Category: Entertainment

Chicago comedy spotlight for Friday, January 14-Friday, January 21, 2022

Catching up on Chicago comedians in the news: Meg Indurti was the author of the New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs column on December 13th. Chicago comedians were prominent on Vulture‘s 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of 2021. On the list: Adam Peacock’s My Neighbors Are Dead and Caleb Hearon’s and Shelby Wolstein’s Keeping Records. Drew Michael... Read more »

A New Year's Eve cancellation won't stop Dana Olsen

A New Year's Eve cancellation won't stop Dana Olsen
NOTE: I’d hoped for years to speak with prolific comedy writer and comedian Dana Olsen. Flash forward to 2021! Dana, Paul Barrosse and Victoria Zielinski were set for the world premiere of Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue at Studio5 in Evanston, December 28-31. Alas, Covid took a toll and the show is cancelled... Read more »

The time for "Vic & Paul & Dana's Post-Pandemic Revue" is now! A Q&A with Vic & Paul

The time for "Vic & Paul & Dana's Post-Pandemic Revue" is now! A Q&A with Vic & Paul
Vic, Paul and Dana have a crucial message for our impossible times: It’s time to get out of the house, gather in a safe, comfortable cabaret and laugh like crazy! The three comedians, more formally known as Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen know what they’re talking about. Together and separately, they have created... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021
Wishing everyone health, happiness and every good thing in 2022! Thank you very much for reading “Comedians Defying Gravity” this year. I appreciate every time you’ve dropped in! Following is a list of ways to bring in the New Year with laughter. Please confirm all details! Cochran NYE Comedy at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake,... Read more »

When Harry Met Rehab: A Q&A with Melissa Gilbert & Dan Butler about healing and laughter

When Harry Met Rehab: A Q&A with Melissa Gilbert & Dan Butler about healing and laughter
In 2011 in a widely-publicized incident, Chicago sports-radio personality Harry Teinowitz was arrested for driving under the influence. He has now transformed that pain into a port-in-a-storm for all of us. When Harry Met Rehab opens at the Greenhouse Theater Center on Wednesday, November 24 for a limited engagement through January 30. ESPN’s Spike Manton... Read more »

Chicago comedy ticket alerts for 2022!

Welcome to my Comedy Ticket Alerts Megalist for 2022! Since we’re still in a “plandemic”, please confirm all details. If you click on the “calendars” tab above, you can see listings for even more shows in my (mostly) weekly calendar posts. Thank you for dropping by. Please keep checking in and I’ll keep updating these... Read more »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 25-Sunday, October 31, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, October 25-Sunday, October 31, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Chicagoan and “mother of improv” Viola Spolin was the focus of WTTW’s Chicago Stories on Friday, October 22. WTTW kicked off the event with an open-to-the-public Zoom featuring Aretha Sills, Mark Larson, Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, producer Jude Leak, and Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton (a/k/a Frangela). Alan Alda... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 9 - Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 9 - Thursday, September 16, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Ross and AJ’s new interactive movie The Gift and the Not Gifted premieres on Whatifi on September 16. Stand Up! Records is re-releasing a split single between Kyle Kinane and Minneapolis band The Slow Death tomorrow. Follow this link. The Playground Theater is back in business and, among many other... Read more »

Laugh and dance your a** off at Ian Lockwood's pop fantasy this Sunday

Laugh and dance your a** off at Ian Lockwood's pop fantasy this Sunday
Second City alum Ian Lockwood will appear at FuMPFest this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (in person and streaming) for an enticing sneak preview of his upcoming second album Not Like Other Girls. The lucky audience will also experience selections from the sparkling comedic bop, high octane joy of his first acclaimed album Nasty which the... Read more »
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Chicago comedy calendar for Monday, July 19-Sunday, July 25, 2021

Following is just a small sample of the bonanza of Chicago comedy shows happening this week. Please confirm all details! I also have a gargantuan list of upcoming hot comedy tickets through 2022 here. This week at the classics: Riddles: Damon Williams Chi-Town Laugh Fest (Thurs.-Sun.) Zanies Chicago: Angelo Tsarouchas with Paul Farahvar (Mon.), Super... Read more »