BUGHOUSE! #8 | 5.7.18
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE! #8 | 5.7.18

Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry. Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions. BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

AMERICA: Nation of Victims or Heroes?
REVOLUTION: Fix It or Burn It Down?
CLOWNS: Delightful or Horrifying?

These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For May 7th the lineup will be:

Joe Janes
Don Hall
Lindsay Williams
Elizabeth S. Tieri
Rory Zacher
John Capaul

Drinking and Writing Theatre @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph

Tickets are $10.00 at the door

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BUGHOUSE! #6 | 3.5.18
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE! #6 | 3.5.18

Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry. Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions. BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

Cultural Appropriation: Compliment or Insult?
Procreation: Does the World Need More Babies?
Corporate Culture: 
Do I Really Need More Flair?

These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For March 5th the lineup will be:

Susan Harmaan
Holly Beaudry
J. W. Basilo
Don Hall
Emily Mason
Polly Yukevich

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BUGHOUSE! #5 | 2.12.18
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE! #5 | 2.12.18

Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry. Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions. BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

VALENTINE’S DAY: Cupid’s Arrow or Hallmark’s PayPal?
Who Got It Right: Orwell or Huxley?
Is Satire Dead in the Age of Trump?

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 1.24.18
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 1.24.18

Incredibly funny folx play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for January 24th are:
Sonal Aggarwal
Adam Burke
Ben Noble
and Don Hall as The Dealer

$10.00 at the door.

For a taste, go to http://www.literateape.com/sfs and check out the podcast of the live show!

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Literate ApeCast LIVE!
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Literate ApeCast LIVE!

Join David and Don as they record their Literate Ape podcast live from Gman Tavern in the heart of Rickettsville. In addition to the standard yammering by the two co-editors of Literate Ape about whatever is happening in the world, the guys will be joined by special guests and do some audience participation.

Best yet is that it's FREE. Just bring some cash for beer and it's a great Tuesday night out!

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BUGHOUSE! 1.8.18
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE! 1.8.18

Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry. Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions. BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

"Call Out Culture: Instructive or Destructive?"
"Gentrification: Boon or Bane?"
Michael Bay: Hack or Genius?"


These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For January 8th the lineup will be:

David Barish
Joe Janes
Don Hall
Risa McDonnell
Brian Sweeney
David Himmel


Drinking and Writing Theatre @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph

Tickets are $10.00 at the door

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 12.21.17
Dec
21
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 12.21.17

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for December 21st are:
Sonal Aggarwal
Chris Trani
Brian Sweeney
Carly Ballerini

and David Himmel as The Dealer

$10.00 at the door.

For a taste, go to http://www.literateape.com/sfs and check out the podcast of the live show!

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Identity Flip - Christmas vs Hanukkah
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Identity Flip - Christmas vs Hanukkah

The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join storytellers Donyae Lewis, David Himmel, Brett Dworski, Phyllis Porsche, Don Hall and another as they flip stories of celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.

Doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets gets you admission and a beer.

Tickets:

$10.00 at the door

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BUGHOUSE! 12.4.17
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE! 12.4.17

Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry. Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions. BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

“Gun Control: All or Nothing?"
“Toxic Masculinity: Nature or Nurture?"
“Do These Pants Make My Ass Look Fat?”

These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For December 4th, the lineup will be:

Adrienne Brown
David Himmel
Chris Churchill
Dana Jerman
Andrew Rios
Don Hall

Drinking and Writing Theatre @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph
Tickets are $10.00

EVENTBRITE TICKETS HERE

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard
Nov
30
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for November 30th are:

Bee Kapri
Zach Bartz
Jill Hopkins
Adam Burke
and Don Hall as The Dealer

Tickets are $10.00 online or at the door.

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BUGHOUSE!
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE!

Chicago’s Washington Square Park, where orators (“soapboxers”) held forth on warm-weather evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s.  In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, poets, religionists, and cranks addressed the crowds, but the mainstays were soapboxers from the revolutionary left.

In today’s almost absurd partisanship and polarization, Chicago is the place to reintroduce the concept of a true dialectic in opposing views.  Keeping in the fashion of today’s scene, the Live Lit version of this soapboxing only seems appropriate and holding forth in the pub & brewery named for the legendary Haymarket district fitting.

