late-to-school note from "me," and then left the notebook with all your practice signatures out on the kitchen counter.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Christopher: I know you love visiting Chicago. But are there any things about city life you find ridiculous?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Mr. Piatt: The night I couldn't get a Beefeater martini in a restaurant because they only had organic gin.&nbsp;Also, if the black hole of Calcutta had a shopping mall, it would be Navy Pier.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mrs. Piatt: What people are willing to pay for a cup of coffee. Their (unironic&nbsp;<em>Annie Hall</em>&nbsp;inflection)&nbsp;<em>laddi-dah</em>&nbsp;lattes.&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><em><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a></em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 pm, it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all the most recent issues of&nbsp;<em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-16/paper-machete-radio-magazine-mostly-gay-episode-bill-ayers-94103">here</a>, or download from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</div></p> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-11-24/several-machete-questions-piatts-94325 Save the date for the next Funny Ha-Ha! http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-16/save-date-next-funny-ha-ha-92076 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/FunnyHaHaHosts-lrg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I'm quite proud of the theme of this upcoming show! Hope to see you there!</p><p><br> <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-16/FunnyHaHaHosts-lrg.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 773px; " title=""></p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-09-16/save-date-next-funny-ha-ha-92076 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/10/11: The Passage of Time http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/interviewshow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/tavi interview.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 227px; height: 250px; " title="Tavi, as discussed by Megan Steilstra">Christopher and Ali talk way too much about cats, so skip the beginning of this week's issue if you're not so inclined. First up, Benno Nelson discusses how art hasn't changed as much as you'd think it might have since 9/11. Megan Stielstra celebrates the launch of&nbsp;Tavi Gevinson's <em>Rookie Magazine </em>by diving back to the 90's, to its predecessor <em>Sassy</em>. Sad Brad Smith brings our sad&nbsp;weather report. And there's a word from our sponser O'Reilly's artisan wafers, courtesy of Doug Hurley. Music from Chris Damiano on your way out. And as usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE (and recorded this week by&nbsp;Nick Freed).&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483721-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-10-papermachete-radio-mag.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>This Saturday, we FINALLY have <a href="http://vocalo.org/amp">Brian Babylon</a>, and also Dan Sinker, who's book reminiscing about his time as the <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/MayorEmanuel">Twitter sensation @MayorEmanuel</a>. They'll be joined by <a href="http://ianbelknap.com/">Ian Belknap</a>&nbsp;of the Writer Club; Mel Evans of <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=491&amp;Itemid=166">ComedySportz</a>; &nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/6">Nancy Friedrich</a> and <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/performers/237">Colleen Doyle</a> team up; <a href="http://www.english.northwestern.edu/people/savage.html">Dr. Bill Savage</a>, Northwestern professor and <em>Chicago Tribune</em> contributor; and <a href="http://www.hobojunctionproductions.com/page1/page1.html">Josh Zagore</a>n will be back with his good puppet friend Chad the Bird. They'll be talking about the pregnant Beyonce, Mayor Daley's newly reduced bodyguard posse, and James Franco's all-over-the-place-ness. And music from <a href="http://www.blanefonda.com/">Blane Fonda</a>.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/paper-machete-radio-magazine-91011-passage-time-91994 The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/3/11: The Great Flood http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/2011-09-03 Julia Sweeney photo by Erin Nekervis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-08/julia sweeney.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 294px; " title="Julia Sweeney brings down the house (Photo by Erin Nekervis)"></p><p>When it rains outside the Horseshoe, it rains inside the Horseshoe. But that didn't put a damper on things! We have&nbsp;Julia Sweeney ragging on strollers at the acquarium. Stephanie McCanles comments on reality television and the Emmy season. Bond Benton reports on pro-wrestling. Michael Patrick Thornton with Ed Flynn, a famous LA Storm Trooper, talks politics. Paper Thick Walls wails along with the storm.&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below. And a shoutout to&nbsp;Aadam Jacobs, who recorded the whole thing.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483711-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-03-PaperMacheteRadioMagazine.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Saturday, <em>The Paper Machete</em> takes on America, which is obviously falling apart at the seams. 9/11, the post office, pro-football, and the end of summer will all be discussed. People joining us; Megan Stielstra of <a href="http://2ndstory.com/">Second Story</a>; Benno Nelson from the <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/">New Colony Theatre</a>; writer and editor <a href="http://www.joelcreese.com/">Joel Reese</a>; comedian <a href="http://www.neilarsenty.com/">Neil Arsenty</a>, and <a href="http://www.sadbradsmith.com/">Sad Brad Smith</a>. With music from Chris Damiano. Be sure to be there, as Christopher Piatt will reveal his real talents!</div></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 The Paper Machete Interview: Anderson Lawfer IS Christopher Piatt http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-11/paper-machete-interview-anderson-lawfer-christopher-piatt-90473 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-12/AndyHeadshot1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/AndyHeadshot1.JPG" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 332px; height: 500px; " title="(Photo by John Taflan)">Christopher Piatt is going out of town, so there's a new man in town hosting this week's <em>The Paper Machete</em>: Anderson Lawfer, who you will soon find out, has some complex feelings about his name. Lawfer writes the very funny website <a href="http://reviewsyoucaniews.blogspot.com/">Reviews You Can Iews</a>, where he reviews stuff with Eric Roach. Lawfer is also an actor and hilarious person about town, and he host of&nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/andstuffproductions">The Game Show Show...and Stuff!