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Stand-up Fri May 07 2010

A Pro"mo" For This Month's Madcap Mo Show

moshow.jpgOriginally conceived as a one-woman Internet series, The Mo Show, which goes up this weekend in its seventh inception, has evolved into a once-a-month comedy variety show blending some of Chicago's top standups, sketch comedians, musicians and circus performers.

"The best advice I've ever heard about doing things in Chicago is just to put up your own show, and then you can do whatever you want," said comedian and host Mo Welch, whose comic sensibilities can't be boxed into a four-minute open mic or even a regular standup showcase. "Since it's my show, I can do whatever. I can dress up like gangster if I want."

And she does. She also nabs a handful of performers from her big bag of comedy friends and/or performers she sees around the city and then hosts wild mix of comedy, music and insanity.

"It's got different comics that you don't usually see on standup showcases," she said. "All the acts are great, and I want to sleep with all of them."

This version of The Mo Show features Jet Eveleth, Ken Barnard, Lyndsay Hailey, Puterbaugh Sisters, Ricky Carmona, Tia Ayers, Crockett and Subhah Agarwal.

"It is lady-heavy, but I never realized it," Welch said. "I just picked people who I think are hilarious, and it just so happens to be lady-heavy. And I like it because it's a mixture: there's a lot of character sketch in this one, and standup and music. There are so many funny females in Chicago and I think a lot of them are overlooked.

The Mo Show goes up at 9:30pm on Friday at The Reversible Eye Gallery, 1103 N. California.

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