Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, How Did This Get Made?, more coming to Onion Comedy & Arts Festival

Big news, comedy fans: Our comedy festival returns May 30-June 3 at various venues in Chicago under a new name, The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival. Why change the name from the amusing-but-difficult-to-remember-and-Google 26th Annual Comedy Festival? Well one, see above. And two, it’s The Onion’s 30th anniversary in…

Will The Chi be the first series to do Chicago right?

No city is a “character.” As much as creators like to elevate their stories by claiming a location, it’s just a clichéd attempt to make something sound important without earning it. Cities are complicated places, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Showtime’s new drama series, The Chi. As much as recent headlines…

Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle: Come hang with Pete Holmes, Jamie Lee, and us this January

Get ready, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco: The A.V. Club is joining forces with HBO to present a series of events with our pal Pete Holmes. This January, we’ll be galavanting around the country with Holmes and Jamie Lee in order to screen the first two episodes of Crashing season two. We’ll be popping up at local…

Hello From The Magic Tavern’s hosts want to help you find the most magical place in Chicago

Adal Rifai and Matt Young, two Chicago-based comedians, co-host the improvised fantasy podcast Hello From The Magic Tavern with Arnie Niekamp. The podcast, in which the trio “interviews” various magical creatures, wizards, and adventurers, features a number of improvisers from Chicago’s comedy scene. In the video…

The hosts of Hello From The Magic Tavern tell us their favorite Chicago comedians

Adal Rifai and Matt Young, two Chicago-based comedians, co-host the improvised fantasy podcastHello From The Magic Tavern with Arnie Niekamp. The podcast, in which the trio “interviews” various magical creatures, wizards, and adventurers, features a number of improvisers from Chicago’s comedy scene. We asked Rifai and…

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Exploring the legacy of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes with Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle’s new album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, is heavily influenced by the legacy of the Robert Taylor Homes, a former public housing project on the South Side of Chicago, which was unceremoniously torn down in 2007. (Today, all that remains at the site is a barren field.) Mike grew up in Chicago and…

We asked The Daily Show’s correspondents: Could a conservative Daily Show succeed?

While in our hometown Chicago, The Daily Show correspondents stopped by The A.V. Club office for a thoughtful, hilarious Facebook Live discussion about comedy, politics, and the state of the show. In this snippet from that interview, the correspondents discuss the feasibility of a conservative alternative to The Daily…