Monday, August 29, 2016

Laugh Till You're Winded Showcase at Zanies

Head up Chicago comedy fans. There will be an All-Star showcase to promote the upcoming documentary "Laugh Till You're Winded"Monday Aug 29th at Zanies.

The film, which is produced and directed by veteran Chicago comedian Michael Alexander (writer for The Arsenio Hall Show & George Lopez) looks to document the comedy & work ethic of the Chicago scene. The project will takes a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary industry comics as well as rising talent.

Don’t miss this special showcase with an insane lineup of the hottest Chicago comedians featured in the film. ONE NIGHT ONLY at the legendary Zanies Comedy Club Chicago.

Danny Kallas
Larry Reeb
Adam Burke
Rachel McCartney
Merrit Landsteiner
Kristen Lundberg
Pat McGann
Kristen Toomey
Pat Tomasulo
Lilly Allison
Kevin Bozeman
Mike Wiley
Josh Ejnes
Michael Alexander
Colleen Patterson
Prateek Srivastava
Peter Lipsey
Sabeen Sadiq
Aaron McDavis
Ilana Abby Gordon
Ricky Gonzalez
Ed Towns

Saturday, August 27, 2016

TJ Miller Pop UP Show Tonight!

TJ Miller, (Silicon Valley, Cloverfield, How to Train Your Dragon, Big Hero 6, Deadpool)  is coming to Laugh Factory Chicago for a SPECIAL POPUP MIDNIGHT run through set of his upcoming one-hour HBO special...

Did I mention that it's  TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT!

T.J. Miller is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world. One of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and EW's “Next Big Things in Comedy," Miller currently stars in the popular Silicon Valley which is in production of it's 4th season - but really, the he's a fucking monster at stand-up comedy, and it's in this format where dude shines.

People, trust me on this, it's a rare opportunity to catch T.J miller at the Chicago Laugh Factory, so jump on this while you can.

Tim McLaughlin
Nate Weatherup
Chris Bader
Special Guests!!
AND of course TJ Miller.

Get your tickets NOW before they sell out.
Must be 18 years and over.

Managing Editor
James Allen Kamp

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Oddball Comedy Festival hits Chicago

The World's Biggest comedy tour is back for a fourth Consecutive year with an insane lineup of the best comedians alive.

The 2016 Oddball Comedy Festival will kick off it's national tour starting on Sept 2, in the Chicago area, with a powerhouse lineup featuring:

Sebastian Maniscalco,
Brian Regan,
John Mulaney,
Jeff Ross,
Tom Segura,
Iliza Shlesinger,
Donnell Rawlings,
Cameron Esposito,
Tony Hinchcliffe,
Big Jay Oakerson
+ more local comics!

Hosted by the ONE and only Roastmaster Jeff Ross

As in years past, the lineup will vary from city to city, so if your a comedy fan wanting to catch this tour in another city you are urged to check your local listings.

You can get your tickets here!

Monday, August 22, 2016

How Leslie Jones won the internet...

Leslie Jones (comedian, actress, cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and co-star of the Ghostbusters reboot) has won the internet in three moves.

Lets break it down shall we?

1. She shut down her trolls/haters.
Jones has achieved, through hard work & talent, a lot more recognition & fame these days which has also unfortunately  equated to a ton more internet trolls. One in particular is Milo Yiannopoulos, a Blogger for Breitbart who initiated an avalanche of vicious racism on Twitter with with slimeball tweets like "There is no way to justify calling her beautiful. She’s extremely ugly." This opened the floodgates for a barrage of racist & sexist comments focused on her. Instead of quiting Twitter, like some celebrities, Jones maintained her account with dignity and class while expressing dismay at the cruel treatment. Well... the outpouring of support for Jones was unprecedented. Comedians like Amy Schumer and millions of others had her back. So much so that Yiannopoulos had his account deactivated by Twitter. Which was, again, unprecedented.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hannibal Buress & Eric Andre Go to War...

Ha. This is fucking hilarious. We've interviewed both these cats and if YOU are a real comedy fan you should know exactly who they are... but if you don't... Eric Andre and Hannibal Burress are probably the most original comedians of the new millennium. In this clip they take turns "Tindering" for each other. Laugh out loud funny. Produced by none other then god damn Vanity Fair.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Facebook the mafia...

Not only is Calvin Evans one of Chicago's top working comedians, performing at clubs all around the city, but he's also been producing a ton of high quality videos called "Sunny with a Chance of Funny". In this episode of his web series, Calvin talks about the Instagram's strong arm robbery of Snapchat and the importance of originality. Check it out. You can also check Calvin out tomorrow night at the Comedy Cocktail show at House of Blues inside the Foundation Room. 8PM 4).

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Giving Thanks to Good Hosts

Kelsie Huff
Hosting a comedy show can be a thankless job. Often audiences don’t even realize when a host is crushing it. They simply feel the experience of a great night and don’t comprehend the power a host has in shaping the ebb and flow of their evening’s entertainment.

Most stand-ups have stories of shitty hosts, everyone remembers: the host who doesn’t take the time to correctly pronounce names, introduces comedians as “the girl”, or “the black guy”, or "the fifth bearded white dude of the night”. Those crap hosts ruin the the rep for the hosts who do the real work.

A solid host wears different hats throughout the night, holds down the fort, wins the spirit award, makes every comedian who walks up feel welcomed and successful and leaves the audience thinking, “I sure am glad I decided to put on pants and go out tonight.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Simmer Brown!!

Prateek & Sameena
On Saturday, July 30th, Chicago-based stand-up comedy collective, Simmer Brown, returns with a new cast to continue its run of sold-out shows at the Bughouse Theater.

The comedy collective got some new blood by adding two veterans of the Chicago comedy scene to their crew. Jerry Tran and Anthony Bonazzo will join founders Sameena Mustafa and Prateek Srivastava, as associate producers, which should be a real powerhouse cast.

Simmer Brown, a Chicago-based, South Asian stand-up comedy collective, was founded by Sameena Mustafa and Prateek Srivastava in 2015. Their monthly show features Chicago's best stand-up comedians and underrepresented voices. Past lineups have included comics from Comedy Central, HBO, Just for Laughs, “Last Comic Standing,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Simmer brown has also gotten some great press to go along with the sold out shows. It's been recommended by the Chicago Reader & RedEye, listed as a Chicagoist favorites and was even plugged by the one and only Margaret Cho.