Chicago Comedy and Theater Great Sheldon Patinkin Dies at 79
by Megh Wright The Chicago theater and comedy community lost a big name yesterday with the news that Sheldon Patinkin, who mentored countless performers and directors and was an icon of the Second City community, died at age 79. Patinkin worked as the chair of Columbia College Chicago's theater depa... [Read More]
 
Talking About the End of Chicago's Upstairs Gallery
by Griffin Wenzler The Upstairs Gallery started in September of 2010 as a small performance space in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. It is now one of the city’s best known comedy theaters. After four years of putting up some of the most exciting and experimental theater in Chicago,... [Read More]
 
Meet The Comics: Miguel Dalmau, Chris Lamberth, & Dan Perlman
It’s that time again ladies and gents to Meet the Comics!  In this edition, AmericasComedy got to hang with three up and coming comics who rock the mics in New York City and are on their grind daily.  Miguel Dalmau, Chris Lamberth, and Dan Perlman keep full schedules by balancin... [Read More]
 
Chicago Comedian Dan Ronan Passed Away on Friday
by Bradford Evans Chicago-based comedian Dan Ronan passed away Friday at the tragically young age of 24. Ronan, who began doing comedy at 15, was a writer/performer for The Late Live Show and a regular at The Lincoln Lodge and other spots around the Chicago comedy scene. Ronan struggled with su... [Read More]
 
Nick Vatterott is recording an album in Chicago on June 14th
New York comedian Nick Vatterott is recording a comedy album this Saturday for Comedy Central Records. Presented by Chicago Underground Comedy, Vatterott will be recording his album, entitled For Amusement Only, over two shows on June 14th at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL. Vatterott is a high-ener... [Read More]
 
Kurt Braunohler just departed on his jetski trip down the Mississippi river to #getwet4goats
In case you were wondering. Kurt Braunohler is currently on is way down the Mississippi River as he’s travelling from Chicago down to New Orleans to raise money for goats as part of his new web series Roustabout. After a photo op with the Mayor of Chicago (aka Wyatt Cenac) Kurt took off on his... [Read More]
 
10 Comedy albums that do cover art right
Pilot season may be over, but album season seems to be in full swing with a heavy line-up of new comedy albums being recorded and released over the next few weeks. With Andy Haynes‘ debut album release yesterday, it was a great reminder that comedy album artwork doesn’t have to be bad. H... [Read More]
 
“Braving the Unknown,” Susan Messing’s Ted Talk in Chicago, April 2014
"Taking a risk -- maybe a tiny one, maybe a giant leap, into the unknown." Spend the next 14 minutes with Susan Messing, who tells an audience last month at a TedX UChicago event that when she wanted to grow up, she dreamed of being goalie for the New York Rangers, a swimming coach, or perhaps ... [Read More]
 
Andy Kindler added to Chicago Comedy Exposition lineup which already includes Sean Patton, Sean O’Connor, and Aparna Nancherla
With Just For Laughs not appearing in Chicago this year, new comedy festivals are popping up in the market to hopefully fill the void. Enter another option. From July 11-13, Chicago will be hosting the 2014 Comedy Exposition, an independent comedy festival that will occupy a different Chicago neighb... [Read More]
 
Watch Mike O'Brien and Tim Robinson Star in the Most Reluctant Porn Ever
by Megh Wright Here's the second episode of Above Average's sketch web series Chicago Rats, in which Conner O'Malley plays a different kind of porn director and Mike O'Brien, Tim Robinson, and Shelly Gossman play porn actors who have lots of "business meetings." 0 Comments... [Read More]