Archive for December 2016

Chicago New Year's Day comedy spotlight for January 1, 2017

The Second City’s Fast, Loud & Funny at Second City’s UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Social media, relationships and other modern day plagues. Shows throughout the week. Follow link for details. Seventh Annual New Year’s Day Hangover Marathon at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 6:00 p.m. Cody Melcher hosts... Read more »

Rebecca O’Neal and WCIU premiere Chicago’s One Night Stand-Up on New Year’s Eve

Chicago comedy fans! A dream comes true this New Year’s Eve. You can enjoy stand-up from some of the city’s best comedians in the comfort of your home. No frozen steering wheels. No wind-blasted hair. No parking hassles. Just a happy evening of laughter in your living room with the talent that makes Chicago a... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for December 26-30

In town this week: Lachlan Patterson and Julian McCullough. Returning Chicagoans include Liza Treyger, Chris Redd, Drew Michael, Nick Vatterott and Nate Weatherup. Ticket alerts: The 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is January 5-15. This world’s largest sketch comedy fest takes the chill out of January with unforgettable comedy and artists. Schedule and tickets... Read more »

New Year's Eve comedy events in Chicago

Thank you for reading Comedians Defying Gravity in 2016. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017 and a year as excellent as the laughs about to usher it in! I’ve seen times and ticket availability change even as I’ve put this calendar together, so please confirm details before heading out. Please email me at Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for December 19-25

Visitors this week: Barry Crimmins, Kurt Metzger and Rob Mailloux appear together at The Laugh Factory. Michael Palascak and Brian Babylon return to their comedy hometown, as do Joel Chasnoff and John Roy in Christmas Eve for the Jews, which also stars Chicago comedian, author and tv/radio host Aaron Freeman. Please confirm all details and... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for December 12-18

Visitors this week: Tig Notaro, Carl LaBove, Finesse Mitchell, Al Jackson, Paul Morrissey, Raphie May and the Impractical Jokers. In the news: Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Steve Gadlin is a Chicagoan and the original comedic mind behind Shark Tank smash hit “I Want to Draw a Cat for... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for December 5-11

Guests! Comedians visiting this week include Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho, Alycia Cooper, JSmiles, Chris Fleming, Butch Bradley, Steve Rannazzisi, Adam Ferrara, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu. Mike Stanley returns to his comedy hometown with his new album and DVD, Shiner, available on the Stand Up! Records label. Ticket alert! Paula Poundstone at Thalia Hall on May... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for December 1-4

In town this weekend: Marc Maron, Kathleen Madigan, Brian Posehn, Rashaad Wright, Jake Johannsen, Christopher Titus and Steel Panther. Returning to his comedy hometown: Lenny Schmidt. Television alert! Tonight, Chicago’s Sean Flannery is on Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening at 11:00 p.m. CST. He is one of comedy’s best storytellers and has experienced more... Read more »