Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, June 18-Sunday, June 24, 2018

Visitors in town: Kenny Leon, Phylicia Rashad, Rodney Perry, Colin Jost and Nick Swardson. All at the Chicago Theatre on Friday: Bert Kreischer, Sal Vulcano, Nate Bargatze and Chicagoan Kyle Kinane. At Zanies: Calvin Evans (Chicago), Jason Cheny (Chicago and Rosemont), Jeff Dye (Chicago and Rosemont), and Brad Wenzel (St. Charles). At The Improv: Pablo Rodriguez... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, June 11-Sunday, June 17, 2018

Visitors in town: Carol Burnett, David Sedaris, Ira Flatow (and the Science Friday crew) and Kenny DeForest. At Zanies: Pat McGann (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), World Series of Comedy (Rosemont), Dobie Maxwell (St. Charles), Michael Palascak (St. Charles). At The Improv: Warren B. Hall and Felipe Esparza. Following is this week’s Spotlight. Please confirm all... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, June 4-Sunday, June 10, 2018

Visitors in town: Neal Brennan, Joe Rogan, and The Bodega Boys. The Lit AF Tour is here with Martin Lawrence, Bruce Bruce, Rick Smiley and two Chicagoans returning to their hometown, Adele Givens and DeRay Davis. There are many unique comedy-related events at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend. Details below. At Zanies: Dr.... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, May 29-Sunday, June 3, 2018

This week comedians return to their hometown: Liza Treyger is at Comedians You Should Know. David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are in town for The Onion Comedy and Arts Festival, plus many more visitors. Details below. At Zanies this week: Marcella Arguello, Tracey McDonald (Chicago), Kevin Bozeman (Rosemont), and Vince Maranto (St. Charles). At The Improv: Deon... Read more »

Got monsters? Get laughing at Pure & Weary’s “Monster Show” at Second City

Who are your monsters, baby? Does Frankenstein’s monster give you chills? Are you intrigued by the search for Nessie? Or are internal monsters more distracting, like anxiety, self-doubt, fear of the unknown? Personally speaking, I could type out an A-Z encyclopedia of ‘em right here. Is it the glimpses of monstrousness in others that are... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, May 21-Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Visitors in town: Finesse Mitchell and Angelo Lozada are here. Plus, there’s an extensive line-up of great comedy at The Promontory where TruTV’s Laff Mob’s Laff Tracks is recording live through Wednesday. Complete list of participating comedians here. At Zanies: Mark Reedy, Dan LaMorte, Larry Reeb, Pat McGann At The Improv: Comedy School Graduation, Piff the... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 14 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

Visitors in town: Heather McDonald, Rob Lowe, Heathens of Comedy. Returning to their hometown: Jim Gaffigan, Aries Spears, Dave Helem, Sean White, and Megan Gailey. At Zanies: Dulce Sloan (The Daily Show), Mark Reedy, Megan Gailey, Charlie Berens, Rob Sherwood, and Michael Easton with Roger Howarth (General Hospital). At The Improv: Aries Spears Ticket Alerts:... Read more »

Talking with Rita Rudner about her upcoming visit to Crystal Lake, motherhood, and other reasons to celebrate

Something extraordinary but not surprising happened at Rita Rudner’s Chicago appearance last year. It was at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. I was there. She had just finished her show and as always, she invited the audience to ask questions. A man seated on the main level didn’t raise his hand or... Read more »

Jan Slavin is a rising, ageism-fighting comedy star, but you’ll never guess how she got here

I wouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Jan Slavin’s comedy and music career spanned her entire professional life. A triple threat, she is a singer, comedian and writer. She most recently appeared at the Improv with the Kates and is a hit at clubs and showcases around Chicago. Jan is also one half of... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 7- Sunday, May 13, 2018

Visitors in town: Rita Rudner, Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley of #IMOMSOHARD, Chris Rock, David Drake, Anthony Jeselnik, and Ashley Hamilton. Plus, Festival Laughs is here: Sommore, Don “DC” Curry, Tony Rock, Arnez J, and George Wallace. (Two Rock brothers are here the same week!) Jeremy Piven returns to his hometown with a weekend of performances at the Laugh... Read more »