Schadenfreude

schadenfreude

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Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others

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Chicago Public Radio's comedy show

Chicago's critically-acclaimed comedy ensemble, Schadenfreude, brings its irreverent political and social satire to Chicago Public Radio.

In each episode, the Schadenfreude cast of characters offers insight, reflection, and comic commentary while highlighting the minutiae of the world around us.

Since 1998, Schadenfreude has performed throughout the Chicago area and beyond, mounting shows as far away as Scotland and as close as Chicago Public Radio's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.

In 2001, NewCity Chicago named Schadenfreude “Chicago's Best Sketch Comedy Troupe.” In 2002, the Chicago Improv Festival awarded Schadenfreude its inaugural Festival Highlight Award.

And in 2004, the Chicago Headline Club recognized the Schadenfreude radio program with a Peter Lisagor Award nomination in the category of “Broadcast Commentary.”

So join Schadenfreude every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm for a one-of-a-kind experience fusing radio comedy and social commentary.

Schadenfreude-bringing back the glory years of radio, one ear at a time.

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Staff

Schadenfreude is written and performed by Mark Hanner, Kate James, Justin Kaufmann, Sandy Marshall, and Stephen Schmidt with help from Joel Friend, Connor Kalista, and Katie Watson.

The program is edited by Shiow-Jiau Yung with production assistance from Michael Ognisanti and Mike Schwartz.

The Schadenfreude theme song was written and performed by Even in Blackouts.

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Paul Friedman, Mary Gaffney, and Eric Rudd.

The executive producer of Schadenfreude is Justin Kaufmann.

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01This Is Where The Title Of The Show Is Going To Go Every Week, Except For This Week, Because We Had To Tell You Where The Title's Gonna Go20030706

schadenfreude

1.

Pleasure derived from the misfortune of others

2.

Chicago Public Radio's comedy show

Chicago's critically-acclaimed comedy ensemble, Schadenfreude, brings its irreverent political and social satire to Chicago Public Radio.

In each episode, the Schadenfreude cast of characters offers insight, reflection, and comic commentary while highlighting the minutiae of the world around us.

Since 1998, Schadenfreude has performed throughout the Chicago area and beyond, mounting shows as far away as Scotland and as close as Chicago Public Radio's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.

In 2001, NewCity Chicago named Schadenfreude “Chicago's Best Sketch Comedy Troupe.” In 2002, the Chicago Improv Festival awarded Schadenfreude its inaugural Festival Highlight Award.

And in 2004, the Chicago Headline Club recognized the Schadenfreude radio program with a Peter Lisagor Award nomination in the category of “Broadcast Commentary.”

So join Schadenfreude every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm for a one-of-a-kind experience fusing radio comedy and social commentary.

Schadenfreude-bringing back the glory years of radio, one ear at a time.

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Staff

Schadenfreude is written and performed by Mark Hanner, Kate James, Justin Kaufmann, Sandy Marshall, and Stephen Schmidt with help from Joel Friend, Connor Kalista, and Katie Watson.

The program is edited by Shiow-Jiau Yung with production assistance from Michael Ognisanti and Mike Schwartz.

The Schadenfreude theme song was written and performed by Even in Blackouts.

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Paul Friedman, Mary Gaffney, and Eric Rudd.

The executive producer of Schadenfreude is Justin Kaufmann.The debut episode begins with a tribute to a famous filmmaker, followed by their brand new theme song and ongoing introductions to everyone at the party.

The world famous Konstutional Kaperz return to the stage, Man on the street Mark Hanner develops a new staging of Glengarry Glen Ross, Susan and Jaime host their own television show, and Alderman Ed Bus has a few things to say about Chicago's 53rd Ward.

Oh, and did we mention Mayor Daley?

02Gorillas In The Midst...of The People20030713
03The Third Rail20030720

This week we ask you:

Ever question the voltage of that infamous third rail?

Ever wish you knew the name of every train stop in the city?

Ever witness an interrogation by the notorious El Cops?

Ever notice mating patterns in the parks of Wicker and Lincoln?

Ever see a folksinger perform in a church basement?

Ever wonder what happened to Tracy Chapman?

Ever ever ever ever ever?

Hmmm, yeah.

Us too.

