Know Your Neighbors is LoganSquarist’s newest column. We want to get to know you! In this edition, meet Bill Bullock: Logan Square comedian
IT Administrator at Chicago Public School, but that’s just what I do for money. I’m also a comedian, for no money.
How long have you lived in Logan Square?
Six years. I’m a born South Sider who moved here right after college (after a close-call almost moving to Lincoln Park). Glad I figured out my life before it was too late.
Favorite Logan Square hangouts?
Cole’s, Cafe Mustache, the Cole’s bar open mic, Rocking Horse, Township for brunch sometimes, Logan Theater Open Mic, did I say Cole’s Bar? Maybe the Owl on nights when I am feeling too good about where my life is headed.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly? A wolf, like howling at the moon and all that sh-t. Can we swear in this column? I mean, we’re on the internet. I guess you can just edit it out. I hope you don’t edit any of this though. Besides that, Batman? I thought these were real possibilities. I was a weird kid.
Name one person who has been the greatest influence on your life:
Oh man, this is a really hard thing to answer. In recent memory, it has been mostly comedians that I look up to, like people who are doing the type of material I want to do, or local comics who are really making a name for themselves. I am sure I could be more diplomatic and say something like my parents, but that’s what it is.
If you had to give up one of your senses, which would you give up and why?
Smell. I could never lose sight or hearing. I am too into music, and I would never be able to manage with one of those service dogs. I have enough going on with allergies that I can hardly ever smell now as it is, so no great loss there, right?
Name a book you have read, movie you have seen, or album you have listened to lately that you would recommend.
I have been listening to that new HAIM album quite a bit lately. They are great, and easy to listen to. Also Drake, but everyone has already decided whether they care about him or not. Also, everyone should go see Drinking Buddies at Logan Theater before it’s gone. Support local movies about local breweries filmed locally! Local!
Where in the world would you like to travel to the most?
Lame I know, but I love New York City. I go there every year, and I have been thinking lately about getting back there before 2013 is over to visit some friends and do a bunch of comedy. And spend all my money.
If you could visit any time period, which one would you visit?
Well, I will be honest with you—there aren’t many time periods like previous to 1980 that were like super fun for people who look like me. Maybe 2199, so I can see if people are still ironically playing that Prince song on New Year’s Eve.
Logan Square people should come to the comedy showcase I co-produce. It’s called Congrats on Your Success, and it is free and BYOB at Uncharted Books (@UnchartedBooks, 2630 N Milwaukee Ave.) the first Thursday of every month. Our next show, on Nov. 7, is our first anniversary and it’s going to be a real goofy fun fest. “Like” our Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. Critics are calling it, “Some guy’s twitter page.” Don’t miss out!
“Socializing the neighborhood” is at the core of the LoganSquarist mission, so we introduce readers to interesting and unique residents throughout Logan Square in our Know Your Neighbor column. If you know someone who would be ideal for to feature, let us know.