Your Chicago Comedy Calendar for August 2015

August is not a quiet month, at least not in Chicago comedy. There is greatness everywhere.  Greatness visiting from out of town and greatness we’re privileged to have year around.

Comedians visiting this month include: Jim Gaffigan, Dan Telfer, David Heti, John Roy, Dwayne Kennedy, Lahna Turner, Miranda Sings, Jay Phillips, Doug Benson, K-Von, Bill Engvall, Seth McFarlane, Norm McDonald and more.

There are also several comedy festivals of note:

  • The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival (August 13-16)
  • The First Chicago Improv Musical Festival (August 13-16)
  • The Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Festival with Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, TJ Miller, Jay Pharaoh, Anthony Jeselnik, Bridget Everett, Nick Kroll and Rachel Feinstein.  Hosted by Big Jay Oakerson.  (August 29)

A bittersweet event: the August 16 farewell performance of Jamie Campbell, who was named “Best Stand Up In Chicago” by the Reader in 2013. He is moving to L.A.  You’ll want to see him before he goes. He has a remarkable personal story which he was kind enough to share with me here. Please check out Jamie's just published article about his time in Chicago  here.

It would be impossible to list all the events taking place this month, so I’ve listed as many as I can. But there’s more!  Please visit venue sites and see what else is happening. Events are in Chicago unless otherwise noted.

Parents: there are comedy shows for kids, too. Check out the Comedy Shrine in Aurora for kid-friendly events and the Neo-Futurarium in Chicago for That’s Weird, Grandma.

A tip: you can often find discounted tickets on goldstar.com and Groupon.

Please confirm details to be sure nothing has changed since this posting.

If you have a comedy event to include now or in the future, please email me at temewring@gmail.com.

Thank you to the Chicago comedy community. There's not another city in the world where all this is possible.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 1

Ben Hollis’s “What’s It Like to Be You?” At 27 Live, 1012 Church Street, Evanston, 7:00 p.m.

Ben Hollis, multi-Emmy winning host of WTTW’s Wild Chicago, interviews former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton plus 3 volunteer audience members. Mayor Morton was Evanston's first African-American mayor, first Democratic mayor and longest serving mayor (1993-2009).

Not technically comedy, but Ben connects the audience with the guests on stage much the way comedians do – by finding the core of the human spirit. Often humorous, always moving, inspiring and honest. I’ve attended several WILTBYs and always leave happy and reminded that our fellow humans can be remarkable in the best sense of the word. Plus, it’s Ben Hollis!

https://www.facebook.com/whatsitliketobeyou

Please enjoy a sample of Ben's vibrant style.

 

David Heti at “The Two-Hour Comedy Hour” at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m.

This is the Montreal comedian’s last Chicago appearance on this tour. He’s headed to New York after tonight, so catch him now! David was kind enough to speak with me here.

https://www.facebook.com/twohourcomedyhour

“Blackout Diaries” at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

Comedians and "regular people" tell their most epic true drinking stories. Then the audience asks questions.  The show was created by host Sean Flannery and has been a "critic's pick" of major Chicago newspapers and featured on NPR and Comedy Central. In keeping with Sean's legendary status as a comedian, storyteller and drinker (the Reader named him "Chicago's Best Drunk"), the evening is sponsored by legendary Chicago liquor maker, Jeppson's Malort. Every Saturday in August.  Tickets sell out fast.

http://www.highhat.club/event/blackout-diaries-8pm-33/

Dwayne Kennedy at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Originally from Chicago, Dwayne Kennedy’s comedy and writing credits include: The Arsenio Hall Show, Totally Biased with Kamau Bell, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Premium Blend and many more. He had his own special on Showtime and was named Best Stand-Up Comedian at the prestigious Aspen Comedy Arts Festival in 2002.

http://rosemont.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Dwayne+Kennedy#.VachyvlVhBc

 

Jay Phillips at Jokes and Notes, 4641 South King Dr., call club for time: (773) 373-3390

Jay Phillips’ television appearances include Def Comedy Jam, Showtime’s Big Black Comedy Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also co-starred in the movie Semi-Pro with Will Ferrell, Andre 3000 and Woody Harrelson and headlines around the country.

The evening features T. Dot Kingsley and is hosted by Calvin Evans.

http://jokesandnotes.com/special_events.php

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 

“Blipsters on Broadway” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Dave Helem and Felonious Monk host a weekly alternative comedy showcase. You can expect live podcasts, social commentary, stand-up, surprise drop-ins and the unexpected. The show’s mantra is “If you think you’ve seen this, you haven’t.”

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/3

Lawrence Thomas and Denise Ramsden at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

Two comedians for the price of one. Lawrence Thomas is a single dad making his way in an insane world. Denise Ramsden is known for her fearless, comedic life stories.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Lawrence+Thomas+and+Denise+Ramsden#.VaPhdflVhBc

“Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio” at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Chicago Comedy Scene Radio tapes three comedians from the Box Theater at 773 on the first Sunday of every month. This is an opportunity to be part of the live recording.

http://stage773.com/Show?id=276

Comedy Night at Henry’s Swing Club, 18 W. Hubbard St., 8:00 p.m.

Comedy showcase every Sunday night.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henrys-Swing-Club-Comedy-Night/867100970023423

TJ and Dave at the iO Mission Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 9:00 p.m.

TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi improvise a one-hour play. TJ & Dave are world renowned, but in Chicago you can see them every week. They are the subjects of the 2015 book Improvisation at the Speed of Life by Pam Victor and the documentary Trust Us, This is All Made Up. They have been in too many film, television and theater productions to list.

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/shows/tj-dave/

“It’s Your Funeral” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m.

Putting the “fun” in funeral, the UTG’s Ensemble will interview one audience member and improvise that person’s funeral based on the info received.

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/its-your-funeral

“Entertaining Julia” at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 9:00 p.m.

This comedy variety show was founded by Beth Stelling and is now hosted by the vibrant, very funny and original Puterbaugh Sisters, Danielle and Tiffany.  Beth created the show to entertain Town Hall Pub’s bartender, Julia.  Tonight features Steven King, Tom Brady, Reena Calm, Tommy Mac and Stephanie Hasz and music from Al Scorch, Natalie Grace and Resident DJ Contance K. THIS AUGUST IS THE LAST RUN OF "ENTERTAINING JULIA" which the Onion A.V. Club called, "Something of a cult sensation."

emptybottle.com

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 3

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Always a great line-up at this weekly showcase. Check the site for who’s appearing. Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, “Last Comic Standing,” The TBS Just for Laughs Festival and more.

http://100proofcomedy.com/

MiHiChi at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

Michael Issac presents a multimedia comedy show including stand-up and videos. Michael is one of Zanies’ house MCs and has also appeared on “Nick Mom Night Out,” MTV’s “Underemployed” and “Chicago Fire.”

