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November 3, 2014


The annual winter Tomorrow Never Knows fest returns to various music venues throughout Chicago in January, and this year's stellar lineup looks something like this:

01/14: The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) | Operators

01/15: Kishi Bashi String Quartet | Grifters | Protomartyr | Cameron Esposito

01/16: Cloud Nothings | Zola Jesus | Hamilton Leithauser | PUP | Sara Schaefer | Joe Mande

01/17: Jukebox the Ghost | Strand of Oaks | Alvvays | Tim Heidecker

01/18: The Family Crest

Venues include chubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall, Metro Chicago, The Athenaeum Theatre, and Hideout Inn. Tickets, 5-day passes and more info HERE.

July 17, 2014


Comedy oddity Tim and Eric (aka Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) have announced that they'll be embarking on a fall North American tour. Dr. Steve Brule of Check It Out! (aka John C. Reilly) will be along for the ride, and the wacky comedy trio will tag Chicago for a two-night stand at the Athenaeum Theatre on September 23 & 24. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public this Friday (7/18) at 10AM CST. A presale for each night is currently active; the password is "BINGUS".

All Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule dates and a few videos lie after the jump...

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July 11, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

Dick Cavett and Dave Hill (via Dave's instagram)
Dave Hill

If you haven't been following the dust-between online retailer Amazon and publishing giant Hachette, a recently posted video may help. In it are author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, Blink), legendary talk show host and bon vivant Dick Cavett and Amazon's "Vice President of Fulfillment." Actually the last guy looks a lot like comedian and BV contributor Dave Hill. You can check it out below.

Speaking of Dave, as mentioned on BV, he's got some live dates coming up, including a three-night, five show run at Up Comedy Club from September 4 - 6 with the very funny Bridget Everett. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

You can also hear Dave on a new episode of Pete Holmes' podcast, You Made It Weird, and listen to archived episodes of Dave Hill's WFMU radio show (where old pal Cavett has been a guest).

Video below...

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June 18, 2014

photos by Jeff Ryan

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live at the Athenaeum Theatre on 06.12.2014

A.V. Club // The Onion's "26th Annual Comedy Fest" took place this past week at the Athenaeum Theatre with a handful of great performances. You've already seen pictures from Marc Maron's festival-closing show, and we also caught Scott Aukerman's podcast turned TV hit Comedy Bang! Bang! live on June 12. There was a short stand up set // introduction by Aukerman, followed by a set from frequent collaborator James Adomian, then a live podcast recording with Aukerman, Adomian, and former Saturday Night Live cast member // CB!B! cohort Horatio Sanz. Pictures from the Athenaeum Theatre are in this post. More below...

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June 17, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Marc Maron at the Athenaeum Theatre on 06.14.2014

Comedian/podcaster/loveable grump Marc Maron hit Chicago this past weekend for a performance at the Athenaeum Theatre on June 14 as part of A.V. Club // The Onion's "26th Annual Comedy Fest." Maron bounced from topic to topic with ease, including the after life, ice cream, dining at Eataly, relationships, and the therapeutic power of traffic. Chicago via UK comedian Adam Burke got things started, and pictures from the Athenaeum Theatre are in this post. More below...

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March 24, 2014


In late-January, Chicago-bred comedian Hannibal Buress taped a new stand-up special at the Vic Theatre for Comedy Central. It's titled simply Hannibal Buress: Live From Chicago and is set to premiere on Comedy Central this Saturday (3/29) at 11PM CST. Before it makes its premiere, you can purchase a digital version of the special for just $5. CDs and DVDs will be available on April 1. So far, he's shared two clips from the special -- one which contains his thoughts on Molly references // use throughout rap music and another in which he impersonates Donald Glover to get into an Eddie Griffin comedy show -- and you can check out both of them, below...

UPDATE: Hannibal will be celebrating the premiere of his special with a show at Beat Kitchen this Saturday (3/29). He'll be performing with special guests and Live From Chicago will screen as it premieres at 11PM. Tickets are on sale now.

