Archive for March 2016

Talking with Dwayne Kennedy about life, comedy and his new album

Dwayne Kennedy is both a local Chicago comedian and a national celebrity. He’s an influential voice when it comes to social and political issues, but he also enjoys silliness. In 2016, he released his first album, although he’s been a successful stand-up for thirty years. He has things to say that might be uncomfortable to... Read more »

Talking with Lola Balatro about its secrets and the Night of Unrelenting Splendor

Every so often you listen to an album and then and there you’re committed for life. It’s happened for me a handful of times. Earliest on, it was The Jackson Five’s Third Album. Then came Carole King’s Tapestry, Earth Wind and Fire’s All ‘N All, Heart’s Dreamboat Annie, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, Nirvana’s Unplugged, Hole’s Live... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for March 28-April 3

Visitors to Chicago this week include Alonzo Bodden, Steve Gillespie, Daniel Clowes, and the Silly People’s Improv Theater of the Philippines. It’s a short list, but it’s an interesting one. Just announced April 1: TJ Miller tonight (Friday 4/1) at The Comedy Bar at 10:00 p.m. Tickets here. Chicago’s stars shine bright this week, as... Read more »
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Your Chicago Comedy Calendar for March 21-27

A diverse group of out-of-town visitors this week: Vir Das from India, Trevor Noah formerly from South Africa, Noel Fielding from the U.K., Sophia Loren from Italy, Ralphie May from Alabama. John Mulaney is back in his hometown with Nick Kroll for a few more days. Another former Chicagoan, Mike Lebovitz, returns to headline at... Read more »

A conversation with Adam Quesnell: Despair is the funniest demon

Thank the comedy gods for the timely Chicago appearance of Adam Quesnell. Never have we so badly needed to laugh at despair, to mock it and declare it vanquishable. If you agree, and these days who doesn’t, you’ll want to see Adam when he headlines Black Box Comedy at the WIP Theater this weekend. The... Read more »

Ticket Alerts! I predict these Chicago comedy events will sell out!

March 24-26: Vir Das at The Improv. One of India’s most popular stand-up comics. March 25-26: An Evening With Noel Fielding. From the mighty Mighty Boosh and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Noel Fielding brings his eclectic comic mix of stand-up, animation, music and storytelling to Thalia Hall. March 26: Trevor Noah at The Chicago Theatre. The Daily Show... Read more »
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for March 14-March 20

This week is a wow of a who’s who of the comedy world and I’m talking about Chicago’s own and visitors to the city. Dobie Maxwell’s book launch is tonight!  Then take a look at all the outstanding shows and showcases, many free with free food, every night of the week. I can only list... Read more »

My favorite tweets from Chicago's Trump rally dump

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump rally canceled. Chicago: 1, Trump: 0</p>&mdash; Time Out Chicago (@TimeOutChicago) <a href="https://twitter.com/TimeOutChicago/status/708454461929353217">March 12, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for March 7-March 13

Visiting Chicago this week: Sandra Bernhard, Ross Bennett, Sam Morril, Tony Deyo and Chicago native, Aries Spears. Following is my wishlist for this week if I could do everything and be everywhere! Please confirm all details before heading out!   MONDAY, MARCH 7 Sadsacks and Wisecracks at The High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving park... Read more »
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A Q&A with Dobie Maxwell: Bank robberies and car wrecks are no match for comedy

Upside-down in his crumpled Mustang convertible in the dead of a rain-slicked night, Dobie Maxwell had one question. “What’s funny about this?” How do you develop the kishkes to ask that question when you’re possibly about to die? You can find out next week when Eckhartz Press releases Dobie’s long-anticipated memoirs, Monkey in the Middle.... Read more »