WBEZ | Zanies http://www.wbez.org/tags/zanies Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Raising funds for comedians without insurance http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6882998917_c24770e8af_z.jpg" style="height: 451px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="John Fox in 2011. (Flickr/LOL Comedy TV)" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/275541"><em>Frankenstein </em></a></strong></span></span>opens this weekend at City Lit. You probably know what this one&#39;s about.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Zanies is giving all ticket sales</strong></span></span> in their Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont locations to the John Fox Memorial Fund on October 4. Fox was a Chicago comedian who died of complications from colon cancer in May of this year; the fund gives cancer check-ups to comedians who don&#39;t have insurance. The featured performer in Chicago is Nick Vatterott; St. Charles is Bret Ernst and Rosemont is Jimmy Schubert. You can read more about Fox <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Fox">here</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.writerstheatre.org">Writers&rsquo; Theatre</a> </strong></span></span>is adding two weeks of <em>Hamlet </em>performances, but the show will definitely close on November 25.&nbsp;</p><p>- Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-raising-funds-comedians-without-insurance-102709 Whose line is it, anyway? This weekend, it's Greg Proops' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/whose-line-it-anyway-weekend-its-greg-proops-98414 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/greg proops.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we're joined by Greg Proops on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, a comedian you might know from years of late night watching of ABC Family, where reruns of the popular show <em>Whose Line Is It Anyway?</em> ran endlessly. He'll be at<a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Greg+Proops"> Zanies t</a>his weekend doing multiple shows, but until then, I most certainly will not direct you to this website where you can watch <a href="http://whoselineonline.org/">all of the show that ever aired</a>&nbsp;-- for free.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BvXXytks29E" width="480"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/whose-line-it-anyway-weekend-its-greg-proops-98414 Comedian Dwayne Kennedy stops in with his standup http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-14/comedian-dwayne-kennedy-stops-his-standup-85176 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-14/Dwayne-Kennedy1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Until recently comedian <a href="http://dwaynekennedy.net/bio" target="_blank">Dwayne Kennedy</a> has had a self-imposed start-stop-start-stop approach to his career. But he’s still earned writing deals and coveted spots on late night shows.<br> <br> Kennedy will be performing several stand-up gigs at <a href="http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Dwayne+Kennedy" target="_blank">Zanies</a> in Chicago. He stopped by <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about his career – from slinging cones off the back of an ice cream truck to cracking wise at clubs and on TV.</p><p><em>Music Button: Dirty Vegas, "Round and Round", from the CD Electric Love, (Om Records)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-14/comedian-dwayne-kennedy-stops-his-standup-85176 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