Our Comedian Spotlight this week goes to the crazy talented, Adam Burke. He's been Chicago comedic gem for close to 10 years. He has opened for a vast amount of comedians such as Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan and Aziz Ansari just to name a few. He was also the winner of Second City's Up Next Comedy Competition on top of all the festivals he's performed at throughout the country. He accomplished so much and shows no signs of slowing down. Catch him around the city on stage at all the hottest comedy venues.
Comedian/actor T.J. Miller visits the Above Average offices, and talks with biggest fan, Rob King. As he begins to randomly interview him at the water cooler, he realizes that it's becoming the weirdest conversation he's ever had but not before getting everything soaking wet.
Come to Laugh Factory Chicago to see this amazing weekly Wednesday showcase, Supply & Demand. Everyone is in demand to see these incredible performers but this show has a limited supply of the top comedians in Chicago so don't miss your chance to see these amazing comedians!
Chicago standup comedian Calvin Evans has a one on one interview with DEA Photo & Film about how much of influence Bernie Mac had on the comedy scene. His hard work, struggle as he rose to fame and his love for his home Chicago is one of the few things that Evan's found as inspiration from Bernie Mac's legacy. On top of that, he gives his back story on his start as a comic, what personally drives him to continue and his now journey.
This funny guy has more TV credits then you can imagine. McGann has performed on almost all of the big time late night TV shows (here he is on the great "Late Show with David Letterman") and was featured on the Emmy nominated TV show, "The Chicago Stand Up Project", a project that was hosted and created by McGann himself.
Stand-Up NBC 2017 came to Chicago!
Each year NBC spotlights a few select cities around the country and holds both auditions and live showcases of the best performances from local comedians. With all the monster talent that exists in Chicago, it was pretty amazing to see so many comics come out and show off what they do best.
The auditions were held at Laugh Factory Chicago where hundreds of comics lined up for HOURS, for the opportunity to audition & see if they had what it takes to move on.
Finalists from each city are flown back to Los Angeles to showcase for NBC Universal and industry-wide networks. This can lead to signing some great with top Hollywood agents and meeting with the entertainment industry’s top casting directors and executives.
VICE talks to Hannibal Buress, one of Chicago's stars, has become a highly respected stand-up comedian and actor who's style has such a chill vibe and is nothing less than witty genius. His joke of the Bill Cosby scandal gave him exposure but his talent in comedy continued open doors for his success in his career. He has had many television roles on Broad City, The Eric and Andre Show, Daddy's Home, countless stand-ups as well as his own specials. They interview him about his rise to success and talking to him about selling out.