Chicago comedy spotlight for Friday, January 14-Friday, January 21, 2022

Catching up on Chicago comedians in the news: Meg Indurti was the author of the New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs column on December 13th. Chicago comedians were prominent on Vulture‘s 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of 2021. On the list: Adam Peacock’s My Neighbors Are Dead and Caleb Hearon’s and Shelby Wolstein’s Keeping Records. Drew Michael... Read more »

A New Year's Eve cancellation won't stop Dana Olsen

A New Year's Eve cancellation won't stop Dana Olsen
NOTE: I’d hoped for years to speak with prolific comedy writer and comedian Dana Olsen. Flash forward to 2021! Dana, Paul Barrosse and Victoria Zielinski were set for the world premiere of Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue at Studio5 in Evanston, December 28-31. Alas, Covid took a toll and the show is cancelled... Read more »

The time for "Vic & Paul & Dana's Post-Pandemic Revue" is now! A Q&A with Vic & Paul

The time for "Vic & Paul & Dana's Post-Pandemic Revue" is now! A Q&A with Vic & Paul
Vic, Paul and Dana have a crucial message for our impossible times: It’s time to get out of the house, gather in a safe, comfortable cabaret and laugh like crazy! The three comedians, more formally known as Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen know what they’re talking about. Together and separately, they have created... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021
Wishing everyone health, happiness and every good thing in 2022! Thank you very much for reading “Comedians Defying Gravity” this year. I appreciate every time you’ve dropped in! Following is a list of ways to bring in the New Year with laughter. Please confirm all details! Cochran NYE Comedy at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake,... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Sunday, December 5-Sunday, December 12, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Sunday, December 5-Sunday, December 12, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Happy surprise in our Happy Meal: Kumail Nanjiani as his Eternals character Kingo. CBS Sunday Morning interviewed iO alum Adam McKay about his new movie Don’t Look Up starring Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio. Ticket Alerts: December 23: Erev Christmas Eve Show at The Skokie Theatre. Starring Lia Berman, Seth... Read more »

When Harry Met Rehab: A Q&A with Melissa Gilbert & Dan Butler about healing and laughter

When Harry Met Rehab: A Q&A with Melissa Gilbert & Dan Butler about healing and laughter
In 2011 in a widely-publicized incident, Chicago sports-radio personality Harry Teinowitz was arrested for driving under the influence. He has now transformed that pain into a port-in-a-storm for all of us. When Harry Met Rehab opens at the Greenhouse Theater Center on Wednesday, November 24 for a limited engagement through January 30. ESPN’s Spike Manton... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight: Tuesday, November 23-Sunday, November 28, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: Five books by Chicago comedy alums are nominated for the GoodReads’ Best Humor 2021 Award: You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, Big Time by Jen Spyra, She Memes Well by Quinta Brunson, Where the Deer and Antelope Play by Nick Offerman and The... Read more »

Shelby Wolstein & Caleb Hearon launch the best conversation starter in the universe

Shelby Wolstein & Caleb Hearon launch the best conversation starter in the universe
Shelby Wolstein and Caleb Hearon’s podcast is out of this world. The comedians host Keeping Records where guests answer two profound questions: What would you send into space so aliens could understand humanity? What would you delete from human history? These questions aren’t theoretical. In 1977, NASA shot a time capsule into space aboard the... Read more »

Chicago comedy ticket alerts for 2022!

Welcome to my Comedy Ticket Alerts Megalist for 2022! Since we’re still in a “plandemic”, please confirm all details. If you click on the “calendars” tab above, you can see listings for even more shows in my (mostly) weekly calendar posts. Thank you for dropping by. Please keep checking in and I’ll keep updating these... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight: Tuesday, November 16-Sunday, November 21, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight: Tuesday, November 16-Sunday, November 21, 2021
When I started these calendars, I was advised to limit each post to ten shows. But if you’re a comedy fan, Chicago is a candy store. There’s something good everywhere all the time. I could never limit the list to ten. Before I know it, it’s eighteen or thirty-seven and I’m compulsively adding every show... Read more »