Thursday, July 27, 2017

Just For Laughs New Face: Calvin Evans

Just for Laughs is the world's largest international comedy festival. It's held each July in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and showcases the best of the best comedic talent. This year, The 2017 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal made a special announcement. They disclosed their their new list of up-and-coming comedians for their “New Faces” showcase.  This year, Chicago's own Calvin Evans made the cut.

Calvin is a stand-up/actor/writer from Chicago. His recent television credits include Chicago PD as seen on NBC, APB as seen on FOX, and Shameless as seen on SHOWTIME. He has also performed his stand-up on the Kevin Hart Comedy Central series Hart of the City and MTV’s Acting Out. He is frequently seen, performing at all the hottest clubs in the Chicago as well as across the country. Congratulations to you. 

Staff Editor - Ashley Lane

Monday, July 24, 2017

Comedian Spotlight: Azhar Usman

Azhar Usman is easily Chicago's top stand up comedian and our Comedian Spotlight of the week. This comedic monster with credentials through the roof is unapologetically funny, with a voice that can demand the attention of any room and jokes that challenges the politics of America.

He has opened numerous times for the iconic Dave Chappelle who has said, "Azhar is untouchable!" and has received recognition from hundreds of media/news publications such as TIME Magazine, BBC, USA Today, CNN, The New York Times and many more. This comedian/actor/writer/producer has traveled through out the world and toured to over 20 countries.

As of recently Azhar, has been a comedic writer contributor for Hasan Minhaj's speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. He has collaborated comedy material for Netflix original standup specials: Hannibal Buress' 'Comedy Camisado' and Hasan Minhaj's 'Homecoming King', Azhar guest starred on Amazon Studios' series PATRIOT. He also appeared on Pete Holmes' podcast "You Made It Weird," 

Catch him local at his monthly showcase (every 2nd Thursday of the month) Divide and Conquer he produces with Chicago comedians, David Carter and Tucker Millett at Laugh Factory Chicago.

Staff Editor - Ashley Lane

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Key & Peele: Substitute Teacher

Everyone knows and quotes the hilarious sketches. As a throwback Thursday, check out this Key & Peele sketch comedy episode created by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Watch as Mr. Garvey an inner city substitute teacher. played by Key, attempts to take attendance for a classroom full of middle-class white high schoolers. A-a-ron has no idea what is about to happen.

Staff Editor - Ashley Lane

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jeff Arcuri LIVE at Zanies Chicago

Comedian Jeff Arcuri will be performing at Zanies in Chicago July 23rd - 25th. His unique observations of an everyday man are not only witty but by far the most hilarious shit you'll ever hear. He is often seen headlining in the city. The Chicago Tribune calls Jeff Arcuri “a joke machine.”

After coming to Chicago in 2012, Jeff became a regular at The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Bar, and Zanies Comedy Clubs. He has made an appearance on Laughs on Fox and seen performing at comedy festivals around the country. He is also a producer/creator/host of This Week’s Show. He is a must see, so be sure to catch him at Zanie's Chicago while you can.

Showtimes and Dates:
SUN July 23 - 8:30pm
MON July 24 - 8:30pm
TUE July 25 - 8:30pm


To purchase tickets or get more information, click here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

50 Cent Is The Greatest Rapper Alive

Jimmy Kimmel is known for his funny sidewalk questions as he ask random people on Hollywood Boulevard to give their opinions but there's always a catch. This week the people who pass by studios what they thought about rapper 50 Cent. The catch.... he was standing right behind them.

Staff Editor - Ashley Lane

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Blind Bet - FINAL SHOW

The Blind Bet - One of Chicago's BEST stand-up showcases for YEARS - is closing it doors with a FINAL show TONIGHT.

Not to be missed! The lineup for tonight is super secret and sure to be a filled with monsters of the Chicago scene - with most likely 1 or 2 rock-star out of town comics included.

Highly recommended.

At the Pony. 1638 W. Belmont. Chicago Il.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Godfrey Talks About Suspicious People

Comedian/actor Godfrey is one of the top comedians to come from Chicago. He's been seen on BET, VH1, Comedy Central,  as well as many television shows and movies. His very dramatic stage presents bring his set to life. Check out this lively set of him talking about how crazy you look when looking for "suspicious"people, ugly flight attendants and the dread of sitting in the middle seat on a plane.

Staff Editor - Ashley Lane

Friday, July 7, 2017

Issac & Evans LIVE at Zanie's

Zanies Comedy Club presents Chicago's favorite duo showcase, Issac & Evans from July 5th through 11th.
Michael Issac and Calvin Evan are the first all black comedy duo and they are nothing but side splitting hilarious.

Issac is a regular host and feature comedian at Zanies, on top of standup, he is also an actor who has been featured on well known television commercials such as Walgreens, McDonald's and more.

Evans can be seen performing at all the hottest comedy clubs. On top of standup, he too has made his strides as an actor and has been seen on Showtime's "Shameless"  NBC's "Chicago PD" as well as Kevin Harts’ “Hart Of The City” on Comedy Central.

There are plenty of chances to see them this week so don't miss out...