Archive for April 2017

Chicago comedy spotlight for April 24-30, 2017

In town this week: David Sedaris, David Venhuizen, Josh Cocks, Grace Thomas, The Decepticomics, Gilbert Gottfried, Costaki Economopoulos, Ryan Dalton and Jamie Kennedy. The Look At Me Now Tour is here with Lavell Crawford,Jay Pharaoh, Dominique and Chicagoans Michael Colyar, Rip Michaels, Sean Dale, Shagg Nice and Ricky Rampage. Also returning to their comedy hometown:... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, April 20-Sunday, April 23, 2017

In town! Rita Rudner, Rod Man, Nicole Byer, Russian comedians Revva & Galustyan, The Dollop’s Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, and David Sedaris. Please confirm all details before setting out!   THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Legendary Laughs at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 7:00 p.m. This new show combines Second City’s favorite scenes from its history, plus... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 17-Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Guests in town this first part of the week include Jay Leno, Myq Kaplan, Steve Hostetter, and returning Chicagoans Craig Robinson, and Jeff Garlin who makes special appearances at Chicago Underground Comedy and Comedians You Should Know. Please confirm all details before setting out! MONDAY, APRIL 17 Multiple Comedy Shows at @North Bar, 1637 W.... Read more »

Talking with Rita Rudner about the science of comedy, her record-breaking career and her upcoming Skokie appearance

I’d never spoken with Rita Rudner before, but hanging up the phone I felt the warmth and glow of finally catching up with a good friend. And then I realized I’d just asked one of the greatest comedians of our time for her shoe size (more on that later). Fortunately, Rita Rudner is known as... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for April 13-16, 2017

In the news: Sameena Mustafa was featured in the Chicago Tribune this week with the great news that she is getting ready to run for Congress in 2018. Ian Abramson appeared on Conan on Monday night and in headlines the rest of the week from The Chicago Tribune to Entertainment Weekly. No surprise to his fans... Read more »

18 surprising things Alec Baldwin told us at Chicago Ideas’ Curiosity Series

This past Tuesday night, Alec Baldwin revealed who he is “beyond the screen” to a rapt, sold-out audience at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre. Chicago Ideas’ CEO Jessica Malkin hosted the evening as part of the Curiosity Series, which offers rare opportunities to interact with innovators from every walk of life. During the hour-long talk which included... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for April 10-12, 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 10 The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff. Martha Kelly at @North Bar, 1637 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. From the hit FX series Baskets. Martha Kelly is here tonight and... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday April 6-Sunday April 9, 2017

In town this weekend: Deon Cole (back in his hometown!), Ritch Shydner, Erin Foley, Brian Regan, Ali Wong, Sammy Obeid, Irene Fagan Merrow and Chloe Radcliffe. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are here to record their podcast, My Favorite Murder. Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer and announcer Jen Spyra is here via video on Thursday... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 3-Wednesday April 5, 2017

Comedy visits: Judy Gold, Joel Chasnoff, Janine Ellis, Ritch Shydner and Erin Foley. Megan Gailey returns to her comedy hometown. In the news: Cameron Esposito hosted the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night. Write-up in The Advocate here, which also notes that the ceremony will air on the LOGO network this Thursday night. I can’t find... Read more »

Pure & Weary's "Roaring In Our 20s" is the show we need today

Katherine Biskupic and Leah Frires are the duo Pure & Weary and together their creativity has sparked a show that accomplishes the impossible, or at least what seemed impossible before they did it. Their show Roaring in Our 20s provides an original, healing, comedic perspective on our current confusing sociopolitical times. That would be enough,... Read more »