Archive for April 2018

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 30 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

Visitors in town: Wham City Comedy, plus Sklar Brothers with Daniel Van Kirk. John Cusack returns to his hometown. At Zanies: Doug Benson, Bill Miller, Christina Walkinshaw, April Macie, Brandon Vestal, and Jason Cheny. At The Improv: Celeste Barber and Steve Byrne. Chicagoans in the news: Michael Palascak appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 23-Sunday, April 29, 2018

Visitors in town: Stephen Tobolowsky, Patton Oswalt, Raanan Hershberg, Jonah Ray, and Kathleen Madigan. At the Improv: The Kates! Also, Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy, and Ken Garr.  At Zanies: Chris Kattan and Friends, Jared Freid, Larry Reeb, Alex Edelman, and Vince Maranto. Ticket Alerts: May 5 and 6: Doug Benson at Zanies... Read more »

Baby won’t sleep? Jim O’Heir’s "Lullaby League" makes parents’ dreams come true!

Shhhhh! I want to shout and tell the world about an innovative new show. But we have to be quiet. It’s all about babies sleeping. The show is Lullaby League and it’s hosted by Jim O’Heir who played the lovable, eminently decent, mishap-prone Jerry Gergich on Parks and Recreation. In Lullaby League, exhausted parents of... Read more »

Justin Golak's guarantee: At Killing Your Darlings, you'll never hear the same joke twice

Justin Golak has discovered a secret to human creativity and he’s sharing it. Not only is he sharing it, he is putting it on stage. The monthly show is Killing Your Darlings at The Den Theatre and you can see it this Friday, April 20 and every third Friday of the month. Justin got started... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 16-Sunday, April 22, 2018

Visitors in town: Several events this week bring the stars together. Baratunde Thurston, Tamer Kattan, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Felonious Munk and Alex Kumin get together for the Define American Film Festival. Stephen Colbert, Kathryn Hahn, Ana Gasteyer, Marg Helgenberger and more will be here for Northwestern’s (very) Starry Night. Open Books and Laughs at The Laugh Factory features... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 9-Sunday, April 15, 2018

Vistors in town: Paula Poundstone, Jay Leno, Andrew Dice Clay, Jon Lovett, and Kevin Hart. Horatio Sanz returns to his hometown. In town for the “I Heart Halal” Festival: Mo Amer, Ramy Youssef, Zainab Johnson, and Ahamed Weinberg.  At Zanies: Ryan Hamilton, Mick Foley, and Joe Bronzi, plus Michael Palascak returns to his hometown! At The... Read more »

Nemr’s Lebanese-American comedy is powerful enough to change the world

When I hung up the phone after my conversation with Nemr, I was changed. I felt a surge of optimism and emotional strength. The world felt smaller in a good way and I could envision the connections between people, even where we’ve been told that there aren’t any. Then I saw my voicemail light flashing.... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 2-Sunday, April 8, 2018

Visitors in town: Nemr, Maria Bamford, Rachel Bloom and the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Weird Al with Chicagoan Emo Philips. Also returning to their hometown: Rainn Wilson and Jeff Garlin. At Zanies: Andy Woodhull, Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng and John Caponera. Jeff Garlin’s show is a special event at the Chicago Zanies on... Read more »