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by Arielle Gordon


The A.V. Club have just announced the first annual "26th Annual Comedy Fest," co-presented by their sister publication The Onion. The festival will be held from June 12-14 at the Athenaeum Theatre. Podcast-cum-IFC hitComedy Bang! Bang! will be doing a live show on the 12th, comedians Tig Notaro and Kyle Kinane on the 13th, and podcaster, comedian, and loveable curmudgeon Marc Maron on the 14th. Tickets for individual shows go on sale this Friday (3/28) at 10AM CST, and you'll be able to grab three-night passes this Tuesday (3/25) at 10AM. Stay tuned for more information.

February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis and Annie Potts on 'Ghostbusters' set

"There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local," Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy "Analyze This," another hit. "It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way."

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company.

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This." - [Chicago Tribune]

Harold Ramis, your influence on modern comedy cannot be overestimated. Rest in peace.

February 6, 2014


Comedian Aziz Ansari has announced a spring North American tour of large theatres (which he's certainly no stranger to). That tour begins in March, and will finish off with a performance at The Chicago Theatre on May 21. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now; treat yo' self. Ansari will be performing a new routine called Modern Romance on this tour.

All dates are listed below...

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December 4, 2013


Like last year, a host of awesome and talented people will go on a 24 hour performing spree to help benefit Letters To Santa. Be there, or be... streaming it online. Here's the info:

The Second City That Never Sleeps 2013: 24 HOUR
A 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit For Letters To Santa
Second City e.t.c. Theatre - Tuesday, December 17 6pm - Wednesday, December 18 @ 6pm

$20 ticket good for all 24 hours (as long as you can find a seat). Tickets to be purchased at the door the night of the event. This event is open to all ages. Chicago Liquor laws and curfew laws apply. We will stream the event for free at LETTERSTOSANTACHICAGO.COM as well as GIGITY.TV

The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour (formerly known as The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa) runs non-stop from Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. in The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 1608 N. Wells Street, 2nd floor of Piper's Alley.

Prepare to fa-la-la-la-la all day and all night with an all-star lineup of comedy and music powerhouses: SNL vet and Portlandia's Fred Armisen will join a host of Second City performers and alumni for the improvised festivities. Internet phenomenon Lil Bub (the world's most amazing cat) will make her long-awaited Second City debut.

Musicians ready to rock include: Bob Mould (Husker Dü, Sugar), Nina Nastasia, Sally Timms (The Mekons), Chicago's own J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound and The Hungry Pilgrims. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bush and St. Vincent will join the party live via video chat, as will Louise Post and Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt) for their first performance together in 15 years.

One-of-a-kind items up for auction at 24 Hour include two tickets to an SNL taping and a recording session with prolific music producer Steve Albini at his private Chicago studio.

Audience members of 24 Hour will have FIRST ACCESS to purchase FRONT ROW and RAIL SEAT tickets to Our Living Room Show, a benefit event at the Up Comedy Club on Monday, January 6th. The show will feature improv and sketch comedy from Second City alumni Aidy Bryant, Kevin Dorff, TJ Jagodowski, Beth Melewski, Mike O'Brien, Tim Robinson, Tami Sagher, Horatio Sanz & Cecily Strong -- followed by an intimate 90-minute set from Jeff Tweedy. Ticket sales to this event will also support families from Onward Neighborhood House and Letters to Santa.

Tickets to The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour are $20 and will be sold at the door throughout the event as long as seats are available. Doors open Tuesday, 12/17 at 5:00 p.m. The event will also be streamed LIVE at or Donations via PayPal are appreciated. 24 Hour is an all-ages show. Chicago liquor and curfew laws apply.

For more information, updates and the complete schedule, visit or contact The Second City Box Office at (312) 337-3992. Follow @TheSecondCity on Twitter. Onward Neighborhood House empowers families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting.

6:00PM Show Begins
6:30PM ST. VINCENT - Live from Brooklyn
8:00PM BETH KLIGERMAN Improvises for Donations
9:00PM BUSH - Live from Los Angeles
10:00AM LOUISE POST & NINA GORDON of Veruca Salt- Live from Los Angeles (their 1st performance together in 15 years!)
2:00PM JEFF TWEEDY Live from Los Angeles
6:00PM The End!

As mentioned above, Jeff Tweedy and other SNL alum then also play a related charity event on January 6.