• Bill Maher: ‘Mormonism is a stupid religion’ and more Maher truths from Just For Laughs– Chicago

    CHICAGO — Closing out the final night of the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, Bill Maher delivered a characteristic round of hyper-liberal comedy and vivid pop culture warfare. Commenting on everything from assisted suicide to NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, from Mormons and masturbation to Popes, pot, and Peggy Noonan, Maher’s set contained little material that hadn’t already been delivered in stand-up specials and his HBO show (one joke I

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    Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Bob Newhart, Team Coco, Maria Bamford, more!

    CHICAGO — While there is still Bill Maher and a handful of smaller shows tonight, last night’s Bob Newhart performance and the round of killer stand-ups at Stage 773, pretty much wrapped up the Just For Laughs– Chicago festival. With a surprise set by Maria Bamford, some statistics from The Drinking Institute by Sean Flannery, and a punk rock cabaret from Bridgette Everette, 773 was popping with an exhaustive marathon

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    Just For Laughs, Chicago recap: Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers, Al Madrigal, more!

    CHICAGO — In the absence of a high profile hockey game and a bombastically hyped thunderstorm, day four of Just For Laughs Chicago was a heavily attended night of wildly different styles of comedy. After seeing Seth Meyers, Hannibal Buress and Al Madrigal deliver some palatable stand-up to the nearly sold out Chicago Theatre, I headed down to Stage 773 for Bryan Cook’s Erotic Fan Fiction, where Kyle Kinane, Ben

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    Russell Brand at Just For Laughs, Chicago (Review)

    CHICAGO — It was a curious choice for Russell Brand to enter the Just For Laughs headlining stage to the Oasis track “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” considering that the famously sober comedian imbibes in neither. That said, his set was loaded to the gills with familiar stories of Brand’s pre-enlightenment indulgences, anecdotes of booze and birds (along with some high-minded social commentary) that anyone familiar with his Booky Wook series had

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    Watch Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson quietly argue about baseball teams

    Gone are the days of the Alec Baldwin vs. John Krasinski baseball team debates in the name of hawking New Era hats and clothing. Today starts a new era in New Era marketing campaigns. And once again, they’ve enlisted two fan favorite NBC stars– Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation) and Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin on The Office). And this time it’s not the Boston Red Sox (Krasinski)

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    Finally, someone parodies those horrible Febreze commercials! (Video)

    After months of watching those horrible Febreze commercials, wherein unsuspecting “real” people are blindfolded and led into what we’re supposed to believe is a really smelly room (illustrated by clutter and such) and asked what it is they smell (they smell the heavens because the horrible mess has been Febrezed!), I thought to myself: why is it not one comedian, or sketch group has thought to parody the living shit

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    Late comedian Bernie Mac honored with Chicago street sign

    The late comedian Bernie Mac, known mostly for being part of the Original Kings of Comedy as well as his own television show, was honored today in Chicago, as a street sign bearing his name was raised. The “honorary” sign was posted in the Englewood neighborhood of the city, where Mac grew up. On hand at a ceremony, were Mac’s widow Rhoda McCullough, daughter Je’Niece McCullough (pictured below) and the

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    Comedians send jokes to teen fighting brain cancer

    The late, legendary comedian Robert Schimmel wrote an entire book about his battle with late-stage cancer and how comedy helped him beat the disease. And now, whether he knows it or not, Chicago resident Miles Austrevich has taken a page from Schimmel’s book. The 19-year old has been fighting brain cancer on and off since 2008, but thanks to efforts from his father, the teen has been able to laugh

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    The Laughspin interview with Dan Telfer

    Comedy fans know Dan Telfer from his stints as an opener for the likes of Maria Bamford, Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn. He’s familiar to podcast listeners, particularly fans of Doug Loves Movies and The Benson Interruption. He also gained buzz from his debut EP, 2010’s Fossil Record, which contained his popular bit about “The Best Dinosaur,” a version of which became a viral YouTube hit. Telfer will perform this

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    Hundreds of aspiring comedians show up for ‘In Living Color’ open auditions

    Hundrerds of aspiring and working comedians, improvisors and actors lined up outside of the soon-to-be-opened Laugh Factory Chicago on Dec. 20 to audition for the revamped In Living Color– a two-episode special run that Fox will premiere this spring. The smallscreen hopefuls traveled from all over the country to be seen by Jamie Masada, owner of the Hollywood, Long Beach, and Chicago Laugh Factories, who helped get Jamie Foxx and

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    Variety comic-to-watch Thomas Middleditch lands role in “Hangover” scribe’s flick

    Chicago-bred comedian Thomas Middleditch, recently named as Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” has landed a co-starring role in an upcoming movie, written by Scot Armstrong, who penned The Hangover Part II. This is Armstrong’s directorial debut. Middleditch, a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade known for his extensive character work, will fellow comedian B.J. Novak in the comedy flick Road to Nardo. The story centers around two friends (Middleditch and

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    Laugh Factory will open Chicago venue this summer

    In February, we reported that the Los Angeles-based comedy club, Laugh Factory would open a new location in Chicago, taking over the now abandoned space that once was the Lakeshore Theater. Today, we hear the new space will be ready for business in the summer. “To be able to bring the Laugh Factory to my ‘hometown’ is a dream come true and I could not be more thrilled,” says Emily

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    Comedy kibbles and bits: links about funny shit

    It’s been a few days since I busted out some comedy links. So, here’s a list of some that deserve some attention. Start clicking away, you click-indicted clickers. Ving Rhames has been cast in a Comedy Central pilot, wherein he plays a former special ops agent. The show is called Black Jack; and Rhames’ character is named Black Jack. Get it? Ving Rhames is totally black, you guys. [Deadline] [caption

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    Review: Comedians You Should Know (the album)

    Comedians crave the spotlight the way plants covet sunlight. So Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s in Chicago, their lodge of sorts, Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez reconvene their six-member comedy club: Comedians You Should Know. As if on a dimmer switch, the six sets on Comedians You Should Know (Red Bar Comedy Records) go from light to dusky to absolutely Marc Maron–facsimile dark.

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    Comedians You Should Know (the album)

    Comedians crave the spotlight the way plants covet sunlight. So Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s in Chicago, their lodge of sorts, Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael and Michael Sanchez reconvene their six-member comedy club: Comedians You Should Know. As if on a dimmer switch, the six sets on Comedians You Should Know (Red Bar Comedy Records) go from light to dusky to absolutely Marc Maron–facsimile dark.

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