Recent Posts in comedy

August 27, 2015

by Arielle Gordon

Photo via @TheSecondCity
Second City Fire

Yesterday a grease fire at Abodo Grill in Old Town set Second City Theatre ablaze; the fire took two hours and two injured firefighters to successfully put out. Luckily, no one in the theatre sustained injuries, and it appears that the main stage, located in a building next door, remains entirely intact. Unfortunately, many of Second City's administrative offices, as well as the surrounding area in Piper's Alley Mall, weremostly destroyed by the fire. As of now, all Second City shows and classes are cancelled and they are taking it day-by-day:

Luckily, the Second City staff was not alone in their suffering in a town renowned for its comedy community. iO, formerly Improv Olympic, pitched in, allowing Second City workers to use their box office to call ticketholders about show cancellations.

While the theatre survived, the historic 19th century building wasn't as fortunate:

The roof of the 19th century building collapsed, but the stone walls were still sound, Langford said. The Department of Buildings was evaluating the structure Thursday for safety issues, a department representative said.

Langford said the Second City lobby suffered water and smoke damage and that runoff water from firefighting operations had posed a serious threat to the theater itself.

"We had thousands and thousands of gallons of water running out, going into the street and pooling above the theater," Langford said. "We had to redirect it down so it wouldn't collapse (the ceiling) into the theater."

"We could be up and running tomorrow, or it could be as long as a week," Second City's Tyler Alexander told the Chicago Tribune.

In case you haven't boned up on your improv knowledge in a while, most of SNL's original cast, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Dan Akroyd, as well as modern favorites like Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and relative newcomers like Cecily Strong have all called Second City home. Needless to say, if the Chicago fire department hadn't acted quickly at the historic site, the fire could have torn another huge part of Chicago history with it.

August 21, 2015

John Oliver

Tickets went on sale today for 12/30 and 12/31 John Oliver shows at Chicago Theatre. They're selling really well, so a third show was just added! It also happens on 12/30, but at 10pm. Tickets for all three are at Ticketmaster.

August 17, 2015

John Oliver

The man behind one of our favorite shows on television right now has a big live show announcement!

Live Nation and Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced today that Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer John Oliver will return to stand-up comedy at The Chicago Theatre on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:00PM. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 21, at 10:00AM.
Tickets range from $55.00 to $75.00.

UPDATE: A second show was added~ The new date is New Year's Eve and tickets also go on sale this Friday at 10am.

UPDATE 2: Third show added.

Last night on Last Week Tonight , John took on televangelists. Watch below....

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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.