Your Chicago Comedy Calendar for September 2015

SECOND CITY/ UP COMEDY CLUB FIRE UPDATE/ VENUE CHANGES  AS OF 10:00 a.m. 9/14/15       

At the top of my list this month is the return of the Defiant Thomas Brothers.Their reunion was the comedy news of the summer. Opening night was to be at Second City this Friday, September 4, but due to the Piper's Alley fire, their debut will be Saturday, September 5 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont at 8:00 p.m. Tickets purchased for Friday will be honored. Stay tuned for future locations (the show runs through October). Oh, and please check out our interview.

Lots of only-in-Chicago events every day. The Jangleheart Comedy Festival spans three theaters and three long, starry nights. Beth Stelling returns to Chicago to record her album. Kellye Howard’s one woman show is back by popular demand. Jimmie Walker is here. Kyle Kinane and Pete Holmes return to their Chicago roots for a special event. There are unique opportunities for readers and writers. There's Emo Philips! Plus, all the greatness from Chicago’s own.

Tickets went on sale a few days ago for “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me” on October 8. They sell out fast, but as of this writing there were still some left.

Please confirm all details of this calendar in case (1) anything has changed (2) I got something wrong after I went cross-eyed.

A tip: discount tickets often available on Goldstar.com and Groupon.

If you have a comedy event you would like me 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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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

“National Sketch Writing Month” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Tuesday nights. On Tuesday nights this month, Under the Gun Theater opens its writing room to anyone interested in taking the “NaSkeWriMoChi” challenge of writing 30 sketches in 30 days. For $5 you’ll get writing space for two hours and an opportunity to give and get feedback. Or participate for free via Facebook.  On October 11, the theater will showcase writers who took the challenge.

 The Tuesday Ten Showcase at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. “A mix of ten headliners, rising stars and surprise guests.”

Secrets, Lies and Alibis  at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln, 8:00 p.m. “A night of devious comedy.”

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m.  ChUC is known for its 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.

Blessing at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 10:30 p.m.  Two-person improv by Blaine Swen and Susan Messing.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Hideous at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. “Being 13 sucks, especially when the boys at your school sing songs about how fugly you are, you’re too fat to play basketball anymore, and you become a woman while working at the church rectory. Hideous is a one woman show written and performed by Mary Catherine Curran that weaves personal stories, character pieces, and music together to explore and discover what it means to feel truly hideous on the inside and out. Directed by Katie Klein, music by Tim Joyce.” Shows also on September 9 and 16.

Drunk Science with Sean Flannery at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Sean Flannery’s drinks and high jinx stories are legendary. At “Drunk Science” you’ll find out what’s literally going on in the mind when that stuff is happening. The science of comedy combined with the comedy of science by a master comedian and storyteller.

 

 

The Social Takeover  at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited on stage to open their social media accounts … and hand them over to comedians for the next ninety minutes. You can scare your own family or watch someone else’s friends and families freak out. Either way, a great evening.

Brass Chuckles Comedy at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Weekly showcase featuring stand up, improv, musical comedy, burlesque and more. Hosted by Tamale and Sayjal Joshi. Tonight’s line-up: Krish Mohan, Sarah Deady, Predator 5: The Undiscovered Country and more TBA.

Flabbey at the Abbey at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:30 p.m. Weekly showcase.  Check site for line-up.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Jangleheart Circus Comedy Festival (Day 1) at CIC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd., 7:00 p.m.– 1:00 a.m. This “mostly” improv comedy festival begins tonight at CIC and moves to the Annoyance on Friday. On Saturday, the festivities continue at iO.

 

Jon Lovitz at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. That’s the ticket! Jon Lovitz created Tommy Flanagan, Hanukkah Harry and other memorable characters on Saturday Night Live (1985-1990) in addition to his film and television work. Interesting fact: he began doing stand-up in 2003. Jon Lovitz appears at The Improv through Sunday, September 6.

 

The Kates on Broadway at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s own acclaimed all-female comedy troupe.

Marty DeRosa at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Marty DeRosa is a member of “Comedians You Should Know” and is known for his crowd work and honesty, including his podcast, Wrestling with Depression which invites comedians, wrestlers and other performers to discuss what you don’t see on stage.  Shows also on Friday and Saturday.

Just Dickin' Around All Ladies Showcase at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. The JDA showcase 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!

Stand Up Stand Up at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee, 9:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase. Tonight: Erica Clark, Jake McKenzie, Charlie Vergos, Laura Beitz, Dave Helem.  Hosted by Todd Massey.

