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10 Seriously Funny Comedians From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.09.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Could your hometown also be the home of your favorite comedians? These 10 actors, singers and writers all grew up in Illinois before they led wildly successful careers in Hollywood, Broadway and beyond.

These Are The 10 Funniest Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.30.2014 | Comedy

If you're looking for a laugh, head to the Windy City. Chicago topped the list of the nation's funniest cities in a new study released Sunday by t...

The Case For Doing Whatever Obama Wants (Did You Know He's Friends With Jay Z?)

Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago

Might Kickstarter be all that President Barack Obama needs right now? In a new YouTube sketch that couldn't be timelier, Chicago's Second City Netw...

Popular Chicago Comedy Club On The Move

Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago

Story by Adeshina Emmanuel, courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago: Uptown lost one of its most popular entertainment destinations Saturday as the Annoyance T...

Joseph Erbentraut

The Latest 'SNL' Chicago Hire Talks Her Improv Roots | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago

It seems like the folks at "Saturday Night Live" just can't get enough of Chicago these days. On the heels of hiring a trio of Chicago-based actors...

Joseph Erbentraut

'SNL' Star On Cubs Fans, Local Roots & Her 'Dream Job' | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.15.2013 | Chicago

For Oak Park native Cecily Strong, her debut season as an "Saturday Night Life" ensemble member marked a "dream job" come true. After honing her ac...

WIN TICKETS! Myers, Maher & Newhart At Just For Laughs

Posted 05.31.2013 | Chicago

In less than two weeks, TBS's annual Just For Laughs Chicago, which claims to be the largest comedy festival in America, will take over the city. T...

'Potholepalooza' 2013: City Hatches Playful Effort In Road Repair

Posted 04.05.2013 | Chicago

By the looks of a silly-yet-clever news release, someone at the Chicago Department Of Transportation is clearly having fun. Friday morning, CDOT an...

VIDEO: NPR Station's Best-Ever Cubs Opening Day April Fool's Prank

Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

As home openers for baseball teams go, not much changes year-to-year, though there are some big differences between this year's outing and the 2011 in...

Comic LilRel Howery Performs, Talks Chicago, In Living Color

Mark Bazer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Comedy
Mark Bazer

LilRel Howery, one of the funniest comedians in Chicago, or, hell, anywhere, performs a short set and then talks with The Interview Show host Mark Bazer at The Hideout. (Nov. 2, 2012)

Chicago Comic Rebecca O'Neal (VIDEO)

John V. Santore | Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago
John V. Santore


WATCH: Visiting Just For Laughs Comedians Share Favorite Local Spots

Posted 06.18.2012 | Chicago

While visiting Chicago to participate in the recently-wrapped Just For Laughs festival, dozens of comedians with plenty of downtime were released into...

Highlights from the April 30th The Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The April 30th Dinner Party was by far the most fun yet! Nora Dunn had everyone in stitches, Lane Alexander tap danced to Bach, and Paul Kahan, James Beard Nominee for Best Chef, prepared the food.

Leno: Chicago's 'A Great Town For Comedy'

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Late-night comic and TV host Jay Leno called Chicago "a great town for comedy" while he was here for a rare local performance benefiting an area non-p...

WATCH: How To Live Like Beyonce

Posted 03.15.2012 | Chicago

Ever wonder how your life might be different if you were Beyonce Knowles, multi-Grammy-winning pop diva extreme? If so, you're not alone: The Katyd...

WATCH: The Club That Launched Some Of Your Favorite Black Comedians

Posted 10.25.2011 | Comedy

Before they were household names, where did Jamie Foxx, Bernie Mac & Dave Chappelle call home when they were in Chicago? A now non-existent club calle...

Chicago Improv Festival: Some Can't Miss Acts

| Jessica Radloff | Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

From Second City to IO, Chicago knows how to bring the laughs, and now it will show the rest of the world too during the Chicago Improv Festival runni...

WATCH: Comedian Shares 'Rum Emanuel' Drink Recipe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As you prepare your liver for a weekend of celebratory alcohol consumption, consider this holiday drink "recipe" from Chicago-based comedian Paul Thom...

Boozy Late Night Stand-Up Comes To The Continental

Chicago Sun-Times | Viator Travel Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Plenty of funny things happen at late-night bars -- but tonight it will be intentional. Liver Failure Chicago, an open mike featuring some of Chicago'...

Darlene Hunt, The Big Creator

Fabio Periera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fabio Periera

"I've been fired a lot. I'm very proud of it," says Darlene Hunt as she sips a decaf coffee, her red ringlet hair poking out from underneath a conduct...

WEEKEND PLANS: Dance With Dan Savage, Crafty Holiday Shopping

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Not sure what to do this weekend? Allow us to decide for you. Dan Savage is in town, there is a big hip hop show in the South Loop and a crafty way to...

PHOTOS: Sex, Violence And Laughs At Lucha VaVoom

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lucha VaVoom will have their last sexy and violent show of the year in Chicago Thursday night. Lucha VaVoom shows infuse Mexican masked wrestlers kn...

Comedian Fortune Feimster Brings The Funny To Chicago's Lincoln Lodge

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This Thursday, Chicago's longest running and most innovative independent comedy showcase--The Lincoln Lodge--is bringing the the hilarious Fortune Fei...

This Weekend: Take A Funny Walk Around Old Town With Second City

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

So it's not officially the last weekend of summer, but it is September now, and after Labor Day, everything suddenly starts to feel a little more seri...

WATCH: Hilarious Standup Kumail Nanjiani Coming To Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

About a year ago, the New York Times ran a lengthy profile about an up-and-coming stand-up comic, getting a handful of big breaks in the world he desc...