Late Night Comedy Show – Friday
Chicago native Brandon Wetherbee hosts the first Late Comedy Show of this year’s festival, which features rising-star comedians tearing things up on the Brilliant Corners stage: Seaton Smith, James Fritz, and the Puterbaugh Sisters.
Applying smooth charisma to a layer of explosive energy, topped off with unforgettable characters sure to permanently reside in your brain, Seaton Smith leaves his audience in a state of comedic euphoria. He has killed performing on Opie and Anthony Virus tour and the New Faces show at Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and he is an online phenom, signing a deal with Sierra Mist where he was able to showcase his chops at producing the skit “Pimpin Referee.” He’s also a youTube favorite with his popular webseries, Annoy Charlie Smith Inc.
The Puterbaugh Sisters
Mixing elements of sketch, stand-up, improv, and vaudeville-style revue, Tiffany and Danielle Puterbaugh have a live show unlike any other. Whether wearing wigs or not, the two real-life blood relatives have an undeniable chemistry that keeps their witty banter spontaneous and lively. They got their start in their grandmother’s Ohio basement, and for the past few years the two have been living and working in Chicago, where they’ve produced the weekly show “Entertaining Julia.”
James Fritz can be found almost any night of the week performing somewhere in Chicago. Along with regular appearances at local clubs, he has performed several times at the Just For Laughs festival. Fritz was voted the #1 Stand-up Comedian in Chicago in a Chicago Reader poll, and Comedy.com has pegged him as one of the best comedians in Chicago. His debut comedy album, Deflated, topped the iTunes charts upon its release, and Fritz hosts the podcast “You Could Be Dead.”
Brandon Wetherbee is the assistant editor of The Huffington Post‘s Washington, D.C., local page and is the creator, host, and producer of the live comedy talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody. Before YMTE, Brandon was the co-creator of “The Machine” a free Chicago based publication, as well as the program director at WRDP, magazine editor of “The DePaulia,” and creator of the zine “Foul.” He’s been in the bands Fetor, Precinct Captains, and some he’d like to forget. During his Chicago days, Wetherbee often DJ’d at Delilah’s, Liar’s Club, the Empty Bottle, Double Door and more. Now based in D.C., Wetherbee regularly performs across the country.