Archive for December 2018

Talking with the Late Show's Emmy Blotnick about truth, salmon, and the beauty of myth busting

When I asked Emmy Blotnick what her comedy says about her, she said: “A lot of my comedy is trying to reevaluate things I learned and took as fact.” And just like that, I had my New Year’s resolution. Challenge assumptions! Question beliefs! It’s the path to liberation. In Emmy’s comedy, it’s also the expressway... Read more »

"Who made God?" and other questions with Pat McGann

Pat McGann is a hit with audiences of all sizes, from his three kids who are ages six, five and four to sold-out arenas where he opens for Sebastian Maniscalco. On the Late Show with David Letterman, Pat got the audience roaring with laughter over his role as clothes-washer-in-chief, the dampening effect on his love... Read more »

New dad! New material! New Year! Michael Palascak is here!

I may have spoken with Michael Palascak during the busiest week of his life. True, he’s been on the go since his comedy career began in 2004. Back then, he was a graduate of Second City and had been invited to join the well regarded improv group Mission IMPROVable. He had to decline because he... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 24-Sunday, December 30, 2018

Visitors in town: Joel Chasnoff and AJ Lubecker return to their hometown! Moody McCarthy is here with Joel. Bruce Bruce, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Arnez J are here for an early New Year’s Comedy Jam. At Zanies: Pat McGann, Michael Palascak, Landry. At The Improv: Christopher Titus. At Riddles: Damon Williams. New Year’s... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2018

Comedy is necessary every day, but New Year’s Eve is when we need comedy at the utmost. On New Year’s Eve, we’re supposed to reflect on the past year and brace ourselves  — I mean, make resolutions – for next year. That’s a lot to ask of one night! You know what’s more therapeutic and... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 17-Sunday, December 23, 2018

Visitors in town: Amy Schumer, Bonnie McFarlane. At Zanies: Larry Reeb (Chicago), Pat McGann (Rosemont). At The Improv: Jim Flannigan and Tommy Davidson. At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Jam presents Shaun Jones. Ticket alerts: December 27: Messing With a Friend with Susan Messing at The Annoyance. January 10-20: Chicago SketchFest line-up has been revealed and... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 10-Sunday, December 16, 2018

Visitors in town: Something unprecedented is happening at Weiner’s Circle on Saturday night and it involves Jeff Garlin and friends! Details below! At Zanies: Andy Woodhull (Chicago), Grant Lyon (Chicago), Emily Galati (Chicago), Tin Foil Hat podcast (Chicago), Marty DeRosa (Rosemont), Pat Tomasulo (Rosemont), Jimmy Shubert (St. Charles). At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Jam with... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 3-Sunday, December 9, 2018

Visitors in town: James Adomian, Jon Heder. Jaboukie Young-White returns to his hometown. Details below! At Zanies: Russ Williamson (Chicago), Marty DeRosa (Chicago), Steven Haas (Chicago), Jake Johannsen (Chicago and Rosemont), April Macie (Chicago and Rosemont), Nate Weatherup (Chicago), Mr. Showtime (St. Charles). At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Jam. At The Improv: Steve Trevino. In... Read more »