Archive for March 2017

Chicago Ideas hosts Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," and his best advice is ...

Chicago is known for its magnificent architecture, but right now I’m not thinking of brick and steel. Chicago is also known for its magnificent architecture of the mind. Chicago Ideas is a non-profit that specializes in bringing the world’s most innovative thinkers to Chicago to sync up with their local counterparts, namely you. As Chicago... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for March 27-April 2, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 27 Chicago Improv Festival: Full schedule and details here Bassem Youssef at Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 6:30 p.m. Bassem Youssef, “the Egyptian Jon Stewart” is here to discuss how he became a comedic pioneer in the Middle East with his satirical television news program Al Bernameg. He is the... Read more »

Talking with Chicago Improv Festival's Jonathan Pitts about stars, laughs, and the divine right to play

How about a healthcare plan for the spirit? Appointments are available all this week! Low co-pays ($5-$25). High pay-off in laughs and other transcendent benefits. This plan is open to everyone and it’s called the Chicago Improv Festival. The Festival runs Monday, March 27-Sunday, April 2. Jonathan Pitts created the Festival with Frances Callier in... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, March 23-Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ticket alert! Superior Donuts’ Jermaine Fowler will be at Zanies May 3-May 5. Please confirm all details! THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Dennis Miller at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, 8:00 p.m. Dennis Miller won five Emmy and three Writers Guild of America awards for Dennis Miller Live and as a Saturday Night Live cast... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, March 20-Wednesday March 22, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 20 Manic Mondays at SLR Bar & Grill, 16409 Halsted, Harvey, 8:00 p.m. Comedy and music hosted every Monday by Just Nesh and Marilee. The Armando Diaz Experience at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. This long-form 2-act improv show was originally created by Dave Koechner, Adam McKay and Del Close. Tonight’s special... Read more »

Chicago native and Super Troopers co-creator Jay Chandrasekhar honestly tells all in his new memoir "Mustache Shenanigans"

  When Jay Chandrasekhar decided to write his memoirs, he began by putting every story on the page “regardless of how incriminating some of the details were.” Then, as many celebrities do, “I figured I would go back later and ‘clean them up’ for public consumption.” But Jay is not just any celebrity. He forged... Read more »
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7 years after death, comedy legend Greg Giraldo returns to spotlight in upcoming biography

Speaking to Matt Balaker I came close to slipping up and calling him “Greg.” Matt, along with Wayne Jones, are the authors of the upcoming definitive and only book about ingenious comedian Greg Giraldo who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2010 at the age of forty-four. Talking with Matt even by phone... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for March 13-19, 2017

Visitors this week: David Spade, Joe Rooney, Thunder Levin, Carlos Mencia, Nate Craig and Tom Segura. Michael Palascak returns to his comedy hometown! Ticket alerts:  Jim Gaffigan added a third show to his stop in Chicago this fall. His Noble Ape Tour will now be at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, October 13 (7:00 p.m.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for March 6-12, 2017

Visiting this week include: Maz Jobrani, Mike Lebovitz, Joe List, Kevin Pollak, Ed Hill and Eddie Brill. Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy bring the Comedy Get Down World Tour to the United Center on Saturday. UPDATE 3/10: The Comedy Get Down Tour has been postponed. Ticket alerts! March... Read more »
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Yes, and ... you must take improv classes if you want to work for Chicago consulting company Mavens

At Mavens Consulting, employees are expected to be fluent in improv. No improv background? No worries. You’ll be flown in to train at Second City from wherever you are on the planet. Mavens is helmed by CEO Prasad (“PK”) Kanumury and this year the Chicago company celebrates its tenth anniversary. Mavens’ mission is “to connect... Read more »