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An Absolute Gag!

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Each week, Chicago actor/comedian Tommy Bullington and a guest discuss an Absolute Gag. What’s a gag, you ask? Well, a gag is a performance or moment that truly leaves you speechless. It can be good, bad or just plain WILD! All you know is it leaves you truly gagged!

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Each week, Chicago actor/comedian Tommy Bullington and a guest discuss an Absolute Gag. What’s a gag, you ask? Well, a gag is a performance or moment that truly leaves you speechless. It can be good, bad or just plain WILD! All you know is it leaves you truly gagged!

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An Absolute Gag!

Latest release on Oct 21, 2020

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Each week, Chicago actor/comedian Tommy Bullington and a guest discuss an Absolute Gag. What’s a gag, you ask? Well, a gag is a performance or moment that truly leaves you speechless. It can be good, bad or just plain WILD! All you know is it leaves you truly gagged!

Episode 11 - Erin Oechsel Wants a Wheel of Gouda

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Actor/Writer Erin Oechsel joins the podcast to talk about a wild gender bending performance.  We discuss the charm of Shakespeare's plays set in high schools.  Plus Tommy has a cohost named Armand who has feelings.  And, as always, we have gags of the week!


Charity Focus of the Week: The Heart Foundation

Check out their website:
https://theheartfoundation.org/

Check out Erin's web series:  http://newbthewebseries.com/

Follow the podcast on Instagram: anabsolutegagpod

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AnAbsoluteGag

Oct 21 2020

1hr 27mins

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Episode 10 - Tyler Anthony Smith is Ultimately Going Like Elsie

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Actor/Writer Tyler Anthony Smith joins the pod to discuss a possibly polarizing performance of a classic musical role.  We discuss pieces of work finding you in the right point of your life.  And, as always, we have gags of the week!


Charity Focus of the Week: Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Check out their website:

https://artsforillinois.org/donate-and-apply


Check out Mein Comps on YouTube premiering October 16th.

Follow the podcast on Instagram: anabsolutegagpod

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AnAbsoluteGag

Oct 14 2020

1hr 32mins

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Episode 09 - Derek Van Barham Still Has Some Magic in That Mike

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Director Derek Van Barham joins the pod to discuss a shockingly progressive film that welcomes all audiences.  We discuss how to earn a viewers trust and obsess over Jada and Andie.  And, as always, we have Gags of the Week!

Charity Focus of the Week: The Okra Project
Check out their website:
https://www.theokraproject.com/

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Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AnAbsoluteGag

Oct 07 2020

1hr 36mins

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Episode 08 - Micah Kronlokken is a Beauty School Dropout

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Actor Micah Kronlokken joins the pod to discuss an iconic production of a classic musical.  We talk about angels, greasers and Rosie O'Donnell.  Also, Tommy gets nostalgic and gives his gag of the week!

Charity Focus of the Week: Howard Brown Health
Check out their website:
https://howardbrown.org/

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Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AnAbsoluteGag

Sep 30 2020

1hr 30mins

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Episode 07 - Christina Jones Hadda Go Bathroom

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Actor/Playwright Christina Jones joins the podcast to talk about everyone's favorite child caretaker and lush!  We dive into the challenges of playing a perfectly written role after an icon leaves their stamp on it.  Also, Tommy has controversial thoughts and gives his gags of the week!

Charity Focus of the Week: Polished Pebbles
Check out their website:  https://polishedpebbles.com/

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Follow the podcast on Twitter: @AnAbsoluteGag

Sep 23 2020

1hr 24mins

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Episode 06 - Drew Johnson is a Magic Man

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Actor and Podcaster Drew Johnson joins the podcast to discuss a living legend in the world of soccer!  We talk about being a sports fan and the gags live athletic events bring.  Also, Tommy receives criticism from his cat and gives his gags of the week!