</a></em></p><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:52 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Hey Andy. Back from errands?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: hey babyface!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>yep.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>i went invisible, ok?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:53 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: I'm only visible for you. So I get the impulse</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:54 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>And it is Andy right? I feel like I want to call you Anderson because it's such a dignified name.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: yeah, i go by anderson for the press stuff, but you cancall me andy</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>it just looks cooler</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:55 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Andy looks cooler than Anderson? Or vice versa?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: versa</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>i like Anderson on paper</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: But Dan in real life. Got it.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: thats right</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:56 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: So tell me all about being a new new Christopher this weekend.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>This is somewhat unprecedented, no?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>As far as I'm aware, he's never not been at The Paper Machete.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Right, this is his first one away.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:57 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>The way I am looking at it is:</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>You remember when you were a little kid and maybe your Mom had to run out for an emergency?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:58 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Maybe somebody was in an accident or...she was gonna bang the mailman and she maybe left you alone with the first neighbor she could find for an hour or so.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Right of course.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Well, I get to be the creepy neighbor.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Ohhhhh.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">4:59 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I was wondering where this analogy was going.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: So, basically, we will play some games, tell a couple stories and try not to die.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:00 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Ooooooo games.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Maybe.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Maybe a balloon animal or two.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:01 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>There WILL however be touching.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>And from what I hear, they have BBQ food there.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:02 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: So you haven't even&nbsp;<i>been</i>&nbsp;to the Horseshoe.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>And I thought we were getting a professional creepy neighbor.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:03 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: I have been there before, but I think it was to actually eat or drink...Never to listen.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Hmmm.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:04 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Don't hmmm me.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Just kidding.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: No, fair.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>That hmm had attitude,</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So tell me a little bit about your previous Machete experiences.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>NOT at the Horseshoe.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:05 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Well, my friend and confidant Eric Roach and I are genuine Chicago Theatre Legends and have a blog called "Eric and Andy's Reviews You Can Iews" where we discuss issues of the day affecting people like us.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:06 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So Piatt has invited us in the past to lament on certain hot-button agenda items, such as The Armageddon Scare and where to buy cheap sandals.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:07 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Well, we have always had a great time, but due to a conflict, Eric is having surgery around his...</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Eric can't be there.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So I am gonna wing it by myself.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:08 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><b>Kate</b>: Oh, well let's just fill in the obvious and say that Eric slipped and fell in some very cheap sandals and is now having Achilles Heel surgery.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Yeah, that sounds good.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:09 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I feel like in the future we should capitalize Cheap Sandals.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I think it's a thing.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Make it a movie</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>They Were the Cheapest of Sandals.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: That movie sounds deeply uninteresting.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:10 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Fine! Be that way.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Usually Christopher/Ali do a lot of the figuring out what people will be talking about</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Will it be tv dinners for us aka recycled materials because you're around?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><b>Anderson</b>: NO WAY!