Archive for September 2016

Favorite tweets from the presidential debate

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;m watching the debate tonight with the sound off and Dark Side of the Moon on. <a href="">#debatenight</a> <a href="">#debates</a></p>&mdash; Ed Kaz! (@EdKaz) <a href="">September 26, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Chicago comedy spotlight for September 26-October 2

In town this week: Aparna Nancherla, Lewis Black, Joe Machi, Demetri Martin, Bill Engvall, NeNe Leakes, Will Braden, Chingo Bling, David Venhuizen and Andrew Frank. Plus, Mike Lebovitz returns! The Defiant Thomas Brothers’ new show premieres on Saturday night! Until then, you can read their thoughts in this interview here. Ticket alert: Trevor Noah will speak at... Read more »

Why I have Roseanne's pumpkin seeds

An assignment came across the wires from ChicagoNow this morning. “Write about an inanimate object you have a strong attachment to.” Ha! I don’t really form attachments to inanimate objects … well, maybe there is one. Roseanne’s pumpkin seeds and wristband. I’ve had them since 1993. But first I had to find them. They were... Read more »

Defiant Thomas Brothers are back with a new show and I can't wait to see what they do next!

The Defiant Thomas Brothers are back for a new season from October 1 to November 19 at Stage 773. With that news, 2016 is looking brighter. The Defiant Thomas Brothers’ comedy is about life and reality and their scenes are always undiluted by agendas, messages, and caution. Musically masterful, improbably hummable songs also play a... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for September 19-25

In town this week: Maz Jobrani, Chris Gethard, Kate Beaton, Jamie Lee Curtis,Ari Shaffir, Tom Rhodes, Tim Harmston, Throwing Shade, Adam Carolla, Nemr, Jo Koy and Clark Jones. Returning Chicagoans include Ian Abramson,  Sean White here to record his album, and Bonnie Hunt, who will throw out the first pitch and lead the 7th Inning... Read more »

Superhero with narcolepsy will soar in "Super" pilot debut at iO this Saturday night

There’s a new superhero in town and she does not want the power of invisibility. Her name is Keelyn Klein and she is the first superhero with narcolepsy. Her story unfolds in the web series Super, created by Chicago comedians Sarah Albritton and Catherine Povinelli, who goes by “Povs.”  You can get a free sneak... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for September 12-18

In town this week: The Eric Andre Show is well represented. Both Eric Andre and co-host Hannibal Buress are here (but not at the same time). More cool and rare appearances: Roz Chast, Norm Macdonald, Jo Koy, Jason Segel, and The Cambridge Footlights (which boasts the kind of provenance in the U.K. that Second City... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for September 6-September 11

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of the newly published behind-the-scenes history, Seinfeldia, has two appearances here this week! Visitors also include Monty Franklin, Zoltan Kaszas and comedian and talk show host Stephanie Miller. Adult Swim is in Chicago inviting you to an evening of new cartoons under the stars. In more cartoon news, Bugs Bunny will appear... Read more »

Just Dickin' Around will light up your Thursday night

I can’t wait to tell you about the “Just Dickin’ Around” (JDA) open mic and showcase. But first I want to announce my new address. It’s 3458 N. Halsted, also known as Hydrate Nightclub, which happens to be the home of JDA. JDA’s producers, Krista Atkinson, Marla Depew and Scott Duff have created a rare... Read more »