04I Taped It Off Of Kings Of Queen20030727

Special Guest: Chicago Public Radio's Gretchen Helfrich

GO! Hurry up! You're almost there! Tune in on Sunday night to listen to episode four of Schadenfreude! Move it, move it, move it! First you have to maneuver through the resurrection of an '80s classic game show, but before you're done, you'll have to go to Navy Pier with Mark Hanner for a strange encounter; visit a live performance of Chili Bone Uh-Huh in a Chicago bar; WAIT! NOT THAT WAY! BACK UP! BACK UP! There you go! After you leave the Senator's election night party, ask yourself, “How Hard Can It REALLLLY Be?;” dive into the big green mushy pool of goop; and if you do that, if you DO ALL THAT, our friend Gretchen might just record your voice mail message.

“Hi, this is Gretchen! What you got!”.

05Bell Biv De Freude20030803

Hey baby,

I'm sorry.

I never meant to hurt you.

I still love you, baby.

You hear me?

Huh?

Right there...

did you hear that?

You hear me talkin' to ya?

I still got a lot of love for you.

Cause you're my baby.

And you make me wanna sing...

Tune in Sunday night!

Time for Schadenfreude!

'Cause it's so sooooo sooooooooo

I'm in love, love, looooooooooooove.

06The Bourgeois Pig Is Not Just A Coffee Shop In Lincoln Park20030817

Special Guests: University of Illinois, Chicago, distinguished professor of education Bill Ayers and WGN Channel 9 chief meteorologist Tom Skilling

Now let's take a look at our weekend forecast.

Weatherman Tom Skilling's outlook is partly cloudy with scattered social unrest.

But what's the weather underground? If the coast if clear, '60s radical Bill Ayers might show up.

07Schadenfreude Presents Schadenfreude Presenting Schadenfreude20030907

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington, Sports Illustrated legal analyst Lester Munson, and Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn

To begin at the beginning...

This is a show within a show within a show within a show as initially described on a website within a website launched and maintained by Chicago Public Radio to support Schadenfreude, a show whose afore mentioned episode can best be described as a show within a show within a show as initially described on a website within a website launched and maintained by Chicago Public Radio to support Schadenfreude, a show whose afore mentioned episode can best be described as a show within a show within a show within a show.

08If You Share Your Files, You're A Terrorist20030914

Special Guest: Musician and record producer Steve Albini

In this episode, Schadenfreude™ presents material that has been copywritten©, registered®, trademarked™, and patented©®™ through a number of government agencies...

The hottest producer in Los™ Angeles™ describes her love of the movies©, Tad the Eternal Grad Student© waxes through his copy of Germinal®, and the cast™ discovers a brand-new method of weight loss™.

09Is This Show Killing You?20030928

Do you really want to know what time Schadenfreude airs?

Do you really care that the show airs at 8:30 pm?

Is this website harmful to your eyes?

Does typing on a keyboard cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Does sitting on a chair cause loss of blood flow to the legs and

metatarsals?

Are your children suffocating...right now?

Are maps hazardous to your sense of direction?

Is Jim Zulevic dangerous to your sense of well-being?

Do your parents really have your best interests in mind?

Mice.

Lice.

Shampoo can contain living microbes from both mice and lice.

Could Web site links cause asthma?

Are performance artists blurring the line between pretension and

arrogance?

Do you really want to listen to Schadenfreude?

Do you even have a radio?

Do you know that your radio could be KILLING YOU?

10Live At The Acropolis! Wait...i Mean The Metropolis20031012

Schadenfreude comes to you LIVE! Wait.

The show was live, but it was taped in front of a live studio audience.

We'll take the tape of the live show and broadcast it on Sunday as if it were actually live.

Cool?

Let's start again.

This week, Schadenfreude comes to you LIVE FROM A TAPE OF A LIVE SHOW at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre! Just like Cheers, Schadenfreude was taped in front of a live studio audience.

See? It's okay that it was taped.

But it really was live!

Need proof? Go ahead, click here>>

Listen as your favorite sketches, characters, situations, plots, plot points, bits, sound cues, music transitions, and interactions are presented onstage.

In front of real people.

No kidding.

Just wait...

And don't forget to vote Daley.

11Call The Number On Your Screen20031019

Special Guests: Comedian Dave Foley and real estate agent Chaz Walters

Tune in for a very special, super-sized, hour-long, must-see-I-mean-listen-to Schadenfreude!

