Archive for December 2019

The legendary Practical Theatre Company returns for four nights only! A Q&A with Paul Barrosse

In just a few short days, if you’re in the right place at the right time, a rare comedy portal will open and you’ll have a chance to step through it. That’s the vision I had as I spoke with Paul Barrosse. I saw a capsule filled with laughter, raucous originality, comedians, music, and Saturday... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 23-Sunday, December 29, 2019

Visitors in town: The Harlem Globetrotters. Janelle James will be at several Laugh Factory shows this week. Details here (too many to list). Two comedy festivals bring VIPs: DeRay’s Comedy Count Down Festival of Funny with Michael Blackson, Lil Duval, Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Red Grant, B Simone, Howie Bell, Chico Bean, Chicago’s Sky Days,... Read more »

When Joel Chasnoff is in town, Christmas is for everyone

The last trick-or-treater had just departed. Seconds later all of it started. Jingle bells. Ho ho ho. Happy shouts. Biggest birthday party in the world … Not invited. Left out. Actually that’s no longer true. Now major winter celebrations include all us Jews. Santa’s not the only one traveling the globe. There’s also a holiday... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 16-Sunday, December 22, 2019

Visitors in town: Matt Ruby, Atheer Yacoub, Girls Gotta Eat (Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine), Rick Goldschmidt, Michael Carbonaro, Claudia Oshry, Matt Rogers. CJ Sullivan returns to his hometown. At Zanies: Kelsie Huff (Chicago), Tony Woods (Chicago), Larry Reeb (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Michael Palascak (Rosemont). At The Improv: Steve Byrne. At Riddles: TBA.... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Spotlight for New Year’s Eve 2019-2020

Following is the New Year’s Spotlight. Three venues offer family-friendly options: The Blue Man Group, Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg, and Damon Williams’ Clean Comedy Kickback. Details below. Thank you for reading Comedians Defying Gravity in 2019. Wishing you a happy and healthy decade ahead and a year as excellent as the laughs about... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, December 12-Sunday, December 15, 2019

Visitors in town: Nemr, Dave Ross, Joel James, Jon Dore, Gallagher, Ana Gasteyer. Chicagoan Jane Lynch is here with Kate Flannery and Tim Davis. At Zanies: Mike Menendez (Chicago), Stand Up All Night Comedy Competition (Chicago), Pat Tomasulo (Rosemont), Vince Carone (Rosemont). At Riddles: Bruh Man from Martin. At The Improv: John Heffron. Ticket alert:... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 9 - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Following is part of this week’s Spotlight. The rest of the week is coming soon! Please confirm all details before leaving  home!     MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Robby Hoffman at The Hideout, 7:00 p.m. Robby Hoffman is a writer and comedian with an original perspective as a Queer woman who grew up in the Chasidic... Read more »

John Stoops and The Revival: How improv returned to Hyde Park

There’s a northeast corner in Chicago’s Hyde Park, specifically the corner of 55th Street and University Avenue that emits an energy so powerful that astronauts can see it from space. I can’t swear that’s true but if it’s not, it should be. During a sweltering July in 1955, comedy as we know it was born... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, December 2-Sunday, December 8, 2019

Visitors in town: Nina West, John Waters, Rob Christensen, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen, Deepu Dileepan. At Zanies: Josh Gondelman (Chicago, Dec. 2-6 with a special benefit on Wednesday, December 4), Joe Machi (Chicago, Rosemont), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Mike Toomey (Rosemont), Steve Rannazzisi (Chicago, Rosemont), St. Charles: TBA. At The Improv: Joey Villagomez, Samuel... Read more »