Archive for May 2017

Our Lady of the Chicken

The teletype started tapping at 9:00 p.m. The lights in the house were off. We were awash in gloom. But it was ChicagoNow. “Write about something you hate to rely on, but couldn’t live without,” he says. I started writing. Late. But I started. Somewhere I changed the “t” to a “v.” It was dark.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for May 30-June 4, 2017

In Town: Curtis Konner, Steve Byrne, Al Jackson and James Hodge. Deon Cole and Emily Galati return to their comedy hometown. Plus two comedy festivals this week … TruTV, The Onion, A.V. Club and Clickhole Present the 4th Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival with Patton Oswalt (taping his Netflix special), Aparna Nancherla, Christopher Guest, Ian... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, May 24 and Memorial Day Weekend

In town: Mel Brooks, Janelle James, Ricky Gervais, Ryan Donahue and Don Friesen. Aries Spears is back in his hometown. Ticket alert! Season passes are now on sale for Chicago Underground Comedy’s 4th Annual Summer Series. Details here. In the news: Launched! Funding for Super Narcoleptic Girl Comedy Web Series by Sarah Albritton and Catherine “Povs”... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 22-Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 22 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. POV at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m. A free talk show about all this week’s programming at iO. Hosted by Michael McCarthy.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, May 18-Sunday, May 21, 2017

In town this weekend: Janelle James, Eddie Pepitone, Mitch Fatel, April Macie, Nikki Glaser, Jim Breuer and Tape Face. Dave Helem also visits his comedy hometown. Ticket alerts: Doc Love’s F*ck Last Call at The Comedy Clubhouse on May 27. This select Saturdays-at-midnight (technically, Sunday) stand-up showcase is fast becoming known for selling out in... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 15-Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 15 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. Ladylike’s 1-Year Anniversary at Café Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave., 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. A welcoming space where women get to tell their... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14, 2017

FRIDAY, MAY 12 The Kates at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m. Chicago’s all-women always-excellent and diverse comedy showcase produced by Kelsie Huff. Tonight features Sarah Bright, Marla Depew, Erin Field, Katie Oliver, Elizabeth Gomez, Amy Sumpter, Miden Wood and hosted by Caitlin Checkeroski. Kate Micucci and Aubrey Plaza at The Music... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Wednesday, May 10-Thursday, May 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Sound Opinions at The Movie: Wayne’s World at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 7:00 p.m. A tribute to Wayne’s World on its 25th anniversary. Hosted by Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune) and Jim DeRogatis (WBEZ). Don’t Kid Yourself: Hey, Ma! at Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave., 7:30 p.m. Monthly... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 8-Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In town: Brad Wenzel and Karl Hess. In the news: The Late Show on Tuesday celebrates the 20th anniversary of Stephen Colbert’s first appearance on The Daily Show with a reunion. Guests: Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry. Stephen Colbert is a Northwestern alum and got his start at Second City.  MONDAY, MAY 8... Read more »
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Chicago gets a visit from U.K. comedy star Russell Howard, who talks the talk and walks the walk

One of the things Russell Howard enjoys about his U.S. comedy tours is people-watching in coffee shops without being mobbed and asked for a photo. Not to give the wrong idea, he loves and appreciates the attention when he’s home in the U.K. But for the moment, the popular British comedian can wander U.S. cities... Read more »