By Maxine Grandy
Come out to The Comedy Bar to see this weekend’s comedians! Want to know more before you commit to an evening with them? Find out by reading their bios below.
Rebecca O’Neal is a Chicago based stand-up comedian and writer/editor. She has published work in Vanity Fair Magazine, Gawker.tv, Splitsider.com, New York Magazine’s Vulture.com, Videogum.com, The Frisky, The Rumpus, Death and Taxes Magazine, and more. Since she began stand-up comedy in early 2012, Rebecca has performed at a variety of comedy festivals including but not limited to: Portland’s 2013, 2014, & 2016 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, The Onion and The AV Club’s 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, NBCUniversal and Second City’s Break Out Comedy Festival, Laugh Factory, UP Comedy Club, Chicago Underground Comedy, Comedians You Should Know, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and Zanies. In addition to the multitudes of places she’s performed, she has also opened for Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata, and Hannibal Buress (just to name a few)
Michael Albanese was born in Philadelphia and was raised in the south. He credits finding his humor through “everyday life experiences mixed with his internal struggle with paranoia and longing for that perfect girl who he will inevitably blow it with.” Michael is currently traveling around the United States performing. He also has a podcast called “In My Own Head” which is available for download on iTunes. Another benefit to Michael’s brand of comedy is to make you feel like “maybe you aren’t so strange after all.”
Derick Lengwenus is originally from Montreal, but currently lives in Chicago. He’s well-known locally as a stand-up comedian and also studies improv at Second City.
Derick was the Winner of Best Comedy in the Montreal Fringe Festival, Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Just For Laughs Festival, and a finalist at the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Derick is best known for his popular German Father Routine. Derick later turned this 7-minute stand-up routine into a critically acclaimed one man show entitled: “My German Father.” He can be seen performing stand-up comedy in clubs and theaters all across North America.