Archive for November 2015

Your Chicago comedy calendar November 30-December 6

It’s the holiday season. (Yay! Ohhhh, shit!) You can find a comedy holiday show to meet every mood incarnation of the season, from traditional Charlie Brown to non-traditional Charlie Brown to Second City’s take on the horror of office parties and every variation in between. Visitors to Chicago this week include Bridget Everett (who changed my... Read more »

Talking with Bridget Everett, who changed my life

“Some of you may not know me, but you will not fucking forget me!” When Bridget Everett took the stage like a nuclear explosion in a shoebox at the “Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Festival” in Tinley Park this summer, those were her words, words which would end up some of the truest I’ve ever... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar November 23-29

Thanksgiving is no exception to the Chicago rule of great comedy every night of the year. Snow, sleet, ice, insufferable temps, holidays and faux holidays. None stand in the way. Comedy, as always, is a refuge and  celebration in its own right. Escape the Thanksgiving table when the conversation turns twitchy. The next day you... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for November 16-22

Another week with THREE comedy festivals: Laughingstock, The Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival at Second City and Corn Comedy Palooza. Some all-time greats in town this week: Elayne Boosler at the Comedy Shrine! Steve Martin and Martin Short at Rosemont Theater! Also hometown favorite Kyle Kinane! Outstanding list of out-of-towners this week continues with... Read more »

Chicago Open-Mic Festival offers free, unique, panoramic view of Chicago's best stand-up comedy

An adventure in comedy is about to kick off and you’ll have thirteen chances to be a part of it starting Thursday night. That’s when the Second Annual Chicago Open-Mic Festival begins. Over the next three nights, the Festival will sponsor twelve open mics at venues throughout Chicagoland. Comedians are challenged to bring their best... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for November 9-15

Three only-in-Chicago comedy festivals this week: Laughingstock: The Chicago Comedy Music Festival Corn Comedy Palooza. Chicago Open-Mic Festival. Interview with producer David Gavri here. It’s a good week if you love comedy and books. This week, Chicago is a book-tour stop for Issa Rae, Rainn Wilson and Greg Schwem. Later this week, The Kates visit... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for November 2-November 8

  This week begins and ends with stand up, sketch, improv and film programs you can only see here. Visitors this week include Ray Chao, John Cleese, Patton Oswalt, Jake Johannsen, Tony Rock, Frank Caliendo, Paul Hooper, Alingon Mitra, Fortune Feimster, Kevin Williams and New Yorker cartoon guru Bob Mankoff. Paula Poundstone and Bill Maher... Read more »