WBEZ | comedian http://www.wbez.org/tags/comedian Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'WTF' is up with comedian Marc Maron http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/wtf-comedian-marc-maron-90172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Marc Maron Spitzer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Just shy of two years ago, comedian Marc Maron hit a real low. "W-T-F"-–a not so radio-friendly acronym pretty much summed up his life at that point: No job, a recent and costly divorce and thoughts of suicide. But what a difference a podcast makes.</p><p>The man behind <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/" target="_blank"><em>WTF with Marc Maron</em></a> the popular podcast and public radio program joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy to provide more details. The podcast airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on WBEZ. Maron was in town doing shows at the <a href="http://www.maynestage.com/" target="_blank">Mayne Stage</a> in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. His new comedy album, <em>This Has to Be Funny</em>, is out Tuesday.</p><p>The final episode on WBEZ airs this Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Maron will perform multiple shows Friday and Saturday night at the Mayne Stage.</p><p>Full disclosure: WBEZ is the media sponsor for the event.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/wtf-comedian-marc-maron-90172 Jim Gaffigan brings the laughs back home to Indiana http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/jim-gaffigan-brings-laughs-back-home-indiana-90054 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/allmedia_img.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Comedian and actor <a href="http://www.jimgaffigan.com/index.shtml" target="_blank">Jim Gaffigan</a> has a lot of voices. Not impressions of famous types--just voices–all&nbsp; funny! The laid-back-yet-gregarious onstage persona,&nbsp; the voice of his wife and he frequently mimics a disapproving audience member. The Hoosier will perform a pair of shows at the <a href="http://tickets-center.com/ResultsVenue.aspx?event=Jim+Gaffigan&amp;vname=The+Venue+at+Horseshoe+Casino&amp;venid=8969&amp;nid=1&amp;ppcsrc=1-HY-The+Venu-Jim+Gaffi&amp;sortcol=retail&amp;sortord=asc&amp;dist=GS&amp;uq=jim%20gaffigan%20tour&amp;cid=7429623275&amp;gclid=CLrR4qy9s6oCFQ7MKgodVTY89Q" target="_blank">Horseshoe Casino</a> in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 13. But first, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> corralled him for a chat on his comedy and Midwestern roots.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Chris Joss, "Magic Tubes", from the CD Teraphonic Overdubs, (ESL)</em></p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/jim-gaffigan-brings-laughs-back-home-indiana-90054 Comedian Emo Philips returns to the Windy City http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/comedian-emo-philips-returns-windy-city-84865 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/Emo Phillips Walter Tabayoyong.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.emophilips.com/" target="_blank">Emo Philips</a> and his car have covered a lot of miles over his long career. The comedian has spent more than 30 years doing stand-up. Phillips gets lots of props for his joke writing skills. And he’s made some film appearances – opposite Weird Al Yankovic and in the original <em>Meet the Parents</em> from 1992. It all began back in Downers Grove. Phillips developed his comedy on Chicago stages and that’s where he’ll soon be returning.<br> <br> Philips will be at <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Emo+Philips" target="_blank">Zanies</a> on Wells St. on Thursday and Friday. He’ll also perform a couple of shows Saturday at the <a href="http://vernonhills.zanies.com/" target="_blank">Zanies</a> in Vernon Hills.</p><p><em>Music Button: Gutbucket, "F$%k You And Your Hipster Tie", from the CD Flock, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-07/comedian-emo-philips-returns-windy-city-84865 SNL alum and Chicago native Nora Dunn brings the laughs home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Nora Dunn Getty file.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Nora Dunn's most recent project has her teamed up with folks like Tim Conway, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor. They&rsquo;re among many honoring comedian Jonathan Winters in the new film <a href="http://www.certifiablyjonathan.com/" target="_blank"><em>Certifiably Jonathan</em></a>. It&rsquo;s currently on screen at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> through Feb. 24.<a href="http://vocalo.org" target="_blank"><br /><br />Vocalo.org's</a> Brian Babylon recently talked with Nora Dunn about the new film and her other recent work. Dunn started by giving a little refresher course on her experiences growing up in the Windy City.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, &quot;My My&quot;, from the CD Making Tracks, (self released)</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/snl-alum-and-chicago-native-nora-dunn-brings-laughs-home-82702 The Weekly Guide: What gets Julia Sweeney out of the house http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/weekly-guide-what-gets-julia-sweeney-out-house-82157 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Julia Sweeney Getty_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>For many years, this week's guest for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a> was probably part of your weekend routine. Julia Sweeney was a regular on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> in the '90s. After leaving the show, she hit the theater circuit with performances like her one woman show &ndash; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119207/"><em>God Said Ha!</em></a></p><p>At the moment she&rsquo;s less about the stage and more all over the page. Sweeney is working on a book and a screenplay from her home in Wilmette. So what does a self-proclaimed homebody do on the weekends? Host Alison Cuddy found out when she spoke to the multi-faceted Sweeney during the latest installment of <em>The Weekly Guide.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><br />Julia's Picks</strong>:<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=111"><em>The Trinity River Plays</em></a> at the Goodman Theatre<br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wastelandmovie.com/"><em>Waste Land</em> </a>at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/features/waste-land ">Music Box Theatre</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/">Adler Planetarium</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/?gclid=CJ_qm46ggKcCFUdrKgod5ibgfQ">Spice House in Evanston</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/">Art Institute of Chicago</a><br /><br /><em>DJ M. Sylvia Music Button: Supernova, &quot;Beat Me Back&quot;</em></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-11/weekly-guide-what-gets-julia-sweeney-out-house-82157