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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.

Living Room show

House seating tickets are now on sale for Our Living Room Show, a once-in-a-lifetime evening of comedy and music at Chicago's Up Comedy Club on Monday, January 6th, 2014.

Wilco frontman and Grammy Award winner Jeff Tweedy will play an intimate live set after a 90-minute sketch comedy and improv performance from distinguished Second City alumni, including Aidy Bryant (SNL), Kevin Dorff (Late Night with Conan O'Brien), TJ Jagodowski (TJ & Dave), Beth Melewski (Cash Cab Chicago), Mike O'Brien (SNL), Tim Robinson (SNL), Tami Sagher (Writer, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother), Horatio Sanz (SNL) & SNL's newest "Weekend Update" co-anchor, Cecily Strong.

Our Living Room Show continues The Second City's long-standing commitment to supporting families from Onward Neighborhood House and Letters to Santa.

Information on ticket sales is as follows:

Standard Seating, $300: Tickets are on sale now by visiting or calling (312) 337-3992.

Front Row Seating, $500: Audience members of our annual The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour (December 17th - 18th) will have first access to purchase front row tickets to Our Living Room Show. Remaining tickets will go on sale via the Up Comedy Club Box Office on December 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Premium Rail Seating, $1000: The best seats in the house! Ticket price includes one song request Jeff Tweedy will play during his set. These tickets will also be available first to audience members of 24 Hour, and any remaining rail seats will go on sale via the Up Comedy Club Box Office on December 18th at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit, The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour's official Facebook page, or call the Up Box Office at (312) 337-3992.

Jeff Tweedy is also involved in the 24 Hour Marathon event mentioned above.

November 16, 2013

Hannibal Buress @ the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest (more by David Andrako)

Chicago-bred, New York City-based comedian Hannibal Buress will be taping a new Comedy Central special at the Vic Theatre on January 25. He'll be doing so with an early and late show, and tickets for both are on sale now.

September 16, 2013

by Arielle Gordon


Jerry Seinfeld may not be a "comic's comic." He may not have come up with the great alternative comedians that usually grace the pages of this blog. But he's doubtlessly one of the most prolific and important comedians of the past 25-years. Does he need to make a web show like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Hell no. He's Jerry fucking Seinfeld. He could just sit by his giant, presumably corvette-shaped pool for the rest of his life, counting his Seinfeld money. But the guy cares about comedy, and about other comedians. And he's genuinely funny, even if everyone and their dog has heard an awful impression of his routine on airplane travel.

With that in mind, it should be easy to get excited that Seinfeld has just added two Chicago shows to his national tour - a 7 PM and 9:30 PM show, both at The Chicago Theatre on December 14. Tickets for the Chicago shows go on sale this Friday (9/20) at 10AM CST. Peep the rest of his tour dates below...

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September 13, 2013

by Arielle Gordon


Look, Twitter humor is tricky. Some comedians use it to provoke. Others, like Kumail Nanjiani, use it to test out shorter jokes. And yet others gain celebrity entirely from Twitter - Megan Amram, Shelby Fero, and the honorable Karl Welzein, or @DadBoner to name a few. Chances are you've seen @DadBoner's tweets somewhere on the internet - the dude has over one hundred thousand followers and has even written a book. The man supposedly running the account, Karl Welzein, is a middle class, blue collar, fast-food loving father living in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He's notorious for his blunt advice ("People who think they're happy cause they got a fancy job gotta remember: Rich or poor, cold beer tastes the same so who cares, you guys.") and tendency to overshare ("Really hurtin. Feel like I drank a thousand beers last night. And/or a bottle of hard booze. And/or slept on the concrete. Kinda concerning?"). And now, he's taking his 140-character life on the road, for a grand "Power Moves American Tour" with comedian Matt Braunger. They're stopping at The Abbey on October 11. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

If you're interested in finding out more about the man behind the tweets, Vice did an "expose" on the LA-based comedian responsible for creating Mr. Welzein, Mike Burns. Watch the mini-documentary and check out his full tour schedule below...

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September 4, 2013

by Arielle Gordon


Greg Proops is more than just "that guy from Whose Line." He is more than just the host of The Smartest Man in the World podcast, which has been described as, "an hour of great conversation that flies by at a break neck clip." He is, in short, one of the best comedians and improvisers I've had the pleasure of seeing in person. And, lucky for you Chicago comedy nerds, he's stopping by to record a live episode of his fantastic podcast. Proops will be at UP Comedy Club tonight (Wednesday, September 4). Advance tickets are still available.

Other tour dates, including Proopcast tapings and Whose Line live dates, are listed below...

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