Archive for July 2019

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 29-Sunday, August 4, 2019

Visitors in town: Renee Taylor, Brendan Eyre, Judah Friedlander. At Zanies: Michael Issac (Chicago), Aida Rodriguez (Chicago, Rosemont), Melissa Villasenor (Chicago, Rosemont), Cash Levy (Chicago, St. Charles), Dr. Bill Miller (Rosemont). At Riddles: Damon Williams, Hope Flood, Marc Henderson, Jay Deep. At The Improv: Jeremy Hotz. Chicago comedians in the news: On Wednesday, July 31,... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 22-Sunday, July 28, 2019

Visitors in town: Renee Taylor, Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, Sam Taggart, Tom Segura, Weird Al Yankovic At Zanies: Shane Torres (Chicago, Rosemont), Eddie Ifft (Chicago), Tuesday Top Ten (Rosemont), Ralphie Roberts (Rosemont), Larry Reeb (St. Charles). At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Series celebrates Mike Samp’s birthday. In the news: South Side premiers on Comedy... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 15-Sunday, July 21, 2019

Visitors in town: Marc Maron, Johnny Pemberton, Renee Taylor, Michael Che, Daniel Sloss, John Grimes and Terrence Murphy. Jeff Garlin returns to his hometown to raise money for the Special Olympics. At Zanies: Mike E. Winfield (Chicago and Rosemont), Dwayne Kennedy (Chicago), Leanne Morgan (Chicago), Chad Zumock (Chicago), Vince Maranto (St. Charles). Also at Zanies... Read more »

No one knows "Hope and Humor" like Kristina Kuzmic: A Q&A about poverty, parenting, Oprah and stardom

It was 2011 and Kristina Kuzmic had a big decision looming. As the winner of Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star, she had just completed a successful run on the OWN network with her show The Ambush Cook. Now other networks were calling, wanting a piece of her rising star and dangling offers of... Read more »

The down-to-earth comedy of a fast-rising star: A Q&A with Emma Willmann

When Emma Willmann burst onto the stage of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016, it took only a moment before she had the audience cheering. Usually under those tense and expectant bright lights, a comedian has to get a first laugh before the audience feels connected. But Emma’s warmth, her vibrant presence and... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 8-Sunday, July 14, 2019

Visitors in town: Kristina Kuzmic (interview here!), Jen Smedley and Kristin Hensley (#IMomSoHard), Kleon the Comedian, JB Smoove, Jimmy Dore. Two Chicago favorites return to their hometown: Lil Rel Howery and Nick Vatterott. At Zanies: Kevin McCaffrey (Chicago, St. Charles), Emma Willmann (Chicago, Rosemont), Sarah Tiana (Chicago), Jagoff Comedy with Jimmy Dore and Friends (note:... Read more »