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:11 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Listen to me, woman.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:12 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Yea, that's a good way to get my attention.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: This is going to be the freshest, hottest, wildest Paper Mache show you have ever seen.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Yea around the office here we like to call it The Papier-mâché</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:13 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So maybe you're new-and-improved version of The Paper Machete can be called that.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Yeah!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>The next time I guest host something, I will definitely call it that.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Whatever it is.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:14 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Jeez, I wish Eric was here.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>He's better at talking to broads.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Are you putting a damper on your chatty talk because I am (presumably) female?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: No no. Girls are cool, I guess.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:15 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I am looking at your facebook page right now. You wear a lot of red clothes.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:16 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: I in fact do not, so I can assume you've found my identical twin sister who's a bit of a lush.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Yep. That's her.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:17 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: So what else are you doing this weekend besides burning the Horseshoe down and then covering the whole thing in Papier-mâché?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Well, I have another little show I host called The Game Show Show...and Stuff!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:18 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>It's a live interactive game show, and we have some dates coming up that we are getting ready for.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>So a few rehearsals and meetings and what-nots.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Seriously.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>SERIOUSLY.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:19 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Since you're the irresponsible babysitter, you're supposed to tell me that you're going to a rave for hobbits, not that you're doing more&nbsp;<i>work.</i></span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: OH SNAP!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:20 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Yeah, well,besides those rehearsals you mean? Basically just mugging the elderly and stealing dogs.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Or the other way around.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:21 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Steal the dog first, mug the elderly later.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Right.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: HELLLLL YEAH!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:22 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Well awesome to talk to you and good luck Saturday. Hopefully you'll get better at talking to ladies, as I hear there might be one or two in the show.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: Oh no. Seriously?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:23 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Have a great night!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: And they look like this...</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/woman.jpg" style="width: 306px; height: 400px; " title=""></span></font></div><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr></font></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>(this is the first thing I found when I google imaged woman)</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: ahhha</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:24 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Also lots of Wonder Woman.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: no porn?</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: This is a family friendly site.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>I'm not, but this is.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: It's a slow porn day, anyway.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:25 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>It would mostly just be filler.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Fair.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Have a good night, and thanks for your time.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">5:27 PM&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: thank you.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>hope to meet you in real life one day!</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Kate</span>: Eh, it's overrated.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>Me, not real life.</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span><span style="font-weight: bold; ">Anderson</span>: ok, well ...</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>see you in hell</span></span></font></div><div><font class="Apple-style-span" size="2"><span style="display: block; float: left; color: rgb(136, 136, 136); ">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="display: block; padding-left: 6em; "><span>thanks again!</span></span></font></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p></p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-08-11/paper-machete-interview-anderson-lawfer-christopher-piatt-90473 Introducing: The Paper Machete Radio Magazine http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/introducing-paper-machete-radio-magazine-89106 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/rondireedevanhanover.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-13/rondireedevanhanover.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px; " title="Rondi Reed (Photo by Evan Hanover)"></p><p>This week, we introduce a new podcast as part of our staple of programs and segments. It's called <em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>. It's based off the wildly popular live stage show <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">The Paper Machete</a>, which can be seen in Chicago at the Horseshoe every Saturday afternoon. The live stage show (and podcast) is hosted by Christopher Piatt. Piatt and his merry gang of writers and producers tell us that the Machete is where "journalists, comedians &amp; storytellers discuss current events, pop culture and American manners." Each week, Piatt challenges his creative and talented crew to writing assignments - which they perform live on stage.