Early Bird Gets the Laughs: A Q&A with Steven Springer

Guess which facts about Steven Springer are true or false: The first time I was impressed by Steven Springer was when I happened on his YouTube clips about seven years ago. His delivery is on an almost magical frequency – both inscrutably deadpan and intriguingly charming. I wanted to hang on to every word. The …

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It’s Time to Celebrate “Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue”: A Q&A with Vic & Paul

PHOTO: DANA OLSEN, VICTORIA ZIELINSKI, PAUL BARROSSE The legendary Practical Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue at Studio5 in Evanston from December 29-31 and January 4-7 with a special New Year’s Eve edition. The sketch comedy and music extravaganza stars Victoria Zielinski, Dana Olsen and Practical …

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It’s Time to Celebrate “Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue”: A Q&A with Dana Olsen

PHOTO: DANA OLSEN, PAUL BARROSSE, VICTORIA ZIELINSKI, STEVE RASHID If you spot Dana Olsen playing with his grandson at a North Shore park, know that you are not looking at just any grandpa. Dana’s comedy partners Victoria Zielinski and Paul Barrosse describe him as a “tall Nord” and “as fine a comedy writer as there …

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Doug! A Q&A with Matt Braunger

PHOTO: Matt Braunger/Photo by Mindy Tucker ****************************************** As Matt Braunger toured nationwide honing material for his new special Doug, he discovered a problem. The surprise twist at the end had unintended consequences. “It happened almost every weekend,” Matt said. “I would look online and people had shot video of my show, unbeknownst to me. They …

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Behind the scenes with the Bad Momz of Comedy: from comedy class to Kelly Clarkson

What are your favorite TV moments of 2022? Mine happened on October 12 between 3-4 p.m. I was watching The Kelly Clarkson Show on NBC. Jay Leno was on. He confessed that Kelly’s next guests had comedy kudos that even he lacked. For one thing, he’d never brought down the house at a P.T.A. event, …

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Chicago New Year’s Eve Comedy: December 31, 2022

I’ve scoured listings since late October so you can make New Year’s Eve plans while tickets are still plentiful. We still seem to be in a plandemic with things subject to change, so please confirm all details! If you have a show to add, please email me: temewring@gmail.com. I hope this New Year brings you …

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Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 28- Sunday, December 4, 2022

Beth Stelling is at The Den Theatre on Tuesday/Photo by Robyn Von Swank CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS Paul Farahvar spoke with the Parkinson’s Foundation about how his father inspired Stand Up for Parkinson’s, the first Comedy Night for the Parkinson’s Foundation Midwest Chapter at Zanie’s Comedy Club Rosemont on December 11. Read Paul’s story here. Amber Ruffin …

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Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, November 21-Sunday, November 27, 2022 (even on Thanksgiving)

Giulio Gallarotti is at The Den Theatre. Photo by John Cafaro TICKET ALERTS: November 29: Beth Stelling at The Den Theatre THIS WEEK AT: Zanies Chicago: Kevin Bozeman hosts DePaul StandUp Graduation Show, Super 6 Showcase, Tim Smith, Larry Reeb, Jim Flannigan Zanies Rosemont: John Caponera Riddles: Damon Williams presents Degario “Double D” Turner and …

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Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, November 14-Sunday, November 20, 2022

Maria Bamford is here this week!/Photo by Robyn Von Swank TICKET ALERTS: Nov. 25-Jan. 1: Christmas Bingo It’s A Ho-Ho-Holy Night by Vicki Quade at Greenhouse Theater Center Dec. 1-3: Mo Amer at The Den Theatre. Tickets almost gone. Sixth show just added! Dec. 8: Bad Momz of Comedy Benefit for Gratitude Generation at ABL …

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Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 10-Sunday, November 13, 2022

Pete Holmes/Photo by Steve Agee. Pete Holmes is at the Den Theatre this week. CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS The winners of the 2021 HBO & NYLFF Latino Stand-Up Comedy Competition, Gwen La Roka and Texan Ralph Barbosa star in the HBO Max standup special Entre Nos which debuts tomorrow night. Thank you to Lia …

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Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, October 24-Sunday, October 30, 2022

CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS: Samantha Irby and Amy Poehler both contributed to Amber Tamblyn’s new anthology Listening in the Dark. Fatimah Asghar, who co-created and co-starred in the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls, became a critically acclaimed author with their 2018 poetry collection If They Come For Us. Their new work is the novel When We …

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Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, October 17-Sunday, October 23, 2022

CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS Chicago comedians on TV and in the news! The Bad Momz of Comedy appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show on October 12. The Chicago based group is Colleen Brennan, Lia Berman and Orly K.G. Watch here! You can see the Bad Momz at Zanies Rosemont on November 2. WGN Morning …

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