Archive for November 2017

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 30-Sunday, December 3, 2017

Visitors in town: Iliza Shlesinger and Billy Gardell. Returning to hometown Chicago: Michael Palascak, Liza Treyger, and Nick Offerman. Ticket alerts! December 6: Aaron Weaver returns to Chicago’s Comedians You Should Know for his live album recording. Get your tickets soon! December 29: Hannibal Buress at Lyric Opera House with special guest Thundercat. June 12, 2018:... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 27-Wednesday, November 29, 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Yas Queen! at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 8:00 p.m. “A variety show starring women, produced by women, for everyone.” Shane Torres at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Through Wednesday.   Best Night Ever at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, 9:00 p.m. Dave Losso hosts Geoff Asmus, Mary Santora, Jake... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 20-Sunday, November 26, 2017

In town: Shawn Wayans and  Alingon Mitra. Returning to their comedy hometown: Chris Redd, Tom Thakkar, Emily Galati, Kyle Kinane, and John Caponera.  A “who’s who” in improv and music will appear nonstop for 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday at Second City. Keep reading for details. In the news: Congratulations to Kelsie Huff, Daryl Moon and... Read more »

Here’s why Shawn Wayans is the perfect comedian for Thanksgiving weekend

My holiday preparations are all done. At least, the important preparations! But don’t be hating! You can do it, too. Here’s how: go see Shawn Wayans at the Improv the weekend after Thanksgiving. After a conversation with Shawn last week, I felt spiritually and mentally ready for the big weeks ahead. For one, he has... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 13-Sunday, November 19, 2017

Visitors in town: Kate Huffman, Nikki Glaser, Gabriel Routledge, John Hodgman, Steve Burton with Bradford Anderson, Erik Griffin, James Adomian, and the New York Kings of Comedy: Mark Viera, Talent Harris, Drew Fraser, Rob Stapleton, and Capone. In the news: Kelsie Huff, Meredith Kachel, Erica Clark, James Kamp, and Charna Halpern spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 6-Sunday, November 12, 2017

Visitors in town: Ilana Glazer and Phoebe Robinson, Lily Tomlin, Hari Kondabolu, Emma Willman, Kyle Ayers, and Andy Dick. Returning to their comedy hometown: Jill Soloway, Sonia Denis and Dino Stamatopoulos. Chicago comedians on late night: Stephen Colbert will be a guest on Conan tonight (along with all-time great Rod Man who’s not a Chicagoan, but I... Read more »