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Michael+Issac+Plus#.VachXflVhBd

“DeFrancisCo./Round Robin” at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury St., 10:00 p.m.

This weekly show offers an only-in-Chicago experience. Come in as an audience member, leave as an improviser who has performed on the famed iO stage. Each week, Tara DeFrancisco (Second City, iO, ComedySportz, ABC Family) will hold a lottery and select an audience member to be her co-star in that night’s production. Only pre-requisite: enter your I.D. during the pre-show.

During “Round Robin,”rotating iO cast members choose iO students from the audience to join them on stage.

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/show/defrancisco-round-robin/2015-08-03/

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4

Jim Gaffigan’s “Contagious” Tour at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, 7:00 p.m.

Jim Gaffigan was born in Elgin, though raised in Indiana. He’s known for being dad to five and for his refreshing, joyous approach to bacon, Hot Pockets and cake.  He’s also one of the few people who have a reasonable approach to summer which is that “nice” weather is a terrible, unwelcome assignment to get off the couch.  I agree one hundred percent.  Summer may not be a good enough reason to leave the house, but Jim Gaffigan’s tour?  Yes, I would happily leave the house to see him even in a blizzard.

He is also the star of The Jim Gaffigan Show which premiered in July on TV Land and Comedy Central and the author of Dad is Fat and Food: A Love Story.

Note: Jim Gaffigan comes to Chicago on Thursday, August 6 (see below).

http://www.jimgaffigan.com/tour-dates

 

“Chicago Underground Comedy” at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m.

ChUC is known for its always stellar cast, past and present. Alums include TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, Dan Telfer, Nick Vatterott and many more. Current cast is extraordinary:  http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/gallery-of-pals.html

Line-up for tonight: Natalie Jose, Jonah Jurkens, John Eide, Rebecca Fass, Adam Burke, Jeannie Doogan

http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/calendar.html

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5

“Drunk Science” with Sean Flannery at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m.

“A comedy show about the science of what happens to your brain when you drink, interspersed with funny anecdotes, pictures and more. Ever wonder what causes a blackout, why you crave greasy food after drinking, why your ex is suddenly more attractive? We discuss why your body is doing all these crazy things- with science!  And comedy.” Wednesdays.

http://www.comedybarchicago.com/tickets/aug-12-drunk-science-wsean-flannery-17322518118/

“The Social Takeover” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

Chicago comedians commandeer an audience member’s social media accounts for 90 minutes. Anything can happen. Don’t worry! Volunteers only. Hosted by Michael Larimer.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/4

“Brass Chuckles Comedy” at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

“Every Wednesday, Brass Chuckles offers an amazing comedic showcase, booked with the very best entertainment Chicago has to offer! Unlike traditional comedy venues, we take advantage of being able to offer you some exciting variations of comedic performance in addition to traditional stand up, sketch, and improv comedy.”  Kelsie Huff and Krista Atkinson host tonight.

www.brasschucklescomedy.com

“The Second City’s Game Night” at UP Comedy Club, Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m.

Second City improvisers + classic game shows + audience members = x (you never can predict)

Wednesdays in August.

http://upcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=373272

David Drake Live Album Recording at “Comedians You Should Know”, at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, 9:00 p.m.

CYSK, which is becoming nationally famous, hosts the album recording of fast-rising David Drake. In just five years, he has been invited to seventeen national festivals and last year was named one of “10 Comics to Watch Under 30” by Complex Magazine. (Second night of recording on August 6.)

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1840743

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6

iO Summer Intensive Graduation Show at iO Mission Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m.

I love comedy graduation shows! Much passion and energy and the chance to see promising comedians early in their career … and to think, “Classes look fun.  Why am I just sitting here?”

www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5978255&pl=

Lahna Turner at the Improv, 5 Woodfield Mall, Woodfield Mall Store K120 B, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m.

Through August 9th. “With her sharp wit and hilarious songs, Lahna holds nothing back as she shares insights and observations from her life as a wife, mother, and the uncensored inner voice of millions of women. In August, she will release her first one-hour special, filmed live in Las Vegas, titled ‘So… I Wrote A Song About It.’”

She has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, Animal Planet and TruTV.  Her husband is fellow comedian Ralphie May.

http://chicago.improv.com/event.cfm?id=394644

Discount tickets available at www.goldstar.com

Jim Gaffigan’s “Contagious” Tour at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, 8:00 p.m.

See August 4 for complete description, but note this show is in Chicago and the Aug. 4th show is in Rockford.

http://www.jimgaffigan.com/tour-dates

 

“The Kates on Broadway” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

This showcase of the best female stand-ups in Chicago is hosted by the wonderful Kelsie Huff.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/4

David Drake Live Album Recording at “Comedians You Should Know”, at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ave., 9:00 p.m.

If you missed this event on August 5, there is a second recording tonight.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1840743

“Parlour Car” at Bar DeVille, 701 N. Damen, 9:00 p.m.

A free, weekly stand-up comedy show. “Located in the city’s East Village neighborhood, Bar Deville was recently named among the “12 Best Cocktail Spots” in the city by Chicago Magazine (Feb. ’13). Produced by established local comics Matty Ryan,  Adam Burke, Stephanie Hasz and the Puterbaugh Sisters, Parlour Car features the best comedians in Chicago and from around the country, including acts seen on Comedy Central, SNL, 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Conan and more.”

http://parlourcarcomedy.com/

Krista Atkinson at “Singles Only” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 10:00 p.m.

Krista will be one of the talented comedians taking the stage “to share often-embarrassing and always-funny stories of the dating world. But the show doesn't end there! Audience members will have a chance to share their dating horror stories. Those who enter can win up to $200 in Laugh Factory tickets, free drinks, and if you play your cards right, a date! Stick around after the show for a singles mixer!” Hosted by Paul Farahvar.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/date/2015-08-06

“Messing with a Friend” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m.

Improv guru Susan Messing improvises with another talented comedy personality every Thursday through August 27. Tonight her guest is Andel Sudik. Andel has performed with iO, Second City, Boom Chicago (in Amsterdam) and the Jeff Award-winning Second City revue We’re All in This Room Together, which she also wrote.

https://www.theannoyance.com/events/event/messing-with-a-friend/

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7

 "The Interview Show” hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 6:30 p.m.

