Category: Comedy


Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney came to national attention with Saturday Night Live and her Pat segment even spawning a feature film about the androgynous character. Afterwards she created three autobiographical monologues that she performed in various settings, God Said Ha! ( her brother and her battling cancer), In a Family Way (adopting her Chinese daughter Mulan), and Letting Go of God (her becoming an atheist).

She served as a consultant on two television shows with gay followings, Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives and recently voiced the character of Sherry Squibbles in the hit cartoon Monsters University.

Sweeney met “I Kissed a Girl” Jill Sobule at Technology Entertainment and Design conference and have now created a touring show called Jill and Julia. Nunn on the Run talked to her directly after the duo’s show at City Winery recently.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Julia. Are you originally from Wilmette, Illinois?

Julia Sweeney: No, I am from Spokane, Washington. I only moved to Wilmette four years ago. I had never even heard of Wilmette before that.

JN: How did that happen?
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Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney came to national attention with Saturday Night Live and her Pat segment even spawning a feature film about the androgynous character. Afterwards she created three autobiographical monologues that she performed in various settings, God Said Ha! ( her brother and her battling cancer), In a Family Way (adopting her Chinese daughter Mulan), and Letting Go of God (her becoming an atheist).

She served as a consultant on two television shows with gay followings, Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives and recently voiced the character of Sherry Squibbles in the hit cartoon Monsters University.

Sweeney met “I Kissed a Girl” Jill Sobule at Technology Entertainment and Design conference and have now created a touring show called Jill and Julia. Nunn on the Run talked to her directly after the duo’s show at City Winery recently.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Julia. Are you originally from Wilmette, Illinois?

Julia Sweeney: No, I am from Spokane, Washington. I only moved to Wilmette four years ago. I had never even heard of Wilmette before that.

JN: How did that happen?

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Pam Ann

The airhostess with the mostess Pam Ann is flying into Chicago and hilarity is expected with a title like Cockpit!

For those readers that aren’t hip to Ann’s comedy, she is the alter ego of Melbourne native Caroline Reid.

Born from the travel industry with a pinch of Austin Powers, a smidge of Dame Edna, and a dash of Kathy Griffin, this comedienne mixes a recipe for entertaining audiences over the years. Madonna herself described her as “cruelly funny” and Elton John hired her for his own private jet. She toured with Cher and performed on the first ever JetPride flight on JetBlue.

Let’s get to know the funny lady from down under with a fly by the seat of our pants interview.

Jerry Nunn: So tell our readers about the new show Cockpit.

Pam Ann: It is really based on a lot of things that are on the news and have happened in the airlines industry. I found the information from sources, the airlines, and crew.

There is so much merging of airlines to the point that we will be one big airline one day. It will be called Merge!

This show will be topical to what is happening in the airline industry. I’ve packed up the trolley. There is dry ice and a champagne service. There is an opportunity for Pam Ann to talk to her first class cabin. There are new videos. I have spoofed the Pan Am ABC series where I put Pam Ann in their shoes. I think if they had made the Pan Am show with Pam Ann it would have been a hit.
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Judy Gold 3

Comedienne Judy Gold is returning to Chicago for a three-day gig at the Up Comedy Club this week.

Gold has won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She followed that with a GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theatre for an off-Broadway play called 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. She is a Jewish mother herself with two children herself and full of stories about them.

She has appeared on The Aristocrats, 30 Rock and I am Comic. The talk show circuit has been her home with The Wendy Williams Show, The View and co-hosting Anderson Live.

We talked to her about her stand-up life plus more in this fun interview before she arrived in our fair city.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hey, Judy. How are you?

JG: (Judy Gold) I’m old.
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Sandra Bernhard 2

Comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard is heading to the City Winery for two nights to start off the New Year spotlighting her recent work entitled I Love Being Me, Don’t You?

Her Oscar nominated role in Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy brought her into the public eye halinh back to 1983. Playing the first openly gay character on the sitcom Roseanne led to other shows including The L Word, Hot In Cleveland, and Will & Grace.

Bernhard has written three books and sings live regularly. She has opened for acts such as Cyndi Lauper and the Scissor Sisters. If you haven’t heard her rendition of “Midnight Train to Georgia” then you have missed the boat.

Nunn on the Run caught up with her before an upcoming Joe’s Pub gig and trip to Chicago.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Sandra. It’s been years since I’ve seen you in Chicago.

Sandra Bernhard: Well, it’s time to get back there, that’s for darn sure. Here I am, ready to roll…
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Sarah Silverman 2

Comedian Sarah Silverman has always gone her own way in the business of making audiences laugh. Whether she is poking fun at stereotypes or religion, Silverman lets it all hang out sometimes getting her into trouble.

No stranger to stand-up she started very young then gained exposure writing for Saturday Night Live although none of her sketches actually aired.

After several small roles on films such as There’s Something About Mary and School of Rock, her one woman show Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic became a box office and video hit.

She then went to Comedy Central for three season of The Sarah Silverman Program where she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Silverman returns to Chicago to headline the Just For Laughs festival and is bringing a group of her comedian friends calling her act Sarah’s Pro Choice.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Sarah. Why not call your show Pro Gay Marriage, too?

Sarah Silverman: Because that’s not a double entendre for the “choice” comics on the show, Sillypants.
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Judy Tenuta

The outrageous and quirky comedian Judy Tenuta is heading to the Laugh Factory Chicago on September 6 with the full $20 going to Pride Films and Plays. The Grammy nominated performer is releasing a new book Judy Tenuta: Full Frontal Tenudity as well as appearing in several movies.

She chats with entertainment writer Jerry Nunn before the Illinois native returns to her roots.

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Judy.

Judy Tenuta: Hey, Jerry. You are calling from where? Give me all of your stats.

JN: I am from Chicago.

JT: Yay, my hometown!

JN: You are from Oak Park.

JT: (chants) Oak Park will beat New Trier! We were the smallest family on my block. My parents had nine children. Across the street there were a dozen Catholics in their family. The whole block was Irish Catholic. Next door to us were the Newtons. They also had 11 kids.

JN: No birth control in this neighborhood!
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