Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 12-Sunday, November 18, 2018

Visitors in town: Tenacious D, MST3K, Myq Kaplan, and the women of Hello Sunshine: Cameron Esposito, Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Bush, Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Luvvie Ajayi, Priya Parker, and MILCK. Gary Gulman is here!!! At Riddles: Jay Deep hosts Alex Olinger, Em Brown and Mohammed at the Damon Williams Comedy Jam. At Zanies: Bill Miller... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 5-Sunday, November 11, 2018

Visitors in town: Bill Burr, Ian Edwards, Wayne Federman and a big name yet to be announced by Lincoln Lodge (see below). At Zanies: The premiere of Laugh Till You’re Winded (Chicago), Emo Philips (Chicago and Rosemont), Jubal Flagg (Chicago and Rosemont), Tim Cavanaugh (Chicago), Dr. Bill Miller (Rosemont), and Bill Gorgo’s stand-up class begins... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 29 - Sunday, November 4, 2018, including Halloween!

Visitors in town: Phoebe Robinson, Abbi Jacobson, Craig Ferguson, Tom Hanks, and Jo Koy. At The Improv: Shawn Wayans – who gave me some of the best advice I ever got when I spoke with him last year – and Josh Alton. At Zanies: Darrell Hammond (Chicago and Rosemont), Jeff Arcuri (Chicago), , Jimmy Shubert... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 22-Sunday, October 28, 2018

Visitors in town: Ahmed Ahmed, Michael Rice, Aretha Sills. Weather Girl disco sensation Martha Wash is in Chicago to take on a comedic role! The Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! 20th Anniversary Show is here with Paula Poundstone, Negin Farsad, Roy Blount Jr., Alonzo Bodden, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tomcat Bodett, Chicagoans Brian Babylon, Peter Sagal,... Read more »

Chicago stand-up is the star in Michael Alexander's new movie "Laugh Till You're Winded"

One day back in the eighties, a young man from Chicago went to L.A. on vacation and decided to take in a show at the Comedy Store. As he waited in line, Michael Alexander had no idea that a moment was fast approaching that would change his life forever. Actually, it was a comedian who... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 15-Sunday, October 22, 2018

Visitors in town: Chris Gethard, Hannah Gadsby, Gad Elmaleh, Busy Philipps, author Adam Nayman, and comedian-at-heart Neil deGrasse Tyson. Jill Soloway and Faith Soloway return to their hometown this week to celebrate the release of Jill’s memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy. They’ll be joined by mom and author, Elaine Soloway.... Read more »

Meg Indurti talks about “Bordering on Hilarious” and how you can support immigrant children’s rights on Thursday, October 11

In August 2001, Meg Indurti immigrated to the United States from Hyderabad, India. On the bright side, she was with her family, she already excelled in English and her parents were excited to give their children new opportunities. More difficult, she stood out in her class – never an easy thing for an eight-year old... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 8-Sunday, October 14, 2018

Visitors in town: J Smiles, Hari Kondabolu, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee, and Erica Rhodes. Skokie native Esther Povitsky (Niles North alum) returns to Chicago. At Zanies: Jared Fried (Chicago), Dr. Bill Miller (Chicago), Andrew Schulz (Chicago), Steven Haas and Becky Robinson (Chicago), Michael Issac (Rosemont), Erin Foley (Rosemont), Lenny Schmidt (St.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 1-Sunday, October 7, 2018

Visitors in town:  Lewis Black, Nora McInerney, Guy Branum, Eric Schwartz, The Amazing Johnathan, Jay Larson, and The Mormon and the Meth-Head (Jessa Reed and Aaron Woodall). In town for the Chi City Comedy Jam: Sheryl Underwood (University of Illinois alum!), Kountry Wayne, Tony Roberts, Lavell Crawford, Earthquake, DC Young Fly and Chicagoan Taneshia “Just... Read more »

Talking with Brian Babylon about his new album and how he became the Prince of Bronzeville

The Prince of Bronzeville is royalty Chicago-style. He won’t smile remotely or speed by you in a carriage and make you strain for a glimpse. Not at all. The Prince of Bronzeville, a/k/a Brian Babylon, tells the unvarnished truth, makes it one-hundred percent funny and greets fans warmly when they recognize him on the street.... Read more »