23 Nov

Chicago’s Comic: Brooks Sullivan

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: It actually happened on accident. I was at the gym telling my friend a story. A guy working out next to us overheard me. He thought the story was funny and asked if I wanted to be on a show he was booking at a local bar. I always thought trying stand-up would be fun, so I said yes and haven’t looked back.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: So for some insane reason, I was given a 20 minute spot for my first show. I had never even been to an open mic. I have a great group of friends and family that showed up. I remember thinking the show went pretty well. Looking back, I was talking way too fast, not pausing for laughs, and had my jokes structured terribly. It was a great start though.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: I never finalize my set list until I see the crowd. I always want to make each show unique, and try to tailor it to the audience.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: That’s an easy one, the Chicago Improv. From the quality of the club, to the way you are treated there it’s just the best. Anytime I get an email to work there, I jump at the opportunity.

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: Comedy at the Crossroads at Crossroads in Wood Dale, IL.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: My dogs Henry and Ziggy, hockey, and tacos.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: I always love a good turkey sammich.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: People always assume I am good with technology. I have a great website and post videos all the time. The truth is I have a lot of help. When it comes to tech, I am 80 years old. I can barely turn my computer on.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: Hockey coach.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: I want to record on album, Headline the Improv, and perform at Just for Laughs.

Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: My hair, I started going gray at 14 years old. I have a pretty good salt and pepper thing going now.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: I am a classically trained theatre actor, and have a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago. During the day I sell life insurance for New York Life. Finally I am a huge comic book geek.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When comedy allows me to pay my bills and provide for my family.


  • 12.01.2018 – 19:00 @ American Legion Post 1205 in Wood Dale, IL
    (203 N. Edgewood Ave.)
  • 12.02.2018 – 19:00 @ Berwyn Tap Room in Berwyn, IL
    (6330 16th St.)
  • 12.13.2018 – 19:30 @ The Improv in Schaumburg, IL
    (5 Woodfield Rd.)
  • 12.14.2018 – 20:00 & 22:15 @ The Improv in Schaumburg, IL
    (5 Woodfield Rd.)
  • 12.15.2018 – 19:00 & 21:15 @ The Improv in Schaumburg, IL
    (5 Woodfield Rd.)
  • 12.16.2018 – 19:00 @ The Improv in Schaumburg, IL
    (5 Woodfield Rd.)
  • 12.20.2018 – 20:00 @ Wire in Berwyn, IL
    (6815 W. Roosevelt Rd.)


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