Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 20-Sunday, September 23, 2018

Visitors in town: Maz Jobrani, Andy Borowitz and Stavros Halkias. The Chicago Musical Improv Festival begins at iO with groups from all over the country. At Zanies: Sean Patton (Chicago), John Roy (Chicago and St. Charles), Larry Reeb (Rosemont). At The Improv: Brendan Schaub (fresh off last night’s Watch What Happens Live on Bravo) and Pauly Shore.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 17-Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Please confirm all details before leaving home! MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Clickhole Live! at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 7:00 p.m. ClickHole writers present stories and funny PowerPoint presentations. John Roy at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. John Roy grew up in Rogers Park and Evanston and went on to win first place on CBS’... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 10-Sunday, September 16, 2018

Visitors in town: Three Busy Debras, Gretchen Bonaduce, Colin Mochrie with Brad Sherwood, Gina Yashere, Tracy Morgan, Russell Peters, Paul Rodriquez, Wayne Brady. The Cambridge Footlights are here for a rare stateside performance. Marina Franklin returns to her hometown to record an album and free tickets are available! At Zanies: Sarah Colonna (Chicago, St. Charles... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 3- Sunday, September 9, 2018

In town: Maeve Higgins, Mara Marek and Andrew Collin. Chicago comedians Jamie Campbell and Vanessa Fraction return! At Zanies: Tom Rhodes (Chicago), Josh Wolf (Chicago, Rosemont, St. Charles), Mike Toomey (Rosemont). Weekend headiner in St. Charles TBA. At The Improv: John Heffron Ticket alert: Hari Kondabolu at Thalia Hall on October 11. In the news: Matteo... Read more »

Comedian Mara Marek's 4,100 mile odyssey to fight domestic violence

On August 13, comedian Mara Marek got on her bike like she’s done thousands of times before. But that day’s ride was different and Mara is like no other biker. That ride launched Bike, Laugh, Heal, her epic cross-country comedy tour to raise domestic violence awareness and provide support to survivors. The 4,100 mile odyssey... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 27-Sunday, September 2, 2018

Visitors in town: Eric Andre, Alex Pavone, Travis Irvine, Chris Higgins and Hampton Yount. Lil Rel Howery returns to his hometown for Hannibal Buress Presents a Sunday in Chicago. At Zanies: Vince Carone (Chicago), Gabriel Rutledge (Chicago), Frank Caliendo (Chicago), Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson (Rosemont), Taylor Williamson (Rosemont), Calvin Evans (Rosemont) and Tom Clark (St.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 20-Sunday, August 26, 2018

Visitors in town: J. Anthony Brown is here and Michael Ian Black returns to his hometown. Four hundred comediennes are here for the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival! Seventy shows in four days beginning Thursday! At Zanies: Sam Jay (Chicago), Dr. Bill Miller (Chicago), Randy Kagan (Chicago and Rosemont), Larry “Uncle Lar” Reeb (Chicago and Rosemont),... Read more »

Rainer Hersch: "The World's First Classical Hooligan"

GUEST POST by Jeff Ring. Jeff is the editor of Opus Magazine, a publication of the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. In 1996, an audacious young man (Note: well I think 34 is young) appeared on the stage of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prepared to deliver his show “All Classical Music Explained (ACME)”.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 13-Sunday, August 19, 2018

In town: Marc Maron. Returning to their comedy hometown: Fatimah Asghar, Jamie Campbell, Jordan Klepper, Luke Null and Michael Palascak (who was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week. Clip below.) Plus, opportunities to see TJ & Dave and Emo Philips. At Zanies: Russ Williamson (Chicago), Dan Cummins (Chicago), Sam Jay (Chicago), Kevin... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 6-Sunday, August 12, 2018

VISITORS IN TOWN: Amanda Seales, Lorne Michaels, Kevin Allison, Steve Martin and Martin Short. At Zanies: Tim Walkoe (Chicago and St. Charles), Tim Dillon (Chicago), Dale Jones (Rosemont). At The Improv: Godfrey (Thursday-Sunday). iO’s Bentwood Comedy Festival kicks off on Friday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, August 19. This celebration of Chicago improv includes... Read more »