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Joel Kim Booster at Schubas: You never see the laughs coming

REVIEW: Joel Kim Booster at Schubas says he's 'dumb,' but his surprising and edgy comedy is anything but.

'Yaaas!' For Ilana Glazer and Phoebe Robinson at Thalia Hall, the excitement is

REVIEW: Ilana Glazer and Phoebe Robinson at Thalia Hall with the "YQY Tour," or "Yaaas Queen Yaaas."

He'll say otherwise, but Jim Gaffigan at the Chicago Theatre is always in

REVIEW: Jim Gaffigan's "Noble Ape Tour" at the Chicago Theatre

Comic couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher laugh and bicker together at the

REVIEW: Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher in "Back To Back" at the Vic Theatre

Demetri Martin is most himself with his one-liners at The Vic

REVIEW: Demetri Martin: Let's Get Awkward Tour at the Vic Theatre experiments with stories, but his one-liners work best.

He's still Chris Rock, but the 'Total Blackout' laughs come few and far between

REVIEW: Chris Rock at the Chicago Theatre with "Total Blackout Tour 2017." The confessions, stories and disconnect outweigh the laughs.

Laurie Kilmartin at Zanies: Life is a temporary condition

REVIEW: Comic Laurie Kilmartin (also author of "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad") at Zanies in Chicago through Sept. 2.

Fall Comedy Top 10: Our pick of legends, from Steve Martin to Cameron Esposito

Top-10 in Chicago comedy for fall 2017: Touring legends include Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin and Martin Short; plus local must-see acts Tiffany Haddish, Cameron Esposito and Rhea

At Zanies, a still hysterical Emo Philips shows why he's Emo Philips

Comedy Review: Emo Philips at Zanies Chicago.

Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero give relationship advice on 'The Endless

COMEDY: Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero are in "The Endless Honeymoon Tour" at the Park West.

What's real diversity in comedy? Welcome to 'Woke Up, Stand Up'

COMEDY: "Woke Up, Stand Up" at Cole's Bar is a one-of-a-kind showcase for LGBTQ performers and comics of color organized by comic Basil Faraj.

Dwayne Kennedy begins week at Zanies with a little comedy philosophy

Chicago comedian Dwayne Kennedy has a weeklong residency at Zanies.

'Tim and Eric Awesome Tour': They're not afraid to go beyond funny

COMEDY: "Tim and Eric 10th Anniversary Awesome Tour" is at The Vic through Monday, with Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, underwear, songs, and jokes that go way beyond funny.

Comedy Get Down finally arrives in Chicago: These guys are pros

Review: Comedy Get Down tour arrives at the United Center. George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and Cedric the Entertainer all show why they’re pros.

'Kyle Mooney Live' at Thalia Hall: Funny, but with a piece missing

COMEDY: 'Kyle Mooney Live' at Thalia Hall is a tour that joins "SNL" star Mooney with partners Dave McCary and Nick Rutherford from the sketch troupe Good Neighbor. It makes for a

Gabriel Iglesias at Horseshoe Casino, master of his own brand management

Comedy review: Gabriel Iglesias at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. He's a comic who knows his crowds, as well as how to keep his very funny comedy brand going.

Trae Crowder and WellRED Comedy should be more than curiosities

WellRED Comedy Tour Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan are real-live Southerners with a liberal comedy act. Just wait for the Q&A session, Chicago.

W. Kamau Bell does political humor — with an emphasis on the political

COMEDY: Comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell at the Park West in Chicago does a show that’s heavy on the politics, the jokes unapologetically second.

Expect feats of female comedy at Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Wonder where to see funny women? We talk to comic Kristen Toomey about the sixth annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival this weekend.

Review: Laughing and crying in a devastating set from Patton Oswalt

COMEDY: Patton Oswalt delivers a very funny, profoundly moving show at the Athenaeum Theatre, moving from jokes about robocalls to talking about his wife's death.

The comedy fests are coming: Who to see at Break Out and 26th Annual

Over the next two weekends, the 26th Annual Comedy Fest (May 31-June 4) and Break Out Comedy Fest (June 8-10) are back to back. Our picks for what to see.

Review: Nikki Glaser is long on the racy stories, short on jokes

Review: Comedian Nikki Glaser at Thalia Hall in Chicago: Her act was a lot of long, very personal sexual anecdotes, and the punchlines were few and far between.

Neil Hamburger show at Lincoln Hall was a comedy disaster. A perfect comedy

Review: Gregg Turkington's comedy alter-ego Neil Hamburger at Lincoln Hall in Chicago: He's here to entertain and he is incredibly, impressively unfunny.

Highland Park years good inspiration for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

Both lead roles in the new Amazon series — played by Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein — are portrayed by actresses with roots in the suburb.

Sen. Al Franken says he let 'a lot of people down' with his behavior

Franken dismissed a question about resignation and promised to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Film reveals Gilbert Gottfried as both uncouth comic and devoted dad

ROEPER: The documentary examines the "Aladdin" star's personal losses, his controversies and his notorious cheapness.

Comedy Central plans weekly Trump spoof; Chicagoan to play Pence

Instead of reaching out to an unknown to follow "The Daily Show," Comedy Central is going straight to the top.

Amid sexual harassment allegations, Brian Posen resigns from Stage 773

"If I have ever unintentionally offended anyone by saying anything improper, which in turn hurt or offended anyone, I profusely apologize," said Posen

Shawn Wayans brings his standup act back to Improv in Schaumburg

When it comes to Thanksgiving, comedian Shawn Wayans is reminded of all the crazy ways his mom used to stretch the leftovers for weeks afterward.

Holiday Show Guide: Scrooges, Nutcrackers, Taylor Swift and more

From ice skating and concerts to comedy and dance, here's a look at some of the area's offerings to make your days and nights merry and bright.

It was 'pretty strange' being in a documentary, Gilbert Gottfried says

The comedian appreciates that the film capture both his vulgar persona onstage as well as his family life.

Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck loved added humor of 'Justice League'

Miller was thrilled "to try some of my weird ideas" in his latest outing as The Flash.

Highland Park's Lauren Tom watches opportunities grow for Asian talent

The actress' character on 'Andi Mack' undergoes a change on this week's episode.

Female performers look out for each other in Chicago's comedy scene

Revelations about Louis C.K. reverberated for comediennes working in Chicago, a comedy mecca that draws aspiring comics from across the continent.

Mila Kunis made sure Atlanta passed as Chicago in 'Bad Moms Christmas'

The frequent visitor kept an eye on the homes and the malls seen in the sequel to her 2016 hit.

In Second City's 'Dream Freaks,' a talented cast dodges the politics

Likable mainstage actors seem to favor the silly over the socially aware.

Trevor Noah wraps up a week of the goofy and the grim on 'Daily Show'

His team endeavored to work some substance into the comedy, to balance a "Ferris Bueller" spoof with observations on public schools and crime.