Funnier By The Lake

Category:  Comedy Life

“The Comedy Nosh(TM)” Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

For the last year, corned beef and comedy have gone hand in hand at Max and Benny’s Restaurant in Northbrook. Imagine matzo ball soup, a gigantic Reuben sandwich, a massive piece of chocolate cake and even a glass of wine or beer, all while enjoying a night of professional stand-up comedians and delicious humor. Welcome to “The Comedy NoshTM.”

“The Nosh” is co-hosted by Larry Bloom of Funnier By The Lake Comedy ( and Ricky March of Best Corporate Comedy (, which produces corporate events and private parties. Together, they have consistently “served something funny,” usually on the fourth Thursday of the month to a room regularly filled to capacity. February marks the one-year anniversary of a concept that Bloom originally brought to Max and Benny’s President Ben Schlan.   ...  Read full post

Comedy Flight Takes Off At Cellar Gate In Highwood

Peter-John Byrnes at Cellar Gate in Highwood

You might not think that fine wine and stand-up comedy go together, but they made for the perfect pairing as “The Comedy Flight” debuted on Thursday night, January 11, to a packed room at Cellar Gate in Highwood, Illinois.

Owned by Kayla Steffens, a retired elementary teacher with a passion for travel, meeting people, sharing stories and sipping wine, Cellar Gate Wine Market and Bistro opened in the fall of 2008, offering a variety of wines gathered from small production vineyards around the world. This rustic and intimate venue also offers wine tastings, live acoustic music and game nights. It is also available for private parties and special events. However, Cellar Gate never had hosted live, stand-up comedy. ...  Read full post


How I suddenly became a stand-up comedian at the age of forty-five is a tale worth the price of admission—which in the case of a blog, is free.

I’m asked several times a week how this all came about. So, I figured I’d type it all out and share the story through the tubes of the Interweb.

You’ll Laugh. You’ll Cry. And, then you’ll move on with your life!

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And then you’ll move on with your life. Because, this is my story, not yours. But, maybe the how and why will inspire you. ...  Read full post