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 night.  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.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Jangleheart Comedy Festival (Day 2) at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, 7:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.  Not a typo. Abundant comedy until 2 a.m. The last show is aptly titled "Holy Fuck.”

Anthony Bonazzo at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m. His aptitude for impressions comes from years of imitating his family members, including seven brothers and sisters. Anthony Bonazzo is also known for his mix of social humor, real life stories and impressive energy. Also Saturday night.

BEEF at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 11:59 p.m. Chicago’s insult show. Audience members can volunteer to be roasted or watch from a safe distance. Comedians to be announced, but one for sure is Sean White and he’s reason enough to go.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Late Late Breakfast at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 3:00 p.m. You are invited to attend the first ever Late Late Breakfast Brekkie Awards! Everything you love about awards ceremonies, but only the pancakes are syrupy. Did I mention the free pancakes? (Donations graciously accepted.) Come see why Late Late Breakfast has been featured at the Chicago Comedy Expo, Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, Chicago Mic Fest and more. New York branch of LLB recently announced, too. Hosted by Danny Maupin and Tyler Jackson.

Paper Machete at Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 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

Past comedians included: 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 acting and theater stars Rondi Reed, Austin Pendleton, Michael Shannon and Mandy Patinkin.  And this is just a short list!  Be on the look-out for audition announcements.  The producers are enthusiastic about finding new performers, famous already or not!

Jangleheart Comedy Festival (Day 3) at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. The festival concludes at iO with another epic night of nonstop events.

Kellye Howard’s “UNmarried: The Naked Truth” at the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 7:30 p.m. This one woman show debuted at the Chicago’s Women Funny Festival this past June and is back by popular demand. Kellye has appeared frequently on the OWN network, including as one of the stars of My Life is a Joke. Her comedy stands out for her effervescence and honesty and that’s exactly what this show includes:  “In this 60-minute solo musical performance Kellye takes us on an emotionally hilarious roller coaster through the life of a newly married 30 something wrestling to balance career goals, family plans, and depression from a recent unfathomable death of a loved one.” Shows also on September 12 and 19.

The Defiant Thomas Brothers moved for this performance from Second City to Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m.  The most anticipated opening night of the year. “The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child.

Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.  A year later, they were gone. Now they’re back.”

The Defiant Thomas Brothers/John Abbott Photo

The Defiant Thomas Brothers/John Abbott Photo

Blackout Diaries at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery (named “Chicago’s Best Drunk” by The Reader), he would be reason enough to go. This evening features an entire line-up of comedians and regular folk telling their own legendary drinking stories. Not only that, the audience has a chance to ask questions. Featured on NPR, Comedy Central and in all the major Chicago papers as one of the city’s great events. Saturdays throughout the month.

Damon Williams presents “Funny First” at Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 111th St, Alsip, 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.  Damon Williams is a popular Chicago comedian with numerous television and movie credits. He is also a frequent guest on Windy City Live.

Pat Brown at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Drive, 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Pat Brown became a comedian after an unhappy career start at Marriott Courtyard and Sam’s Club before she vowed she would no longer trade her soul for health insurance. She has a long list of television credits, including BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Comics Unleashed and Comedy Central’s Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza. She starred as Aunt Agnes in the film Somebodies and describes her comedy as “smart silliness with an urban sensibility.” Shows also on Friday and Sunday.

 

 

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

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Adam Burke at Revelrie at The Revel Room, 1566 N. Milwaukee, 8:00 p.m. Adam Burke was voted "Best Stand Up Comedian in Chicago" in 2014 by  the readers of The Chicago Reader. If you've heard his comedy, you know immediately how well deserved this award is. If you haven't, go see him and you'll know within seconds. His album Universal Squirrel Theory is available on itunes and Amazon. Also on the line-up tonight: Amy Shanker, Abi Sanchez, Peter Kim, Grayson Morris, Emily Winter, Chris Calogero. Hosted by Rebecca V. O'Neal and Sonia Denis. Please enjoy a classic Adam Burke set:

 

Comedy of Chicago presents “The Show” at Henry’s Chicago, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. A weekly showcase curated by comedyofchicago.com. Tonight's line-up: David Drake, Jenny Louise La Voie, Jeff Sheen, Sean Flannery, Calvin Evans PLUS Special Guests! Check out www.comedyofchicago.com for great info about the Chicago comedy scene.

