Category: Interviews

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 »

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 »
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Shelby Wolstein & Caleb Hearon launch the best conversation starter in the universe

Shelby Wolstein & Caleb Hearon launch the best conversation starter in the universe
Shelby Wolstein and Caleb Hearon’s podcast is out of this world. The comedians host Keeping Records where guests answer two profound questions: What would you send into space so aliens could understand humanity? What would you delete from human history? These questions aren’t theoretical. In 1977, NASA shot a time capsule into space aboard the... 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 »

Inside "The Many Worlds of Ross and AJ"

It’s hard to believe, but the duo now racking up millions of hits on TikTok barely knew each other when they were up-and-coming comedians in Chicago. As their careers skyrocketed, AJ Lubecker and Ross Kelly separately made the pilgrimage to L.A. They met by chance on a film set and comic sparks flew. That fateful... Read more »
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Joel to the world! A Q&A with Joel Chasnoff about Christmas Eve for the Jews 2020

Like all of us, I had questions when the world shut down this year. When will I see family? When will I see friends? How will I see comedy? Then I had one more question and it also made me sad: Will there be No Christmas for the Jews? Growing up – I’ll just say... Read more »

Nick and Sheila's Kid ends the year on a high note: A Q&A with Prateek Srivastava

Happy holidays to all! Prateek Srivastava is playing Santa this year in more ways than one and Christmas is arriving early no matter your denomination. Tonight at 7:00 p.m., you’re invited to Prateek’s comedy benefit “34 for 34” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which will take place on Zoom and Facebook Live. Since Prateek... Read more »

Need a boost? Jump on Kyle Kinane’s "Trampoline in a Ditch"

It started as a routine flight. It ended with Kyle Kinane booted out of Canada, escorted past curious onlookers at the Calgary airport onto a plane back to L.A. Because it was Canada, the guards who “Green Miled” him onto the flight were both burly and relentlessly polite. Because it was Kyle Kinane, it is... Read more »
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True charisma: A Q&A with Kelsie Huff

I meant to tell Kelsie Huff how I first heard her name. It’s so delightful speaking with her that we went off in other directions. How she thought about radio, but ended up in comedy. How she inherited Feminine Comique,  the first all-female stand-up class, from Cameron Esposito. Why she created the hilarious all-women comedy... Read more »