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

By Teme Ring | October 24, 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

By Teme Ring | October 17, 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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Chicago Comedy Spotlight: Sunday, October 9-Sunday October 16, 2022

By Teme Ring | October 9, 2022

CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS: Matt Braunger released his new album Doug on October 6. Subhah Agarwal’s released her new album Dog Show on October 7. There’s a new theater in town! Scott Whitehair opened the Jekot Theater upstairs at Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons (3905 N. Lincoln). Up next on October 16: Jimmy Carrane’s hit …

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Of Fathers and Fame and Jimmy Carrane

By Teme Ring | October 8, 2022

I don’t know how we got home from Elgin. It was a long drive, but all I remember is my husband and me, immersed in an altered state, discussing Jimmy Carrane’s World’s Greatest Dad(?).  We were returning from this year’s Elgin Fringe Festival where we’d seen Jimmy’s reboot of the show he first launched in …

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The Comedic Optimism of a Sexy Liberal. A Q&A with Hal Sparks

By Teme Ring | September 21, 2022

Never mind Covid, there’s an epidemic of pessimism these days. If you could inoculate yourself against pessimism, would you do it?  Well, you can! This Saturday, Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Save Democracy Tour arrives at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago. The tour is the brainchild of Hal Sparks who makes a persuasive case that …

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Chicago comedy calendar for Monday, August 8 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

By Teme Ring | August 8, 2022

CHICAGO COMEDIANS IN THE NEWS Mariann Aalda’s film Gumbo is now streaming on Xfinity. The Murray Brothers Caddyshack Restaurant, originally scheduled to open in Wilmette last March, has been delayed without explanation, as reported on August 4 by The Record. The Murray Brothers have until September 8 to act on their special use permit. Neighbors …

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