Arguments and Grievances at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 8:00 p.m. Forget election season. Smart, intentionally funny debates take place here.  Derek Smith vs Kristen Toomey: Size of the Boat vs Motion of the Ocean. Mike Timlin vs Dan Friesen: Billy Joel vs Beethoven. Jonah Jurkins vs Keith Paesel: Bros vs Nerds. Laura Sanders vs Dustin Meadows: Corn vs Korn. Chicago Magazine named Arguments and Grievances its "Best of Chicago- Variety Show"  in 2014.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

The Armando Diaz Experience at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s longest running improv show founded by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Dave Koechner (Anchorman, Thank You For Not Smoking, SNL) and the actual Armando Diaz (founder of the Magnet Theater in New York). This iconic Chicago comedy experience is a two-act long-form show where one person’s personal stories become fodder for the improv team.

The Best of Second City at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. Performances of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from Second City’s fifty-five years.

Sadsacks and Wisecracks at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Natalie Jose. If you haven’t seen her in person yet, you have seen her on Last Comic Standing and as one of the stars of Oprah’s OWN Network’s My Life is a Joke. Splitsider recently named her  one of the country’s top up and coming comedians outside of NY and LA. This showcase features all genres of comedy. Monday nights.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Chuckle F*ckers at  The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:oo p.m. Annoyance groups perform new and experimental material each month.

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

ChUC is known for its 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.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Alex Thomas at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Alex Thomas went straight from high school to In Living Color. Not as a comedian, but as a choreographer for the Fly Girls. Keenan Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans spotted his comedic talent and a career was born. Shortly after, Will Smith saw Alex’s stand-up and hired him as a writer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His stand-up career continued to flourish with specials on BET’s ComicView and Showtime. He’s had numerous roles in film and television, including recurring characters on King of the Hill and Family Guy. Interesting fact: Alex has roots in one of the greatest bands of all time. He is the son of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Alexander Thomas, Sr.

 

Drunk Science with Sean Flannery at The Comedy Bar, 500 M. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Sean Flannery’s drinks and high jinx stories are legendary. At “Drunk Science” you’ll find out what’s literally going on in the mind when that stuff is happening. The science of comedy combined with the comedy of science.

The Social Takeover at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited on stage to open their social media accounts … and hand them over to comedians for the next ninety minutes. You can scare your own family or watch someone else’s friends and families freak out. Either way, a great evening.

Brass Chuckles Comedy at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Weekly showcase featuring stand up, improv, musical comedy, burlesque and more. Hosted by Tamale. Tonight’s line-up: Eric Oren, Amy Shanker, Jeff Scheen, Zach Peterson, Sayjal Joshi.

Adam Burke at "Appetite for Rock 'n' Roll" at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen  I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to Adam Burke's album Universal Squirrel Theory. I could hear his material over and over, but he's a prolific writer and always writing new material, so going to as many shows as possible is recommended.  Also appearing: Amy Sumpter (I've also heard her comedy and recommend!) and (haven't got to hear, but look forward to ...) Ju Lee Anna, Timmy Hart Barron and Stefania Rudd. Hosted by LeeAnn Yops.

Flabbey at the Abbey at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:30 p.m. Weekly showcase.  Check site for line-up.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Ralphie May at the Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, 7:30 p.m. Ralphie May was 17 when he won a contest to open for Sam Kinison, who encouraged him to pursue a career in comedy. In 2003, he came in second on the first season of Last Comic Standing. He has recorded four Comedy Central specials and this past February, one for Netflix. He is married to fellow comedian Lahna Turner.

Jen Kirkman at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. The Onion’s A.V. Club describes Jen Kirkman as “a thinking person’s comedian … her best routines take a thought and follow it to all and any conclusions …” She is also known for talking about obstacles women face in comedy. She recently discussed turning down a tour with Louis C.K.  Jen was a frequent guest on Chelsea Lately. She is also a popular guest on late night and became a bestselling author in 2013 with I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids. She also has a weekly podcast: I Seem Fun: the Diary of Jen Kirkman. She will appear at UP through Saturday, September 12. Check site for show times.

 

Dan Bulla’s “Droll Pranks” book launch at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. iO alum Dan Bulla releases his new book, Droll Pranks for Rich Boys. Event includes sample pranks unfit for publication and improvisation inspired by the book’s illustrations.

Mike Stanley at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Mike Stanley was named Readers’ Choice “Best Stand-Up Comedian” in the Chicago Reader among many other awards. He is also the subject of the documentary, Mike Stanley: Salty Language, Peppered Morals, which is available on demand on Amazon. Shows also on Friday and Saturday.