“The Interview Show” returns to The Hideout! Like Ben Hollis’s show on August 1st, it’s not technically comedy, but like Ben Hollis, Mark Bazer emphasizes truth and humor and so the interviews also double as a sort of spiritual therapy for the audience. That’s enough to include it here.

Mark Bazer was also a writer and co-host of WTTW’s wonderful My Chicago which aired in 2014.

http://www.hideoutchicago.com/calendar/

Mark Bazer's interview with author John Green (Fault in our StarsPaper Towns):

Rex Navarrete at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Rex Navarrete is a Filipino American comedian who tours all over the world. He will be appearing at The Laugh Factory thru August 9. Check Laugh Factory web site for times.

 http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/2

Carmen Morales at “Black Box Comedy” at the WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m.

Known for her characters and their commentary, Carmen Morales has been seen on Fox’s “Laughs” and has appeared at Gilda’s LaughFest Comedy Festival, the World Series of Comedy, Women of Comedy Festival, in the New York Times, and founded the tour, “Not Your Average Broads of Comedy.” Through August 8th – which will be at 11:30 p.m.

http://www.wiptheater.com/events/2015/8/7/black-box-comedy-presents-road-warrior-carmen-morales-august-7-8

"BEEF!" at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 11:59 p.m.

"Chicago's ONLY insult show! A light heart with a mean spirit, BEEF even let's you get in the action with Machine Gun, where an audience member can volunteer to be roasted! Comics will be pitted against each other in various games where they have to try to burn the other opponent based on game rules they have no idea about until they arrive." First Fridays.

Featuring Sean White, Xavier Lamont, Martin Morrow, Jeff Scheen, Jeff Arcuri, Special Guest, and more to be announced.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/2

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

“Paper Machete” at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Each performance of this weekly spoken word show features a different line-up of comedians and other writer folks performing material you won’t hear anywhere else. Line-ups often aren’t announced until the week of the show, so check the web site.

Comedians who have appeared include: Adam Burke, Julia Sweeney, Susan Messing, Dave Pasquesi, Paul Brittain, Marc Maron, Janeanne Garofalo, the Puterbaugh Sisters, David Drake and Kyle Kinane.  Also: Tribune writers Michael Phillips and Achy Obejas, writers Alex Kotlowitz, Laura Washington and William Ayers and theater stars Rondi Reed, Austin Pendleton, Michael Shannon and Mandy Patinkin.  And this is just a short list! Watch for audition announcements. The producers are enthusiastic about finding new performers, famous or not!

http://thepapermacheteshow.com/

“Life Hacks” at Second City, Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave., 4:00 p.m.

“Need help meeting that special someone in a crowded nightclub? Can’t figure out whether you’re supposed to be the best that you can be or someone else entirely? Second City’s Life Hacks is here for you with the funniest scenes and songs from over 50 years of experience to change your life...or at least how you eat a banana.” Cast: Aasia Bullock, Nicole C. Hastings, Shad Kunkle, Torian Miller, Dana Quercioli, and C.J. Tuor. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

http://upcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=373206&cart

Miranda Sings at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.

Calling all “Mira-Fan-das”!  Miranda Sings is a YouTube sensation known for her boldly terrible and delusional musical performances. She is also the alter ego of comedian Colleen Evans. Colleen as Miranda has performed around the world to rave reviews. Her self-help book titled Self-Help is currently the #1 bestseller in several Amazon humor categories.

http://www.mirandasings.com/shows.html

 

“Blackout Diaries” at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

See August 1 for full description. Each week’s line-up is unique.

http://www.highhat.club/event/2015-08/

"Not Suitable for Textbooks" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m.

"Improvised omissions and additions from history. Ever wonder what happened before, after, or in between major historical events? Ever catch yourself daydreaming about Abe Lincoln’s pajamas, or what kind of music Kennedy listened to? Did we really land on the moon? How did George and Martha Washington meet? The NSFT ensemble has the answers. Each week, our ensemble will explore and improvise all the bits that were left out of our history textbooks based on audience suggestions. Don’t miss out on this historical(ish) lesson!"

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/history

"Saturday Night Mic Fight" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 10:30 p.m. 

Each week four teams will prepare and perform a karaoke number based on a pre-determined theme. Audience members will vote on who brought the funk best, and the winning teams from each week will perform in a finale to see who will win "The Diva Cup."

www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/saturday-night-mic-fight

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

“A Lending Hand House Presents Comedy Show Fundraiser” at Riddles, 5055 W. 111th St., Alsip, 5:00 p.m.

A fundraiser for homeless veterans. Starring Bryant “BLT” Turner, Meechie Hall and Glen Martino.

http://www.myriddlescomedyclub.com/

“Apprentice Program” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 6:00 p.m.

Improvised show by Under the Gun’s apprentices. If you buy tickets in advance you choose the price of the ticket.

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/the-apprentice-program

Hypnotist Chris Jones at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 7:00 p.m.

Seen this season on America’s Got Talent hypnotizing Howie Mandel.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Chris+Jones#.Va-fvPlVhBc

Comedy Night at Henry’s Swing Club, 18 W. Hubbard St., 8:00 p.m.

Comedy showcase every Sunday night.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henrys-Swing-Club-Comedy-Night/867100970023423

“Entertaining Julia” at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 9:00 p.m.

This comedy variety show was founded by Beth Stelling and is now hosted by the vibrant, very funny and original Puterbaugh Sisters, Danielle and Tiffany.  Beth created the show to entertain Town Hall Pub’s bartender, Julia.  Tonight features Kid Cliff, Nick Rouley, Lucy Stoole, Dizzy Lizzy Delicious, Charlie Bury and music from These Pirates and Resident DJ Contance K. THIS AUGUST IS THE LAST RUN OF "ENTERTAINING JULIA" which the Onion A.V. Club called, "Something of a cult sensation."

emptybottle.com

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 10

Jon Griffin’s “Hilarity Will Hit Your Ears” at The Double Door, 1551 N. Damen, 7:00 p.m.

