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A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in January

Like last month we've got another set of shows - one for (almost) every night of the month. So let's go directly into it:

January 4: High Dive: A Stand Up Comedy Show at High Dive

This weekly stand-up show at High Dive in Ukranian Village starts at 8:30 and features a consistently strong line-up of Chicago comics. Tonight's show is hosted by Bobby Condon and features the great Erica Clark headlining.

January 5: Steven Castillo's Superbowl Halftime Show at The Crowd Theater

Chicago comedian (and "certified hunk") Steven Castillo - who formerly performed as Steven King - is now a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and coming back into town to do a sketch halftime show a month before the superbowl at The Crowd Theater. In 2016 I saw him in Nick Vatterott's "The Outer Zone" at The Hideout and he absolutely killed. Based on his resume - which, aside from writing for "SNL," includes opening for Eric Andre - the assumption can be made…
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A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows In December

It's getting cold, which means (unless you love ice-skating around the ribbon in Maggie Daley Park or running races in crazy cold weather) it's time to find some stuff to do inside for a while. Luckily, Chicago's got plenty of indoor fun to offer, including its incredible comedy scene. Here we've got a stand-up show picked out for every day of the month - from national tours to local open mics and showcases to returning Chicagoans on their way up.

Dwayne Kennedy Talks About His Career and the Chicago Comedy Scene

Dwayne Kennedy is a Chicago comedy legend and, according to Hari Kondabolu, "the godfather of the current Chicago comedy scene." I sat down to talk with him on Sunday night for the Chicago Tribune before the first of seven shows he's performing at Zanies this week (he has two shows tomorrow - Friday, 8/4). Check out the article for a little history and a few clips from his set Sunday night.

Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary (SNL/Good Neighbor) See Parts of Themselves in "Brigsby Bear" (Interview)

Backstage at Thalia Hall after their live show last month (read my Chicago Tribune review of "Kyle Mooney Live" for more on that) co-writer/star Kyle Mooney and director Dave McCary sat down to talk about their debut film "Brigsby Bear," which hits Chicago theaters August 4th.

It's a virtually unclassifiable mix of drama, comedy, sci-fi, coming-of-age and general feel-goodness. It's also better to know less about it going in, which is why the trailer is essentially just a teaser:

Zach Freeman: Why do a live tour now?
Dave McCary: We enjoy it.
Kyle Mooney: It’s not something I - or we - do a ton of these days. Good Neighbor used to perform a decent amount. But we haven’t done anything like this since we’ve been on “SNL” so there’s a new audience with that. The videos - Good Neighbor videos - they’ve grown in cultish status over time so it felt good to do something and hopefully reach out to those fans that maybe like our videos and want to see us liv…

Parent Exercise: Toddler Yoga is Hilarious

Juxtaposition is a great comedy anchor.

See:
Chris Farley & David Spade


Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan


Chris Tmas and Arnold Schwarzenegger


Hilarious juxtapositions right?

Especially the last one. I mean, HE CAN'T FIND THE TOY! AHHHHH!

Anyway, also see:
Yoga and Toddlers (more specifically "Parent & Tot" Yoga at Bloom Yoga Studio)



Life of Pi: The Pi Day Pi K Returns to Fleet Feet Stores Across Chicago

I have run a grand total of ONE time since crossing the finish line of the Chicago Marathon in October of last year. I know, I know, I'm disgusted with me too.

So when I got Fleet Feet's notice about the Pi Day "Pi K" Fun Run this coming Monday evening (3.14 - PI DAY, get it?) it seemed like a pretty solid way to get back out on the running trail without getting myself up super early or registering for a timed race where I would embarrass myself. Also, my wife and I ran this race back in 2014 and had a great time.

Plus, after an article I wrote for the Tribune about xkcd creator and all-around baller Randall Munroe speaking in Chicago at an Illinois Science Council (ISC) event, I know a little more about the organization behind the Pi Day Pi K and their mission.

Quick excerpt from the Trib article:
Founded in 2006 by nonscientist Monica Metzler (who also serves as executive director), the ISC was created to help engage adults in science and technology "with a…

Kevin Runs His Hart Out With Nike+ Run Club

Yesterday morning I gathered with several hundred other runners at the Field Museum for a "spontaneous" run along the lakefront with comedy superstar (seriously, he just sold out the United Center for three shows) Kevin Hart after he tweeted this on Wednesday afternoon:
Chicago, Get Ready. Field Museum on 7/31– Running @ 7:36AM! REGISTER HERE: http://t.co/UqOx1FcMAm#RunWithHart#NRCpic.twitter.com/AVHfzBlYej — Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) July 29, 2015 It may have only been a day and a half notice, but I say "spontaneous" because Nike+ Run Club had this event decked out like it was planned months in advance (wagering a guess that they had). This also proves Hart's stardom in that an organization like Nike would invest the time and money in prepping to host (the event included gear check, a race shirt, a post-race towel, water, food and dozens of volunteers, pacers and coaches) a free event that would only get around 36 hours of promotion. But the effort certa…