06 Jul

Chicago’s Comic: Jeanie Doogan

Jeanie Doogan
Chicago’s Comic
Week of July 6th, 2018

Meet Chicago’s own comedian to watch—Jeanie Doogan.

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: Growing up, humor was always revered. The Carol Burnett Show, Benny Hill, Johnny Carson and SCTV were always on the TV. I was the youngest of eight and there wasn’t a lot of resources or time for me, but when I said or did something funny, it got attention. And that made me happy.

Q: Describe your first performance?

A: It was at The Edge Comedy Club in the Chicago Center for Performing Arts and it was my first weekend spot. The producer said, “Oh yeah, you’re going to host” about five minutes before the show started. It was an all-female show, the horribly named “Ha Ha Hotties,” and I had no idea how to host. All of the other comics were so nice and encouraging even though I was unbelievably clueless. Beth Stelling was on the show and gave me a spot at her show, Entertaining Julia, just to be nice because she knew how nervous I was.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: I usually go through my set list in my head or if I’m trying something out that’s new I’ll write it out. For the first seven years, I had to have at least two beers before I got on stage. I’m glad I let that ritual go.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: There are so many great local places and clubs in and around Chicago, I don’t think I could ever pick just one. I do have to say though, the Laugh Factory staff is amazing and I always feel like I can take risks there. There is also something magical about Zanies downtown. Sitting in the back of the dark club makes me feel like it’s always what I thought comedy would be.

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: Sometimes when Paul Farahvar’s not getting on my nerves, I’ll co-host the Singles Only podcast with him. But he’s usually on my nerves, so I don’t do that all too much anymore (still listen to it though because it’s a great podcast).

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: My kids and husband, writing new material, videos of joyful dogs tied with videos of hamsters eating tiny burritos.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Greek chicken on pita, baby.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: I’m not really sure. It’s not really any of my business what people think about me. Haha, just kidding. I’ve spent tons of energy worrying what people think. Haven’t we all at some point? The older I get, the less I really do care or think about it though.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: I would write suspense or crime novels.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: Ultimately, my only goals in comedy involve continuing to get paid to do this. Though, I would like to get better at the business end of it, which would help the goal of continuing to get paid to do it.

Q: What quality, trait, and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: I think I’m a very empathetic person and independent.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or anything else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: I think the fact that I like to watch hamsters eating meticulously made, tiny burritos is the only thing people need to know about me.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When I feel that I can do a headlining set on any stage with material I’m proud of and that I personally love, and have the confidence that goes with it to really own it. I think I’m getting there but I always want to write more and take more risks and polish more so maybe the trick is I won’t know when I’ve made it.


  • 7.11.2018: “Homewood Comedy Club” – The Grape & Grain
  • 7.13.2018: “Drink, Date, Laugh” – Laugh Factory
  • 7.14.2018: “Chicago’s Best Standup” – Laugh Factory
  • 7.22.2018: “Everyone’s a Lawyer” – Laugh Factory
  • 7.25-28.2018: Zanies Rosemont


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