Tonight this monthly comedy show features Brooks Sullivan, David Drake, Darius Hurley, Rashad Clark, Angela Vela, James F. Farrell, Frank Nielsen.

http://doubledoor.com/events/

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Always a great line-up at this weekly showcase. Check the site for who’s appearing. Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, “Last Comic Standing,” The TBS Just for Laughs Festival and more.

http://100proofcomedy.com/

“Snapshots” at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

Kevin Naughton hosts a different kind of showcase where "emotionally disturbed comedians take shots at the world of idiocy we're subjected to every day." Comedians include Tom Garland, Ben Bergman, Laura Hugg, Jaime DeLeon, Chris Bader, Jay Washington, Tim Slagle, Jesus (Chuy) Nunez, Mike Alexander and Paul Farahvar.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Snapshots#.Va-rNPlVhBc

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11

John Roy at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

John Roy has made me laugh so hard I cried. He was the winner of Star Search in 2003 and since then has appeared on Conan, Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Comic Standing, Premium Blend, The Tonight Show and @Midnight. He headlines all over the country. With James Adomian, he creates videos for Funny or Die. He has his own podcast, Don’t Ever Change where he interviews comedy folks about their high school years. He has two albums. This is a short list of things he does in comedy.

Appearing at Zanies through Sunday, August 16th. On Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, there will also be a 10:15 p.m. show.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Roy#.VarD_vlVhBc

“Chicago Underground Comedy” at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m.

For full description, see August 4th.

Tonight’s line-up: Sonia Denis, Kristen Lundberg, Tyler Jackson, Shannon Noll, Peter-john Byrnes, Sean Flannery (whose comedy has also made me laugh so hard I cried).

http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/calendar.html

Please enjoy this classic Sean Flannery set from his sold-out one-man show, Never Been to Paris (the cartoons are his, too):

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12

“The Second City Neighborhood Tour”, leaves from Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 4:00 p.m.

This funny walking tour is every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 11. Tours are led by Margaret Hicks, author of Chicago Comedy: A fairly serious history. (It's a walking tour that’s funny. Not a tour where you’re forced to impersonate Monty Python.)

http://www.secondcity.com/shows/chicago/the-second-citys-neighborhood-tour-2/

“Brass Chuckles Comedy” at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

“Every Wednesday, Brass Chuckles offers an amazing comedic showcase, booked with the very best entertainment Chicago has to offer! Unlike traditional comedy venues, we take advantage of being able to offer you some exciting variations of comedic performance in addition to traditional stand up, sketch, and improv comedy.”  Tamale Sepp hosts tonight.

www.brasschucklescomedy.com

Colin Kane at The Laugh Factory, 3175 Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

Colin Kane is known for his inventive insult comedy, crowd work and also, controversy. He has had his own regular shows at famed New York comedy clubs Caroline’s and the Gotham Comedy Club and has been a frequent guest on the “Opie and Anthony Show.”  He recently appeared in the movie “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/4

“Comedians You Should Know” at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, 9:00 p.m.

A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

http://www.comediansyoushouldknow.com/chicago#post-455

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13

Azhar Usman at The WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

I fell in love with Azhar Usman’s comedy when I saw him open for Maz Jobrani.  Azhar is a Skokie native, lawyer and entrepreneur turned comedian. Much of his material is about the experience of being a Muslim American. Another interesting thing he’s done is touring with Rabbi Bob Alper as one half of "Comedy's Odd Couple: One Muslim, One Jew, One Stage." Looking forward to seeing him again.

http://www.wiptheater.com/azhar-usman-live/

The First Chicago Musical Improv Festival at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, check web site for events and times

Thirty improv teams from all over the country performing different styles of musical improv  over four nights (thru August 16th).

http://www.chicagomusicalimprovfestival.com/

Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, check web site for events and times

The festival kicks off with MacSith at 7:30 p.m. You guessed it: it’s the child of The Bard and George Lucas. Much comedy and theater will take place through August 16th.   Festival and day passes available.

https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=9ef90351394949dfbb07a30fd5bf9a40

“Soap Box Derby King” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

“In 1973, a 13 year-old kid shocked the world by cheating at America’s most wholesome and innocent pastime, the All American Soap Box Derby. Soap Box Derby King is a raucous, vibrant musical comedy that follows the stories of the kids and parents who would do anything to win to become the Derby champion.”

https://theannoyance.com/events/event/soap-box-derby-king/

Rat Pack Comedy at the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., 8:00 p.m.

With Paul Farahvar, Mike McCarthy, Nate Burrows, Danny Benavente, Sam Gordon, Conor Cawley and Kahlil Wilson.

http://ratpackcomedychicago.com/

K-Von at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m.

K-Von stars in MTV’s Disaster Date, has appeared on Showtime, Good Morning America, NPR and has headlined around the world. He will appear in Maz Jobrani’s upcoming film Jimmy Vestvood and is currently working on his film NOWRUZ: Lost and Found, a comedic journey into the Persian New Year. He is also currently on Last Comic Standing. Through Saturday, August 15th. On August 14th and 15th there will also be a 10:00 p.m. show.

http://www.comedybarchicago.com/tickets/aug-13-15-kvon-17296008828/

"Just Dickin' Around" at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m.

All genders showcase. The JDA showcase has top-of-the-line Chicago comics and is "a women-run, queer-friendly showcase that provides a safe, supportive space with a positive energy for our performers and guests."  Enough reason to go, but also: free pizza!

https://www.facebook.com/justdickinaroundcomedy?fref=ts

“Messing with a Friend” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m.

Improv guru Susan Messing improvises with another talented comedy personality every Thursday through August 27.  Tonight her guest is Mark “Howard” Sutton.  Mark is a legendary improv teacher and performer and is half of the improv team BASSPROV where he plays Donny Weaver to Joe Bill’s Earl Hinkle, down home fishing buddies with surprising insights about life. BASSPROV is based in Chicago, but has been performed all over North America.

https://www.theannoyance.com/events/event/messing-with-a-friend/

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14

“The Kates” at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m.

Tonight Amy Sumpter hosts this showcase of Chicago’s top female comedians.  Comedy and bookstores!  No happier combination!

http://www.bookcellarinc.com/event/kates-81

 

Steve Trevino at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120 B, Schaumburg 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

A “new voice for the 21st century Mexican American … yet as a performer he has a uniquely American voice that transcends anything about ethnicity, making him universally relatable … Treviño has made memorable appearances on The Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed and BET Comic View, among others. He also wrote on Mind of Mencia. … Treviño landed in the Nielsen Top 20, with his 1st Showtime comedy special, Grandpa Joe's Son. His second special Relatable is currently airing on Netflix.”  He will appear at The Improv August 13- August 16th.  Check web site for additional times.

http://chicago.improv.com/event.cfm?id=394675

Butch Bradley at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m.

“Raised by a single mom who worked as casino manager in the heart of Atlantic City, Butch was inspired by and exposed to comedy greats like Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles, and George Carlin … His unique outlook on life and humorous translation of everyday fear and anxiety.” He appeared frequently on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is a regular at the world famous comedy festivals in Aspen and Montreal and at clubs around the country.

http://rosemont.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Butch+Bradley#.VarGXvlVhBc

“#DATEME: An OKCupid Experiment” at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. 8:00 p.m.

