Archive for December 2017

Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, December 26-Thursday, December 28, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues’ Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:00 p.m. Produced by James Allen Kamp, creator of the most excellent DJ Tone-Knee kicks off the evening at 6:00 p.m. Stand-up showcases at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. RSVP for free admission. Early arrival recommended. Seats go fast! Always... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for New Year’s Eve 2017

Everyone who took the time to stop in and read CDG or speak with me in 2017: thank you! You are the highlights of the year! Only comedy can tempt me to step out into the icy chasm of New Year’s Eve. There are a lot of great temptations this year. Did I forget anything?... Read more »

The season's best new tradition: "Christmas for the Jews" with Joel Chasnoff!

When I first heard about Joel Chasnoff’s show “Christmas for the Jews,” I had a big question. Where has he been all my life? Well, he was growing up in Evanston and attending Solomon Schechter Day School. He spent summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and traveled to Israel with Ramah during high school. That... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 18-Monday, December 25, 2017

Visitor in town: Chris Fleming (a/k/a/ Gayle Waters-Waters). Returning Chicagoans: Joel Chasnoff, Kevin McCaffrey and Dave Helem. I made this list. Please check it twice and confirm all details! MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 CAMP: A Comedy Show at Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, 8:30 p.m. Free comedy showcase created and produced by Tessa Orzech and Samantha... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 11-Sunday, December 17, 2017

Visitors in town: Joe List, Bryan Callen, Jim Breuer, and The Tenderloins (Impractical Jokers). Returning to their hometown: Matt Braunger and Mike Lebovitz. In the news: The Kates University is open for enrollment for stand-up classes beginning in January. More here. Movie award season is here and The Big Sick, written by Kumail Nanjiani and... Read more »

I’m a liberal blogger. Chad Prather is a conservative comedian. Can we talk?

One day in 2015, Chad Prather sat at the steering wheel of his pickup truck mulling over a bad experience at Target. We all know how it is. A simple errand derails in a cascade of rudeness and incompetence. Had it been me, I would have driven home on autopilot, blowing through red lights while... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight For Monday, December 4-Sunday, December 10, 2017

Visitors in town: Josh Gondelman, Mark Curry, Steve Rannazzisi, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Norton, Michael Carbonaro, Rhett & Link, and Bob Garfield. Lots of people returning to their comedy hometown: Aaron Weaver will record his debut album on Wednesday. Later in the week: Tim Meadows, Beth Stelling, Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh, and Nate Weatherup. Ticket alerts: December... Read more »

Aaron Weaver will ask the big questions at his album recording on Wednesday night

This Wednesday, December 6, Los Angeles comedian Aaron Weaver returns to his comedy hometown to record his debut album in front of a live audience. Like many comedians around the country, he’s chosen “Comedians You Should Know” as his venue. CYSK is known for its intimate atmosphere and smart comedians. You can always count on... Read more »

Take A Good Look! Ernie Kovacs’ rule-breaking, long-lost comedy game show is back!

When Ernie Kovacs got up in the morning, he did it like nobody else. Ernie Kovacs never did anything like anyone else. His widow, the singer, actor and comedian Edie Adams, had clear memories of mornings with her husband. She told Kovacs estate archivist Ben Model that Ernie “woke up on a manic high and... Read more »