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Friday, July 23, 2021

Comedy is back, baby! by Brianna Wellen

A glimpse at how stand-ups coped during the pandemic and made their triumphant return to telling jokes again. During the past year, comedians were forced, like …

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Alex Grelle is back with grelley. by Brianna Wellen

Alex Grelle's second livestream special breaks out of the confines of his home for something bigger than ever. In February 2020 Alex Grelle was hitting his strid…

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Cards with humanity by Brianna Wellen

Two comedians want their new game to get people talking. “Which cereal mascot would be the best kisser?” It’s a question that either elicits a gut-reaction…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The year of TikTok by Brianna Wellen

How local creatives made the most of the social media platform in 2020 During a year when screen time has felt more like a punishment than a reward and the word …

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Friday, August 21, 2020

SAIC’s graduate students take it to the web by Brianna Wellen

How the class of 2020 learned to adapt for their final exhibition I always leave the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) graduate opening reception sweating. With…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Matt Damon Improv goes online with In-Diana by Brianna Wellen

The Chicago comedy group’s new web series is filled with Zoom meeting disasters and personal massager triumphs. Zoom work meetings are now a way of life. Those…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Dial’s next chapter by Brianna Wellen

How one couple channeled their love for books and each other into running a business Heidi Zheng never had plans to run a bookstore.…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The new face of DEI work by Brianna Wellen

Tiffany Hudson and her partners are bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to Chicago businesses their way. Tiffany Hudson is in the DEI business—and right …

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Celebrate Juneteenth with Bosses in Bonnets and Preach by Brianna Wellen

The groups are teaming up for an all-day comedy party on June 19. On June 19, 1865, news of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing American slaves finally reached…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Firebird Community Arts rises from the ashes by Brianna Wellen

The community organization spreads the healing practice of glassblowing and ceramics. Fire can heal. It's an idea that has been the center of ArtReach's practice…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Stop the spread in style by Brianna Wellen

Local designers are creating fashion face masks to keep you safe. Fashion, for many, is all about fantasy. In normal circumstances, this week we would have spent…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Jackbox Games is sweeping the nation by Brianna Wellen

The Chicago-based company brings laughter and levity to a stressful time. Quiplash. Zeeple Dome.…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Jokes in the time of coronavirus by Brianna Wellen

How soon is “too soon” when you’re living through it? I'm in a great position going into indefinite isolation, because I get to read jokes, like this one …

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Audio pleasures for self-quarantine by Brianna Wellen

Keep yourself company with these local podcasts and albums. Well, here we are! Trapped in our homes, distancing ourselves socially, getting more “me” time th…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Jamila Woods to perform at 20th anniversary Louder Than a Bomb finals by Brianna Wellen

The musician, poet, and LTAB alum takes the stage during halftime. Louder Than a Bomb and Young Chicago Authors alum Jamila Woods returns to the LTAB Festival to…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Alex Grelle is the new David Bowie by Brianna Wellen

The transformative performer channels the legendary artist for the completely original, electric Floor Show. When Blackstar came out in January 2016, I got my ho…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Nine places for laughs in 2019 (and beyond) by Brianna Wellen

Because every year we seem to need more and more comedic relief. It can be overwhelming trying to decide where to see comedy in Chicago. Once you start looking, …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Scary stories for kids by Brianna Wellen

Unspookable breaks down urban legends and horror lore with the perfect amount of scares. When Ellenor Riley-Condit was in fifth grade, she learned about the lege…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ladylike lets women be as gross as they please by Brianna Wellen

The live show and podcast aim to shake the shame from our most disgusting moments. Bodies are gross. It's true of all bodies, but while men are often encouraged …

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Survivors speak out by Brianna Wellen

In its fifth year, Surviving the Mic continues to provide a place for survivors of sexual harm to tell their stories in their own words. Writer and spoken word a…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Whitney Chitwood has a comedy bun in the oven by Brianna Wellen

Her album, The Bakery Case, comes into the world on October 18. The first time I saw stand-up comedian Whitney Chitwood perform, she was onstage at the Green Mil…

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Comedy takes center stage at the Chicago Podcast Festival by Brianna Wellen

See those voices in your ears up close and personal. “Literally everyone has a podcast,” says Chicago Podcast Festival producer Elizabeth Amdahl. She’s not…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Chicago Humanities Festival wants you to feel powerful by Brianna Wellen

This season’s lineup focuses on harnessing the strength within. Nothing says "power" quite like a trained flock of ravens. That's probably why the Chicago Huma…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Eliana La Casa brings la comedia to the Chicago Women's Funny Festival by Brianna Wellen

The Argentine stand-up hosts the first-ever all-Spanish showcase at Stage 773's annual celebration of women in comedy. As a teenager in Argentina, Eliana La Casa…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘Just Kitten Around’: named for cats, made for humans by Brianna Wellen

Felines are the toughest stand-up audience in town. It's pretty hard to impress a cat. They are notoriously apathetic and play by their own rules.…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Shannon Noll uses comedy to defy expectations and define themself by Brianna Wellen

Comedian Shannon Noll is using their new webseries and photo project to subvert expectations of gender and sexuality. Shannon Noll wasn't sure what to expect go…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Lemonade Stand offers a safe space for women of color to be funny by Brianna Wellen

"As women of color, life continuously gives us lemons." Comedian Kayla Pulley is tired of the open mike scene in Chicago. As a black woman, she doesn't always fe…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Freshman invites performers to share their terrible early art by Brianna Wellen

Not all of us are born great. Before Annie Russell became a news editor at WBEZ by day and stand-up comedian by night, she was a college student who wanted to ma…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Red Theater uses sign language to revamp Romeo and Juliet by Brianna Wellen

At times the tale of Romeo and Juliet feels as dead as the star-crossed lovers themselves. We already have West Side Story, Leonardo DiCaprio as a knight in shining armor, and a countless nu…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre