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POD Exclusive Interview: Mike Burns Talks About Alter Ego “@DadBoner”

posted by Oscar June 21, 2013

During last week’s Just For Laughs festival here in Chicago, we were lucky enough to meet up with comedian Mike Burns, creator of the hilarious @DadBoner twitter account and the Karl Welzein character behind it. We saw his @DadBoner and Friends, You Guys show as well as his reading of his awesome piece about Guy Fieri for the Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, which he won of course. This guy is definitely someone to see if he’s performing at venue near you. See our exclusive interview with him (not bad for a last-minute effort) above.

Make sure to pick up his book “Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style,” starting July 9. Pre-orders are available now.

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Recap: Just For Laughs Chicago at Stage 773 (6/15)

posted by Oscar June 16, 2013

Just For Laughs Chicago_ jflFor our last night covering the best Comedy Festival around, we picked what would turn out to arguably be the best collection of comedy shows within the festival at Stage 773. On the bill for us were Dancing Around the Shit Fire with Kyle Kinane, Double Threat: Kumail Nanjiani & Friend, and The Super Serious Show and all comedians that night sure made good on what had them draw such crowds to begin with.

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Recap: Just For Laughs Chicago at Stage 773 (6/13)

posted by Oscar June 14, 2013

Just For Laughs Chicago_ jflLast night we went out to Stage 773 again to check out some more hilarious shows and it turned out to be a great night of comedy once more. On our list of acts to see were standup and podcaster (The Champs) Moshe Kasher, Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net, and The Combo curated by Team Coco and not one of those disappointed. Continue Reading

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What’s Dope This Weekend? (6/14/-6/16)

posted by Alex June 14, 2013

library-lotSo the weekend has come up on us and you’re currently at the day gig trying to see what to do this weekend. Look no further, we have your weekend covered. We’ve vetted and chose some events worth checking out in the lovely city so you can get back to those “TPS Reports” that you’re boss has been asking you for since Monday morning. Continue Reading

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TBS Just For Laughs Chicago Announces Comedy Hub: ‘@ Stage 773’

posted by Oscar May 16, 2013


TBS Just For Laughs Chicago presented by State Farm, America’s largest comedy festival, will break new boundaries by providing comedy fans around the country with an all-access pass to a digital comedy hub “@ Stage 773”. Throughout the festival – which takes place Tuesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 16 – performances “@ Stage 773”” will be presented across multiple platforms through such high-profile digital outlets as Team Coco, Dailymotion, Yahoo!, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, The Nerdist, Broadway Video’s Above Average, Instagram, Pandora, SiriusXM, Chill.com, Set List as well as the festival’s website: www.justforlaughschicago.com. A digital comedy hub “@ Stage 773” will play host to solo shows by some of the hottest names in comedy, plus breakthrough performances by emerging talent. In addition, Stage 773 will feature exclusive live presentations from today’s most popular podcasts, including You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Doug Loves Movies, Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank, and The Team Coco Podcast. Comedy fans will be able to enjoy a selection of the performances online for free around the clock.

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Events: Russell Brand, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn added to Just For Laughs 2013

posted by Oscar May 8, 2013


TBS Just For Laughs Chicago has announced the addition of Russell Brand, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Todd Glass, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, TJ & Dave, Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh, Brad Morris and Joe Nunez to its 5th anniversary festival line-up. America’s biggest comedy festival also announced the addition of a second Nick Swardson show at The Vic to accommodate tremendous demand, and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) will make a special appearance to introduce an advance screening of his new movie The Heat at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON on June 11.

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Comedy: First Talent Announcement for TBS Just For Laughs 2013

posted by Oscar April 24, 2013


 We’re glad to announce some of the main acts coming out to Chicago for the TBS Just For Laughs 2013 comedy festival! The Lineup for America’s Biggest Comedy Festival Includes:

Bill Maher (Politically Incorrect, Real Time w/Bill Maher, Religulous)

Seth Meyers (SNL’s Weekend Update and 2011 Correspondents Dinner)

Bob Newhar  (The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart)

David Cross (Arrested Development and Mr. Show)

Nick Swardson (Reno 911, Malibu’s Most Wanted, …Chuck & Larry)

John Hodgman (The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart)

Artie Lange (MADtv, The Artie Lang Show, The Howard Stern Show)

Hannibal Buress (Stand-Up comedian, writer on 30 Rock)

Al Madrigal (The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart)

Maria Bamford (Comedian of Comedy)

Dylan Moran (Yeah,Yeah)

Anjelah Johnson (MADtv)

*Plus the stars of TBS’s Sullivan & Son, truTV’s Impractical Jokers And IFC’s The Whitest Kids U’ Know, with more surprises TBA soon.

Hit the jump to read the full Press Release and read some info on the shows these comedians will bring to the festival and the locations where these will take place. Continue Reading

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Recap: Patton Oswalt featuring Kyle Kinane

posted by Oscar June 16, 2012

The 2012 edition of the comedy festival, Just For Laughs Chicago, is now in full swing. For the second night in a row we attended a show for the festival and the set sure did not disappoint. Thursday night’s bill: Patton Oswalt, featuring Kyle Kinane as the opener at the historic Chicago venue, The Vic Theatre. Continue Reading

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Recap: The Blackout Diaries

posted by Oscar June 14, 2012

Last night I stopped by the Lincoln Lodge as they hosted a special edition of the Blackout Diaries in part of the Just For Laughs Chicago ’12 festival. The kick to this special event was that those who had purchased tickets, showed up to the venue without prior knowledge of what comedians would go on to hit the stage. Continue Reading