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

By Teme Ring | February 5, 2023

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

By Teme Ring | December 27, 2022

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

By Teme Ring | December 27, 2022

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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Chicago comedy ticket alerts for 2022!

By Teme Ring | August 30, 2022

Welcome to my Comedy Ticket Alerts Megalist for 2022! Since we’re still in a “plandemic”, please confirm all details. If you click on the “calendars” tab above, you can see listings for even more shows in my (mostly) weekly calendar posts. Thank you for dropping by. Please keep checking in and I’ll keep updating these …

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Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, July 5 – Sunday, July 10, 2022

By Teme Ring | July 5, 2022

Chicago comedians in the news: Sean Bair-Flannery’s long-awaited memoir Places I Can’t Return To has just been released. Order your copy here. Sean has been featured on Comedy Central, written one-man shows (which sold out week after week) and is the creator of Blackout Diaries (now at Lincoln Lodge), one of the most critically acclaimed …

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