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Comedy Fri May 24 2013

"Comic View" Auditions Come to Chicago


The early to mid-90s marked a significant era for African-American comedians; from sold-out performances at comedy clubs across the country (including Chicago's now-defunct All Jokes Aside) to television appearances on shows like "Showtime at the Apollo" and the wildly popular HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," established comedians became even bigger and up-and-coming comedians emerged into household names.

Another series, however, was also popular during that period--"Comic View"--an hour-long show on Black Entertainment Television (BET) which helped shoot two "Original Kings of Comedy," D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer, into superstardom.

"Comic View" is making its return to BET in late 2013 and Jokes and Notes Comedy Club, 4641 S. King Dr., is holding a series of live audition showcases next week to see which funny folks have what it takes to bring on the laughs.

From May 29-31, there will be 10 comics auditioning per show, with different hosts each night: Wed., May 29 at 8:30pm, (Baldhead Phillips); Thurs., May 30 at 8pm and 10:30pm, (Lil Rel); and Fri., May 31 at 8:30pm and 10:30pm, hosted by BET writer, James Davis. Tickets are $5-$20 and can be reserved by phone; for more information, call 773-373-3390.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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