Archive for July 2016

Mainstream American Comic Hari Kondabolu appears at Chicago’s Hideout on July 30

Death threats stop some people. Hari Kondabolu isn’t one of them. He specializes in truth-telling comedy. I really should say comedic truth-telling because the funny is paramount.  Either way, there’s zero tolerance for censorship or ceding ground to bullies. His comedy is on-point and his observations fearless. When he holds a difficult subject up to... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for July 25-31

In town this week: Hari Kondabolu, Ira Glass and Steve Byrne. Home for a limited engagement:  Cook County Social Club, The Puterbaugh Sisters and Katie McVay! Chicago comedy news: tune in to Jeff Ross’ Roast Battle on Comedy Central, July 28-31 to see Chicago roasters exceptionales, Sean Flannery, Sean White, Meredith Kachel, Ms. Pat, CJ... Read more »

I vacationed with Tom Cotter and you can, too, at The Improv, July 22-24

Tom Cotter had me at “hello.” What the heck, before “hello.” Did we even say hello? More on that in a minute. Fifteen minutes before our interview, I had chaos. Mice roamed a bombed-out bathroom. A contractor spent ten minutes yelling at me over the phone. Another ran in and out picking up equipment with... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for July 18-24

Visitors this week include Tom Cotter, Lisa Lampanelli, Jay Pharoah, Joe Rogan, Jimmy Shubert and JT Habersaat. Robert Hines returns to his hometown, too. The Chicago Comedy Exposition is this weekend. The stand-up festival features Chicago comedians, visitors and more comedians coming home. Some of the shows are even free. Check it out below! Ticket... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for July 11-17

This week’s list of visitors includes groundbreaking comedians and writers: Jessi Klein, Tim Allen, Big Jay Oakerson, Mike Birbiglia and Ray Harrington. Comedians whose careers began in Chicago are in the news: Rhea Butcher’s debut album will be released on August 19 on the label Kill Rock Stars and is now available for pre-order.  Her first... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for July 5–10

This week is a stand-out for returning hometown stars. They include Jeff Garlin, Michael Palascak, Jeffrey Sweet, Ian Abramson, Jonathan Kite and Jack Benny. Yes, Jack Benny. Brad Zimmerman is here to begin his long anticipated month-long run in My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy. Penn & Teller are in Chicago for a film... Read more »

Your Chicago comedy calendar for the 4th of July weekend

Happy 4th! I hate fireworks. I know. Too unpatriotic to admit. But really. The crowds, the scramble for a postage-stamp-sized patch of of itchy grass (and that’s just the parking), the high decibel crackling and booming, the burning debris plummeting towards our upturned faces while we marinate in a haze of spent explosives, Budweiser, bug repellent,... Read more »