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‘Never Been to Paris’ Comes to Lincoln Lodge

By Monte LaMonte | Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sean Flannery defeats the odds in 'Never Been to Paris.' Photo by Erin Nekervis.

Sean Flannery’s Never Been To Paris is a new one-man show debuting at Lincoln Lodge on Friday, August 20, and it’s sure to make even the toughest cynic crack a smile. Flannery has been piecing this show together for more than two years, working to get it exactly where he wants it. I’ve seen several performances during the perfecting process and have enjoyed every bit of the show’s development.

Flannery is a stand-up comic who migrated to Chicago via Cleveland, Ohio. For the past eight years, he has been performing stand-up all over the city and across the country, and is co-host of the popular sports comedy show, The Visitor’s Locker Room (“where the comedians act like sportscasters, not the other way around”). Among his many other accomplishments, he was named Best Stand-Up by the 2010 Chicago Reader Readers’ Poll and included in Comedy.com’s list of “Top 20 Stand-ups in Chicago.” Flannery has a particular Midwestern charm that makes you feel it?s OK to be a heavy drinker?and that’s basically what Never Been to Paris is about. The show recounts the many near-death experiences he’s had while under the influence. Somehow Flannery has been fortunate to escape every incident completely unharmed.

The stories are told with the genuineness of someone sitting on his front porch talking to a bunch of old friends. But Flannery takes it one step further, enhancing his tales with a photo slideshow, some animation, and audio clips. “I’ve been telling people it’s a bit like watching someone show his vacation photos and share the backstory to each picture—if the man nearly killed himself 10 times during that vacation,” he says.

If you’re a fan of great comedy and terrific storytelling, then this show—by one of the best in the biz—is not to be missed. Catch Never Been to Paris on Fridays at 9 p.m., from Aug. 20 – Sept. 10. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved at (773) 251-1539.

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