It’s a lazy Saturday morning: drinking tea, lounging around in TARDIS pyjama bottoms (courtesy Randi) and trying to empathise with Todd’s baseball doldrums. So it’s a good time to go through my blogging backlog – which will sorta be like finding last month’s copy of Time Out down the back of the sofa with the pages all stuck together, or ‘a list of things which it’s too late to go and see’. Internet gold.
- The last ever performance of long-form comedy improv team 3033 at the iO, with Ellen and Kannan. We actually turned up for the penultimate show, but enjoyed it so much that we stayed for the later one too.
- Another famous iO show, TJ and Dave, with Karol. This is actually something you could still go and see! It’s also a pleasantly subtle and understated take on improv comedy, with carefully-observed characters rather than going surreal and wacky.
- But you can’t go and see Cholesterock: Dark Side of the Spoon, because we were at their closing night too. A shame, because this musical history of rock ‘n’ roll and fast food was perfect for a fun Friday night. Special thanks to Chrissy for our comp tickets, and for making us feel cool when picking up comp tickets.
- We also saw The Martian with Nolan and Siri, in the third of a trilogy of high-quality sci-fi movies which Nolan has enticed me to go see. This one has a simple feel-good premise, but it’s well done and enjoyable to watch.
In addition, I’ve ticked off a few more Chicago landmarks: the smells and tastes from Garrett Popcorn during a day out with Randi’s young cousins, a brief trip to the Art Institute during mentoring, and finally making it down to the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. This last adventure was – weirdly enough – prompted by Alastair Campbell’s book tour, and we spent an evening at the Institute of Politics watching him in conversation with David Axelrod. Both men, it must be admitted, come fresh from Ed Miliband’s complete and unabridged defeat – and the subsequent Corbyn explosion – so it felt an odd moment to talk about Winners. Still, it was good to see him again, and be among the niche type of crowd who can appreciate a good Peter Mandelson impression.
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