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Chicago comedy spotlight: Wednesday, March 2- Monday, March 7, 2022

TICKET ALERTS: March 19: Beth Stelling at The Den Theatre March 25: Lauren Hooberman hosts Adam Kwaselow and headliner Paul Farahvar at Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park. A Funnier By the Lake Production. This show will sell out! April 9: River Butcher at The Den Theatre April 12: Seth Meyers at The Vic June 17:... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 30-Sunday, October 3, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: Saturday Night Live announced its new cast members, including Chicagoan and Northwestern grad Sarah Sherman a/k/a Sarah Squirm whose time here always meant sold-out shows. Chicagoan Beck Bennett announced that he is leaving the show. Josh Johnson was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered today. He is currently touring with... Read more »

Chicago comedy calendar for Tuesday, June 1-Sunday, June 6, 2021

Comedians in town this week: At Zanies Chicago: Warren B. Hall At Zanies Rosemont: Pat Tomasulo (WGN) At The Improv: Bill Bellamy At Riddles: Robert Kane, Kenny Powell, Gary G Thang Johnson, Stellana Following is just a sampling of all the great Chicago comedy back in business this week. Check out these venues’ many offerings... Read more »

Chicago Comedy Calendar for Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Comedy shows are selling out faster than ever, so here are some ticket alerts: June 1: Tickets go on sale for the world premiere of Cooking with Bubbie: The Musical starring Jan Slavin and Carla Gordon at The Skokie Theatre, July 10-August 22. June 3-5: Pat Tomasulo at Zanies in Rosemont. June 10-13: Josh Johnson... Read more »

Chicago comedy calendar: Tuesday, April 27-Monday, May 3, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: Paul Farahvar is donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of his new “Better Call Paul” shirt for the month of April to autism awareness. This excellent Chicago comedian, known for his talent and his generosity, has committed to donating to various causes for all his merch going forward. Check out Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, April 28-Sunday, May 5, 2019

Visitors in town: Nikki Glaser, Howie Mandel, Lee Camp, Paul Reiser, Greg Fitzsimmons, Bill Maher, Omar Covarrubias. At Zanies: Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson (Chicago), Dr. Bill Miller (Chicago), Jackie Fabulous (Chicago), Derek Hughes (Rosemont), Doug Benson (Rosemont), Sonya White (St. Charles). At The Improv: Kevin Bozeman, Loni Love, Brian Hicks. At Riddles: Jay Deep’s birthday weekend... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, December 26-Thursday, December 28, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues’ Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:00 p.m. Produced by James Allen Kamp, creator of the most excellent DJ Tone-Knee kicks off the evening at 6:00 p.m. Stand-up showcases at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. RSVP for free admission. Early arrival recommended. Seats go fast! Always... Read more »

Our Lady of the Chicken

The teletype started tapping at 9:00 p.m. The lights in the house were off. We were awash in gloom. But it was ChicagoNow. “Write about something you hate to rely on, but couldn’t live without,” he says. I started writing. Late. But I started. Somewhere I changed the “t” to a “v.” It was dark.... Read more »

ChicagoNow Assignment: Write about the time you told a lie. Sure. No problem.

ChicagoNow Assignment. Wednesday, January 27  “Write about a time you told a lie.” Wow, this is it? So easy. So simple. No problem. This post is going to write itself. I can do that. I can take on challenges with no second thoughts. No doubts. Never have I any doubt. The confidence is uncanny. How... Read more »

Sleeping is a nightmare of limericks

One day per month, ChicagoNow bloggers get a specific assignment to complete in an hour. Our assignment an hour ago was to write about sleep and its impact on your life. As many of my comrades in deprivation will appreciate, all I could come up with was limericks. Sleeping is my nemesis It never happens... Read more »