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Lisa Treyger

Nov. 29
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Daily from Nov. 30-Dec. 1
7 p.m.
Nov. 30
9:30 p.m.

Liza Treyger is a standup comic and a real trooper: She was sick in bed when her publicist rang her up for her interview with City Pages, yet the Chicago native was more than happy to talk about comedy and her career. “I definitely have always been a chatter,” she says. “I like to perform and I talk a lot. I guess I was funny [as a kid], but I never put together that I could do it as a job.” She fell into comedy after going to an open mic to support a friend. “I was watching people perform and thought, ‘I think I could do that.’ So I went up—and bombed. I couldn’t even finish my time.” Undeterred, she returned the following week, this time armed with jokes she had written, and had a much better set. “And I’ve never stopped,” she adds. Most of her comedy today is about her life, from dating to family and friends. She credits her sociology degree with helping her develop a lot of her material. “It’s the study of people and their environment and how the world affects people. I think it gives more of an understanding of humanity.”