Mike Danforth and Ian ChillagEdit Module
Fall Culture Guide
- Cyndi Lauper Ventures into Broadway with 'Kinky Boots'
- Mormons React to ‘The Book of Mormon’
- Andrew Hinderaker on Writing Plays from the Gut
- Chicago's Fresh Comedic Talent
- 10 Must-See Plays
- Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo Premieres 'One Thousand Pieces'
- Five Must-See Dance Acts
- Fran Lebowitz on Spotting Talent
- Chicago Architecture Foundation, Classical Composers Team Up for Open House Chicago
- Five Must-See Classical Events
Film and TV
- Q&A with Michael Shannon
- Reality (TV) Check on Millennials
- Chicago TV Actors to Watch
- Roberta Duchak on Coaching Russell Crowe
Art and Design
When they’re not producing the NPR series Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, Mike Danforth, 39, and Ian Chillag, 33, give tips on such things as parenting and speaking “British.” In their free time, they catch Liza Treyger’s show. “She’s surprising,” Chillag says. “Her act is like, ‘Nice . . . Nice . . . Oh God, she’s saying that?!? . . . Nice.’ ”
Liza Treyger (@glittercheese), 25, has a Russian-doll face that’s a stark contrast to her raunchy routines about relationships, vaginas, and religion. A three-year vet of the scene, she admires fellow funny lady Megan Gailey. “She takes risks, is superconfident, and wears amazing dresses,” says Treyger.
When Megan Gailey (@megangailey), 26, isn’t chatting up crowds about gold diggers and plastic surgery, she sees Marty DeRosa’s shows. “Marty plays with the audience and engages them. He can get people to think.”
Indiana native Marty DeRosa (@MartyDeRosa), 35, a member of the six-man collective Comedians You Should Know, isn’t afraid to detail onstage his sexcapades gone wrong. CYSK appears Wednesdays at Timothy O’Toole’s (622 N. Fairbanks Ct.).
Illustration: John Kenzie