As we approach the season of giving, it's important to start giving

back to your community.

So call the station to support Chili Bone

Uh-Huh's upcoming performance at the Kingston Mines! Make a donation to the campaign to re-elect Alderman Ed Bus, or sponsor one of the famed Ed Bus Tumblers! For just pennies a day, you can keep veteran journalist Halston Yearnley on the streets.

Sending kids to college? Not to worry! You can transfer your beloved children to another university and apply the balance of their tuition to finance Bob Childers's upcoming "Pig in a Blanky" tour!

Tune in and support Schadenfreude!

What could be more fun?

We took care of the trash, didn't we?

Operators are standing by.

12Under New Management20031102

Greetings!

Welcome to Schadenfreude's 12th episode.

A short month ago, Schadenfreude was sold to a new parent company

through a complicated process of bartering and acquisition.

Though the

individuals overseeing the oversight (or "the man," as the Schadenfreude members would probably say) have changed, this transition will in no way affect the overall style, tone, or scope of the sketch comedy show you enjoy every Sunday night.

But...there will be some changes! Over the past month, you've received

comment cards to complete and return to the Schadenfreude offices.

Though we haven't actually read your comments, we get the general idea-something needs to change!

So, by golly, we're gonna make some changes!

For example, all music cues have been eliminated from the show to

provide you with a more balanced and less “intrusive” listening

experience.

Same goes for sound effects.

We've also made the very

tough, yet bold decision to cease and desist any and all political

satire.

Rest easy, Mayor Daley-we're done! Kaput! No more jokes

about “Wards” (what is a “Ward,” anyway?) or commemorative street names or even Fort Dearborn.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us anytime at a new

number that you'll receive under separate cover.

Our DSL line has been

down for a few months-Rome wasn't built in a day, people! Ha ha! (We should put that in the show! Wait! WE CAN!)

Thank you for listening, and What You Get!

Warm Regards,

Schadenfreude.

13The Writing's On The Wall20031109

Last week, Schadenfreude received some strange news: we were instructed to avoid writing, recording, and producing a 13th episode.

“No hotel has a 13th floor,” they said, “and all radio shows avoid airing a 13th episode.

They just go straight to 14.”

“No, they don't,” we replied.

“YES, THEY DO!” they shouted.

“Don't shout,” we said.

“Let's just talk like regular people for two seconds.”

“But aren't you superstitious?” they cried.

Hmmm...not really, we thought.

For the last five years, we've been killing spiders, walking under ladders, and buying as many black cats as pet stores can stock.

We love black cats-can't get enough of 'em.

Special thanks to Damien Arnold.

14Live From The Tourist Trap!20031123

This week, Schadenfreude comes to you live (okay, live-to-tape) from Chicago Public Radio's Performance Studio at beautiful Navy Pier.

To secure the space, we agreed to allow Navy Pier to use this webpage for a brief plug.

Take it away, Navy Pier!

3...2...1...LAUNCH!

WE ARE A GO FOR A SUPER-FUN TIME!

Having undergone a massive renovation, Navy Pier has established itself as Chicago's premier one-stop entertainment venue.

Navy Pier offers chocolate, state-of-the-art convention facilities, hard candy, an enormous ferris wheel, sour candy, and crazy guys who love to juggle!

From fried shrimp at the one-of-a-kind Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to double “cheezborgers” at the original Billy Goat Tavern, Navy Pier brings you fun and laughs for children and adults alike.

Wanna ride on a spaceship? Stroll along the lake to the sounds of Billy Ocean? Cruise the waves on the super-fast and super-rad Sea Dog? Consider it done!

Come see what the city's raving about!.

15Where Have All The Meatheads Gone?20031207

We all know that Sundays in the fall bring cold air, hot chili, warm couches, and lots and lots of football! And when football season heats up, Schadenfreude Action Sports is on the air!

This episode brings you the high-flying, bone-crushing sketch comedy you've come to expect from the Monsters of Navy Pier.

Tune in for the pre-game show to hear an important business call from Duraflame account manager Todd Voorhies, and eat chicken wings and nachos with your favorite reality show host.

As the players hit the field, Schadenfreude goes on a first date, presents Kat McKennit at Chicago's finest indoor beach, and debuts a documentary on the wild kingdom of Lincoln Park.

