Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 11-Sunday, November 14, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 11-Sunday, November 14, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Gwen La Roka is a finalist in HBO’s Latino Standup Comedy Competition. Finalists are competing for a spot on the upcoming Entre Nos special. More about Gwen’s comedy at gwenlaroka.com. Ticket alerts: November 18: Dale McPeek album recording at Lincoln Lodge. November 26: Soli Santos hosts Michelle Krajecki and Bob... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 4 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 4 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Ticket alerts: November 26: Jan Slavin’s High Fiber Comedy at The Skokie Theatre. Tickets available soon. December 11: Pat Tomasulo Comedy Special Live Taping at Zanies Rosemont. Early show already sold out! December 3-4: Ramy Youssef at The Den Theatre January 22: Pat McGann at The Vic Following is this next week’s Spotlight, at least... Read more »

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 »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, October 19-Sunday, October 24, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, October 19-Sunday, October 24, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Abi Sanchez was a winner of the second HBO & NYLFF Annual Latino Stand-Up! Comedy Competition and is now one of the stars of the comedy special Entre Nos: The Winners 2 streaming on HBO Max. Katherine Biskupic and Leah Frires (Pure & Weary) headline the Coachella Valley Comedy Festival... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, October 12 - Sunday, October 17, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, October 12 - Sunday, October 17, 2021
Ticket alerts: Funnier by the Lake at Madame ZuZu’s on Oct. 22. Following is a Spotlight of just some of the great original comedy in Chicago this week. Still a plandemic – please confirm all details! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Gary Gulman at The Vic, 8:00 pm. With Colbert writer Emmy Blotnick. It looks like more... Read more »

Chicago comedy spotlight for Wednesday, October 6 - Sunday, October 10, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Wednesday, October 6 - Sunday, October 10, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Abby McEnany and Julia Sweeney appeared on The Tamron Hall Show on Tuesday, October 5. Lil Rel Howery’s 8/31 appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden will rerun this Friday. Did you get to see the return of CAMP: A Comedy Show? The recording has just been released... Read more »
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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 spotlight for Monday, September 20-Sunday, September 26, 2021

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 20-Sunday, September 26, 2021
Chicago comedians in the news: Janice Rodriguez and Colleen Brennan announced the second season of their podcast Defending Indiana following a very successful debut. The innovative, ingenious Chicago comedian Steve Gadlin will appear on You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno on WFLD on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Brian Babylon, the Prince of Bronzeville, is now... 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 »
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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 30-Sunday, September 5, 2021

All shows are in person unless otherwise noted. Please confirm all details. Please also see my 101+ Chicago Comedy Ticket Alerts here. Following is just a sample of all the excellent original comedy happening in Chicago this week. MONDAY, AUGUST 30 The Chair ONLINE 6:00 p.m. The cast of Netflix’s The Chair: Amanda Peet, Bob... Read more »