Chicago Comedy Ticket Alerts: 2023

By Teme Ring | January 1, 2023

Welcome to the Comedians Defying Gravity Ticket Alert index for 2023! My hobby is scouring comedy listings to find the best shows whether I can attend or not. Is that weird? Well, no matter. My goal is at least one show -maybe more- for every day of the year. Because Chicago Comedy. Here’s what I’ve …

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The Perfect Amount of Wrong is Reason to Rejoice: A Q&A with Mike Bridenstine

By Teme Ring | September 19, 2023

Photo: Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Mike Bridenstine in 2006 Once upon a time in Chicago, a rogue group of comedians swept into the city, howling like the fiercest blizzard. They were bursting with rebellion and creativity. They would set the comedy world ablaze and change it forever. NO, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT IMPROV …

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Tyler Fowler’s mom says he can’t go. He’s going anyway … And you’re invited!

By Teme Ring | September 12, 2023

Tyler Fowler named his new tour after his mom. Or more accurately, he named his new tour after his mom said he can’t go.  As a standup comic, Tyler says, “I’m on the road all the time. I noticed that no matter where I go, my mom is like, ‘Oh, that’s not a safe place!’ …

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Ten Shows This Week: Monday, August 28-Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023

By Teme Ring | August 28, 2023

Chaunté Wayans is at The Den Theatre this weekend. CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS Mike Bridenstine’s spectacular new book The Perfect Amount of Wrong: The Rise of Alt Comedy on Chicago’s North Side is now available for pre-order (release date: September 25). Special Labor Day Announcement: Jamie Campbell is releasing his hit show Big Dad …

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When Comedy is a Cure: A Q&A with Yohay Sponder

By Teme Ring | August 14, 2023

I’m not sure this has ever happened in Chicago. One of comedy’s funniest, most unique and compelling voices, Yohay Sponder, is traveling over six thousand miles to the U.S. to film his first special in English. He is offering Chicagoans three chances this week to attend a sneak preview. His tour began in New York …

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Ten Shows This Week: Monday, August 7 – Sunday, August 13, 2023

By Teme Ring | August 7, 2023

Alingon Mitra/Photo courtesy of The Gersh Agency —————————— CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS: Second City announced the cast and crew of its upcoming e.tc. 47th Revue. Touring Company director Jeff Griggs will direct his first resident stage revue. The cast includes returning e.t.c. members Terrence Carey, Claudia Martinez, and Jordan Savusa. Joining them are Meghan Babbe, Leila Gorstein, and Tim Metzler. Tilliski Ramey returns as …

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Ten Shows This Week: Monday, July 31-Sunday, August 6, 2023

By Teme Ring | July 31, 2023

Christianee Porter brings “The Christi Show” to the Den Theatre this Sunday. TICKET ALERTS: August 23: Micro Sets II Live Special Taping with Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice, Calvin Evans, Jim Flannigan, Abi Sanchez, Dr. Bill Miller at Zanies Chicago September 9: Pat McGann at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake September 13: Jerry Seinfeld at Peoria …

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