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!

Stand Up Stand Up at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee, 9:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase. Check site for line-up.

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 night.  Tonight her guest is Asher Perlman who is a frequent performer at Second City, iO and The Annoyance.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

The Interview Show with Mark Bazer at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 6:30 p.m. Mark Bazer interviews comedian Jen Kirkman, author Veronica Roth and scientist Emilie Graslie.

The Defiant Thomas Brothers at Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 7:30 p.m. “The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child.

Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.  A year later, they were gone. Now they’re back.”

Comedians Mona Aburmishan and Vince Acevedo open for Ides of March at Tomfoolery Fun Club, Villa Cesar, 900 Eagleridge, Schererville, IN, 8:00 p.m. VIP package gives you a “Meet and Greet” with Ides at 6:45 p.m. See link for details.

 

Funnyman at Northlight Theater, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, 8:00 p.m. This play runs through October 18. The cast includes Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt. The story is about “fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman” working to revive his career in an avant-garde off-Broadway production. Playwright Bruce Graham (White Guy on the Bus, The Outgoing Tide) says Chick Sherman “is part Buster Keaton, Bert Lahr, Ed Wynn, Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, Lou Costello, Oliver Hardy, Phil Silvers, and (although he wasn’t a comic) even a dash of Charles Laughton.” Graham says he admired all of these comics except “Milton Berle … I absolutely loathed.” Check web site for additional show times.

Jay Washington at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m. This professional wrestler turned comedian is a popular headliner around town. There is another show on Saturday night.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Paper Machete at Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 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.

Past comedian appearances 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 acting and theater stars Rondi Reed, Austin Pendleton, Michael Shannon and Mandy Patinkin.  And this is just a short list!  Be on the look-out for audition announcements.  The producers are enthusiastic about finding new performers, famous already or not!

 Michael Blackson at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Michael Blackson came to the U.S. from Ghana and is known for his comic perspective on the immigrant experience. He has appeared frequently on BET’s ComicView, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime’s Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam. His film work includes, Next Friday and Are We There Yet?

Shawn Wayans at the Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Comedy scion from In Living Color, The Wayans Bros. and the Scary Movie(s). Shawn Wayans will appear at The Improv from Thurs. Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 13.  Check site for show times.

Kellye Howard’s “UNmarried: The Naked Truth” at the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 7:30 p.m. This one woman show debuted at the Chicago’s Women Funny Festival this past June and is now back by popular demand. Kellye has appeared frequently on the OWN network, including as one of the stars of My Life is a Joke. Her comedy stands out for her effervescence and honesty and that’s exactly what this show includes:  “In this 60-minute solo musical performance Kellye takes us on an emotionally hilarious roller coaster through the life of a newly married 30 something wrestling to balance career goals, family plans, and depression from a recent unfathomable death of a loved one.” Also on September 19.

Blackout Diaries at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery (named “Chicago’s Best Drunk” by The Reader), he would be reason enough to go. The evening features an entire line-up of comedians and regular folk telling their own legendary drinking stories. Not only that, the audience has a chance to ask questions. Featured on NPR, Comedy Central and in all the major Chicago papers as one of the city’s great events. Saturdays throughout the month.

 Alex Ortiz at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Life stories and uncanny impressions. Alex has performed at U.S.O. shows in fifteen different countries and has numerous television credits, including HBO’s Bad Boyz of Comedy, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and many more.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Sunday Bloody Mary Sunday brunch at Second City, 230 W. North Ave., 11:00 a.m. Brunch followed by comedy. Chicken and waffle bar included. Repertory: Alison Gates, Kelsey Kinney, Andrew Knox, Maria Randazzo, Liz Reuss, Jasbir Singh, John Thibodeaux, Jamison Webb and Julia Weiss.

The Underdogs of Comedy at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 6:00 p.m. Ronnie Ray brings his unique stand-up, improv and video to this show. He has the distinction of being the first comedian to have appeared on Playboy TV and Nickelodeon.

Comedy of Chicago presents “The Show” at Henry’s Chicago, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. A weekly showcase curated by comedyofchicago.com. See site for week’s line-up and for great info about the Chicago comedy scene.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Jimmie “JJ” Walker at The WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 7:00 p.m. DY-N0-MITE! I hope Jimmie Walker doesn’t hate that. Had to say it. So of course, you know Jimmie Walker from classic TV’s Good Times. But he was a stand-up comic before that which is how he got discovered for the show. He also has numerous other television credits, including The Tonight Show, Match Game, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Drew Carey Show and Chelsea Lately. I’ve cut the list short because it’s very long. He has also written a memoir called Dynomite! Take this opportunity to see a television and comedy icon.

