Archive for September 2017

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 25- Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ticket alert: Lena Waithe at Chicago Ideas Week on Thursday, October 19. Lena Waithe is a 2017 Emmy Award-winning actor and writer for Master of None. She grew up in Chicago and Evanston and is a graduate of Evanston Township High School and Columbia College. She will be in conversation with Uber’s Bozoma St. John... Read more »

Hit with sudden disability, Jen Brea created “Unrest,” won at Sundance and is changing the world.

Jen Brea’s multi-award winning film Unrest is impacting millions of people around the world. Remarkably, she wrote and directed the movie while she was bedridden and severely disabled. Unrest’s story is Jen’s personal story and the story of millions, myself included, who have myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), formerly known by the catastrophically inaccurate name “chronic fatigue... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 18- Sunday, September 24, 2017

Visitors in town: Margaret Cho, James Veitch, Alonzo Bodden,  Adam Carolla, Brennen Reeves, and Garrison Keillor. John Roy returns to his hometown. Ticket alerts: October 29: Hari Kondabolu at The Hideout December 7: Beth Stelling at Thalia Hall December 8: Jim Norton at Thalia Hall In the news: These comedians who got their start in... Read more »

Talking with Jim Gaffigan about his dramatic career turn, the art of comedy, and his upcoming visit to hometown Chicago

This autumn is looking up and I thank Jim Gaffigan for that. He brings his “Noble Ape Tour” to the Chicago Theatre from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14 for five shows. There is also news that his remarkable career is about to become even more so with an abundance of new movie roles,... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, September 11-Sunday, September 17, 2017

In town: Camilla Cleese, Landry, Lisa Lillien, Jo Koy, and Jay Pharoah. Jeffrey Sweet, Nick Vatterott and Dave Helem return to their hometown. Plus, improv groups from around the midwest are here for the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival which begins on Thursday and goes through Sunday. Please confirm all details before heading out!   MONDAY, SEPTEMBER... Read more »

Who belongs at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival? Producer Cody Melcher has the answer.

Is the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival for you? Take this quiz to find out: Is there a topic in this world that inspires your passion and enthusiasm? Are you interested in learning about other people’s passions? Do you want to laugh, share your enthusiasm and learn something new? If you answered “yes” to any of... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight For Tuesday, September 5-Sunday, September 10, 2017

In town: Chris Rock, Camilla Cleese, Alice Cooper, Gina Yashere, Alex Edelman, Jo Koy,  Max Amini, Eddie Pepitone, and Gaby Dunn with Alison Raskin. Judy Tenuta returns to her hometown! Returning to their comedy home for Second City’s Roast of George Wendt this Saturday: George Wendt, Jason Sudeikis, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Sweeney, Tim Kazurinsky, Betty Thomas, Bob... Read more »