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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A Q&A with comedian David Heti, and it was more than OK

By Teme Ring | June 2, 2015

Why aren’t philosophers listed in the Yellow Pages?  I need a philosopher to articulate the reasons for my existential dread.  I could use a philosopher combined with a lawyer.  Lawyers construct arguments as beautiful as geometric theorems to force us to address the wrongs that created the dread in the first place. What if I …

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Top ten secret things about tomorrow

By Teme Ring | May 27, 2015

[This post is in response to a ChicagoNow assignment: in one hour, “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.”] 1. I have more energy in the late evenings than in the mornings, so sometimes I sleep in my …

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Good girls can’t be funny!

By Teme Ring | April 26, 2015

[Note: this post is is a one-hour challenge from ChicagoNow: “Write about a time you made a mistake or were wrong about something.”] Growing up, I never thought I was funny.  Worse, I thought I wasn’t allowed to be funny.  Funny was reserved for people who had been chosen.  I was somehow under the impression …

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Which Hillary Clinton gets your vote: Amy Poehler or Kate McKinnon?

By Teme Ring | April 13, 2015

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton made the announcement we all were expecting: we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her on Saturday Night Live.  Well, that’s not exactly what she said, but happily, it’s the same thing. But which Hillary will it be?  Will it be Amy Poehler?  Will she return?  She has seniority, …

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How can you get your hands on The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album? I’ve got the scoop here.

By Teme Ring | April 10, 2015

UPDATE BELOW How can you get your hands on The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album which Stand Up! Records will release exclusively on Record Store Day (April 18)?  Here’s the scoop. Record Store Day (RSD) was founded in 2007 and is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in April.    Albums with exclusive content …

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Think you know Joan Rivers? Can we talk? Rare album releases April 18, 2015.

By Teme Ring | April 10, 2015

When I was in seventh grade, I was obsessed with the book Having A Baby Can Be a Scream.   Granted, most of it went over my head, but it didn’t matter.  Comedy was something of a religion in our house and I recognized the voice of a deity when I read one.   I didn’t know …

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