TBS' Just for Laughs comedy festival hits Chicago on Tuesday. This means it's once again one of the most entertaining and enjoyable times of the year in the Windy City. This year Conan is taping shows at the Chicago Theatre throughout the week, but if you missed out on tickets for the shows there is plenty to see. From Vince Vaughn and the Roast Master General Jeff Ross to many of Chicago's home grown comics, there are many fantastic shows at many spectacular venues you can catch from Tuesday till Sunday.
Below are the shows I'm most excited about, but keep in mind TBS and Just for Laughs do an amazing job with this festival and you really can't go wrong with any of the shows.
Tuesday: Conan Writers live at the Laugh Factory at 8 pm (3175 N Broadway, Chicago) - I have to say I'm probably most excited about this gem. We all know Conan's writers are funny, but they also have great stand up chops. At this show you can see such accomplished and talented Conan writers as Laurie Kilmartin, Josh Comers, and Chicagoan Deon Cole who will be hosting the show. Several special guests are set to perform such as Conan's opening act and podcast giant, Jimmy Pardo, also from Chicago. TICKETS
Wednesday: Deon Cole & Friends at the Laugh Factory at 7:30 pm (3175 N Broadway, Chicago) - If you can't make it Tuesday, you get a 2nd chance to see Deon Cole, a Conan writer and sketch regular, who will be shortly getting his own show on TBS. Deon grabbed some of his favorite comics for this show, including Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, a Last Comic Standing Finalist you don't want to miss, and Conan writers Josh Comers and Brian Kiley. TICKETS
Thursday: New Faces of Chicago at the Comedy Bar at 9 pm (157 West Ontario Street, Chicago) - This show illustrates how talented some of the Chicago comics are as they are placed in a festival with the industry's top artists. You can catch such local acts as Russ Williamson who's a regular at all the Chicago clubs, recently won the regional final to win a spot in the World Series of Comedy, and has appeared on the Boss with Kelsey Grammar. Aside from Russ, the show is stacked with talent. TICKETS
Friday: Jeff Ross Roasts Chicago at Park West at 10 pm (322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago) - This show was a favorite of many last year as Ross destroyed the 2nd city by doing what he does best on the Comedy Central roasts. TICKETS
Saturday: The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour at The Hideout at 7 pm (1354 West Wabansia Avenue, Chicago) - Bell is set to star in his own half hour comedy series, Totally Biased, later this summer on FX. The show is produced by Chris Rock. Punchline Magazine called Bell “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit.” Come see him tackle a sensitive subject with hilarity as he just may be a household name very soon. TICKETS
Sunday: Vince Vaughn & Friends at the Chicago Theatre at 8 pm (175 N State, Chicago) - The festival will close out strong with a show that will bring the audience one of the most bankable movie stars of the last 2 decades and his very,very funny friends. Vaughn's hilarious pals include one of the top comics on the planet, the ruthless Bill Burr (Comedy Central, Letterman, Breaking Bad), and the multi-talented Steve Byrne who is starring in a soon to be released FX show titled Sullivan and Sons. TICKETS