“38 ‘Undateable’ profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. #DateMe = months of research of REAL people talking to FAKE characters. A scientific experiment about the online search for love… Featuring multimedia, original music, improvisation, and real life characters transferred from the online world to the stage.”

http://upcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=401619&cart

"Beer Shark Mice" at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

"Beer Shark Mice" is Mike Coleman, David Koechner, Pat Finn, Neil Flynn, Pete Hulne and Paul Vaillancourt.  "Prompted by a single suggestion from the audience, these five gifted performers attack the stage with comedic abandon. What unfolds can only be described as democratic anarchy, where scenes and characters appear, transform, and reappear again so intertwined and with such speed that it is hard to believe they are making it up. Both collectively and individually, the cast of ‘Beer Shark Mice’ boasts an impressive list of credits that includes, Saturday Night Live, Anchorman, Seinfeld, Scrubs, Mean Girls, American Body Shop, How Hugh, My Boys, Ed, Thank You for Smoking, and many, many others!"  

Also appearing Saturday. See below.

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/show/beer-shark-mice/

Aaron Sutherland at “Black Box Comedy” at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m.

“Aaron blends a host of voices and characters with a generally confused attitude towards the world that allows him to get really weird and really dirty without making audiences feel the need to judge him. All of this mixes with his sharp writing and relaxed yet intense delivery keeps audiences guessing and wanting more.”  Also on Saturday, August 15th at 11:30 p.m.

http://www.wiptheater.com/events/2015/8/14/black-box-comedy-presents-comedian-aaron-sutherland-august-14-15

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

“Paper Machete” at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

See August 8th for full description.

http://thepapermacheteshow.com/

“Blackout Diaries” at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

See August 1 for full description.   Check event web site for line up - each week is unique.

http://www.highhat.club/event/2015-08/

Dan Telfer at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Chicago lost this stand-up star to L.A. two years ago.  Take this opportunity to see him!  In addition to performing around the country, Dan is on the staff of Comedy Central’s Emmy-nominated @Midnight and was recently featured on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Dan also has written for The Onion/A.V. Club and was a host of its Pop Pilgrims.  He has appeared at the famed Just for Laughs Festivals in Chicago (Best of the Fest) and Montreal (Talk of the Fest).  His “Best Dinosaur” became a viral video hit around the world.

Tonight’s show will feature Rebecca V. O’Neal.

http://stage773.com/CNCF

 

"Beer Shark Mice" at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

"Beer Shark Mice" is Mike Coleman, David Koechner, Pat Finn, Neil Flynn, Pete Hulne and Paul Vaillancourt.  "Prompted by a single suggestion from the audience, these five gifted performers attack the stage with comedic abandon. What unfolds can only be described as democratic anarchy, where scenes and characters appear, transform, and reappear again so intertwined and with such speed that it is hard to believe they are making it up. Both collectively and individually, the cast of ‘Beer Shark Mice’ boasts an impressive list of credits that includes, Saturday Night Live, Anchorman, Seinfeld, Scrubs, Mean Girls, American Body Shop, How Hugh, My Boys, Ed, Thank You for Smoking, and many, many others!"  

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/show/beer-shark-mice/

“We Gotta Bingo” at Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont, 8:30 p.m.

 

“Head to Der Brew-Ha-Ha for a raucous evening of dinner, dancing, drinking and, of course, bingo! Guests will meet a colorful cast of characters leading the evening in games and good-natured fun, but soon learn they are amongst two rival Chicago parishes, one Italian and one Irish, who are set to be merged with one another.”  Also featuring a traditional Italian dinner by Giordano’s.  See site for additional performance dates.

http://www.wegottabingo.com/buy-tickets/

"Not Suitable for Textbooks" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m.

"Improvised omissions and additions from history. Ever wonder what happened before, after, or in between major historical events? Ever catch yourself daydreaming about Abe Lincoln’s pajamas, or what kind of music Kennedy listened to? Did we really land on the moon? How did George and Martha Washington meet? The NSFT ensemble has the answers. Each week, our ensemble will explore and improvise all the bits that were left out of our history textbooks based on audience suggestions. Don’t miss out on this historical(ish) lesson!"

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/history

"Saturday Night Mic Fight" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 10:30 p.m. 

Each week four teams will prepare and perform a karaoke number based on a pre-determined theme. Audience members will vote on who brought the funk best, and the winning teams from each week will perform in a finale to see who will win "The Diva Cup."

www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/saturday-night-mic-fight

"Chicago's Gold Coast Late Night Laffs" at Connie's Pizza, 1030 N. State, 11:30 p.m.

Featuring Joe Blount (Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza & BET Comic View) and Martini Harris (Kevin Hart's One Mic Stand & BET Comic View.  Hosted by Horace H.B Sanders (CBS's Star Search Comedy Champion, BET Comic View, Comedy Central)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChicagoComedy/

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

Doug Benson at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 4:20 p.m.

Doug Benson is the creator of the popular podcasts Doug Loves Movies, Getting Doug with High and The Doug Benson Interruption. His television appearances include Last Comic Standing, How I Met Your Mother, The Sarah Silverman Program, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mr. Show.  He is also one of the names I hear most when I ask comedians who makes them laugh.

http://rosemont.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Doug+Benson#.VaPkGvlVhBc

Blipsters on Broadway” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Felonious Monk and Dave Helem host an alternative comedy showcase featuring stand-up, social commentary, podcasts and frequent surprise, drop-in guests.   For complete description, see August 2nd.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago

“The Second City’s 103rd Mainstage Revue: Panic on Cloud 9” at Second City, 1616 N.  Wells, 7:00 p.m.

“Hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.”

Many dates and times throughout the month.  Check site for details.

http://secondcitychicago.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=360458&_ga=1.2190832.13810060.1435615969

Comedy Night at Henry’s Swing Club, 18 W. Hubbard St., 8:00 p.m.

Comedy showcase every Sunday night.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henrys-Swing-Club-Comedy-Night/867100970023423

Jamie Campbell’s Farewell Performance at The CSZ Theater, 929 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m.

Last April, Jamie was named one of “four comedians to see before they leave Chicago forever” by radio station WCRX 88.1 FM.  Well, now it’s happening.  Chicago’s loss is about to be L.A.’s gain. Go see Jamie’s last performance in Chicago while you can!  Jamie was named “Best Stand-Up” in Chicago in 2013 by the Chicago Reader.

