You can now laugh from your couch while enjoying local comedy. Back from a quick hibernation, Cole’s Bar is proving no quarantine can stop its signature events, putting its popular weekly comedy open mic night online for the foreseeable future.
The comedy event will be on Zoom starting this Wednesday, the bar announced on Instagram. Those who wish to participate or watch can direct message Cole’s for the Zoom link (let’s please avoid Zoombombing).
Comics who want to sign up can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Instagram and Venmo handles. Comedian and host Alex Kumin said the event is open to a wide audience and encourages participants to share their payment handles so if people like your stuff they can give you some money.
The lineup will be posted each Wednesday and the event runs from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., per usual hours. Foz the Hook will open the night up at 9 p.m. with local jams.
Since the event is online, organizers welcome comics from all over the country, not just Chicago.
Cole’s comedy night has been around for years, and it was an event I covered back in college at Columbia (where Hannibal Buress came out and took pictures with my photographer’s camera. Yes, they ended up in the article). As soon as I moved to Logan Square, I became a frequent goer of all things Cole’s, including the comedy night. I’m excited to see how this event will transform onto the online space!
If you are missing the bar’s bartenders, the employees have taken over the bar’s Instagram to share what they’ve been up to (very fascinating stuff) during these days of quarantine. They’re always funny, so that’s a good place to go for some comedic relief — and get snippets of an empty Cole’s Bar.