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Stand-up Tue Sep 09 2008

"Entertaining Julia" @ Town Hall Pub

Sunday nights at 8pm, Town Hall Pub (3340 N. Halsted) opens its doors for "Entertaining Julia," a free comedy variety show currently produced by local comedians Beth Stelling, and sisters Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh. (Yes, Julia is the lass behind the bar.)

Chicago's small but thriving stand-up scene, long overshadowed by Chicago's legendary improv influence, is vital partly because of its "put on your own show" mindset, and this show has all the charming DIY hallmarks: a flexible start time, cheap beer specials, a nice mix of stand-up and music, and hosts in silly wigs and costumes who hug you the minute you come in the door.

Beth Stelling:
Beth Stelling at Entertaining Julia, Town Hall Pub Chicago, Sept. 7, 2008

More photos and video after the jump!

Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh (in character):
Danielle Puterbaugh and Tiffany Puterbaugh at Entertaining Julia, Town Hall Pub Chicago, Sept. 7, 2008

Robert Buscemi:
Robert Buscemi at Entertaining Julia, Town Hall Pub Chicago, Sept. 7, 2008

Samantha Cathcart:
Samantha Cathcart at Entertaining Julia, Town Hall Pub Chicago, Sept. 7, 2008

And if you really want to get a feel for what a night entertaining Julia is like, take a peep at the last few minutes of last Sunday's show, in which musicians Anna Vogelzang and Samantha Cathcart spun a sweet old-fashioned melody, and the Puterbaugh sisters cut whatever rug they could find:

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