All this with up-to-the-minute analysis from the Schadenfreude Action Sports Team-including John Madden, an XFL cheerleader, and a random comedian making fun of Dennis Miller!.

16Yes, Virginia, There Is A Schadenfreude20031214

Special Guest: WTTW Channel 11 host and producer Geoffrey Baer

As we prepare our homes and hearts for a warm holiday season, we're reminded of the simple pleasures of life: folk singers, Chicago politics, and $20 DVD players at a Wal-Mart in Tennessee.

This week, Schadenfreude rounds out their pre-holiday fanfare as Alderman Ed Bus discusses winter eats and restaurants on an Emmy Award-winning public television show and we go skiing with Chicago's vibrant off-Loop theater scene.

Skiing?

Buy lots of presents to fuel the economy!

Drink lots of egg nog and avoid your Uncle Earl!

And deck the halls with Schadenfreude!

Fa La La La Laaaaa La La La La!

(Was that the right number of La's?).

17My Kind Of Town20040111

The beautiful city of Chicago has everything you'll ever need: hot

dogs, Lake Michigan, O'Hare Airport...and the Bears.

It's the City That Works.

But look closer within the fading walls of Fort Dearborn, and you'll find the city's unsung heroes.

This week on "Schadenfreude," listen in on a conversation between two El conductors.

Learn more about the heart and soul of Mayor Daley's Graffiti Blasters.

And find out what 53rd Ward Alderman Ed Bus must do when he faces a budgetary shortfall in his re-election campaign.

Will he cut his marketing budget?

Or will he fire his best friend?

Tune in as we take you on a journey through Chicago-presenting

completely factual stories about people you've never heard of and

probably never will again.

18Caucus!20040125

Join Schadenfreude this week to explore the inner workings of the

American political system.

Schadenfreude:

What sketches should we do? Caucus:

Do one about Colin Powell!

Yeah, Colin Powell!

Colin Powell!

Any others? Caucus:

A sketch about a game show!

Game show!

Last call? Caucus:

Whatever one person yells out,

we yell out, too!

Whatever that guy just said.

19Schad Forty-eight20040215

Tune in to Chicago's premier radio magazine, Schad Forty-Eight, as we present the stories and sounds of a city on the go.

We'll bring you an in-depth interview with author J.

D.

Salinger and send our crack consumer unit out on the prowl.

Plus beauty pageant coaches, this week on Schad Forty-Eight.

20Run, Hanner, Run20040222

Continue following the twists and turns of Schadenfreude by writing your feelings down in your anger diary and keeping your mini-fridge stocked with Diet Coke.

If you're sick and tired of holding your parking spot with a piece of furniture, why not borrow an Ed Bus Tumbler to do it instead? And of course, if you're a fan of radio drama, you won't want to miss Craig Beatty's masterpiece Dumb Play I Had to Do.

Take a deep breath and write it down-Schadenfreude.

21I Love A Parade20040229

Schadenfreude brings you exclusive coverage of Chicago's first annual Leap Year Parade.

Don't miss the sights and visionary delights of floats from the Illinois Film Office (scaled down), to 53rd Ward aldermanic candidate Gretchen Ross-Stevenson (made of really expensive flowers), and to Glenbrook North High School (the award winning "Don't Haze" design featuring new student body president Zoe Dunkel).

All that plus a few words from our friends at the Foundation for Fighting Natural Causes and a retrospective look at the breakup of a legendary used car partnership.

Schadenfreude: located at York and Roosevelt roads, where you always make more money.

22There Goes The Neighborhood20040314

Celebrate Schadenfreude's celebration of diversity.

We dive headfirst into the FCC-Clear Channel debate, get endorsements for the Illinois primary elections, and eavesdrop on Mark's ill-fated relationship with an R&B singer.

Throw in the touch of an angel and the Battle for Middle Chicago, and you've got yourself a show!

Schadenfreude-leavin' (leavin') on a midnight train to Georgia...without the Pips.

23Cyoa20040328

Every week, Schadenfreude gives you a choice: you can listen a) Sunday night at 8:30 pm on your radio or b) Monday on your computer.

But no matter which option you choose, this week we take you on a walking tour of Lincoln Park Zoo.

