Gevaart, in his set, had a different take: "Are we gonna do a Betamax? Are we gonna do a Laserdisc of this one?"
The 28-year-old Rogers Park resident told of growing up in a "war zone" in Indiana: "It was a war against being interesting or having fun."
The second comic, 27-year-old Stephanie Hasz, from rural Wisconsin, did a frank, funny set explaining her desire for men "short enough that I could kiss them without their cooperation," or, perhaps better, for one who would appear in her bed naked, when necessary, but not otherwise bother her.
Among her printable reasons for wanting a man: "I have really weak forearms, but I love pickles."
Burke closed by being smart on a whole range of notions, although he later said he had to be careful because he didn't want to repeat material that'll be on his forthcoming first album.
Actually finding something new to say about Chicago's recent heat wave, he compared it to "waking up each morning like you're in the final stages of full-blown malaria. The fever dreams alone have been exquisite."
"The heat is so oppressive," he added, "you start taking it personally. You think you're the victim of some bad solar vendetta."
He wondered, too, whether we fail to keep social media in perspective: "According to Twitter, I have over a thousand followers. Jesus had 12."
Only a few more than a dozen were on hand for the recording session — it's a small room — and most were people who knew the comics. Matt Byrne got an invite because he had written about Chicago comedy for A.V. Club Chicago, the recently closed local adjunct to A.V. Club, The Onion's national pop-culture website.
"I love the idea," said Byrne, who works at a Logan Square record store. "I was a bit mad that I didn't think of it first."
"It's very intimate. It's like they're speaking to me," said Katie Call, seated in the front row, who got her invitation by reaching out to Esposito on her Facebook page.
"This is so Chicago," Esposito told audience members between sessions, summoning mock bravado to urge them to savor the experience because "I'm gonna be very famous very soon."
In her own stage time, Esposito made the case. She told of her Italian family, of being a lesbian visiting a strip club for the first time, and of missing the Logan Square neighborhood since moving out to L.A.
Logan Square, she explained to podcast listeners, is Brooklyn if you're living in New York or Echo Park if you're in Los Angeles.
"For those of you living in other parts of the country," she added, "I'm talking about Portland."