</p><p>Once the Saturday show is recorded, Christopher and producer Ali Weiss Klingler edit and produce a podcast version for you to download. It's just that simple.</p><p>You can download the first one on iTunes <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345">here</a>, or subscribe via Feedburner.&nbsp;This week's episode dives deep for their "last ever podcast."&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715671/">Rondi Reed</a>, the Tony-award winning actress of<em> August: Osage County</em>, tells us about labor disputes in the theater world, and hits us with a few old-school Steppenwolf stories. Peter Kremedias of <a href="http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/245">iO </a>and <a href="http://www.comedysportzchicago.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=328&amp;Itemid=166">Comedy Sportz</a> talks about Denver and their rash of marijuana dispensaries. And Marcus Gilmer of <a href="http://www.avclub.com/">The A.V. Club</a> discusses his work as an escort...for Planned Parenthood. Finally, we wrap things up with a musical performance by Jessie Fisher and Erik Hellman. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.</p><p>This Saturday's line-up includes new <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">WBEZ blogger Mark Bazer</a>&nbsp;in his Machete debute, as well as <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2010/11/02/bulls-on-boobs-jordan-pippen-review-breast-cancer-awareness-month/">The History Girls</a>, <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/04/01/ken-barnard-on-the-kiev-zoo-or-a-few-good-giraffes/">Ken Barnard</a> of Impress These Apes, <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2010/09/14/coya-paz-on-boycotting-target/">Coya Paz</a> and <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2011/06/23/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine-issue-date-61111-podcast/">Ricky Gamboa</a>&nbsp;of Barrel of Monkeys,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.secondcity.com/about/people/castbio/1363/">Katie Rich</a>&nbsp;as Patti Benassi of The Second City,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tangelopie.com/">Tim Sniffen</a> also of The Second City,<strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&nbsp;</strong>Aemilia Scott,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Brendan Dowling of <a href="http://www.improvisedshakespeare.com/">Improvised Shakespeare</a>.&nbsp;Also music by Will Phalen! Hear them cover the Bachmanns, Chicago's new tourism motto, the debt ceiling and much more.&nbsp;</p><p>And check back in weekly to get lineups and extra interviews and features about the Machete ensemble.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/introducing-paper-machete-radio-magazine-89106 Mayoral jokes: The candidates share their best http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Chico laugh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">With the polls set to open just hours from now, we felt the need for a bit of fun after so much exhaustion. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong: we love policy papers, press conferences and stump speeches as much as the next Chicago media outlet. But every now and then, we want to laugh.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="350" height="217" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-17/Chico laugh.jpg" alt="Gery Chico laughing following a debate on WGN-TV in late January." title="(Getty/File)" /></p><p>So we asked each of the six candidates for Chicago mayor to tell us their favorite joke. They all agreed, though we&rsquo;re not sure these are their favorites. (They all seem a bit too clean.)</p><p>We played these jokes this weekend at the <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Paper Machete</a>, a live variety show in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. (Click &quot;Listen to this Story&quot; above to hear the live version, with an introduction by host Christopher Piatt. Producer Tim Mata recorded the show.) But here are the jokes themselves, in alphabetical order by candidate. Pick your favorites. And when you&rsquo;re criticizing their comedic timing, keep this in mind: at least they don&rsquo;t take themselves so seriously that they can&rsquo;t stop for a moment and tell a joke.<br /><br /><strong>Gery Chico goes with a Packers joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88467" href="/sites/default/files/CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3">CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Miguel del Valle goes for the jugular.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88468" href="/sites/default/files/DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3">DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Rahm Emanuel picks a short one.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88469" href="/sites/default/files/EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3">EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Carol Moseley Braun, organic entrepreneur that she is, tells a food joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88470" href="/sites/default/files/MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3">MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins tells the grossest joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88471" href="/sites/default/files/VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3">VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls goes political.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88472" href="/sites/default/files/WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3">WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3</span></p><p>We tried to get Mayor Richard Daley, our resident expert on mayoral humor, to weigh in on the candidates&rsquo; jokes. His office did not respond. So instead we turn to another former mayor (for a week, at least), David Orr.</p><p><strong>Cook County clerk makes no clear endorsement in mayoral joke-off.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88584" href="/sites/default/files/ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3">ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3</span></p><p>And there you have it. Along with issue positions, debate performances, newspaper endorsements and TV commercials to consider when you cast your ballot, you now also have some attempts at humor.</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486