Janelle James returns to Illinois where her comedy career began
Years after starting a standup comedy career at a club in Champaign, Janelle James is one of the stars of ABC's 'Abbott Elementary.'
Comedian Lewis Black on pairing anger and comedy
Comedian Lewis Black talks about his career, the way he mixes anger and comedy, and more ahead of a visit to Champaign.
‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal on Comedy in a Pandemic
Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me joins us to talk about doing a comedy show without his usual Chicago audience, the importance of humor during a crisis, and whether he was wearing pants during our interview.
Leaving Home Behind After Hurricane Maria; Comedian Julia Sweeney; Reflecting On Trump’s First Year
The 21st: Thousands of Puerto Rico residents have fled to the mainland United States after Hurricane Maria, including to the Chicago area. Plus, comedian Julia Sweeney talks to us about her new stand-up show, and reflects on the SNL character that made her famous. And, we hear from reporter Rachel Otwell who has been talking to a wide range of people about President Trump's first year in office.