We also stop by Rich White High School's Spring Fling and send one of our production assistants to a bachelor party.

Plus, Chicago's Pigeon Poop Patrol is downsized, and we ask, “What would Jesus do?”

Schadenfreude-the choice is yours.

24Wasting Away In Naperitaville20040404

What is a local joke? This week, Schadenfreude proves that there is more to the local reference than a random street name in Chicago.

How about a random street name in Naperville?

Schadenfreude invades the sometimes-second-largest city in Illinois (sometimes not) to lampoon, parody, and poke fun.

Listen in as we explore the bright lights of Naperville Road, go to the opening of a new theme restaurant, play “headshot poker” with the top theater directors in town, and create a new anthem for Naperville.

Schadenfreude-wasting away in Naperitaville.

25Bureaucracy Rocks20040425

This week, Schadenfreude comes to you wrapped in miles and miles of red tape, as we leave the Phudi Mart in search of greener, corporate pastures via Monster.com.

We also listen in as a well-known Chicago film critic drags and drops a movie review, and we negotiate the I-PASS lanes of life.

And ever wonder what happened to the guys who manned the Kansas missile silos?

Schadenfreude-where bureaucracy rocks.

26Live From The Tourist Trap Ii: The Legend Of Curly's Gold20040502

This week, Schadenfreude ventures out of its cave and back in front of a live audience.

Join us for another episode from Chicago Public Radio's performance studio right here on Navy Pier.

But what about the show? We go to a MoveOn.org fundraiser to hear the acoustic stylings of the liberal left, find ourselves in the middle of an aldermanic press conference, and once again ask Jesus what he would do.

Schadenfreude-come sail away, come sail away, come sail away from our closed borders!

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Eric Rudd for engineering this show.

27The Lost Episode20040509

“I once was lost, but now I'm found.”

Oh, no-Schadenfreude has been locked in the basement! So in the glorious tradition of sitcom retrospective shows and other television hijinx, we bring you this week's episode in the form of flashbacks and foreshadowing.

Join us as we dissect the warnings of legendary predictor Lollagher, attend a 53rd Ward community meeting about permit parking, and take a look at the history of the Chicago theater company, Something Positive.

Schadenfreude-it's not your fault...well, yes it is.

28The Golden Age Of Radio20040516

Special Guest: Former NPR® Host Bob Edwards

Remember the “Golden Age of Radio?” Schadenfreude doesn't, but we'll try our best to recreate it for you.

Join us this week for some classic entertainment by Quack the Duck, Winchester, and the Strom Thurmond Orchestra.

We also teach you about the dos and don'ts of dating, attend a Pre-Cana session, and bring you another mini-episode of the Phuuuuudiiieeeeee Marrrrrrttttttttt.

And have we mentioned that Bob Edwards stops by?

Schadenfreude-“I rescind that last comment!” (Insert canned 1940s radio audience laughter).

29What's In Your Closet?20040523

Schadenfreude asks the million-dollar question: “Name something you'd find in the closet.” Our own closet includes hangers, shoes, and a ton of judgment.

We also explore Chicago's 'zine culture and dance a jig and win a Tony with the city's longest-running musical, O'Hare.

Schadenfreude-figments of your imagination and manifestations of your low self-esteem.

Thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Eric Rudd for engineering the live segments of this show.

30The Concept Album20040530

Schadenfreude steps aside this week to take you back to the glory days of rock 'n' roll radio! In the 1970s, true DJs would spin what they wanted to spin, and they would play full records-both sides.

So in the spirit of those rock pioneers, we're playing BOTH sides of the best album ever, the most complete, artistic record of all time-Abbey Road by the Beatles.

Chicago Public Radio: “Excuse me, guys, but isn't Abbey Road 47 minutes long, while your show's only half an hour?”

Um, well...we'll think of something.

Schadenfreude-Abbey Road in double-time.

31These Are The People In My Neighborhood20040606

You know that skanky Bennigan's across the street from the Art Institute? That's part of the 53rd.

-Alderman Ed Bus (D-53rd)

We kick off a brand-new season of Schadenfreude with a day in the life of one of Chicago's finest neighborhoods: the 53rd Ward.

Alderman Ed Bus and the rest of the Schadenfreude gang help you find a new condo, take you to the Actors' Center for the Live Performance of the Dramatic Arts Center, and bring you some high-flying excitement at the annual 16-inch softball game.

