The COVID Council of Comedians: Pandemic Purchases Revealed!

It happened again this morning. It happens every morning. The ominous thuds on the doorstep. The whump whump of objects thrown against concrete. An engine revs then accelerates outside. Again the dreaded question: What the heck did I order this time? To paraphrase a current game on social media, following are five items I may... Read more »

The COVID Council of Comedians Convenes!

Turn to the comedians! That’s how I get through good times and bad. Let’s say it’s pouring torrential rain in the midst of a global pandemic. Several weeks ago your hair went Cruella de Vil and your spouse is stomping around the house because of … well, whatever the latest quaranscream irritation is. And you’re... Read more »

Chicago comedy online events: Saturday, May 16-Saturday, May 23, 2020

Author and former comedian Mo Willems talked with Jimmy Fallon this week and said, “Science will get us out of this, but art will get us through this.” In that spirit, Chicago comedy has our backs every day for as long as this lasts and beyond. Following are ways Chicago comedians are looking after us... Read more »

Fourteen ways to give back to Chicago comedy now!

From improv to stand-up, Chicago is where great comedy is born! During these hard times, we have an opportunity to give back to the folks who have uplifted our spirits, inspired and kept us laughing every day of the year through blizzards and heat waves, celebrations and turmoil, and everything in between – this includes... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, March 9-Sunday, March 15, 2020

Visitors in town: Amy Miller, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Ross and Dave Attell, Jimmie JJ Walker, the comedians of Entre Nos (Aida Rodriguez, Erik Rivera, Jerry Garcia). Andrew Santino returns to his hometown. At Zanies: Dobie Maxwell (Chicago), Mike Vecchione (Chicago), Butch Bradley (Chicago, Rosemont), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont). At The Improv: Adam Ferrara, Dr. Bill... Read more »

The Unstoppable Momentum of Brendan Gay

Talking with Brendan Gay, something sprang to mind. It was a conviction I have, but don’t often say – that comedians are the high priests of our culture. They articulate issues that we don’t know how to express. They reveal perspectives we hadn’t considered. They’re unflinchingly honest. Whatever insight they bring, they lift us up... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, March 2-Sunday, March 8, 2020

Visitors in town: Geoff Tate, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dara Ó Briain, Drew Lynch. Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine return to the Chicago Theatre for the latest installment of My Dad Wrote a Porno. Gino Bisconte and Aaron Berg are here for an episode of In Hot Water. Returning to their comedy hometown: Ian Abramson,... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, February 24-Sunday, March 1, 2020

Visitors in town: Nate Bargatze, Piff the Magic Dragon, Ross Mathews, Anthony Rodia. Jeremy Piven returns to his hometown. At Zanies: Dobie Maxwell (Chicago), Tom Clark (Chicago), Jessica Kirson (Chicago), Anthony Bonazzo (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Sensational Six Showcase (Rosemont), Tom Clark (Rosemont), Tom Clark (Rosemont), Nick DiPaolo (Rosemont). At the Improv: Kevin Bozeman,... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, February 17-Sunday, February 23, 2020

Visitors in town: Joe DeRosa, Trixie Mattel, Todd Barry, Tim and Eric. At Zanies: Dobie Maxwell (Rosemont), Mia Jackson (Rosemont), Tim Walkoe (Chicago), Dwayne Kennedy (Chicago), Moses Storm (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Intro to stand-up class with Bill Gorgo (Rosemont). At The Improv: Warren B. Hall, Felipe Esparza. At Riddles: Ambrose Jones. Ticket alert:... Read more »

Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still! Kristina Kuzmic’s new memoir will change your world

If Kristina Kuzmic were a different type of person, she would be traveling to Chicagoland this Thursday to promote a cookbook. She would be sitting on top of a cooking show empire. She could have been the new face of culinary artistry. That’s the dream that television execs offered her just a few years back.... Read more »