| Nov 19, 2013
By any standards, Chicago-area native Cameron Esposito has had a busy year. Since she and her fiancee, fellow comedian Rhea Butcher, moved to Los Angeles in September 2012, Esposito has debuted on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," where Ferguson...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:30 PM
With some 175 comedians lined up to perform across more than 50 shows, the New York Comedy Festival is all about funny business. But its impact is no laughing matter.
That Kevin Hart standup pic -- "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," the one that grossed...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Beth Stelling returns to Chicago Wednesday for a five-night run at Zanies on Wells Street, some two years after she left the city for the warmer and more opportunity-rich climes of Los Angeles.
The return of "Sweet Beth," as she titled her 2012 debut...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:23 AM
Welcome to Lehigh Valley Music's Ticket Box, listing new shows on sale. Il Divo at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Blood Sweat & Tears at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, winners of "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent" at Miller Symphony Hall......
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:32 AM
FXX gets its game face on tonight with the launch of new seasons of three hit shows: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and late-night talker Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which is going from weekly to nightly. It's Always Sunny in...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:37 AM
After the coffee. Before becoming way overexposed.
The Skinny: I'm on a standup comedy kick right now, with Maria Bamford's new album playing on Spotify as I write this. Friday's headlines include box offices previews and the return of cigarette...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 11:25 AM
No joke. A new comedy club is opening up inside a movie theater in Hollywood.
In the latest effort by exhibitors to reinvent themselves and draw new patrons, the Chinese 6 Theatre complex is partnering with veteran comedy producers Jeru Tillman and...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 6:14 PM
Literary fisticuffs abound at Write Club, where opponents duke it out with lightning-fast essays on pre-assigned, opposing topics. But is it really literature as blood sport?
"The stakes are real," says founder and self-proclaimed overlord Ian Belknap....
| Apr 24, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Online comedy network My Damn Channel inked a production and sales partnership with digital media firm Blip, under which the duo will share exclusive first-run distribution for four original comedies.
The four skeins include new seasons of two popular My...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Bill Maher, Seth Meyers and Bob Newhart are among the old school-new school headliners of TBS Just for Laughs Chicago, the Chicago franchise of the Montreal-based comedy festival. It's slated for June 11-16 at various venues around the city, including the...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Seth Meyers and Hannibal Buress are coming home for the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival in June.
Evanston native Meyers, who runs the "Saturday Night Live" writers' room and "Weekend Update," is one of the festival's anchors--get...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Chris Hardwick is a busy guy. He runs the popular podcast and website The Nerdist and travels the county doing standup. Last fall, his "Talking Dead," the popular aftershow in which he and guests dissect each episode of "The Walking Dead," grew to an...