Slideshow: Bill Maher, Bob Newhart Perform at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

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Bill Maher headlines ‘Just for Laugh Chicago’ at The Chicago Theatre.

CHICAGO – Two icons of comedy, one contemporary and one classic, took the stage during last month’s “Just for Laughs Chicago” festival – sponsored by the TBS Network – and brought down their respective houses. Political commentator Bill Maher and comic legend Bob Newhart both performed downtown at The Chicago Theatre.

Also performing their acts during the festival – appearing with Seth Meyers – was Al Madrigal of “The Daily Show” and Hannibal Buress, who is a notable stand-up comedian and writer for TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

Photographer Joe Arce of took 13 Exclusive Portraits of these comic masters plying their trade. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. COMICS1: Bill Maher headlines ‘Just for Laugh Chicago’ at the Chicago Theatre
  2. COMICS2: Bill Maher brings his particular spin on today’s current events.
  3. COMICS3: Bill Maher reacts to the state of the union during ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’
  4. COMICS4: Bill Maher is fired up during an appearance in Chicago.
  5. COMICS5: The legendary Bob Newhart comes back home at the Chicago Theatre.
  6. COMICS6: The button-down-mind of Bob Newhart still packs them in.
  7. COMICS7: Bob Newhart, Chicago native, is a highlight of ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’
  8. COMICS8: Al Madrigal on The Chicago Theatre stage as part of ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’
  9. COMICS9: Al Madrigal is a regular correspondent on ‘The Daily Show.’
  10. COMICS10: Al Madrigal co-starred in the recent sitcom, ‘Gary Unmarried.’
  11. COMICS11: Hannibal Buress performed with Al Madrigal and Seth Meyer at the Chicago Theatre.
  12. COMICS12: Hannibal Buress is a co-star on Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric André Show.’
  13. COMICS13: Hannibal Buress wrote for ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ’30 Rock.’

See video, hear podcasts and check out all the fun from the TBS Network 2013 “Just For Laughs Chicago” by clicking here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Senior Staff Writer

© 2013 Patrick McDonald,

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