Sadsacks and Wisecracks at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Natalie Jose. If you haven’t seen her in person yet, you have seen her on Last Comic Standing and as one of the stars of the OWN Network’s My Life is a Joke. Splitsider recently named her  one of the country’s top up and coming comedians outside of NY and LA. This showcase features all genres of comedy. Monday nights.

Emergency Sleepover/Lola at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury @ 8:30 p.m. Two of iO’s improv ensembles perform “The Harold,” the long-form improv  that iO made world famous.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Beth Stelling album recording at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 7:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. Find out why Beth has an ardent international following if you don’t already know! Most recently, she toured Australia and New Zealand to rave reviews. Her comedy career began here at Beat Kitchen as a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy.  In 2010, she was named “Best Stand-up Comedian in Chicago” by The Chicago Reader. During her time in Chicago, she produced Entertaining Julia and was tapped as a “New Face of Comedy” at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. She moved to LA in 2011 and has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, @midnight and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, to name a few.

 

The Comedy Bowl at Diversey River Bowl, 2211 W. Diversey, 8:00 p.m. A showcase of comedy and trivia games. Tonight’s theme is “sequels” and includes trivia challenges from Back to the Future and Ghostbusters.

Patti Vasquez at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. I have been a fan for  fifteen years, maybe longer. 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.  You may have also seen her when she was one of the stars on OWN network’s My Life is a Joke. I once thought I was going to need an ambulance at a Patti Vasquez show from laughing too hard – I almost laughed myself unconscious.   Show on Wednesday night, too.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Monty Python’s “Spamalot” at Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights at 1:00 p.m. Other dates and times available through Sunday, October 25th. Tip: Discount tickets available on goldstar.com.

Kevin Bozeman at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Kevin Bozeman was on Last Comic Standing this summer, made it to the semi-finals and deserved to be there a lot longer, but NBC’s loss is our gain. Always a guaranteed great evening. He also will be appearing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check site for details.

The Social Takeover at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited on stage to open their social media accounts … and hand them over to comedians for the next ninety minutes. You can scare your own family or watch someone else’s friends and families freak out. Either way, a great evening.

Drunk Science with Sean Flannery at The Comedy Bar, 500 M. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Sean Flannery’s drinks and high jinx stories are legendary. At “Drunk Science” you’ll find out what’s literally going on in the mind when that stuff is happening. The science of comedy combined with the comedy of science.

Brass Chuckles Comedy at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Weekly showcase featuring stand up, improv, musical comedy, burlesque and more. Hosted by Goodrich Gevaart. Tonight’s line up: Ricky Gonzalez, Xavier Lamont, Jeanie Doogan, Sydney Davis Jr Jr, EV Velour.

A Misadventurous Evening at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. An evening of comedy and stories to support filming of the series The Misadventures of Delilah James. Featuring: Creator and writer of Delilah James, Dina Nina Martinez and also, Kelsie Huff, Vivienne Anderson, Ali Clayton, Elizabeth Gomez, Nikki Nigl, Adam Guerino, Scott Duff and fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Pamela Valentine. Please check out Pamela's blog here.

Flabbey at the Abbey at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:30 p.m. Weekly showcase.  Check site for line-up.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Jo Koy at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. Jo Koy’s career took off in 2005 when his set got a rare standing ovation on The Tonight Show. Much of his material is inspired by his experience as a single dad. He also raises awareness for The Lupus Foundation. Jo Koy will appear at The Improv over the next two weekend. Check site for show times.

Matt Braunger at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. Matt’s studied with Susan Messing and Del Close. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He was also a regular guest on Chelsea Lately and was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2009. He is a regular at UCB in LA and at comedy festivals around the country. Additional UP shows on Friday and Saturday. Check site for details.

Just Dickin' Around All Ladies Showcase at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. The JDA showcase 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!

Emo Philips at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m.

Emo’s 40s starlet bob, slow falsetto and wide-eyed delivery say you’re about to hear something completely original and no matter how original you think he’ll be, he’ll exceed your expectations. Check out Emo’s web site where he generously shares his proprietary cole slaw recipe which includes directives for increasingly frustrated trips back to the store and interrupting a drug deal. You will never hear anything like him again unless you go to another one of his shows, which is recommended, but take this opportunity. Interesting fact: Emo is originally from Downers Grove. Emo will be at Zanies in St. Charles on September 18 and 19th.

