Archive for June 2017

Dear Big Ditties: Please don't ever quit the band.

Hey, moms! Hey, everyone! I’ve got a critical item to add to your pressure-cooker of a to-do list. But the good news is that it’s going to lighten everything. Here it is: laugh. Here’s how: watch the Big Ditties’ new video. The Chicago-based band’s motto is “let’s not take ourselves too seriously.” It’s excellent advice for... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, June 26-Sunday, July 2, 2017

In town: Tom Cotter, Lizz Winstead with the Vagical Mystery Tour, Cash Levy, The Hodgetwins, Artie Lange, Mo Amer, and The Capitol Steps. In the news: Taneshia Rice stars in Kevin Hart’s The Next Level on Comedy Central this Sunday at 10:00 p.m. CST. Cameron Esposito appears in the new Sam Elliott movie, The Hero.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, June 19-Sunday, June 25, 2017

In town: MEAT podcast hosts Josh Simpson and Jake Jabbour, Justin Hires, Bruce Bruce, Kyle Ayers, and the authors of Liberal Redneck Manifesto, Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester. In the news: The Open Mic series, created by Kelsie Huff and Daryl Moon has been accepted into the Best Shorts Competition, a worldwide showcase for... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18, 2017

In town: Gary Owen, Erin Foley, Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, Dan Savage, and Reformed Whores. W. Kamau Bell and Dave Helem return to their comedy hometown. Then there are too many excellent acts to list at the Sixth Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. Follow link below for details. In the news: On July 2, Taneshia... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday June 12-Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 12 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. SheFest at Pride Arts Center’s Broadway Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. “Semi-annual celebration of Chicago’s queer female and non-binary artists … poetry,... Read more »

Talking with Jim O'Heir about Chicago comedy, "Parks and Recreation," and slaying in "Middle Man"

Have you ever made a decision – the best, most well-intentioned decision – and then silently screamed as the consequences paved your way to hell? I’m pretty sure every member of the human race has experienced a decision backfiring with a bang or a roar, or worse, just a whimper. Stories of decisions gone wrong... Read more »

AJ Lubecker's "Chicago Goodbye" is one for the books

If you heard that comedian AJ Lubecker is moving to Los Angeles after a groundbreaking eight-year career in Chicago, you might guess two things. First, if he’s been a comedian for eight years, he must be in his thirties. Second, with his life about to change, his focus must be all about the move. Both... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for June 5-June 11, 2017

Ticket alert! Bill Murray with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, October 10. Details here. Following is a fraction of all the great comedy happening in Chicago this week. Please confirm all details!   MONDAY, JUNE 5 CAMP: A Comedy Show at The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, 8:30 p.m. One-year anniversary show featuring Jeff Arcuri,... Read more »