Archive for October 2015

From courtroom to comedy: the unique career of Chicago Comedy Film Festival’s Ray Chao

You know Ray Chao. You may know him from growing up in Morton Grove or from high school at Niles West or from the Game of Thrones trailer that preceded Jurassic World in theaters nationwide last summer. He currently appears in commercials for Ford Motor Co., HP and in a Doritos commercial he created, hopefully... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for October 26-November 1

The best national entertainment news is all about Chicago comedians. Last week, NBC announced the creation of seeso.com, a web-based comedy subscription service for “comedy super fans” to debut in January. The original content will include a stand-up series, Take My Wife, created and produced by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher. The partners in both... Read more »

The best comedy tweets of the week

Let's get the painful stuff over with first:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are now back to not celebrating Back To The Future.</p>&mdash; Wendy Liebman (@WendyLiebman) <a href="https://twitter.com/WendyLiebman/status/657150733700067329">October 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Wendy Liebman always makes me feel better. Her comedy special "Taller on TV" is available on demand and on DVD from Amazon. Highly recommend!
My favorite recent tweets from comedians and comedy writers.        
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for October 19-25

Especially noted: Evanston comedian Peter-john Byrnes records his album Ghost Story at ComedySportz tonight. He has his own memorable brand of smart, relatable, very, very funny comedy. Highly recommend. In more album news, Mikey Manker invites you to celebrate his album release with a party later this week. Congratulations to The Defiant Thomas Brothers! Their... Read more »

The best comedy tweets of the week

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This gate allows you to walk through babies. <a href="https://t.co/fhYjIYrMTE">https://t.co/fhYjIYrMTE</a></p>&mdash; Patrick O&#39;Hara (@patrickocomedy) <a href="https://twitter.com/patrickocomedy/status/652890386436894724">October 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Congratulations to Patrick O'Hara! He won the Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio "Solo Sunday" contest in October. As the winner, he will host November's contest.
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Here are my  favorite tweets this week from comedians and comedy writers. Did you catch my favorite funniest from the #DemDebate? They’re over here.

The funniest tweets from the Democratic debate

There are a billion-and-twenty tweets from last night’s Democratic debate. That’s even more than the number of  Republican candidates! Here are my favorite and funniest from comedians and comedy writers. Personally, I’ll be voting for Martin O’Malley since his initials spell out M.O.M.   Here is Bernie and Hillary to duke it out and 3... Read more »
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for October 12-18

EPIC Fest kicks off this week! It’s the Edison Park Infectious Comedy Fest which runs from Tuesday, October 13 to Sunday, October 18. If features some monster Chicago comedy greats, so be sure to check it out. Three of the Fest’s headliners kindly took time for an interview here. Later this week, Chicago favorites Dan... Read more »

EPIC Fest's Kelsie Huff, Marty DeRosa and Tim Barnes share adventures in comedy

When the organizers of EPIC Fest called it EPIC Fest, they weren’t kidding. They say it stands for Edison Park Infectious Comedy Fest, but no doubt it’s also for the epic line-up of comedians who’ll settle into Edison Park from Tuesday, October 13 through Sunday, October 18. You’ll recognize them from The Late Show with David... Read more »

The best comedy tweets of the week

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Starting a massage parlor called Lumbar Liquidators.</p>&mdash; Adam Burke (@atpburke) <a href="https://twitter.com/atpburke/status/652200108935647232">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Adam Burke recently appeared on Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! You can see him tomorrow night, October 11, at Tuxedo Cat Comedy at the Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St. in Wicker Park at 7:00 p.m. The Chicago Reader named Adam "Best Stand-Up Comic" of 2014.
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My favorite recent tweets from comedians and comedy writers.    
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for October 5th-11th

For every event below, there are fifty more that caught my eye. When something catches yours, please check out the venue’s complete calendar. You’ll be glad you did. Chicago comedy news: Beth Stelling’s Comedy Central half-hour airs on Saturday, October 10th at 11:30 p.m. CST and Dan Telfer’s third album Ocean of Panic debuted last week to... Read more »