 

Stand Up Stand Up at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee, 9:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase. Check site for line-up.

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 night.  Tonight her guest is Second City’s John Hartman who Chicago Magazine called “a true breakout star.”

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

The Defiant Thomas Brothers at Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 7:30 p.m. “The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child. Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.  A year later, they were gone. Now they’re back.”

Dobie Maxwell and Bill Gorgo at the Zanies Comedy Cruise, depart from Polk Bros. Park, 7:30 p.m. I hate boats, planes and elevators, but Dobie Maxwell and Bill Gorgo are two people who can make me forget that. I’d get on the Titanic for these guys.

Xavier Lamont at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m. Corporate spokesman turned comedian, also known as XL, Xavier will appear in the film Killing Poe and appears regularly on Mancow’s Morning Show and WGN Morning News. Show also on Saturday.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Bri-Ko at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 2:00 p.m. Completely silent, but visually loud. Final showing of Bri-Ko for “masters of physical comedy” Brian Posen, Brian Peterlin and Tim Soszko.

Paper Machete at Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 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. Past comedian appearances 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 acting and theater stars Rondi Reed, Austin Pendleton, Michael Shannon and Mandy Patinkin.  And this is just a short list!  Be on the look-out for audition announcements.  The producers are enthusiastic about finding new performers, famous already or not!

Seaton Smith at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:15 p.m. Seaton Smith was one of the stars of the television show Mulaney and is a popular comedian on the New York comedy circuit and around the country.

 

 

Rita Rudner and Louie Anderson at the Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, 7:30 p.m. More great comedians teaming up as a duo and rocking it in Chicago (alright, Waukegan).

 

 

Kellye Howard’s “UNmarried: The Naked Truth” at the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 7:30 p.m. Last performance! This one woman show debuted at the Chicago’s Women Funny Festival this past June and is now back by popular demand. Kellye has appeared frequently on the OWN network, including as one of the stars of My Life is a Joke. Her comedy stands out for her effervescence and honesty and that’s exactly what this show includes:  “In this 60-minute solo musical performance Kellye takes us on an emotionally hilarious roller coaster through the life of a newly married 30 something wrestling to balance career goals, family plans, and depression from a recent unfathomable death of a loved one.”

Blackout Diaries at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery (named “Chicago’s Best Drunk” by The Reader), he would be reason enough to go. This evening features an entire line-up of comedians and regular folk telling their own legendary drinking stories. Not only that, the audience has a chance to ask questions. Featured on NPR, Comedy Central and in all the major Chicago papers as one of the city’s great events. Saturdays throughout the month.

Michael Winslow at The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora, 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. You also know Michael Winslow from Police Academy, Spaceballs, Gremlins, Robot Chicken, Family Guy and more … and as “The Man with 1000 Side Effects.”

Daryl Wright at Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 111th St, Alsip, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Host of The Wright Turn podcast, NASCAR contributor and Jay Mohr sports award winner. You can hear his podcast at: www.wrightturnshow.com.

Cocoa Brown at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. This writer, comedian and actress has appeared on Tyler Perry’s For Better or For Worse on the OWN network and in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel Jackson. She also inspired and starred in Tyler Perry’s film Single Moms Club.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport, Midnight. 

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

iO Student Graduation Show at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m. You know I love a good graduation show. Tonight another group of brave souls who decided to pursue their dreams shows the world what they learned. Features a unique long-form improv piece.

Comedy of Chicago presents “The Show” at Henry’s Chicago, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. A weekly showcase curated by comedyofchicago.com. See site for week’s line-up and for info about the Chicago comedy scene.

Pat McGann at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. I’ve been a big fan of Pat McGann’s ever since his Emmy-nominated Chicago Stand Up Project which taught celebrities how to do stand up. He is a frequent guest on Chicago television and had a killer set on Letterman earlier this year.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

“Sylvia” creator, Nicole Hollander at North Center Senior Center, 4040 N. Oakley, 10:00 a.m. Artist, cartoonist and humorist extraordinaire in person! Nicole will launch her latest book, Women Who Still Love Their Cats Too Much. This Chicago treasure and author of the internationally syndicated Sylvia comic is as funny and engaging as her alter ego. She is also the author of many other bestselling humor books.This book launch is sponsored by The Book Cellar.

