Never Been to Paris | The Comedy Bar | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader

Never Been to Paris Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through March 8 2012

Winner of the Reader's readers' poll for best stand-up comic of 2010, Sean Flannery has moved over the last four years or so from crackling one-liners to beautifully structured stories. In one extended bit I've seen several times, he talks about his Uncle Pete who tells cops he's a priest to get out of speeding tickets, and illustrates Pete's commitment to the deception with a visual aid—a PowerPoint projection of Pete's driver's license photo, in which he's wearing clerical regalia. Pete had to put the outfit on, Flannery said, stand around at the DMV in it, take the test in it. . . . Flannery's own ridiculousness is the subject of Never Been to Paris. With the impeccable timing and disarming sincerity of a master storyteller, he documents "the last dozen or so times" he nearly got himself killed. —Steve Heisler

Price: $10

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