When Punchline Magazine visited Chicago’s Edge Comedy Club on its opening weekend, we found veteran comic Greg Fitzsimmons more than happy to take some time from his set to strike some poses.
Words and Photos by Alana Grelyak
Chicago’s a city that’s well-known for its cultural outlets; we have blues music, we have theater and we also have plenty of comedy; in fact, there’s been an addition to the city’s laugh scene in the form of The Edge Comedy Club, which opened its doors for the first time Sept. 7, and welcomed comic Greg Fitzsimmons as its very first headliner.
Fitzsimmons has made a number of appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Show with David Letterman, and you can regularly hear him chatting with Howard Stern on Sirius satellite radio.
The club is setup theatre style, with seating that’s practically on top of the stage and arranged in an upwards-rising semi-circle. After brief sets from Chicago locals Dave Odd and Dustin White, Fitzsimmons took the stage.
His laid-back style had a bit of brassiness to it, allowing him to make off-color jokes about whatever the hell he felt like talking about. He had no trouble picking on audience members of all races and colors and no topic was off limits, including his sex life– right down to the conception of his children.
The few that were smart enough to attend are now also privy to information regarding the powdering of Fitzsimmons’ testicles and his experimentation with faux female body parts.
And when he found out he was being photographed for Punchline Magazine, Fitzsimmons struck a series of poses that would’ve made Tyra Banks jealous.
Regardless of the squirm factor, Fitzsimmons’ comedy was absolutely hilarious. The Edge should be proud to have had him kick off their opening night and will hopefully be lucky enough to book comics of Fitzsimmons’ caliber in the future.