The Chicago Humanities Festival, this year themed "Laughter," starts in earnest on November 2, but the run is on for some events. Here's a list of sold-out programs as of today:
200. Harold Ramis's Personal History of Film Comedy
202. Franke Lecture in Economics: Robert Reich
203. Does Laughter Have an Accent?: An Evening With Sarah Jones
300. Sander Gilman: Dr. Freud’s Little Jokes
301. New Yorker Cartoonists Panel
304. Lynda Barry: Writing the Unthinkable
315. Baskes Lecture in History: David Blight
317. Ourselves as Others See Us
318. The Second City’s Museum Pieces (7:30 pm show; 9:30 pm is still available)
404. Simon Schama Tells Jewish Jokes
409. The Book of Job and the Comedy of Suffering
413. The Color of Funny: Dick Gregory on Race, Comedy, and Justice
500. Facing History and Ourselves: Community Conversation With Paul Farmer
502. John Hodgman: More Information Than You Require
503. Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Masked Avengers
710. Poets in Conversation: Billy Collins and Kay Ryan
The bad: the program with novelist Lorrie Moore (402) has been canceled.
The good: Matt Groening and Lynda Barry are added to the Not-So-Funny Situation of Alternative Comix program on Saturday, November 17, at 4:30 PM, joining Jules Feiffer and Chris Ware; Reader Hot Type columnist Michael Miner hosts the panel.
Some festival highlights and ticketing info here.