In addition to Chicago Now blogger and tap dancer, I can now add burgeoning stand-up comic to my list of reasons why I'm awesome. I've hit a few open mic nights, and I've discovered a whole new world. I knew the Chicago comedy scene was huge, but I had no idea how robust it really is! While the Windy City is fortunate enough to have multiple open mic nights throughout the city every night of the week, there's one that I'm super excited to try: The Laugh Factory.
For those of you who don't know yet, Chicago's first Laugh Factory opened in the former Lakeshore Theater. (I miss you, Lakeshore Theater!!!) In addition to a rolling roster of stand-up comics, the venue hosts an open mic night every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. I've been to a few open mics, and I often find that it's just comics performing for other comics. The way this one is structured, it's like the city's very own "Last Comic Standing."
Sign-up is at 6:00 p.m., and they will only take the first 15 - 20 people in line. Each comic is given a number for either that night OR the following Wednesday. If they like you, you move on to the comedy showcase. If they like you after that, you might be a Laugh Factory regular.
If you want to check it out, general admission tickets are $10, and you can stay after for the comedy showcase at 7:30 p.m.