Your Chicago comedy calendar for October 5th-11th

For every event below, there are fifty more that caught my eye. When something catches yours, please check out the venue’s complete calendar. You'll be glad you did.

Chicago comedy news:

Beth Stelling’s Comedy Central half-hour airs on Saturday, October 10th at 11:30 p.m. CST and Dan Telfer’s third album Ocean of Panic debuted last week to rave reviews and fast jogged to the top of the charts. Both Dan and Beth started in Chicago and were cast members of Chicago Underground Comedy.

The Chicago Comedy Film Festival (November 6-7) has released its line-up. Trailers are available here.

Next Sunday, Jimmy Carrane's Improv Nerd features an interview and improv with T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi of international "T.J. and Dave" fame. This is a chance to see three of Chicago's most renowned improvisers together and is a definite buy-tickets-now situation.

There are several new plays with Chicago comedy connections. Ricky March, who also produces the “Flabby at the Abbey” showcase, is one of the stars of Jest A Second. Vicki Quade follows up Late Nite Catechism with the interactive Bible Bingo. Unspeakable at The Broadway Playhouse brings Richard Pryor back to life. (Richard Pryor grew up in Peoria.) You can also still see  Funnyman with Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt. The last show is on October 25th.

Visitors to Chicagoland this week include Roseanne Barr, Lewis Black, Dave Attell, Ron White, Sinbad, Jim Breuer, Russell Peters and more.

Late-breaking news: since posting, I've learned that Earthquake will join the line-up of the "Chi-Town Comedy Takeover" on Friday. The evening also stars Bruce Bruce and Chicago natives Lil Rel Howery and Deon Cole.

Did you know there is a daily Chicago comedy event you can attend from home ... or from anywhere? Chicago's Comedy Scene Radio is a nonstop comedy radio station with a focus on comedians with Chicago connections. Tune in every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with Comic Sense Live hosts Steve Touhy and Tony Carr to hear current events, personal stories, interviews with local and nationally headlining comedians, and what's trending on social media. During the other 22.5 hours, the station plays comedy from Chicago comics. The web site and app will also get you Comic Sense Live on demand and comedian bios. I downloaded the app last week and highly recommend it. CCSR also produces events throughout the month.

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

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5

“Hilarity Will Hit Your Ear Tonight” at the Double Door, 1551 N. Damon, 7:00 p.m. Free monthly showcase. Hosted by Jon Griffin. Featuring David Drake, Merrit Landsteiner, Jonathan Euseppi, Tyler Jackson, Danette Mark, Andrew Farraher, Desmond Dailey.

 

“Mondays with Bella” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 8:00 p.m. Improv group Bella shakes it up with two other improv teams every Monday.

“Sadsacks and Wisecracks” at High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Weekly comedy showcase hosted by Natalie Jose. Natalie is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy, starred in the OWN network’s My Life is a Joke and was one of the great Chicago comedians on Last Comic Standing this summer. Featuring: Amy Shanker, Mike Wiley, Ahamed Weinberg, Kevin Brody, Maggie Ednie.

“MiHiChi” at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Michael Issac and Calvin Evans present a night of stand-up, sketch, music and videos. “MiHiChi” has been selected as part of the city’s “Chicago Artists Month 2015” which highlights the creativity of Chicagoans.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

“Unspeakable” at The Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, 7:30 p.m. A play about Richard Pryor. Unspeakable is an “unflinching ride through the emotional landscape” of his life with a focus on 1967-1982. Richard Pryor almost never knew a time free of turmoil. He grew up in Peoria and was raised in a brothel run by his grandmother. His imagination and comedy were how he almost conquered his demons. In case you're also wondering, this play is not endorsed by Pryor’s family or estate. Through November 8.

“Bit Tank” at iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Comedians sell their material for cash. Comedy and drama.

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

“The Incubator” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 8:00 p.m. A weekly improv showcase which “matches up and coming players with up and coming coaches.”