Hosted by Kevin Pomeroy with Cody Melcher, Abby Stassen and Steven Lyons.

https://twitter.com/jamiecampbell79

 

“Entertaining Julia” at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 9:00 p.m.

This comedy variety show was founded by Beth Stelling and is now hosted by the vibrant, very funny and original Puterbaugh Sisters, Danielle and Tiffany.  Beth created the show to entertain Town Hall Pub’s bartender, Julia.  Tonight features Martin Morrow, Mike Lebovitz, DJ Moppy, Saurin Choksi and Natalie Jose. Music from the Minelli Brothers and Resident DJ Contance K. THIS AUGUST IS THE LAST RUN OF "ENTERTAINING JULIA" which the Onion A.V. Club called, "Something of a cult sensation."

emptybottle.com

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 17

Special Event: “Stand Up for a Cause” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Night of stand-up benefits Chicago’s South Central Community Services.  SCCS is dedicated to improving quality of life for youth, individuals and families by providing mental health, socio-economic, educational, and recreational programs and services throughout metropolitan Chicago. “Through laughter many people find comfort, so come see the best comedy in the city and spread some cheer and community engagement! The first drink is on us!”  Comedians to be announced.

http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago/date/2015-08-17

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Always a great line-up at this weekly showcase.  Check the site for who’s appearing.  Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS Just for Laughs Festival and more.

http://100proofcomedy.com/

“Mondays with Bella” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 8:00 p.m.

Unconventional improv team “Bella” combines with two more improv team on Monday nights.

http://www.theplaygroundtheater.com/#!mondays-with-bella/c1jkl

“Female Funnies” at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

Featuring 5-10 comedians and hosted by the wonderful Patti Vasquez.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Ladies+Show#.Va-dLflVhBc

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

Second City’s “Life Hacks” at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m.

See August 8th for full description.

http://upcomedyclub.com/event.cfm?id=373206&cart

“Chicago Underground Comedy” at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m.

Tonight’s line-up:  Jeff Steinbrunner, Nick Rouhley, Josh Johnson, Rebecca O'Neal, Lainie Lenertz, Andy Fleming.  For full description, see August 4th.

http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/calendar.html

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

Patti Vasquez at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m.

Patti Vasquez blends comedy with family stories and social issues, including the challenges imposed by society on parents of kids with special needs.   She is also an effective advocate in Springfield and the host of WGN 720 AM’s Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez, my favorite reason to stay up past bed time.  I once thought I was going to need an ambulance at a Patti Vasquez show from laughing too hard – I almost laughed myself unconscious.

http://rosemont.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Patti+Vasquez#.VaQoxvlVhBd

“Brass Chuckles Comedy” at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

“Every Wednesday, Brass Chuckles offers an amazing comedic showcase, booked with the very best entertainment Chicago has to offer! Unlike traditional comedy venues, we take advantage of being able to offer you some exciting variations of comedic performance in addition to traditional stand up, sketch, and improv comedy.”  Amy Sumpter hosts tonight.

www.brasschucklescomedy.com

“Comedians You Should Know” at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, 9:00 p.m.

A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

http://www.comediansyoushouldknow.com/chicago#post-455

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Aziz Ansari at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.

One of the only comedians to sell out Madison Square Garden and author of the bestselling Modern Romance.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Aziz+Ansari#.VdVE__lVhBc

Steve Byrne at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120 B, Schaumburg 7:30 p.m.

Steve Byrne’s unique background - he was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father – was the basis of his first television show, Sullivan & Son, which ran for several seasons on TBS.   His documentary 13 or Bust follows one long night of thirteen performances at thirteen clubs.  (I’d love to see it, but I can’t find it anywhere!)  He also appeared in the films Four Christmases and Couples Retreat. He will be at The Improv through August 22nd. Check web site for additional show times.

http://chicago.improv.com/event.cfm?id=397997

"Just Dickin' Around" All Ladies Showcase at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m.

The JDA showcase has top-of-the-line Chicago comics and is "a women-run, queer-friendly showcase that provides a safe, supportive space with a positive energy for our performers and guests."  Enough reason to go, but also: free pizza!

https://www.facebook.com/justdickinaroundcomedy

“Parlour Car” at Bar DeVille, 701 N. Damen, 9:00 p.m.

A free, weekly stand-up comedy show.  See August 6th for full details.

http://parlourcarcomedy.com/

“Shame on You” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:30 p.m.

“Come hear hilarious stories about the times we have disappointed and the awful things we've done.”

www.undertheguntheater.com/performances/441/tickets/new

“Messing with a Friend” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m.

Improv guru Susan Messing improvises with another talented comedy personality every Thursday through August 27.  Tonight her guest is TJ Jagodowski. An opportunity to see two titans of improv on the same stage. TJ Jagodowski is one-half of the world-renowned team of TJ and Dave who perform weekly at iO. He has also appeared in the films Stranger Than Fiction, The Ice Harvest, No Sleep Till Madison and on the television show Prison Break.

https://www.theannoyance.com/events/event/messing-with-a-friend/

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

Bill Engvall at The Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, 8:00 p.m.

Famed member of the Blue Collar Comedy tour and also known for his television work, including as the star of The Bill Engvall Show from 2007-2009.  He just missed making it to the final rounds on Dancing with the Stars in 2013.

http://www.coronadopac.org/

 

Seth McFarlane at Ravinia, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park, 8:00 p.m.

Appearing in his capacity as a crooner, not as the Family Guy or American Dad.  What are the odds he’ll go rogue at Ravinia and break into a chorus of “We Saw Your Boobs”?  I’ll probably never get that dubious Oscar ballad out of my head, sadly.

http://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/index?id=1012

Chicago’s Comedy Scene Radio Live Recording at Juliet’s Tavern, 205 N. Chicago, Joliet, 8:00 p.m.

The show will air on @Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio.  Featuring: Marz Timms ("Jax" from Mortal Kombat) Marcos Satirist, Catherine Povs Povinelli, Peter Daniel.

http://www.chicagoscomedyscene.com/

Norm MacDonald at The City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 10:00 p.m.

Norm MacDonald is known for his five seasons on Saturday Night Live (three of them as “Weekend Update” anchor), The Norm Show and for his work in movies such as Grown Ups and Dirty Work. He also recently became a commentator on GSN’s High Stakes Poker.

(7:30 p.m. show is sold out. Contact City Winery for wait list.)

http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets.html#/page/5

Kristin Toomey at “Black Box Comedy” at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m.

