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LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU LAUGH

Lizz Kemery

TRIXIE MATTEL/BRIAN FIRKUS

Trixie Mattel, winner of RuPaul Drag Race Allstars season three, comedy queen and singer-song writer, stars in her own new Netflix Documentary, Moving Parts, and it is a must-see. Trixie lets the world see the ups and downs of maintaining a career as an iconic drag queen from channeling her abusive past into an armor…

LESLIE JONES

During quarantine most people are looking for two things, entertainment and exercise. Look no further as Leslie Jones provides an abundant amount of both. The former SNL cast member recently premiered her first Netflix stand-up special, Time Machine, that is hilarious and super high energy (3 full minutes are dedicated to an all out solo dance…

FORTUNE FEIMSTER

More often than not I find myself admiring or studying new comedy but when I watched Fortune Feimster’s (yes, that’s her real name) new Netflix stand-up special, Sweet & Salty, I was cracking up like I was a little kid again. Feimster is nostalgic, genuine and positive. Her special is a break from all the…

THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

If you’re not already obsessed with the Amazon Prime Series ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, you’re in luck! You still have a month to binge the first two seasons before the third comes out on December 6! I’m jealous. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is about a late 1950’s housewife who trades in her domestic lifestyle to…

STACEY SMITH JOINS THE BOOM CHICAGO CAST

I met Boom Chicago’s newest cast member, Stacey Smith, about a year ago when we brought her in to give the then cast a workshop in musical improv comedy. At the time, the cast and I were in a brutal show process. We were meeting every day from 11:00am to about 3:00am to write and rehearse a new show, perform and stay late for notes nearly every day. The last thing we wanted to do was a musical improv workshop (or anything requiring the least bit of extra energy). I can only imagine what Stacey was thinking when she laid eyes on us. Nevertheless she persisted. And, really, she didn’t even skip a beat. We were immediately swept up in the Stacejam (title of her one woman improvised musical that will blow your mind). Within minutes we were all cracking up and belting out hilarity at…

JEN KIRKMAN

Jen Kirkman is in her forties with no children and right where she wants to be. Kirkman was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately, and well known for being a five-time narrator of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. She is also a writer of Golden Globe and Emmy winning Amazon Prime…

LIZA TREYGER

Liza Treyger is #nofilter. We’ve all done stupid stuff in our 20’s and Treyger is not above it. Her hilarious stories are very relatable or, at the very least, they make you feel better about your own shitty decisions. “Liza was featured on the prestigious Variety’s 2017 TOP 10 COMICS TO WATCH list and was…

WHITNEY CUMMINGS: “CAN I TOUCH IT”

Whitney Cummings kicks the concept of diminishing returns straight in its graph with her FOURTH Netflix stand-up special “Can I Touch It?”. She immediately clarifies all of the “new” rules and regulations for confused men in the dawn of consideration for women without letting ladies off the hook either. Once she’s held our hands through a how-to-be-an-adult in 2019, using her experience as a journalist and roundtable guest on CBS’s Chelsea Lately, Cummings is ready to tackle the future (and just in time as Boom Chicago relaunches our Mainstage show The Future is Here And It’s Slightly Annoying!). From the creator of 2 Broke Girls, “Can I Touch It?” makes you want to grow up (to be just like Cummings). Check it out to see how your sex robot will also become your guacamole machine and make sure you stick…

WANDA SYKES

If you want to see a master of stand-up comedy, then you need to check out Wanda Sykes new Netflix Special ’Not Normal’. You know Sykes from her role as Barbara Baran in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’, and for her comedic roles in such films as Monster-in-Law and My Super Ex-Girlfriend or TV…

BOOKSMART

When I was first introduced to Booksmart someone said to me “It’s like the female Superbad”. Honestly, that made me not want to see it. I loved Superbad but I’m tired of movies with female leads being forced to stick to a formula that was tested and certified to be successful by men first. As if to say, “if we take a risk on women, let’s make sure all other variables are secure first.” But I wanted to support the box office, so I went reluctantly. As the movie began I rolled my eyes anticipating the onslaught of millennial jargon, soulless social media quips and choppy acting as a result of a director telling the female leads to just be more like Michael Cera and Jonah Hill (as was the case with the recent remake of Ghostbusters). Man was I…

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