Thus, Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry.  Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions.  BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

“Is Facebook Good or Evil?”
“Should the nation’s police force be abolished?”
“Is Ben Affleck a better Batman than Michael Keaton?”

These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For November 6th, the lineup will be:

Dave Goss
Erika Napoletano
Don Hall
Kirk Kicklighter
Emily Belden
Mike Vinopal

First Mondays at 7:00pm

Drinking and Writing Theatre @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph
Tickets are $10.00
www.literateape.com/events

Eventbrite tickets HERE.

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard | 10.26
Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard | 10.26

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for October 26th are:

Tim Sheridan
Ericka Dee
Brian Sweeney
Johnny Moran
and David Himmel as The Dealer

"When all the ingredients add up properly, Sickest becomes a startlingly candid round robin of inventive filth, with obscenities and esoteric sexual jargon (e.g., donkey punch, Cleveland steamer) spurting back and forth across the stage. But it offers more than mere scatology. Anecdotes can range from awww-inspiring (a kitten playfully bats at someone’s scrotum) to nauseating (a man jumps into a river and lands inside a barely submerged and considerably softened cow corpse); from friend-of-a-friend tales to chilling confessions.” — Time Out New York

Tickets are $8.00 ONLINE / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Identity Flip: Jocks & Nerds
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Identity Flip: Jocks & Nerds

The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join storytellers Fe Hackett, Dana Jerman, Jessica Fujan, Lauren Huffman, Risa McDonnell, and Lauren Leeber as they swap stories of jockness or nerdiness as a point of identity.

Doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets gets you admission and a beer.

Tickets:

$8.00 ONLINE
$10.00 at the door

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The Sickest Fucking Podcast at CPF
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

The Sickest Fucking Podcast at CPF

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for this live recording are:

Don Hall (Dealer)
David Himmel
Joe Janes
Allie LeFevere
Shannon Noll

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

https://chicagoimprovproductions.ticketspice.com/the-trusty-sidekick-the-sickest-fucking-podcast-chicago-podcast-festival

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BUGHOUSE!
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

BUGHOUSE!

Chicago’s Washington Square Park, where orators (“soapboxers”) held forth on warm-weather evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s.  In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, poets, religionists, and cranks addressed the crowds, but the mainstays were soapboxers from the revolutionary left.

In today’s almost absurd partisanship and polarization, Chicago is the place to reintroduce the concept of a true dialectic in opposing views.  Keeping in the fashion of today’s scene, the Live Lit version of this soapboxing only seems appropriate and holding forth in the pub & brewery named for the legendary Haymarket district fitting.

Thus, Literate Ape presents BUGHOUSE!, a 75-minute show designed to interrogate concepts, proselytize truth, and dissect popular thought through a lens of skeptical artistry.  Three bouts, six warriors, three decisions.  BUGHOUSE! aims to definitively answer the most (and least) important questions of the day.

“Is Facebook Good or Evil?”
“Should the nation’s police force be abolished?”
“Is Ben Affleck a better Batman than Michael Keaton?”

These questions and so many more will be explored, debated and answered by a singular deciding judge (randomly selected from the audience) and soapboxed by some of Chicago’s finest writers, stand up comics, musicians, and poets.

For October 2nd, the lineup will be:

David Himmel
Don Hall
Annalise Raziq
Joe Janes
Diane Kastiel
Holly Beaudry

First Mondays at 7:00pm

Drinking and Writing Theatre @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph
Tickets are $10.00
www.literateape.com/events

Eventbrite tickets HERE.

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Identity Flip: To Wed or Not
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Identity Flip: To Wed or Not

The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join storytellers Heather Bodie, Polly Yukevich, Tim Sheridan, Brian Sweeney, Todd Gutner, and Derek McPhatter as they flip stories of the blessings and curses of marital status (or not.)

Doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets gets you admission and a beer.

