From Geico caveman to cold sober comedy: A Q&A with John Lehr

From Geico caveman to cold sober comedy: A Q&A with John Lehr
As Geico’s spokesperson, John Lehr played the most highly evolved caveman in the history of humanity. He was known for his metrosexual style, sensitive nature, and pained response to the word “Neanderthal.”  Business Insider called him one of the greatest, most recognizable brand icons of all time. After infusing the prehistoric spokesman with unforgettable personality,... Read more »

Paper Machete to celebrate American women in media with an original May 22 event

Paper Machete to celebrate American women in media with an original May 22 event
I’ve always wanted to know how Christopher Piatt creates a once-in-a-lifetime show every single week. For over a decade, I’ve also been curious about the name of that show: Paper Machete. What does it mean? Does it mean that like paper, the show is essential to civilization, discourse and the arts? And like a machete,... Read more »

Spotlight on 14 shows: Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22, 2022

Spotlight on 14 shows: Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22, 2022
TICKET ALERTS! May 26: John Lehr at Gateway Foundation Benefit at Chicago History Museum June 3-4: Kurt Braunohler at The Den Theatre June 11: Pat McGann at the Raue Center, Crystal Lake June 19: Gwen La Roka at Zanies Chicago June 24-25: Kyle Kinane at Chop Shop July 15-16: Rick Overton at The Comedy Shrine,... Read more »
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Spotlight on thirteen comedy shows: Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8, 2022

Spotlight on thirteen comedy shows: Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8, 2022
TICKET ALERTS: May 14: Neal Brennan added a day to his appearance at The Den Theatre after May 12-13 sold out. Tickets still available for May 14. May 26-28: Michelle Wolf at The Den Theatre. May 29: Vicki Quade presents the 29th Anniversary of Late Nite Catechism with a special performance and 29 tickets available... Read more »

Ten-Show comedy spotlight: Wednesday, April 6-Sunday, April 10, 2022

Ten-Show comedy spotlight: Wednesday, April 6-Sunday, April 10, 2022
CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS Chicago comedians are on the national stage talking about Will Smith, Chris Rock and the Oscars. Curtis Shaw Flagg, president of operations at Chicago’s Laugh Factory, appeared on Fox News here. Chris Redd was Will Smith on Saturday Night Live. Colleen Brennan and Janice Rodriguez released the third season of... Read more »

Chicago comedy show spotlight: Thursday, March 24-Sunday, March 27, 2022

Chicago comedy show spotlight: Thursday, March 24-Sunday, March 27, 2022
Chicago comedians in the news: Gwen La Roka, the winner of HBO’s Latino Comedy Competition, is the voice of Mom in Viva Kids Films’ Around the World in 80 Days. This new animated feature will be released in theaters on May 6. Subscribe to Pat Tomasulo’s newsletter to be the first notified when his new... Read more »
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The Gift and the Not Gifted: Ross and AJ are now on Whatifi!

The Gift and the Not Gifted: Ross and AJ are now on Whatifi!
Parties are stressful! Never mind the pressure to be social, fascinating and bubbly. What about birthday parties and the search for the perfect gift? Ross Kelly and AJ Lubecker nearly died on that quest on a sweltering day in Topanga Canyon. There was no other way. Their friend Bob bestows a “Best Party Person Award”... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight: Wednesday, March 2- Monday, March 7, 2022

TICKET ALERTS: March 19: Beth Stelling at The Den Theatre March 25: Lauren Hooberman hosts Adam Kwaselow and headliner Paul Farahvar at Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park. A Funnier By the Lake Production. This show will sell out! April 9: River Butcher at The Den Theatre April 12: Seth Meyers at The Vic June 17:... Read more »

Smash the patriarchy. Keep the pawtriarchy. A Q&A with Cara Connors

Smash the patriarchy. Keep the pawtriarchy. A Q&A with Cara Connors
Cara Connors describes herself as a “former Catholic high school/current queer, corn-fed comedian.” That’s just part of the story. She started out in the Chicago suburbs, then moved to New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, all the while picking up experiences, insights, and brilliant comedic steam. Cara grew up in Niles and attended Regina Dominican... Read more »
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Natasha Pearl Hansen's comedy is a toast to life

Natasha Pearl Hansen's comedy is a toast to life
Natasha Pearl Hansen canceled her wedding. Then she did something even more surprising. Never mind that the wedding was weeks away and the venue was nonrefundable. Of more concern, friends and family had saved the date and booked their hotels. They wanted an occasion. This award-winning comedian was not going to let them down. On... Read more »