Can you say, “Watch the face?”

Schadenfreude-you could be our neighbor.

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Eric Rudd.

32Reign20040613

Special Guest: Meteorologist Harry Volkman

This weekend is one of the last “outdoor” weekends of the year.

So take advantage of the good weather and get out all your fun before winter falls.

But what happens if it rains? It pours.

Join Schadenfreude as we take the fun indoors and make the best of a bad situation.

We go ringside for the Alderman Ed Bus Family Olympics, sit patiently through a rain delay at Wrigley, and plot out how to get on the field at the Cell.

We also go deer-hunting, track down Charles Bronson, and witness the terrible things that happen when you play in the rain.

Schadenfreude-the sun'll come out tomorrow.

But for now, be afraid.

Be very afraid.

Special thanks to Sam Hallgren.

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56Who's Your Biggest Fan?20050625

Have you ever cheered for something so loudly that you lost your voice? Waited in line for over an hour to see your favorite movie? Taken your shirt off at a sporting event? Then you, my friend, may be a fanatic.

This week, we explore different facets of fanaticism with a trip to the newly-renamed Dinerbanski and Ross Convention Center.

There we find a comicon, where you can get signed press shots, bootleg videos, and head lice from all your favorite B-list celebrities.

We also stop by a pompon competition, where Rich White High School's Zoe Dunkel gets her big shot at stardom.

Plus, we get a glimpse into the obsessions of super CEO Ted Dinerbanski and meet Lynard, the irrepressibly meek owner of a strip mall record store.

Schadenfreude-did you know that David Lee Roth is an EMT?

57Schadenfreude Es Muy Loco20050702

If we can make people laugh in one language, then what about two? We set out to prove that comedy is the universal tongue by adding some bilingual spice to our show.

Spanish-language radio draws more than a million listeners in our market, and we've decided that it's the fool-proof path to higher ratings.

So tune in this week and follow along in two separate languages.

Schadenfreude-Loco Pantalones...NO!!!

Special thanks to Roxana Hadad, Chicago Public Radio's Carlos Hernandez Gomez, and our production assistant, Michael Schwartz.

581947 Argyle Street20050723

We've procrastinated for six months, and our novel is due tomorrow.

It's imperative that we lock ourselves in our apartment and concentrate.

But our neighbors won't leave us alone.

From the noisy bachelor and the elderly recluse to the alarmist building manager and the gossip hound, 1947 West Argyle is a mirror for apartment-dwelling in any city.

So join us as we explore our building, criss-crossing from one unit to the next, observing the hijinks and shenanigans that distract and deter us from living our own lives.

Schadenfreude-could you please keep it down?!.

59The Bus Stops Here - Part 120050813

Special Guest: Chicago Tribune Columnist and WGN Radio Host Rick Kogan

In special, back-to-back episodes, we explore the campaign to reelect Fifty-third Ward Chicago alderman Ed Bus.

For the first time in thirty to thirty-five years, Alderman Bus has an opponent.

Her name is Gretchen Ross-Stevenson, and her passion, education, corporate clout, media savvy, and-of course-money are giving Alderman Bus the challenge of his political life.

As told by Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN Radio host Rick Kogan, we follow the cast of characters on both sides as they all do whatever it takes to win the hearts of Fifty-third Ward voters.

So join us as we shine a comedic light on the Chicago political landscape that's been affectionately coined, “The Machine.”

Schadenfreude-It's Bus for Us, and Don't Forget to Vote Daley.

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards, Gretchen Helfrich, Carlos Hernandez Gomez, Melba Lara, and Dave McGuire.

60The Bus Stops Here - Part 220050813
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We close our second season with a Chicago Concerns documentary about the breakup of Schadenfreude and subsequent attempts to reunite the cast.

The writers and performers went their separate ways after Episode 60, and Chicago Public Radio general manager Torey Malatia has dispatched one of his producers to track them down.

A modern-day Blues Brothers, this episode takes us from Las Vegas to McHenry, Illinois, and from corporate America to the FBI-all in an attempt to get the band back together.

Schadenfreude-I thought it would make you laugh?

Special thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Torey Malatia and Amy (Dorn) Drozdowska-McGuire.