Two favorite personal memories: (1) Nicole taught one of the most enjoyable writing seminars I’ve attended (2) she allowed the Lill Street Gallery to transport her entire art-filled living room to its exhibit space and at random times of the day, you could find her there visiting her beautiful creations. We bumped into her having coffee mid-morning.

Kelsie Huff teaches “Memoir(ish): Telling True Stories at StoryStudio, 4043 N. Ravenswood, 6:30 p.m. Kelsie is the producer and host of “The Kates” and the head of Feminine Comique, Chicago’s all female stand-up comedy class. She has created three one-woman shows and performed comedy all over the country. She is also a frequent guest on Windy City Live. Students will learn how to “turn everyday experiences into personal and meaningful work.” Monday nights through November 9. See site for cost and additional details.

Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln, 7:00 p.m. Original, funny essays read aloud by their authors. Biggest challenge: the fabulous readings make me want to buy books and I always leave with a serious scary dent in our bank account.  Additional warning: remember to feed the parking meters which are invisible in the dark. I say this as someone who gave myself the birthday present of going to Essay Fiesta and got the gift of a parking ticket from the Chicago police. (Worth it!)

Sadsacks and Wisecracks at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Natalie Jose. If you haven’t seen her in person yet, you have seen her on Last Comic Standing and as one of the stars of the OWN Network’s My Life is a Joke. Splitsider recently named her  one of the country’s top up and coming comedians outside of NY and LA. This showcase features all genres of comedy. Monday nights.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Steve Cochran at Zanies, MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. WGN Morning Radio Show host appears with his producer, Kevin Powell, who will be making his comedy debut. Also appearing: associate producer Ross Cochran and others TBA.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. ChUC is known for its 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. 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

The Social Takeover at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited on stage to open their social media accounts … and hand them over to comedians for the next ninety minutes. You can scare your own family or watch someone else’s friends and families freak out. Either way, a great evening.

Brass Chuckles Comedy at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Weekly showcase featuring stand up, improv, musical comedy, burlesque and more. Hosted by Tamale. Tonight’s line up: Ali Clayton, Kaitlyn Grissom, Derek Smith, Shannon Noll, Martin Marrow.

Flabbey at the Abbey at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:30 p.m. Weekly showcase.  Check site for line-up.

The Sherbe(r)t Boys/Scout/FELT at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:30 p.m. Non-human improvisers who just may be puppets. Not suitable for children. Ernie and Bert needed counseling after they were mistakenly allowed to stay.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Jo Koy at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. Jo Koy’s career took off in 2005 when his set got a rare standing ovation on The Tonight Show. Much of his material is inspired by his experience as a single dad. He also raises awareness for The Lupus Foundation. Jo Koy will appear at The Improv through Saturday. Check site for show times.

Comedy Sportz at The Comedy Sportz Theater, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Two comedy teams create scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions. Audience chooses the winner.

Stage Fright: Unprepared, Blanking and Sketching as We Go at the Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark St., 8:00 p.m. Latest sketch show by the “Feminine Gentleman” Liz McArthur and Jill Valentine. Liz and Jill are Chicago comedy veterans and also the co-producers of the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. Liz and Jill as the “Feminine Gentleman” were a crowd favorite when they debuted at the 2012 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and are back by popular demand.

Alex Orozco: Chicago’s Favorite One Night Stand at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 8:00 p.m. A farewell show to this Chicago comedian who is moving to New York.

Just Dickin' Around at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. All genders showcase. The JDA showcase 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!

Eric Griffin at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. “Montez” from Comedy Central’s Workaholics. His comedy is “full of hilarious observations about life, love and self-evaluation.”

Stand Up Stand Up at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee, 9:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase. Check site for line-up.

John Hodgman: Vacationland at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, 9:00 p.m. The Daily Show's "Resident Expert" and host of the Judge John Hodgman Podcast brings his comedy to Chicago and promises to "meet audience members and sign things" after the show. John Hodgman has also appeared on The Late, Late Show@MidnightConan and This American LifeThe Village Voice said his stand-up special Ragnarok was one of the top ten of 2013.

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 night.  Tonight her guest is actor and comedian Derrick Aguis.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

The Defiant Thomas Brothers at Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 7:30 p.m. “The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child.

Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords.  A year later, they were gone. Now they’re back.”

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

American Red Cross Comedy Blood Drive at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Donate blood with fifty comedians who will be donating blood and laughs. Special guest to be announced.

Paper Machete at Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 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.