“‘Toomey is part of a tradition of comics who kill when sober’- Chicago Tribune. She is smart, quick witted and brutally honest. Kristen is a regular at the Laugh Factory-Chicago and UP Comedy Club, has headlined at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival and performed at The Chicago Comedy Expo. She is a founder of the all-female comedy collective Hoo HA Comedy and the newest producer/member of the powerhouse collective Comedians You Should Know. In addition to her stand-up work, Kristen has dabbled in television (Bad Sides) and was the stand-up consultant for the feature film “Nate & Margaret.”

There is an additional show on Saturday, August 22nd at 11:30 p.m.

http://www.wiptheater.com/events/2015/8/21/black-box-comedy-presents-kristen-toomey-august-21st-and-22nd

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

“Paper Machete” at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

See August 8th for full description.

http://thepapermacheteshow.com/

“Family Time” at The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, 6:00 p.m.

“You and your kids get to be part of the show as the cast create wacky skits, goofy songs, and down- right loony scenes – all based on your suggestions.”

http://comedyshrine.com/event/family-time-at-the-shrine-2-28-15/2015-08-22/

“Blackout Diaries” at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

See August 1 for full description.   Each week’s line-up is unique.

http://www.highhat.club/event/2015-08/

"Not Suitable for Textbooks" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m.

"Improvised omissions and additions from history. Ever wonder what happened before, after, or in between major historical events? Ever catch yourself daydreaming about Abe Lincoln’s pajamas, or what kind of music Kennedy listened to? Did we really land on the moon? How did George and Martha Washington meet? The NSFT ensemble has the answers. Each week, our ensemble will explore and improvise all the bits that were left out of our history textbooks based on audience suggestions. Don’t miss out on this historical(ish) lesson!"

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/history

"Saturday Night Mic Fight" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 10:30 p.m. 

Each week four teams will prepare and perform a karaoke number based on a pre-determined theme. Audience members will vote on who brought the funk best, and the winning teams from each week will perform in a finale to see who will win "The Diva Cup."

www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/saturday-night-mic-fight

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

“The Free For All Featuring Koleno and Delirious Confetti” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 7:30 p.m.

“FREE improv show (donations welcome!) combining the thoughtful, intelligent play of Koleno, with the bombastic, thrill-seeking of Delirious Confetti, and the all around great time of Daaang Judy Dench.”

Koleno is: Dan Luebbe, Aaron Caponigro, Jake Schneider, and Mike Matuzewicz.  Delirious Confetti is Carol Olsen, Chris Siefer,Bill Meincke, Eli Golden, Mel Forrest, Michael Lackos, and Nate Gold.

http://www.theplaygroundtheater.com/#!The Free For All/cg6o

Comedy Night at Henry’s Swing Club, 18 W. Hubbard St., 8:00 p.m.

Comedy showcase every Sunday night.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henrys-Swing-Club-Comedy-Night/867100970023423

“Entertaining Julia” at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 8:00 p.m.

This comedy variety show was founded by Beth Stelling and is now hosted by the vibrant, very funny and original Puterbaugh Sisters, Danielle and Tiffany.  Beth created the show to entertain Town Hall Pub’s bartender, Julia.  Tonight features Adam Burke, Chad Briggs, Meredith Kachel, Matty Ryan and Danny Kallas. THIS AUGUST IS THE LAST RUN OF "ENTERTAINING JULIA" which the Onion A.V. Club called, "Something of a cult sensation."

 emptybottle.com

MONDAY, AUGUST 24

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Always a great line-up at this weekly showcase.  Check the site for who’s appearing.  Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS Just for Laughs Festival and more.

http://100proofcomedy.com/

“Dirty Birdie Story Hour” at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m.

This show promises shock, pervi-ness, deep, dark secrets, games and prizes.  Warning noted.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Dirty+Birdie+Story+Hour#.VaQTj_lVhBc

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

Lenny Schmidt at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m.

Lenny’s influences are Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and real life good and bad.  In addition to being a seasoned stand-up comedian, he studied improv with Del Close and Adam McKay and has appeared in movies and on television.  His credits include The Ugly Truth, Joe Dirt, The Inbetweeners, Castle, Big Love and True Blood.”

Through Sunday, August 30th.  Check site for additional times.

http://www.chicago.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Lenny+Schmidt#.Va_qHflVhBc

“The Laser Comedy Show” at Theater 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

“Performing artist Chris Fair uses Laser Reactive Technology to draw characters and scenery on a glow in the dark screen where the lines fade in moments like a high tech etch-a-sketch. Chris brings the characters to life by voicing them over, creating sound effects, music and continually drawing action to open up a 2-D screen into a 3-D world that takes you on a laser journey that you won't ever forget.”

http://stage773.com/Show?id=329

“Comedy Secrets: Making Comedy out of Tragedy” at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m.

A special presentation of Chicago Underground Comedy. “It's the only show where the audience is made to take an oath of secrecy at beginning, ensuring that whatever is shared at each Comedy Secrets show will only be known by those present. This allows the comedians sharing secrets at each show to open up completely. The stories range from screwball comedy to absolute tragedy.”

http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com/calendar.html

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

“Brass Chuckles Comedy” at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m.

“Every Wednesday, Brass Chuckles offers an amazing comedic showcase, booked with the very best entertainment Chicago has to offer! Unlike traditional comedy venues, we take advantage of being able to offer you some exciting variations of comedic performance in addition to traditional stand up, sketch, and improv comedy.”  Tamale Sepp hosts tonight.

www.brasschucklescomedy.com

“Comedians You Should Know” at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Court, 9:00 p.m.

A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

http://www.comediansyoushouldknow.com/chicago#post-455

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

Brian Regan at The Rialto Square Theater, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet, 7:30 p.m.

Brian Regan will be performing the first live – not pre-recorded -- Comedy Central special this September.  But this is a chance to see him Live-Live.  He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman twenty-eight times and is known for his clean and off-beat look at life in all of its daily absurdity.

http://www.rialtosquare.com/

 

Chris Porter at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120 B, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m.

Chris Porter was a finalist during the third season of Last Comic Standing.  He has also appeared on the Bob & Tom Show and on Comedy Central’s Live Tour, Live at Gotham and on Comedy Central Presents. He headlines all over the country. He will be at The Improv through August 30th. Check web site for additional times.

http://chicago.improv.com/event.cfm?id=405655

John Knight at Zanies, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St, St. Charles, 8:00 p.m.

John Knight has been described as “Everyman’s storyteller with a deadpan cutting edge.” He has appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime, hosted the radio show Saturday Morning Live, written for television and created National Lampoon Magazine’s “Apocalyptic Al” series.

