Category: Entertainment

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, February 10-Sunday, February 16, 2020

Visitors in town: Kristina Kuzmic! Team Coco and “Comedy Battle Royale” are here celebrating the NBA All-Star weekend with special shows and guests. Sterling and Shannon Brown bring “Oh, You Got Jokes?” to Chicago. Plus, the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival is here. See below for all the comedy all-stars. At Zanies: Dwayne Kennedy (Chicago), Kelsie... Read more »

D’s Mixed Nuts will crack you up! A Q&A with Denise Medina

She may not have known it at the time, but Denise Medina was well-prepared to become one of Chicago’s fastest rising comedy stars. Now 52, the mom of two teenage daughters has blazed her own path since she was a student at Northeastern Illinois University. Back then, she envisioned becoming an intern at one of... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Friday, January 31-Sunday, February 9, 2020

Visitors in town: Yvonne Orji, Lewis Black, Chaunte Wayans, Sklar Brothers, Chris Tucker, Sean Hayes. At Zanies: Chris Kattan (Rosemont), Bobby Slayton (Chicago), Jayson Cross (Chicago), Sugar Sammy (Chicago, Rosemont), Tim Dillon (Chicago, Rosemont), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont). At The Improv: Jamie Kennedy, Carlos Mencia. At Riddles: Diane Corder Birthday with Foolish, Stan Da Man,... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, January 20-Sunday, January 26, 2020

Visitors in town: The Capitol Steps, Orny Adams, Kev Adams, Adam Carolla, Terry Fator, Brian Regan, Bruce McCulloch. Returning to their hometown: Lecy Goranson and Drew Michael. The 2020 Fillet of Solo Festival continues. At Zanies: Adam Burke (Chicago), Ms. Pat (Chicago), Marty DeRosa (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Larry Reeb (Rosemont). At The Improv:... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, January 13-Sunday January 19, 2020

Visitors in town: Michael Lenoci, Chris Fleming, Rajiv Satyal, Jackson Galaxy, Joe Avati. Chris Redd and Lil Rel Howery return to their hometown. In addition to their show on Sunday, there may be some surprise appearances around the city this week. Three Festivals in Chicago this week with too many visitors to name. Find them... Read more »

The legendary Practical Theatre Company returns for four nights only! A Q&A with Paul Barrosse

In just a few short days, if you’re in the right place at the right time, a rare comedy portal will open and you’ll have a chance to step through it. That’s the vision I had as I spoke with Paul Barrosse. I saw a capsule filled with laughter, raucous originality, comedians, music, and Saturday... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 23-Sunday, December 29, 2019

Visitors in town: The Harlem Globetrotters. Janelle James will be at several Laugh Factory shows this week. Details here (too many to list). Two comedy festivals bring VIPs: DeRay’s Comedy Count Down Festival of Funny with Michael Blackson, Lil Duval, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Red Grant, B Simone, Howie Bell, Chico Bean, Chicago’s Sky Days,... Read more »

When Joel Chasnoff is in town, Christmas is for everyone

The last trick-or-treater had just departed. Seconds later all of it started. Jingle bells. Ho ho ho. Happy shouts. Biggest birthday party in the world … Not invited. Left out. Actually that’s no longer true. Now major winter celebrations include all us Jews. Santa’s not the only one traveling the globe. There’s also a holiday... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 16-Sunday, December 22, 2019

Visitors in town: Matt Ruby, Atheer Yacoub, Girls Gotta Eat (Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine), Rick Goldschmidt, Michael Carbonaro, Claudia Oshry, Matt Rogers. CJ Sullivan returns to his hometown. At Zanies: Kelsie Huff (Chicago), Tony Woods (Chicago), Larry Reeb (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Michael Palascak (Rosemont). At The Improv: Steve Byrne. At Riddles: TBA.... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for New Year’s Eve 2019-2020

Following is the New Year’s Spotlight. Three venues offer family-friendly options: The Blue Man Group, Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg, and Damon Williams’ Clean Comedy Kickback. Details below. Thank you for reading Comedians Defying Gravity in 2019. Wishing you a happy and healthy decade ahead and a year as excellent as the laughs about... Read more »