| May 30, 2014
| 4:15 PM
It’s not easy being an atheist.
A new Pew poll found that atheism ranked at the bottom of a list of 16 traits that might affect someone’s view of a 2016 presidential candidate. (People are more likely to vote for someone who uses pot, has...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 9:33 AM
Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn seem like comedic opposites. Seinfeld is primarily observational; Quinn is primarily analytical. Seinfeld is disciplined and intense; Quinn is easygoing and meandering. Seinfeld is absurdist; Quinn is satirical.
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:49 PM
There has been debate brewing the past few weeks among comedy performers in New York concerning the issue of pay. Often, stand-up comedians with a certain level of experience can score paying gigs at New York clubs. Recently, more and more stand-ups...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Paula Poundstone lives in Santa Monica, Calif. "We're near the Jack in the Box," she says. "But I don't like to brag."
And although she doesn't perform her stand-up comedy in Chicago often, she's here all the time. She's become almost as well-known as a...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:57 PM
One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Art Shay, who has spent his career documenting the lives of others, is now the subject of a documentary himself.
Milwaukee filmmaker Ken Hanson says he and his collaborators are about 10 months into the project about the renowned Chicago-based...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Here's something you may not know about Bill Cosby.
"He orders lunch for everyone," Robert Townsend said when I reached him in Los Angeles by phone. "Usually somebody like a production assistant does that. But he will call the restaurant himself and...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 AM
The Game Show Network hopes to wring some laughs from the old standby: Men think like this; women think like that. "Mind of a Man" debuts January 8 and is hosted by stand-up comedian DeRay Davis, who told me he had to adapt his R-rated instincts for basic...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:41 PM
Neal Marshall wasn't thrilled.
About 15 minutes before showtime he walked to the lip of the stage, put his hands on his hips, held his body in a dejected slouch and stared out into the Vic Theatre. He had done this many times, in many theaters: As...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:19 PM
Chicago's live-lit scene is a robust one, with storytelling events filling up the calendar every month. They're cheap to produce, and I suspect they tap into a desire among audiences to experience something without a screen of one sort or another...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Seth Meyers took the “Late Night” stage Monday night like a man who didn’t have anything to prove.
His approach to his hosting debut was suggestive not of a much-hyped beginning, but of a Tuesday night show a couple of years into a...