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Monday, May 20, 2024

Fast and Good: A Preview of Pete Holmes at The Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Holmes is back on the road for “The Feelin' It” tour, his first since pre-pandemic times, and is performing an entirely new hour at the Den Theatre.

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Friday, March 15, 2024

Funny Forward: Anna Akana Discusses “It Gets Darker” in Advance of her Show at the Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

The show mixes dramatic depth with plenty of laughs as Akana recounts dealing with her sister’s suicide when she was seventeen and her own mental health struggles. She promises Chicago aud…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Answering the Call: Orly Telisman On “The Bad Momz of Comedy” by Carl Kozlowski

“I wanted a place to do comedy for people my own age and with the same lived experiences of being a mom, being married, trying to work and just be a human being,” explains Telisman.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Laugh and Grow Rich: Masood Boomgaard On Stand-Up and Parodying Self-Help Gurus by Carl Kozlowski

Masood Boomgaard had to deal with a friend who was constantly trying to motivate him with self-help books throughout the early months of the pandemic. Boomgaard found great annoyance in thei…

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Collective Empathy: A Preview of Alex Edelman’s “Just For Us” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Edelman is bringing the full ninety-minute show back to Chicago, making the leap from a comedy club to a ten-night run of shows from February 15-25 at the internationally renowned Steppenwol…

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Sauced: Deanna Ortiz on Chicago Comedy, Podcasts and Cooking by Carl Kozlowski

Deanna Ortiz is one highly ambitious and in-demand comic.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Women Laughing: In Conversation with Gena Gephart, Showrunner of the Ladylike Comedy Showcase by Carl Kozlowski

For the past seven years, Chicago’s funniest women have been revealing their most outrageous moments in the popular “Ladylike” showcase, which currently runs monthly at the Lincoln Lod…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Phony Award Winning: Laura Hall On Co-Founding a Troupe to Improvise Broadway Classics by Carl Kozlowski

Laura Hall's returned to Chicago to assemble a troupe of actors called Phony Award Winning, who have an ambitious challenge: to learn classic Broadway musicals inside and out, and then impro…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Holiday Nostalgia: A Preview of “The Mike Toomey Christmas Special” at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Mike Toomey grew up loving television, and his favorite shows each year were the special Christmas episodes of sitcoms and the wide array of Christmas specials starring celebrities. But the …

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The Meaning of Life: A Preview of Azhar Usman at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

"If you’re not talking about something real and something substantive, the vast majority of comics are really not saying anything, because they don’t have anything to say.”

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Monday, October 30, 2023

The Big Leagues: Zanies’ Bucket List Experience Offers Comedy Dreamers A Shot At Stand-up Success by Carl Kozlowski

Zanies comedy club now offers the “Ultimate Bucket List Experience,” which gives funny dreamers the chance to create a killer act while being mentored by a top comic, and perform it in a…

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Monday, October 23, 2023

The Laughing City: The 312 Comedy Festival Brings Top Comedy Stars to Chicago by Carl Kozlowski

Chicago’s reputation for comedy has primarily been rooted in having the best improv scene on the planet. But the city has also spawned a rich stand-up history, and the first-ever 312 Comed…

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Monday, September 25, 2023

History of Hilarity: Mike Bridenstine Serves as Literary Tour Guide to the Hottest Period in Chicago Stand-Up by Carl Kozlowski

Thanks to a new book about the wildly creative alternative-comedy scene that gave birth to an explosion of stars and influential talent between 1996 and 2009, the Chicago scene is finally ge…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Best of Both Worlds: A Preview of Zach Noe Towers at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Growing up queer in a religious household in Missouri, Zach Noe Towers learned how to navigate living in two distinctly different worlds at once.

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Supreme Impersonator: Jay Pharoah Talks About Turning his Obama into Fame as He Prepares to Tape a Special at The Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Pharoah will be bringing his potent mix of impersonations and vividly funny tales of his personal life to the stage of Chicago’s Den Theatre August 26 as he tapes a new hourlong special.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

High-Flying Comedy: A Preview of Alonzo Bodden at The Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

As a fan-favorite monthly panelist on the long-running comedic game show “Wait.. Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,” comedian Alonzo Bodden has been bringing some of the sharpest political jokes o…

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Tales From T.J.: A Preview of T.J. Jagodowski in “The Armando Diaz Experience” at iO Theater by Carl Kozlowski

Chicago’s longest-running long-form improv show features one of the city’s most beloved improv stars when T.J. Jagodowski takes the stage as the guest monologist for “The Armando Diaz …

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Living the Dream: A Preview of SNL’s Devon Walker at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Devon Walker's ridden a wave of success all the way to "Saturday Night Live." Walker will be bringing his comedy stylings to the stage at Zanies July 13-15.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Wild World Traveler: A Preview of Maddy Smith at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Maddy Smith has circled the world opening for superstar comic Bert Kreischer, but she takes center stage headlining at Zanies

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Monday, June 12, 2023

Funny and Sad Dad: A Preview of Jimmy Carrane at The Laughing Academy by Carl Kozlowski

Chicago comedy favorite Jimmy Carrane presents a show that's been fifty-nine years in the making

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

No “Problem” With Hari: A Preview of Hari Kondabolu at the Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Comic Hari Kondabolu brings his unique point of view to life to his beloved Chicago audiences at the Den Theatre

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Monday, May 15, 2023

The Burger King of Comedy: A Preview of Ian Edwards at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Edwards owes his impressive comedy career to working at a drive-thru.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

New and Proven: A Preview of The Lincoln Lodge’s “Latest and Greatest” by Carl Kozlowski

The Lincoln Lodge’s “Latest and Greatest” show serves up a perfect mix of rising talents and veteran favorites

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Better Late Than Never: A Preview of Pat McGann at the Chicago Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Pat McGann may have started his stand-up career later than most, but he's on top now with two April 22 shows at the Chicago Theatre

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Taking It to the Streets: A Preview of Cipha Sounds at Zanies Chicago by Carl Kozlowski

Cipha Sounds brings his New York energy to Zanies Chicago

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Superhero Comedian: A Preview of Michael Yo at the Den Theatre by Carl Kozlowski

Yo was one of the earliest survivors of COVID, and the experience made him stronger than ever.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Luck of the Irish: Sean Flannery Has Lived Through Ten Near-Death Experiences And Still Manages To Laugh by Carl Kozlowski

Flannery will be one of six comics taking the stage for the “Shamrock Shenanigans” show at the Den Theatre, as part of a lineup of Irish comics detailing their unique life experiences as…

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Wedding Planner: A Preview of Natasha Pearl Hansen at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

For most people, calling off a wedding is a tragic occasion. But for Hansen, it turned out to be the start of an entirely new phase of her comedy career.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Fearlessly Funny: A Preview of Dina Hashem at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

Hashem has put her sharp joke writing skills to work currently on HBO’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Life During COVID: A Preview of Lenny Schmidt at Zanies by Carl Kozlowski

The upcoming shows will feature his brand-new hour of material, which has a strong focus on life during the pandemic and all the changes it’s brought to society.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Find the Funny: A Preview of Noah Gardenswartz at Zanies Chicago by Carl Kozlowski

In addition to headlining as a stand-up, Gardenswartz has found success as a consulting producer and story editor on the Emmy-winning Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards