Archive for January 2017

Chicago comedy spotlight for January 30-31, 2017

Thornton and Messing at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, 7:00 p.m. An evening with two of Chicago’s renowned improv stars: Susan Messing (Annoyance Theatre, Messing with a Friend, the Reader‘s “Best Improviser”) and Michael Patrick Thornton (Second City, Private Practice, award-winning actor). One hundred percent of the actors’ proceeds go to the ACLU. Tonight and... Read more »

Saturday Night Live: bring back Katie Rich. We're all poorer if you don't.

  All the way through elementary school I attended the Chaos B. Mayhem Progressive School in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. That wasn’t its actual name, but it was the ‘70s and it may as well have been. Our math teacher was growing pot in the class terrarium and four grades were thrown together in one... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight January 24-29, 2017

This week’s returning Chicagoans: Ian Abramson and Godfrey. More visitors this week: Louie Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, Jim Jefferies, Kyle Cease, Langston Kerman, Steve Trevino and Ken Bone. Yes, Ken Bone from  the debates of presidents and sweaters of  rouge.Take a look at the shows listed this week and you’ll find... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, January 23, 2017

MONDAY, JANUARY 23 Hoo Ha Comedy presents B**** Nation at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. A comedic look at things that make us crazy. Featuring Meredith Kachel, Lainie Lenertz, Carly Ballerini, Stephanie Hasz, Nate Burrows, Kristen Toomey and more TBA. Best of the Second City, at Second City 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for January 21-22, 2017

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre in Rogers Park, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Follow link for multiple outstanding storytelling and comedy events. The Capitol Steps at The North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Presenting the “What to expect... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for January 20, 2017

Fillet of Solo Festival at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre in Rogers Park, 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Follow link for outstanding storytelling and comedy events, including the kates, You’re Being Ridiculous, Gayco, Nestor Gomez, Stir Friday night and more. Janelle James at Second City’s UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 7:00 p.m.... Read more »
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President Barack Obama's greatest comedy hits and a thank you for being our headliner-in-chief

I’m hoping I won’t bring Secret Service running if I say no one blows up the stage and kills with a mic like President Barack Obama. He deserves the title Honorary Comedian. He’s got the heart, the spirit, and certainly the timing and delivery which just got better and sharper and more confident over the... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, January 19, 2017

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Good Girl/Bad Year at @North Bar, 1637 W. North Ave., 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Lainie Lenertz. Featuring Alex Kumin, Jeff Arcuri and Reena Calm. Stand-up celebrating the most personal and regrettable moments of 2016. The Capitol Steps at The North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Presenting the... Read more »

What A Joke Comedy Festival transcends Inauguration Day weekend with support for the ACLU

How will you spend Friday, January 20th? Gnashing your teeth, smashing your head through the wall and venomously wishing that Conway woman a crappy birthday? (As the malevolent fates have it, January 20 is also her birthday.)  If so, you will be relieved and happy to learn of a most ideal alternative: laugh. And I... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for January 16-18, 2017

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Feminist Happy Hour: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye Edition at The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6:00 p.m.  This comedy variety show is in tribute to the Obamas tonight. Special surprise guest Sameena Mustafa. Featuring Veronica Arreola, Jasmine Davila,  Colette Gregory and Jill Hopkins-Olewnik. Hosted by Alicia Swiz. Ladylike at Cafe Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave.,... Read more »