Day one of the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival is in the history books. Fans were treated to near perfect weather while they came out to welcome some of America's brightest stars to the City that knows Comedy.
The first performance I saw last night was comedian TJ Jagodowski, best known to me from his Sonic Drive-In commercials, with his improv partner David Pasquesi in TJ & Dave. The two performed a great improv skit centered around walking out of job interview going south, only to have the employer rebound with an out of this world offer. The performance was presented by iO Theater, a theater I need to check out soon.
TJ & Dave was one of the packed shows of the evening. Near the end of the show, guests were having to stand by the exit.
Though not nearly as packed with attendees, another great presentation last night was The Shit Show, a show focused on short skits by Chicago performers. Surprisingly, Mike Stanley, who had another performance in the Festival, joined The Shit Show crew to really bring the the theater to life. The other comedians, for the most part, had the audience laughing. Unfortunately, as with any multi-act show, there were a few duds in the mix.
Of course, with so many shows going on, you have to pick and choose what you really want to see. Fortunately, there are still plenty of tickets available for most performances.
For your convenience, today's schedule is below, and you can buy tickets here.
- Moshe Kasher at 7:00 pm - STAGE 773 - The Pro
- The Comedy Bar Kickass Showcase at 7:00 pm - STAGE 773 - The Box
- The Dailymotion Comedy Showcase at 7:00 pm - STAGE 773 - The Thrust
- Anjelah Johnson - 7:30 pm - The Vic Theatre
- Russell Brand at 7:30 pm - The Chicago Theatre
- The Whitest Kids U' Know at 7:30 pm - Park West
- Second City Alumni at 8:00 pm - UP Comedy Club
- The Todd Barry Podcast at 8:30 pm - STAGE 773 - The Cabaret
- The Annoyance Theatre presents Messing with a Friend at 9:30 pm - STAGE 773 - The Box
- @DadBoner and Friends, You Guys at 10:00 pm - STAGE 773 - The Thrust
- Above Average presents: Tripp & Tyler and The Katydids at 10:00 pm - STAGE 773 - The Cabaret
- [REDACTED] at 11:00 pm - Constellation
- Bear Down Podcast at 10:30 pm - UP Comedy Club
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