Archive for October 2017

Comedy Store legend Lue Deck danced with Richard Pryor, surprised Steve Martin, filmed Robin Williams and that was just the beginning

On his first night pursuing the dream, Lue Deck found himself sleeping under the hedges in a church yard in Burbank, California. The next day, comedian Ollie Joe Prater would offer Lue a job as the doorman at Los Angeles’ world-famous Comedy Store and and it would transform his life forever. Doorman at the Comedy... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 30-November 5, 2017

In town: Paula Poundstone, Denis Leary, Toya Turn Up, Darren Fleet, Zainab Johnson, Nick Swardson, Dana Gould, and Alan Alda. The cast of Superior Donuts is here: Maz Jobrani, Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani and Rell Battle.  Returning to comedy hometown Chicago: Michael Palascak, David Sedaris (Art Institute grad) and David Koechner. In the news: Netflix announced Season... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 23-Sunday, October 29, 2017

Visitors in town: Jak Knight, Paula Poundstone, Trevor Noah, Marlon Wayans, Judy Gold, Vladimir Caamano, Dave Merheje, Luke Burbank, and Hari Kondabolu. Returning to hometown Chicago: Matt Bellasai and Katie McVay. Ticket Alert: November 17 and 18 The Lincoln Lodge Presents: James Adomian at Under the Gun Theater. January 20 Jo Firestone at The Hideout.... Read more »

More stand-by tickets released for The Daily Show in Chicago, plus your weekly spotlight for Monday, October 16-Sunday, October 22, 2017

Visitors in town: Bridget Everett, Trevor Noah, Whitney Cummings, Aasif Mandvi, Mark Normand, Michael Kosta, Valerie Bertinelli, and Sheba Mason (who’s here through October 22). JB Smoove, Sheryl Underwood, Earthquake, Corey Holcomb, and DC Young Fly are all here for the Sweetest Day Comedy Jam, which also stars Chicagoan Taneshia Rice. Returning to hometown Chicago: Lena Waithe... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 9-Sunday, October 15, 2017

Visitors this week: Damien Lemon, Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Rob Sherwood, Bill Bellamy, and Sheba Mason. Returning to hometown Chicago: Jim Gaffigan, Michael Palascak, Bill Murray, and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher. Ticket alert: The cast of the CBS hit Superior Donuts – Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani and Rell Battle – will all be at at Zanies... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 2-Sunday, October 8, 2017

This week we need comedy and comedians more than ever. Comedy’s value is in the laughing for sure, but the laughing springs from connecting through fresh and therapeutic perspectives. Chicago comedy offers that restorative effect every week and thankfully, this week is typical which means it’s extraordinary. The Chicago Podcast Festival begins tonight and goes... Read more »