Archive for December 2015

Your Chicago comedy calendar for December 28-January 3

The biggest lesson I learned about Chicago comedy in 2015: get on the Twitter Train (and try saying that fast when you’re explaining it to people). Main reason, you’ll catch a lot of pop-up quickly sold-out shows. Aziz Ansari and Hannibal Buress each tweeted a series of spontaneous Chicago shows in 2015. This Christmas Eve,... Read more »

Chicago's New Year's Eve Comedy Events

Happy New Year and thank you to everyone for reading Comedians Defying Gravity in 2015! Lots of ways to see out 2015 and bring in 2016 with comedy. Wishing you a warm and funny NYE and all good things in the year ahead. Please confirm details and ticket availability before heading out and hey, please... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for December 21-27

This week is all about hometown Chicago and Christmas coming early. Before the holiday even gets here, there’s Junior Stopka on Monday night at North Bar with “The Twelve Comics of Christmas” and it’s free! No charge to see a dozen of Chicago’s most groundbreaking, award-winning, memorable, funniest comedians. Merry Christmas! Starting Tuesday night, Chicago... Read more »
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Getting personal with Mike Cronin

“I like you guys. I’m going to tell you something a little personal,” Mike Cronin says towards the end of his album, Hot for Too Long. The statement got a huge, extended laugh. Mike’s set was already personal, a lot personal, and in the best way: in a no-fear, we’re friends, I can tell you... Read more »

My favorite tweets from the Republican debate

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The candidates will now speak in order of how batshit crazy they are. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GOPDebate?src=hash">#GOPDebate</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Greenfield (@jcgreenx) <a href="https://twitter.com/jcgreenx/status/676942477744545792">December 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for December 14 - 20

Looking for a perfect holiday gift? How about a faaaabulous showcase? The price is right. Many of Chicago’s showcases are free. Those not free are often only $5 – $10. Sometimes you’ll even find free pizza and in some cases (although not this week), free pancakes. Several people have said to me that budget keeps... Read more »
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for December 7-December 13

A familiar face on Comedy Central tomorrow night! Tune in to @midnight at 11 p.m. to see Dan Telfer, formerly of Chicago Underground Comedy (ChUC). He was one of Chicago’s most popular stand-ups before he moved to L.A. a couple of years back. He is recognized around the world for his “Best Dinosaur” viral video... Read more »

Gift guide: best books for the Chicago comedy fan

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=tiny+ladies+in+shiny+pants+based+on+a+true+story&sprefix=tiny+ladies%2Caps%2C165">Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants</a>
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Chicagoan Jill Soloway's pre-<i>Transparent</i> biographical essays. 
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Season 2 of <i>Transparent</i> premieres December 11, but Amazon Prime members can enjoy a sneak peak here: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Transparent-Wedding-Photo-Season-Tease/dp/B017I3KTV6/ref=sr_1_3?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1449080700&sr=1-3&keywords=transparent">Transparent</a>
My two favorite things are Chicago comedy and books. Combine the two and you’ve got the perfect gift. Here are my front-runner ideas for the Chicago comedy biblioholic in your life. (Add pie, hot chocolate, a comfortable reading light, peace and quiet and you’ll have given them nirvana.) Which books would you add?