He will be at the St. Charles Zanies thru August 29th.  Check site for more show times.

http://www.stcharles.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=John+Knight

"Just Dickin' Around" at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m.

All genders showcase. The JDA showcase has top-of-the-line Chicago comics and is "a women-run, queer-friendly showcase that provides a safe, supportive space with a positive energy for our performers and guests."  Enough reason to go, but also: free pizza!

https://www.facebook.com/justdickinaroundcomedy?fref=ts

“Messing with a Friend” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m.

Improv guru Susan Messing improvises with another talented comedy personality every Thursday through August 27.  Tonight her guest is Antoine McKay. Antoine has been on Second City’s Mainstage in Chicago and Detroit.  You will also recognize him from film and television appearances. He currently plays Bunkie in the hit TV series Empire.

https://www.theannoyance.com/events/event/messing-with-a-friend/

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

“One Night Only: A Six Week Run” at Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 7:30 p.m.

“Join the citizens of Townville for a night of taking risks, following your dreams and believing you can be whatever you want to be!” I have no idea what this means, but I’d love to find out.

http://secondcityskybox.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=405014&_ga=1.203442128.13810060.1435615969

Ritch Shydner at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Ritch Shydner has done too many things I’ve loved to list them all, but to start: he appeared numerous times on Letterman and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  He was in Married with Children, Designing Women, Roseanne and in Steve Martin’s Roxanne. He produced and starred in the award winning documentary about stand-up, I Am Comic.  He also co-authored one of my favorite books about comedy: I Killed - True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics.  He will be at Zanies in Rosemont from August 26-29.

http://rosemont.zanies.com/news.php?NewsSection=Ritch+Shydner

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29

“Paper Machete” at The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

See August 8th for full description.

http://thepapermacheteshow.com/

“Funny or Die” Oddball Comedy Festival at Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre, Tinley Park, 5:00 p.m.

Starring Aziz Ansari with special guest Amy Schumer. Also featuring Anthony Jeselnik, Bridget Everett, Jay Pharaoh, Jeff Ross, Nick Kroll, Rachel Feinstein, TJ Miller.  Hosted by Big Jay Oakerson.

http://www.oddballfest.com/splash/#tour-dates

This sketch features two of the Festival's stars:

I just liked this:

“The Kates” at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m.

Tonight this revue of Chicago’s best female comics will be hosted by Alexandra Tsarpalas.

http://www.kelsiehuff.com/upcoming-shows.html

“Simmer Brown” at Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

Simmer Brown is a podcast and a monthly comedy showcase produced by Prateek Srivastava, Sameena Mustafa, and Rishika Murthy

Headliner: Kristen Toomey. Featuring: Erica Nicole Clark

http://simmerbrown.brownpapertickets.com/

“Blackout Diaries” at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m.

See August 1 for full description.   Each week’s line-up is unique.

http://www.highhat.club/event/2015-08/

Chicago’s Comedy Scene Radio Live Recording at Wallace Hall, 813 LaSalle St., Ottawa, 8:00 p.m.

The show will air on @Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio.  Headliner: Dan Brennan(Chicago Improv, Zanies). Featuring: Tony Carr (Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio), Deanna Ortiz (Hoo HA Comedy, Comedian Mark Johnson (Moe Joes Joliet, Stray Bar Comedy). Hosted by Dave Johnson (Riddles Comedy Club, Jokes and Notes).

www.chicagoscomedyscene.com

"Not Suitable for Textbooks" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m.

"Improvised omissions and additions from history. Ever wonder what happened before, after, or in between major historical events? Ever catch yourself daydreaming about Abe Lincoln’s pajamas, or what kind of music Kennedy listened to? Did we really land on the moon? How did George and Martha Washington meet? The NSFT ensemble has the answers. Each week, our ensemble will explore and improvise all the bits that were left out of our history textbooks based on audience suggestions. Don’t miss out on this historical(ish) lesson!"

https://www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/history

"Saturday Night Mic Fight" at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 10:30 p.m. 

Each week four teams will prepare and perform a karaoke number based on a pre-determined theme. Audience members will vote on who brought the funk best, and the winning teams from each week will perform in a finale to see who will win "The Diva Cup."

www.undertheguntheater.com/shows/saturday-night-mic-fight

"Chicago's Gold Coast Late Night Laffs" at Connie's Pizza, 1030 N. State, 11:30 p.m.

Featuring Joe Blount (Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza & BET Comic View) and Martini Harris (Kevin Hart's One Mic Stand & BET Comic View.  Hosted by Horace H.B Sanders (CBS's Star Search Comedy Champion, BET Comic View, Comedy Central)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChicagoComedy/

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

Comedy Night at Henry’s Swing Club, 18 W. Hubbard St., 8:00 p.m.

Comedy showcase every Sunday night.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henrys-Swing-Club-Comedy-Night/867100970023423

“Entertaining Julia” at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 9:00 p.m.

This comedy variety show was founded by Beth Stelling and is now hosted by the vibrant, very funny and original Puterbaugh Sisters, Danielle and Tiffany.  Beth created the show to entertain Town Hall Pub’s bartender, Julia.  Tonight features AJ Davila and Terror y Armor resident DJ Constance K. THIS AUGUST IS THE LAST RUN OF "ENTERTAINING JULIA" which the Onion A.V. Club called, "Something of a cult sensation."

emptybottle.com

“Really Good Hot & Fresh” at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 10:30 p.m.

“With 6 groups performing brand new sketch material, improv, and video every week, this show is one tasty treat."

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/show/really-good-hot-fresh/2015-08-30/

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 31

“100 Proof Comedy” at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.

Always a great line-up at this weekly showcase.  Check the site for who’s appearing.  Features comedians who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS Just for Laughs Festival and more.

http://100proofcomedy.com/

“That’s Weird, Grandma” at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m.

Family-friendly. “Barrel of Monkeys presents an assortment of sketches and songs adapted from the stories of Chicago public school 3rd-5th graders.” Most Monday evenings throughout the year. Discount tickets available at Goldstar.com.

http://www.barrelofmonkeys.org/performances [get video from this site]

“The Mixer” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 10:00 p.m.

“A workshop from some of the top performers and coaches in Chicago. At 10:30pm we break into teams and run a long form show. Hosted by Kevin Reader and Bryan Duff of Lumberjack Tsunami, The Mixer is for anyone interested in improv whether you're brand new or old hat.”  Mondays.

http://www.theplaygroundtheater.com/#!the-mixer

 

 

 

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