Archive for October 2016

For life lessons, look to the comedians

The teletype started tapping this morning and an assignment emerged: what is your favorite thing you’ve ever written? My favorite thing I’ve ever written is every interview I’ve done with every comedian I’ve ever spoken to (plus some other folks who aren’t comedians, but for this day and since ChicagoNow says NOW, I’ll just mention... Read more »

JT Habersaat's Misanthrope is punk rock comedy at its best

How do you become the godfather of punk rock comedy? Ask the man himself, JT Habersaat, and you’ll find it’s got everything to do with punk rock values. Connecting with your audience comes before cash. Inclusiveness and honesty are key. Conformity is meaningless. Build your platform to the specifications of your own unique vision. Work... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for October 24-30 and Halloween

In town this week: Abbi Jacobson, Laurie Notaro, Dr. Demento, Dave Feherty and Jeremy Hotz. Ticket alerts!  Dave Attell is at The Improv next week. Tickets Tig Notaro will be at the Harris Theater on December 17. Tickets here. Do you have your tickets for the Chicago Podcast Festival (November 17-19)? Interview with Festival creator... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for October 17-23

Visitors this week include Maz Jobrani, Jon Dore, Ahamed Weinberg, Ryan de la Garza, Brad Wenzel, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Dwayne Perkins, Gallagher, Nick Offerman and Dylan Moran. Returning to their comedy hometown: Emily Galati and Michael Palascak. In town for Chicago Ideas Week: Bob Saget, Phoebe Robinson, Negin Farsad and Bryan Cranston. Following is... Read more »

The Bosom Friends face fear with funny in Lobotomy Myself and I

Gaahhhhh! Arrgh! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! How do you deal with fear? How do you face phobia? Do you explode in nonsensical exclamations of terror? (Raising hand.)  Anger? Tears? A lobotomy? (All tempting, too.) The Bosom Friends have a better way: laughter. The Bosom Friends are Brookes May, Kelly Ann Johnson and Rachel Pokay. They met in Second... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for October 10-16

In town this week: Ryan Dalton, Brad Wenzel, Monroe Martin, Ryan de la Garza, Guy Torry and the Trailer Park Boys‘ Randy and Mr. Lahey. John Roy returns to his comedy hometown. Gayco, one of Chicago’s most successful sketch groups, celebrates its twentieth anniversary with the return of several ensemble members. In the news: Chicagoan... Read more »
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My favorite funny tweets from Presidential Debate #2

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This year has been so nuts I wouldn&#39;t be at all surprised if David Bowie was just nonchalantly sitting in the audience at the debate tonight</p>&mdash; Michael Cavadias (@michaelcavadias) <a href="https://twitter.com/michaelcavadias/status/785266359668207616">October 9, 2016</a></blockquote>
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You can REQUEST the next "Comedian of the Month" at Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio

Want to score Chicago comedy gold and win prizes for your favorite Chicago comedian? You can do it right now whether you’re in Old Town, Tinley Park, Transylvania or Tulsa. You can do it at 9:00 a.m. or by the light of the moon. The new REQUESTS feature at Chicago’s Comedy Scene Radio makes it... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for October 3-9

In town this week: Terry O’Quinn, Adam Conover, Jake the Snake, Shawn Wayans, Louis C.K., Andy Zaltzman, Carlos Mencia, Hasan Minhaj and Bill Maher. Ticket alert! Scott Adsit will appear at the Chicago Podcast Festival on November 19 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Scott is a Northbrook native who became part of Second City’s Mainstage cast.... Read more »
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My favorite funny tweets of Rosh Hashanah 5777

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I don&#39;t mean to force religion on anyone but the Jewish people are really onto something ending this year right now.</p>&mdash; Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) <a href="https://twitter.com/joshgondelman/status/782724430187429888">October 2, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Happy Rosh Hashanah! To everyone who doesn’t start the year today, wishing you a happy, healthy rest-of-this-one and the next. May we all be inscribed in the book of laughter.