Summer of 2013, I walked the Miracle Mile in Chicago with my new friend, comedian Andrea Caspari. We met up with another comedian, Kyle Parris, who Andrea met in Kansas City, MO at her very first open mic appearance. Kyle was hungry and suggested we go to Billy Goat Tavern. We found the stairs and started heading under the street to the sub-streets below. This area has a very significant place in comedy history. These subterranean streets were featured in the filming of The Blues Brothers. And The Billy Goat Tavern itself also had a link to comedy history because it was parodied as the Olympia Café on Saturday Night Live with John Belushi. Needless to say I was thrilled to get to see the place and hear, “Cheeseborger, cheeseborger, cheeseborger!” yelled out by the staff.
When we sat down, Kyle decided to share the story of the open mic when he and Andrea first met. It was 2001 and Kyle decided to try out something new which went horribly awry. Below is the gem, the worst possible open mic disaster I’ve ever heard of, known simply as The Possum Story.