Jim Gilliece was a d.w. eye favorite that I did not know during my tour of duty at the club back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I knew Jim had been a part of Chip Chinery’s Comic Relief show in 1991, but I never met him until last summer’s Reunion show. One of the great things about the reunion was that so many people – performers and fans – came out of the woodwork to celebrate the legacy of d.w. eye. It’s been more than a year now, and I can still barely describe what an extraordinary, funny, emotional evening that was.
One of the highlights was getting to meet Jim Gilliece for the first time. As you can see in the video, Jim was warmly called to the stage by an audience that knew and loved him. And not just from his stand-up, but from his years of running Chez Nora in Covington, KY. Jim, I learned later, came out of stand-up retirement to do that eye reunion show – and as you can see – when he performs he is totally in control of what he’s doing onstage. I vividly remember watching his act and being deeply impressed. I got to spend some time with him after the show, and he wasn’t just funny, but tremendously sweet and generous to boot.
Jim passed away this past Saturday from lung cancer. I feel honored that I got to share an evening with him. You can read more about him here.
And, from Chip Chinery, here’s Jim’s performance at the 1991 Comic Relief Show.
And now…videos of (almost) the entire show!
Part 1 – featuring: Cap & Johnny, Alex Bernstein, Marty Pollio, Bob Batch, Steve Caminiti, and Chili Challis
Part 2 – featuring: Thaddeus Nathaniel Challis, Jim Gilliece, and Rico Bruce Wade
Part 3 – featuring: Rico and Steve, Mark Klein, and Drew Hastings
The eye Reunion made the cover of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Weekend edition. Great article. You can read it here.
Come join us in Cincinnati for the first stop of the d.w. eye Reunion Weekend at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion! If you’re a fan of Plrknib, you don’t want to miss this historic event! Essentially, this will be the book coming to life – as the author is joined by the d.w. eye comics themselves!
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The festivities, of course, continue Friday night, June 23, at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati – for a one-night-only reunion performance of the d.w. eye comics. This isn’t just another night at a comedy club. The eye comics have been working on this special event for months.
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On Saturday nights, the pros invade the d.w. eye spotlight and the occasional hearty chuckle is supplanted by the outright belly laugh… The quality of Saturday nights at d.w. eye proves that there are a plethora of anonymous looney tooners out in the Midwestern Hinterlands.
Here’s the full April, 1981 Cincinnati Magazine article by Britt Robson that first introduced d.w. eye to the public. The eye was doing well before this article was published. After the issue came out, the club exploded.
Read the full article here. Even the ads are cool.
Here’s the cover. Baseball season, 1981!
And don’t forget to get your tickets to the d.w. eye reunion, June 23rd at the 20th Century Theatre!
All material © Cincinnati Magazine, Britt Robson
Yes, the d.w. eye Reunion is actually happening! It’s going to be Friday, June 23, 2017 at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati. For anyone who’s read the book – or this blog – this will essentially be Plrknib coming to life before your very eyes (except everyone is significantly older). Comedians appearing in the book who are scheduled to perform include Drew Hastings, Chili Challis, Rico Bruce Wade, Cap & Johnny, and myself. (And this will be the first stand-up I’ve performed in Cinti in over 30 years! Oy.) We’re joined by a ton of great comics who performed at the eye shortly after the period that’s covered in the book, including Michael Flannery, Steve Caminiti, Jim Gilliece, and Mark Kline. And we expect to be joined by even more eye alumni. (If you’re reading this and you ever performed at the eye, please contact me or Michael Flannery.) Even Don Merriss, the original owner of the eye, will be on hand!
Flannery and I have been assembling this event for a couple months now. If you’re in the area – this is going to be much more than a “night at a comedy club.” We’re turning this into an event with a ton of surprises in store.
Also the night before the show, Thursday 6/22, we’ll be doing a signing of Plrknib at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion.
For more info, please visit our new d.w. eye site. You can also let us know you’re coming by signing up at our Facebook event page.
More updates as we get them!
Lots of exciting Plrknib news this week – and in the weeks to come! An excerpt from the book – nicely titled “Funny Guy” – is featured in the current “After Dark” issue of Cincinnati Magazine. It’s only available in the print edition of the magazine – which you can order here. Here’s a snippet from the piece, below.
If you’re in Cincinnati and looking to pick up a copy of Plrknib (along with the new Cincinnati Magazine) in an actual bookstore, one place you can certainly find it is at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood Pavilion. A friend sent in the lovely picture below. How appropriate to be sandwiched between Savages and Madness! (I was told by someone else that it was a store pick in JBB, and had one of those “why you should check this out” notes above it. How nice.)
And we have some VERY BIG announcements coming soon, especially again, for folks in the Cincinnati/Ohio area.