- $10 for one ticket to Jeremy Hotz (up to $19 value)
- When: select showtimes, Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25
- Where: Chicago Improv of Schaumburg
- General admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
Jeremy Hotz’s 2010 special bears the title What a Miserable DVD This Is…. It’s a sentiment reflected in many of his sets, which tend to launch from a place of befuddled suffering. The self-described “master of misery” often starts by lamenting a place or idea, then steadily unravels his joke until he’s charmingly grinning at the punchline, dipping into his trademark vocal fry and shyly fidgeting while the audience roars. But these are just guidelines for some of his routines—what actually transpires while he’s onstage is impossible to predict, because Hotz likes to improvise, too.
While Hotz might deride his own show as “miserable,” David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jon Stewart clearly disagree, having tapped the Canadian for late-night show appearances and writing gigs throughout his long career. In addition to winning international comedy awards and appearing at major stand-up festivals, Hotz also excels outside the world of stand-up; in 1997, he won a Gemini Award for his acting work on Canada’s The Newsroom. On his tours, he blends these skill sets into beguiling, seamlessly entertaining performances.
The Improv Comedy Club
For nearly 50 years, the Improv chain has incubated standup talent—notable alumni such as Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Robin Williams all conquered The Improv stage before getting their big breaks. The Chicago location carries on the Improv’s tradition of catching rising stars before they turn into supernovas spewing dangerous molten punch lines with a calendar of up-and-comers and nationally touring talent.