Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 3-Sunday, December 9, 2018

Visitors in town: James Adomian, Jon Heder. Jaboukie Young-White returns to his hometown. Details below! At Zanies: Russ Williamson (Chicago), Marty DeRosa (Chicago), Steven Haas (Chicago), Jake Johannsen (Chicago and Rosemont), April Macie (Chicago and Rosemont), Nate Weatherup (Chicago), Mr. Showtime (St. Charles). At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Jam. At The Improv: Steve Trevino. In... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 26-Sunday, December 2, 2018

Visitors in town: Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle, Trailer Park Boys and Jimmy Carr. Conan O’Brien is here with Ron Funches, James Veitch, Taylor Tomlinson and Flula Borg. Jane Lynch returns to her hometown. At Zanies: Kellye Howard (Chicago and Rosemont), Michael Issac (Chicago), Mark Normand (Chicago), Steve Rannazzisi (Chicago and Rosemont), Russ Williamson (Rosemont),... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 19-Sunday, November 25, 2018

Visitors in town: Kate Willett and David Sedaris. Kyle Kinane returns to his comedy hometown. Plus, two events where there are too many celebs to list:  Second City’s 24-hour marathon on Monday and “Comedians You Should Know Tenth Anniversary Show” on Wednesday. Saturday Night Live’s Chris Redd (a Chicagoan!) is expected at both! Details below.... Read more »
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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 »

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 »