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By Matt Byrne. Byrne is a freelance writer based in Chicago, IL. He runs The Steamroller, a blog about the alt/not shitty comedy scene.

Hi, it’s me, Matt Byrne. I’m here to write about another funny person whose goofs I like. This week’s jokemaster is Joe McAdam, whose work I have been a fan of since I started going out to comedy shows in Chicago in 2010.

McAdam’s been a part of a lot of my favorite Chicago comedy things, including The Late Live Show and Creative Control, a standup show towards which I am extremely biased because it was put up at saki, the record store where I work, in Chicago’s beautiful Logan Square neighborhood. McAdam moved to Los Angeles last summer, where he continues his work as the co-host/sidekick on the Late Live Show and is rumored to be working on a new record shop-based comedy show.

I’m a pretty big fan of arty graphic novel/comic book things too, so you can imagine my delight when I found out McAdam was collaborating with cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier, whose work you might recognize from the opening credits of the Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show or his wonderfully weird graphic novel work. Paul’s newest project, Forlorn Funnies, is a series of animated shorts featuring monologues from a series of sad sack characters. McAdam makes his first appearance this week, as the inventor of the wildly popular hairy toilet, mid-press conference, explaining the genesis of this formerly innocuous bathroom prank.

I mentioned before that Joe hosted a standup showcase at my place of employment. Here’s a video that perfectly encapsulates the show’s dumb, dumb ethos. It features a guest appearance by Nick Rouley, a Chicago-based comedian who happens to co-host the show that took McAdam’s show’s place (that one’s called Freak Happening and it’s on the last Friday of every month), as Dr. Nicholas Chicken, the brains behind Popeye’s horrifyingly shaped Rip’n Chick’n chicken strips. It perfectly walks the line between smart-dumb and regular dumb. It’s mostly just regular dumb.

So we’ve talked about two things Joe does I like a whole lot: dumb stuff and weird gross stuff. Joe also nails the third thing I like: reaaaal sad stuff. On Emmy night last Fall, McAdam went on a Raymond Carver style tear, channeling the inner monologue of a sad-ass Dad whose dead son tore his marriage apart. This is not typical Funny Human behavior but holy shit, is it gutting.

And it only gets darker from there! Scroll down to September 22nd, 2013 in @JoeMcAdam’s feed (IF YOU DARE) for the very sad finale.

Okay, back to jokes. More specifically the Godzilla Remix Project. Joe is a regular guest on You, Me, Them, Everybody, a podcast hosted by Brightest Young Things’ own Brandon Wetherbee, and this absolutely inspired series of videos was a direct result of a very dumb conversation Brandon and Joe had about the version of Green Day’s “Brain Stew” that was featured on the Godzilla soundtrack, which layered a bunch of poorly timed Godzilla screams over the regular version of the song. This happened to have happened at saki, as well, but that part isn’t important.

McAdam went on to “Godzilla Remix” a bunch of things, plugging in Godzilla shrieks into Catholic masses, “Love Shack,” and other classics. One and a half years later and I still can’t get enough of the Godzilla Remix Project.



Oh man, I’ve gone this far without talking about Joe’s dispatch from the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos, originally aired as a part of the Late Live Show. This is the last thing I’ll show you. It makes the Gathering look like a pretty good time, honestly. We should go this year!

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