Chicago comedians in the news:
Congratulations to Prateek Srivastava whose album Nick and Sheila’s Kid debuted at #1 on the iTunes and Amazon comedy charts.
Chicago native Craig Robinson, who played Darryl in The Office among many other roles, hosts The Masked Dancer which premieres Sunday on channel WFLD-channel 32 at 7:00 p.m.
Comedians expressed their support for John Mulaney as he reportedly began rehab for cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Following is a sample of online comedy over the next week. Please confirm all details. New Year’s Eve calendar to come. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Wishing you a happy and peaceful holiday!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Christmas Eve for the Jews 7:00 p.m. Joel Chasnoff hosts Jessica Kirson Moody McCarthy, Ophira Eisenberg, sketch group Comedies Never Win and headliner Mark Normand. This event always sells out in New York and Chicago, but this year it’s all online! VIP upgrades and chats available before the show. Joel was kind enough to talk to me about the show here.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy 7:00 p.m. With Judy Gold, Alex Edelman and Lisa Geduldig.
KO Comedy 10:00 p.m. Free event produced by Sammy Obeid. Comedians include Myq Kaplan.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy 4:00 p.m. With Judy Gold, Alex Edelman and Lisa Geduldig.
Super Spread the Cheer 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the Annoyance Theatre way.
Piff the Magic Dragon 6:00 p.m. Interactive “Holliday Jolliday.”
Doug Benson’s Comedy Sesh 6:20 p.m. Livestream with Featuring Geoff Tate, Sean Jordan, and Amy Miller, plus chance for fans to chat with Doug.
Mike Birbiglia 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. “Working It Out Worldwide.”
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
Mike Birbiglia 6:30 “Working It Out Worldwide.”
SciFi Comedy Presents 543 Jokes About Dr. Who 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Amanda Cohen who got her comedy start in Chicago!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28
Monday Night Funnies 7:00 p.m. This biweekly show has been the silver lining of 2020. Producers Denise Medina and Mark Klaber put together an unforgettable show with comedians from Chicago and Los Angeles. Jessica Winther’s hilarious MC’ing and quick wit will help you forget everything stressful going on in the world. This show is the perfect 90-minute comedy recharge that we all desperately need. I would stay on all night if they would let me. Free (online) admission, but donations appreciated to a different cause with each show. This week’s show benefits The Actors Fund. Please consider a direct donation to http://www.actorsfund.org.
Writers of Conan 9:00 p.m. Brian McDaniel hosts Prateek Srivastava, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Lisa Alvarado, Robin Lakin, Taylor Tobin.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Victoria Day and Friends 7:00 p.m. “Not fancy. Just Funny.” Clean comedy show.
Talkin’ Funny 8:00 p.m. Sasha and the Noob are having epic conversations every Tuesday with famous (sometimes infamous) guests. Tonight: Judy Tenuta. Musical guest: Noah Ginex.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30
The Plan 7:00 p.m. Second City’s “Black and white news.”
Abnormally Spellbound PILOT Table Reading 8:00 p.m. Prateek Srivastava wrote this pilot episode in Michael McCarthy’s famed class at iO. Now back by popular demand. Prateek was kind enough to tell me about it here. On Zoom and Facebook Live.
CIC Theater 8:00 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Eve Show.
Godfrey 8:00 p.m. This very funny comedian grew up in Chicago.
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