Listen to Drew on You Simply Must: http://yousimplymustpodcast.com/

Charity Focus of the Week: Edgewater Castle Futbol Club
Check out their website:
https://edgewatercastlefc.com/

Sep 16 2020

1hr 26mins

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Episode 05 - Ryan Stajmiger Turns Into the Zed Word

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Actor and Filmmaker Ryan Stajmiger joins the podcast to discuss the debut of one of the most fun and exciting filmmakers around!  We dive into what makes him exciting and why his first film is so gag-worthy.  Also, Tommy discusses pest control and gives his gags of the week!

Charity Focus of the Week: My Block, My Hood, My City
Check out their website:
https://www.formyblock.org/

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @anabsolutegag
Follow on Instagram: @anabsolutegagpod

Sep 09 2020

1hr 13mins

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Episode 04 - Brittney Brown Loves a Purple Mink Coat

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Actor/Director Brittney Brown joins the podcast to talk about a pretty definitive performance of an iconic woman in TWO films!  We also induct a person in the Book of Gags for just being themselves.  Plus, Tommy waxes nostalgic about when people could have allergies without fear and gives his gags of the week.

Charity Focus of the Week: Black Girls Smile
Check out their website: https://www.blackgirlssmile.org/

Follow the podcast on Twitter @anabsolutegag
Follow on Instagram @anabsolutegagpod

Sep 02 2020

1hr 20mins

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Episode 03 - Elizabeth Morgan is Tired.

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Actor, folk Singer/Songwriter and future lawyer Elizabeth Morgan brings us a gag that tells you "Willkommen, bienvenue, come in."  An iconic funny lady in one of the most outrageous comedies of all time.  Plus, Tommy auditions for the role of Charlie Brown's teacher and gives his gags of the week!

Check out She's Folks at http://shesfolks.com/

Charity Focus of the Week: Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Check out their website: www.cgla.net

Follow the podcast on Twitter @anabsolutegag
Follow on Instagram @anabsolutegagpod

Aug 26 2020

1hr 23mins

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Episode 02 - Doesn't Patrick Michael Tierney Deserve Love... and Jewelry?

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Buckle up, queens, because this is already an epic, must listen episode!  Actor Patrick Michael Tierney joins the podcast to talk about a quintessential Absolute Gag performance, giving us an iconic movie villain that makes all the gays go wild!  Plus, Tommy has his phone stolen, becomes a stage mom to his cat and of course, goes over his gags of the week.

Charity Focus of the Week: Assata's Daughters
Check them out at  https://www.assatasdaughters.org/

Subscribe to Patrick's YouTube series, Chicago Artist Circle at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5a2WFJblMYkvSASvqCk2sw

Aug 19 2020

1hr 20mins

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Episode 01 - Nick Shoda is Chaaaaaaanging!

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In the debut episode, actor/"famously a roommate" Nick Shoda brings us quite the gag!  A performance of an iconic song by THE iconic singer.  We discuss pop divas of the 90's, lack of respect and media's treatment of female artists.  Also, how most men are garbage!  Plus, Tommy demands respect for his cat son and gives his gags of the week.

***CW: In this episode, we do discuss substance abuse and lightly touch on physical abuse.***

Charity Focus of the week: Brave Space Alliance
Check out their website:  https://www.bravespacealliance.org/

Aug 12 2020

1hr 2mins

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An Absolute Gag Preview!

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Hello, hello, hiyeeee!  Here's a little preview just for you.  It's a little taste, an appetizer, an amuse bouche if you will, of what the podcast An Absolute Gag is going to be about!  Host Tommy Bullington lays out the definition of a "gag" and what to expect from the podcast.  Subscribe on all podcatchers, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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About the Host:  Tommy Bullington is a Chicago based actor and comedian.  He has appeared in over 30 productions across the Chicagoland area and Chicago theatre community.  He's also been a student of Second City Chicago and is going to finish classes there some day.  Some day.  A connoisseur of all things pop culture, he has plenty of opinions to give but he's scared it will upset you so he might hold them in.  He is the proud father to a smol cat named Armand who has one uppy ear and one downy ear.

Follow us on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/anabsolutegagpod/, https://www.instagram.com/tjbull/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnAbsoluteGag

Aug 05 2020

1min

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