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Dave Leonard, NBC Chicago Street Team
This past weekend I was treated to a fun and engaging comedic experience from seven of the funniest and most talented ladies I’ve ever seen…The Elite Delta Force 3.  This all-female sketch comedy troupe have been selling out shows in the Los Angeles area and after checking them out in one of two shows at the Harold Washington Cultural Center (located at 4701 S. King Drive) on Saturday, I can see why.

The Elite Delta Force 3 is comprised of native Chicagoans Nefetari Spencer, Robin Thede, and Leshay Tomlinson-Boyce in addition to Angela Yarbrough, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Nika Williams, and rotating cast member Indira Gibson.  These dynamic women who wrote, produced, and of course appear in these hilarious sketches have resumes that are comparable to seasoned comedy veterans and their “no holds barred” impressions take on everything from politics to pop culture.  Their mission is to “save the world…one sketch at a time”. Two words…mission accomplished!


The ladies of Elite Delta Force 3

The show opens with a comical video intro reminiscent of cheesy ‘70s & ‘80s action serials like the “A-Team” meets “Charlie’s Angels”, showcasing each of the ladies as gun-toting, wall-climbing, karate kicking, Bond-esque divas.  From there, the live sketches kick-off with a musical number that parodies the popular “Dreamgirls” anthem “One Night Only” and puts an unflinching racist spin on it.  The ladies do quick wardrobe changes as they go from sketch to sketch and get a brief respite in between, while the audience is treated to their natural comedic talent in short pre-taped “behind-the-scenes” video vignettes where the EDF3 troupe spar off with one another in their writing sessions and rehearsals. 

In one of the funnier sketches, the ladies take on MTVs “America’s Best Dance Crew” where Thede and Gamby-Turner do dead-on impressions of judges Lil’ Mama and Shane Sparks.  Other highlights include the farcical “blind date” sketch, the “new girl at Hooters” piece, and my personal favorite, “Bear Stearns Meets Breakin’” where EDF3 even makes light of the economy.  I won’t give away the ending, but the ladies do not disappoint with a sexy tribute to one of America’s iconic heroines.

If you’re looking for side-splitting, adult humor, these seven talented beauties definitely deliver.  Chicago is the first of many cities where Elite Delta Force 3 will be touring.  Do yourself a favor and check them out now.  To find out what other cities they’ll be invading and to get more updates, check out their website at www.elitedeltaforce3.com

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC Chicago Street Team

The examples are endless: “Me? A snob? As in possessing a discerning palate that differentiates me from the rest of the riff-raff? Never.” Or how about “Governor Blago? “Love the guy. Upright, humble, simple, altruistic, wish he’d never left the political arena.” And of course, “Winter in Chicago? A total breeze, you barely notice it. Your cuteness will not be compromised, your skin will not turn green, and your favorite pair of boots will not be !@#$# ruined.” We’re just sayin’.

The theme, of course, is sarcasm, and only in Chicago will you find an exceptionally talented group of comedians dedicated to spreading awareness of the twisted humor’s appeal.

Click here to read the rest of this post on NBCChicago.com.

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

So Sarah invites Staci and me to go with her, and some friends, to Zanies, for a showcase. It was my first time at the Chicago laugh stop and we had a great time! Those guys and gals on stage should get big props for getting out of their comfort zone in pursuit of their dream.

Stand-up is hard. Trust me. I’ve tried it.

So we go to the packed show and then we skipped on down to Fireplace Inn where I enjoyed some great food, a cold beer and a fun chat with K-von. He’s fun and funny!

PS: Kvon just likes to go by Kvon. You know, no last name. Which is fine by me. (Although, I DO get him to spill it in the video.)

For more funny videos, check out JenChicago.com!
Find me on Facebook! (Search: JenChicago)

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
It was an event that captured the attention of the entire country. An image that many thought was the Virgin Mary — and other, a salt stain — appeared under the Fullerton Avenue overpass, prompting hundreds of people to visit the shrine for days on end.

The event provides the inspiration for Teatro Vista’s latest production, Our Lady of the Underpass. The play is currently on-stage at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse through March 29.

