Hal Sparks started his career in Chicago when he began studying with Second City in high school. In 1987 the Chicago Sun-Times named Mr. Sparks “Funniest Teenager in Chicago.” He shortly thereafter headed off to California and his career was launched. Through March 2 Sparks will make one of his regular stops to the area when he takes the stage at Chicago Improv in Schaumburg. Sparks has performed in some of the more prestigious comedy clubs in the country, including The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as performing at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival. If you are not too familiar with the comedy circuit you may recognize this stand out performer from his stint as host of E! Entertainment Television’s “Talk Soup” from 1999 till 2000. Sparks made waves as Michael on Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” and was a favorite on VH1’s “I Love the 70s.” He also loved the 80s. Whether commenting on pop-culture television, breaking boundaries in gay television or standing behind a lone microphone Hal Sparks is a funny man. Check him out. (William Scott)
At The Improv, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, (847)240-2001.