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.
Hey, so last week’s Funny Human of the Week was a cliffhanger in the way that a weekly blog post about individual comedians can be a cliffhanger. I mentioned at the end of last week’s column that Funny Human of Last Week Ian Abramson and I were producing a weirdo conceptual science experiment comedy show called Seven Minutes In Purgatory.
The show challenged some of my favorite Chicago-based comedians to do a set directly into a camera in a soundproof room, depriving them of any and all audience feedback, while their performance is projected on a wall in a nearby room for audience members to enjoy (or heckle or completely ignore).
One of the night’s many highlights came from rising Chicago comedian Tommy McNamara, who offered up a great balance of commentary on the absurdity of the situation itself and just straight up killer bits. Here’s his set from this past weekend’s show, with the audience’s reactions edited in, which gives you a nice feel for what it was like to be a part of that electric ass crowd.
FOLKS! Weird but like that good weird right? I think so!
Let’s get to know Tommy a little bit more with the help of this episode of Funny Talk, an interview show hosted by Chicago comic Andy Boyle!
Like many Funny Humans of Weeks past, Tommy is very good on Twitter. I might go so far as to say he’s one of my favorites! A lot of dumb stuff all collected onto one beautiful account.
Dirty Jobs is a cool show, and also what I used to call Steve at board meetings after wild weekends.
— Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) January 30, 2014
No one was sadder than Lilo at the Salem Stitch Trials — Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) May 5, 2014
UGH, right? SMDH.
You see us in the simplest terms. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a princess, and a basic bitch. — Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) April 22, 2014
The worst person to follow on Spotify is Tim the Tool fan Taylor
— Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) January 22, 2014
Hello, I’m Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt and this is my father, Pop.
— Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) May 17, 2014
Rarely does a day go by that I don’t get real mad at a Tommy Mac tweet.
Drank an icee in a business suit and now I have Bluetooth
— Tommy McNamara (@TommyMcNam) February 2, 2014
Yuck. And also, come on. Totally undeniable.
To close us out, here’s a clip from one of Chicago’s best comedy/storytelling shows, The Blackout Diaries, which gives comedians and civilian non-performers alike the opportunity to share their ridiculous drinking stories. Tommy shares a tale from a very expensive trip to Milwaukee, accompanied by a few choice photos from deep within the drunk zone.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BsVoJhD87g