The play, written by Tanya Saracho, is a story about men and women from all walks of life who are brought together through the real-life event.
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Dave Leonard, NBC5 Street Team, (Video)
If you missed last week’s Foreign Exchange show at the Double Door, get familiar! The Hip-Hop Soul collective performed to a packed house for the first time ever in Chicago. Foreign Exchange is comprised of rapper Phonte (of the critically-acclaimed rap group Little

Photo by Stacy Patrice

Photo by Stacy Patrice

Brother), vocalists Darien Brockington and Yahzarah, Dutch producer Nicolay, and various band members including Detroit’s own Zo!. As a group they have released two incredible albums, 2004’s “Connected” and the more recent 2008 release, “Leave It All Behind”. They kept the sardine packed Double Door moving and grooving to tracks from both albums while Phonte kept the comedic banter going in between songs. Each artist showcased their signature songs, Phonte skillfully going back and forth from rhyming to singing, on tracks like “Sincere” (featuring Yahzarah), the soulful “baby-maker” ‘Come Around’ (featuring Darien Brockington), and Nicolay’s “Nic’s Groove”. If the Foreign Exchange didn’t provide enough entertainment, the crowd definitely got it’s $27.00’s worth by the warm-up DJ, DJ Kwest_On? of Swank Society Radio. Kwest had the crowd exhausted after taking us on a musical odyssey of hip-hop and old school classics that drew cheer after cheer. There was a great word of mouth campaign on this one and FE’s true fans were definitely in the house!

Looking for some fun events THIS weekend??? Check out 4 time Grammy nominated, remixer/producer Steve “Silk” Hurley spinning at the “Purple Party” this Saturday night (February 7th) at the Omni Hotel (located at 676 North Michigan Avenue).  This will definitely be one for the “grown and sexy” backed by soulful House music.  The party is presented by S&S Records

and Real Men Love.


Last but not least, set the Tivo for the Grammy’s and the Pro Bowl this Sunday, February 8th and come and check out R&B’s Best Kept secret, Syleena Johnson as she performs and meets and greets for her “Chapter 4: Labor Pains” Album Release party at RedNoFive (located at 440 N. syleena_cover_fin_sm1Halsted).  The doors open at 7pm and showtime is at 9pm.  The host for the evening is comedian Lil Rel.   If you haven’t already, pick up Syleena’s new album in stores or on iTunes and be sure to check her out in a special performance on the Maury Povich show Thursday, February 12th (check your local listings).

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Ashley Lobo, NBC Chicago Street Team

Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and New Trier Brotally buddy Alex Beh present their pair of fun flicks tonight! Not only can you meet two famous Chicago boys, but you can support a charitable cause. “The Laundry” is executive produced by Trohman and written/directed/performed by Beh. Some familiar faces are: Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Colleen Camp (Clue, Election) and Joe Nunez (Seven Pounds, Superbad). The evening will also feature Beh’s awarding winning film, “Sugar.” In between the big party you can catch the cool sounds of DJ Matt Roan, Yuir Lane and Andy Davis. All of the cash raised will benefit; Falling Whistles, a new non-profit for child soldiers in DR Congo.

February 5 : 9 p.m.
No cover (Suggested $10 donation)

Angels & Kings
Neighborhood: River North
710 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL

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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

In these tough economic times, it seems like everyone is in need of a good entertaining laugh.

At Zanies Comedy Club, you can get your laugh-on with locally and nationally performing comedians for a relatively inexpensive price. Zanies has a location in Chicago and two in the suburbs of St. Charles and Vernon Hills.

Brian PosehnPerforming soon at Zanies are comedians Norm MacDonald, Greg Proops, Rob Riggle, Steve Burton from”General Hospital” and more.

I attended metal-head enthusiast Brian Posehn‘s show in Vernon Hills on Saturday.

Posehn is known for his role on “The Sarah Silverman Program” and has been seen all over Comedy Central and HBO.

Posehn often reflects his love for metal music in his shows as he is a big supporter of bands like Anthrax, Iron Maiden, etc.

Opening for Posehn was comedian Tony Camin who has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.

Posehn gave a special thanks to the audience for coming out to see his show in wake of the poor economy. As a supporter of President Obama, Posehn is looking forward to the change that is coming with the new presidency. Posehn is experiencing change in his life as well. He recently bough a new home in Los Angeles and he and his wife are expecting their first child together.

Brian Posehn and Janelle RominskiHis show was very entertaining. It wasn’t about telling joke after different joke. It was more about telling his life’s stories in the most crazy, insane, ridiculous kinds of ways. After all, I believe comedy is about being able to laugh at yourself with others.

Want more Rominski reads? Read more right HERE!

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