Past comedian appearances 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 acting and theater stars Rondi Reed, Austin Pendleton, Michael Shannon and Mandy Patinkin.  And this is just a short list!  Be on the look-out for audition announcements.  The producers are enthusiastic about finding new performers, famous already or not!

Pete Holmes, Liza Treyger and Kyle Kinane at Chicago Magazine Culture Festival, 610 S. Michigan Ave., 5:00 p.m. Acclaimed comedians, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane and Liza Treyger talk about their experiences at Chicago's famed Lincoln Lodge, their path to national recognition and their upcoming projects.  Plus: performance of new pieces by all.

Simmer Brown Showcase at Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park Rd., 7:00 p.m. Fabulous line-up just announced: Headliner: Sean White (his album is the acclaimed Dead and Gone and he is also known for BEEF at The Laugh Factory). Featuring: Kristin Clifford (The Lincoln Lodge). Plus: Dhaea Kang (singer-songwriter, winner of 2015 Kollaboration Chicago) and performances by Simmer Brown producers Prateek Srivastava, Sameena Mustafa, and Rishika Murthy. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for a special reception for ticket holders. Showcase is at 8:00 p.m. Consider buying your tickets now! Past showcases have sold out and the producers have had to turn people away at the door. Simmer Brown is a monthly podcast and showcase.

Godfrey’s Stand-Up Special: LIVE Taping at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Godfrey is much more than the guy on the 7UP commercials. He’s appeared in Zoolander and Johnson Family Vacation, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Louie. His one man show The Godfrey Complex was featured at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and GQ predicted he’ll become one of the hottest stand-up comics in the country. He’s also a Chicagoan whose Nigerian immigrant parents influenced him early by showing him lots of classic comedy.

Blackout Diaries at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery (named “Chicago’s Best Drunk” by The Reader), he would be reason enough to go. This evening features an entire line-up of comedians and regular folk telling their own legendary drinking stories. Not only that, the audience has a chance to ask questions. Featured on NPR, Comedy Central and in all the major Chicago papers as one of the city’s great events. Saturdays throughout the month.

Josh Alton at Riddles Comedy Club, 5055 W. 111th St, Alsip, 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Josh Alton is a football player turned comedian turned at-home dad and comedian.

James Davis at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. James Davis is a prolific writer and comedian. He writes for the BET Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards. His videos, including Baracka Flacka Flames was especially viral with over 10 million views. It was the # 2 viral video of 2010, according to AOL. He was also a regular on Chelsea Lately and has a reoccurring role on The Real Husbands of Hollywood. He is also a frequent contributor to Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die.

Neil Hamburger with Major Entertainer Mike H at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 10:00 p.m. Neil Hamburger may or may not actually be the Australian musician and comedian Gregg Turkington. I face big consequences if I tell. Major Entertainer Mike H is a singer and dancer unlike any you’ve seen.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

3033 Finale at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. The improv ensemble know as 3033 will end their decade-long run with this finale. The Chicago Reader called them a “comedy supergroup.”

CANCELED Comedy of Chicago presents “The Show” at Henry’s Chicago, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. A weekly showcase curated by comedyofchicago.com. See site for week’s line-up and for great info about the Chicago comedy scene.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

The Second City’s Improv All Stars at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. 8:00 p.m. Directed by the great Mick Napier and featuring Second City’s best including: Ryan Archibald, Blair Beeken, Brooke Breit, Brendan Dowling, Peter Kim, Kelsey Kinney, Julie Marchiano, Rachael Mason, Abby McEnany,Rachel Miller, Scott Morehead, Adam Peacock, Dana Quercioli, Nick Rees, John Sabine, Adam Schreck, Kevin Sciretta and Jamison Webb.

Sadsacks and Wisecracks at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Natalie Jose. If you haven’t seen her in person yet, you have seen her on Last Comic Standing and as one of the stars of the OWN Network’s My Life is a Joke. Splitsider recently named her  one of the country’s top up and coming comedians outside of NY and LA. This showcase features all genres of comedy. Monday nights.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. ChUC is known for its 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.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

The Social Takeover at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are invited on stage to open their social media accounts … and hand them over to comedians for the next ninety minutes. You can scare your own family or watch someone else’s friends and families freak out. Either way, a great evening.

Brass Chuckles Comedy at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Weekly showcase featuring stand up, improv, musical comedy, burlesque and more. Hosted by Tamale. Special event TBA.

Flabbey at the Abbey at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:30 p.m. Weekly showcase.  Check site for line-up.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m. A different line-up every Wednesday of six of Chicago’s top comedians.

 

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