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 9.21.17
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 9.21.17

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for September 21st are:

Bill Bullock
Joe Bill
Loyd Bonafied
Sydney Davis Jr. Jr.
A Special Guest from the Metro Stage
and Don Hall as The Dealer

"When all the ingredients add up properly, Sickest becomes a startlingly candid round robin of inventive filth, with obscenities and esoteric sexual jargon (e.g., donkey punch, Cleveland steamer) spurting back and forth across the stage. But it offers more than mere scatology. Anecdotes can range from awww-inspiring (a kitten playfully bats at someone’s scrotum) to nauseating (a man jumps into a river and lands inside a barely submerged and considerably softened cow corpse); from friend-of-a-friend tales to chilling confessions.” — Time Out New York

Doors open at 8:30pm
Tickets are $12 online/ $15 at the door.

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard
Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is simple.

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Players for August 24th are:

Peter Athans
Merrit Landsteiner
Peter Kremidas
Tierza Scaccia
A Special Guest from the Metro Stage
and David Himmel as The Dealer

"When all the ingredients add up properly, Sickest becomes a startlingly candid round robin of inventive filth, with obscenities and esoteric sexual jargon (e.g., donkey punch, Cleveland steamer) spurting back and forth across the stage. But it offers more than mere scatology. Anecdotes can range from awww-inspiring (a kitten playfully bats at someone’s scrotum) to nauseating (a man jumps into a river and lands inside a barely submerged and considerably softened cow corpse); from friend-of-a-friend tales to chilling confessions.” — Time Out New York

Doors open at 8:30pm
Tickets are $12 online/ $15 at the door.

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Identity Flip: Sexual Awakenings
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

Identity Flip: Sexual Awakenings

The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join six storytellers as they flip their stories of Sexual Awakenings - that moment when it all became clear.

Your tellers are:

David Fink
Liz Tieri
Nick Bade
Roberta Miles
M Shelly Conner
Christen Thomas

Doors open at 7:30pm
Tickets gets you admission and a beer.

Tickets:

Online $9.00
At the door: $10.00

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Literate Ape Contributor's Shindig
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Literate Ape Contributor's Shindig

Starting in September, Literate Ape LLC (www.literateape.com) will be paying regular contributors a modest stipend per published post. The digital magazine covers culture, politics, opinion editorial, snarky satire, personal stories - like a really filthy Harper’s or a Reader’s Digest for degenerates.

With that in mind, we are hosting a get-together of potential contributors to hear a few pieces read by the authors and talk to us about participating while plying you with liquor and delicious finger foods.

Pieces will be read by:

Dana Jerman
Mike Vinopal
Peter Kremidas
Don Hall
David Himmel

To RSVP, go HERE.

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The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 7.20.17
Jul
20
9:00 PM21:00

The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard 7.20.17

Five people play poker for their own money while telling each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions, social injustices and whatever pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

"When all the ingredients add up properly, Sickest becomes a startlingly candid round robin of inventive filth, with obscenities and esoteric sexual jargon (e.g., donkey punch, Cleveland steamer) spurting back and forth across the stage. But it offers more than mere scatology. Anecdotes can range from awww-inspiring (a kitten playfully bats at someone’s scrotum) to nauseating (a man jumps into a river and lands inside a barely submerged and considerably softened cow corpse); from friend-of-a-friend tales to chilling confessions.” — Time Out New York

$12.00 in advance
$15.00 at the door (cash)

Next Up: August 24!

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Identity Flip: HOMEGROWN
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Identity Flip: HOMEGROWN

The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. 

Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join storytellers

Sean Keen
Mari DeOleo
Lauren Huffman
Phyllis Porsche
Arnold Kas
Peter LeGrand

as they flip stories of Chicago Natives and Chicago Transplants.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$10.00 at the door or $9.00 HERE
Tickets gets you admission and a beer.

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Identity Flip: PORN
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Identity Flip: PORN

THIS EVENT HAS PAST.
You can find plenty more like this at LITERATE APE EVENTS.


The concept of identity has become incredibly fluid in most recent days and the personal stories we tell reveal both how identity matters and how it is completely irrelevant. Identity Flip hopes to artistically explore this idea by pairing up disparate people in terms of societal identity and flip the script.

Join storytellers Jasmine Skorupa, Rory Zacher, Dana Jerman, Michael Sanchez, Angela Vela, and Don Hall as they flip stories of Sex Workers and Sex Consumers.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door or online HERE.

Gets you admission and a beer.
Doors open at 7:30pm.

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