Michael Palascak | Zanies | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader

Michael Palascak Recommended

When: Mon., Nov. 3, 8:30 p.m. 2008

In performance, Michael Palascak fashions himself a slacker without means or ambition. Thing is, he's always busy performing—in city and suburban showcases, on the radio, in competitions and festivals. Earlier this month he appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. The I-still-live-with-my-parents shtick may be a chestnut, but he explores it as thoroughly and cleverly as anyone. He explains the "top-of-the-line technology" of his folks' washer and dryer with boyish glee: "Yeah, here's how it works—I put my clothes in the washer, they come out folded on my bed." And when his parents remind him he can't live with them forever, he replies with concern, "Well, I don't even wanna think about you guys dying." Check out this video of Palascak, my stand-up pick in the 2008 Best Of issue. --Ryan Hubbard

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