Tim Barnes Finds His Voice
A small afro appears above the overcrowded line inside the South Loop Cuban sandwich shop Cafecito, bobbing through the café like a tumbleweed in the desert. Comedian Tim Barnes waits anxiously for the line to shorten, but it’s not budging. He grows tired, walks out the door and darts o... [Read More]
Diving Into Late Night Head-First with Saurin Choksi
by Isaac Kozell As a kid growing up in Texas, Saurin Choksi always loved comedy. After graduating college and moving to Detroit to take a job working for Ford, Choksi decided to do something about that love: he started taking classes at Second City. He worked his way up the improv school's chain bef... [Read More]
Al Jackson stand-up comedy television taping taking place May 7 at the Vic Theatre in Chicago
Al Jackson is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, writer, and TV/radio personality best known for his 30-minute Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson special, and for his role as host of the BAFTA-nominated BBC series, Officially Amazing. Al has also be seen on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, ... [Read More]
The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics Outside of NY and LA
by Samantha Pitchel Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. Though Los Angeles and New York City are home to the country’s biggest comedy industries, they aren’t the only cities with thr... [Read More]
Stream “Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago” free all month long
Hannibal has come a long way since 2002 when he started doing stand-up in Chicago. Then there were the days when he would travel between Chicago and New York playing shows anywhere. It was at one of these shows that I had a chance meeting with him as we were both performing the same night […]... [Read More]
“Detroiters” comedy pilot produced by Jason Sudeikis & Broadway Video ordered by Comedy Central
Comedy Central jumps head first into pilot season with an order for Detroiters. The idea revolves around two local ad men who make low-budget commercials in Detroit. But, much like the city in which they live, the best friends aspire to achieve greater things. The show will be executive pr... [Read More]
Nate Craig is recording an album January 8-10 in Chicago
Many comedians are kicking off 2015 by recording a comedy album, including LA comedian Nate Craig. Announced via Twitter, Craig will be recording a new album at Zanies in Chicago this week, January 8-10. This will be Craig’s second album after 2013’s Infinity. Craig started performi... [Read More]
Best of 2014: Best comedy festivals
If you look not very hard you can find yourself a comedy festival pretty much any weekend in the country. Some are new to the scene looking to make a splash with their local scene while some have all the A-list comedic talent you could find. Being spread all around this great nation, our staff [&hel... [Read More]