Brian Babylon’s comedy star on the rise

Brian Babylon

Brian Babylon

Brian Babylon, the Chicago-born stand-up comic, radio host and self-proclaimed “Prince of Bronzeville,” is going Hollywood.

Babylon, who signed off last month as host of Vocalo’s “The Morning AMp,” has been named social media producer for “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” a new weekly series on Comedy Central, to be produced in Los Angeles and set to debut in July.

Buress, a regular on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and co-host of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” starred last month in the special “Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago.” Last fall his comments about Bill Cosby in a stand-up performance went viral and opened the floodgates of sexual assault accusations against the comedy icon.

Babylon also just got the green light to develop and host his own comedy show at the historic Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. He described it as “a hybrid comedy/interview show with comics and personalities, with the focus being the edges of comedy and free speech.”

An eight-year veteran of Chicago Public Media, Babylon hosted and produced “The Morning AMp” from its inception in 2011 until last month. His departure shortly followed that of co-host Molly Adams, who left in March to join the staff of  TouchVision, the multiplatform news and information network.

Succeeding Babylon and Adams on the morning talk show were Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins. “The Morning AMp” airs from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday on WBEW FM 89.5, WRTE FM 90.7, W217BM FM 91.1 and WLUW FM 88.7, and streams on

Babylon said he’ll continue to appear as a panelist on NPR's “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!” the weekly radio news panel game show co-produced by Chicago Public Media.