Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, July 20-Sunday, July 23, 2017

Visitors in town: Dean Edwards, TuRae, Sandra Bernhard, Tim Dillon, Tone Bell, Ben Moore, and Tim & Eric. Dave Helem returns to his comedy hometown! In the news: Ian Abramson is on Comedy Central’s @Midnight tonight (Wednesday, July 19).  He got his comedy start in Chicago and is known for his completely fresh and original... Read more »

New Chicago comedy ticket alerts

Usually, I pair new ticket alerts with the weekly calendar. This week I came across so many I decided the alerts needed their own post! Click on the theater name to connect to events. As always, thank you for dropping by to see what I’ve got. iO Dick Smothers at the Third Annual Musical Improv... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 17-Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 17 The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff. POV at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m. Free talk show highlighting the week’s upcoming shows. Hosted by Michael McCarthy and the cast... Read more »
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Craving laughs and sanity in a crazy world? That’s why we’ve all been “Waiting for Huffman.”

Would you rather? Would you rather be a comedian with a diverse and ever-growing resumé and a record of sold-out shows? Or would you rather be tasked with officially explaining Chicago’s schools and airports? It turns out there are two people named Lauren Huffman in the city of Chicago. Comedian Lauren Huffman is one of... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, July 13-Sunday, July 16, 2017

Visitors in town: The Get Down Comedy Tour with Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, DL Hughley and George Lopez. Andrew Santino returns to his hometown. Eddie Brill is one of the celebrity judges at the Clean Comedy Challenge. Jeff Dye, Jonny Loquasto and Jessica Michelle Singleton are here, too. Brad Zimmerman has arrived for a summer stay... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 10-Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 10 The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff. Got Her Back at MCL Chicago Comedy Theater, 3110 N. Sheffield, 7:30 p.m. A monthly comedy showcase celebrating Chicago’s women in comedy. A... Read more »
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Actual Murderers reveal their next (comedy) hit this Sunday

There’s a new comedy show in Chicago this weekend. The show is innovative and fresh even in a town known for reinventing comedy. There’s nothing expected about it including what I’m about to say, which is that the show was created by Actual Murderers. Actual Murderers are Joe Fernandez, Chris Hauser, Danny Patton and Matt... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, July 6-Sunday, July 9, 2017

THURSDAY, JULY 6 Laugh Riot Comedy Showcase at 350 Brewing Company, 7144 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park, 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets required. Dinner and comedy. Hosted by Brian Hicks. Featuring Michael Palascak, Jonah Jurkens and Mona Aburmishan. Congrats on Your Success at Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., 7:00 p.m. Featuring Carly Kane, Ben Noble,... Read more »

A Q&A with Brad Zimmerman about "My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy"

How long have your dreams been on hold? Did you let those dreams disembark from your life, then whizz past them on life’s highway as they frantically tried to flag you down? Eventually, you’re too many exits away to turn around and retrieve those dreams. It’s too late. Says who?! Not Brad Zimmerman. In 1978,... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 3-Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff. 50 Shades of Green at Frances Cocktail Lounge, 307 E. 75th St., 8:00 p.m. A green attire event with Taneshia Rice in celebration of her birthday... Read more »