104th Mainstage Revue at The Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. Directed by Jeff-award winning Director Ryan Bernier. Shows throughout the week.

“Secrets, Lies and Alibis” at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln, 8:30 p.m. “A comedy show inspired by your secrets.” Tonight’s line-up: Martin Morrow, Reena Calm, Jay Washington, Matt Griffo, Seth Origitano.

Russ Williamson at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Russ Williamson came to Chicago in 2005 to do comedy and landed on Chicago Fire, Boss (with Kelsey Grammar) and on the big screen in Contagion.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Birth place of groundbreaking comedy. Original comedy home of Beth Stelling, Cameron Esposito, Dan Telfer, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani and many more. Come see the current extraordinary cast and the always stellar line-up. Tonight: Kyle Scanlon, Natalie Jose, Todd Thomas, Mikey Manker, Josh Ballew, Deanna Ortiz.

“TNT” (“Tuesday Night Thing”) at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Promises “an explosion of improv.”

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

The Second City Neighborhood Walking Tour leaves from Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 4:00 p.m. Led by Margaret Hicks, author of Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History.

Funnyman at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 1:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Starring Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt.

Roseanne Barr at the Northshore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 7:30 p.m. The great, great Roseanne Barr. Long before she was a judge on Last Comic Standing, she was breaking barriers for women and for all comedians with her stand-up and award-winning show Roseanne, which had an extraordinary 45 wins including Emmys, Golden Globes and more. Roseanne Barr is all about speaking up and demanding respect for who you are and she lives what she preaches.

Did I tell you about the time I accidently wandered backstage at Roseanne while they were filming? I was visiting L.A. for the first time and my brother’s friend who was a writer on the show got me tickets. The guard at the gate gave me directions, but I got disoriented in the parking lot. The only studio door I could find had a brightly lit red neon light which said something like “RECORDING.”

I had sense enough to wait for the light to turn off before I opened the door and entered. And found myself in the middle of the Conners’ living room. I realized my mistake immediately and tried to head towards what I thought were the audience seats. A P.A. sprinted past me, turned around and asked, “Are you lost?”  “Yes!” He handed me an official visitor’s “Roseanne” wristband and directed me to the craft table and invited me to pick out anything. I still have that bag of pumpkin seeds.

Meanwhile, another P.A. zoomed past us, frantic and shouting, “I need Tom’s food!” (As in Tom Arnold.) The first P.A. walked me to my seat and despite my ignominious entrance, I got to witness one of the most groundbreaking shows in television history. If I needed more reasons to love Roseanne, there’s her line about God being a single parent which I was at the time (a single parent, not God). I appreciate her more than she could ever know.

Roseanne

“Drunk Science” at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery. The science behind the shenanigans.

“Flabby at the Abbey” at The Abbey, 3420 W. Grace, 8:00 p.m.  Showcase produced and hosted by Ricky March.

“The Social Takeover” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. A panel of comedians will take over your Facebook page and social media. After it's over, you may have to move with no forwarding address, but you will have made lots of memories. No worries. Volunteers only.

Kevin Bozeman at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. I first saw Kevin Bozeman years ago and his set has stayed with me. Always very funny and memorable. One of the great Chicagoans featured on Last Comic Standing this summer.

“Action Cops” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. The impossible is achieved: a buddy cop movie is on a stage. And improvised.

“UnscripTED” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Parody of motivational speakers in the style of “TED Talks.” Three speakers battle for title of “Most Inspired Talk.”

Russ Williamson at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m.

“Comedians You Should Know” at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:00 p.m.  Line-up TBA. Showcase title says it all.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Listen and Discuss: Amy Schumer at Zanies Standup Comedy Learning Center, 1543 N. Wells, 6:00 p.m. The Center offers comedy classes and discussions.  Moderated by comedian Amy Shanker. This discussion is free and open the public.

“Funnyman” at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 7:30 p.m.

Rich Aronovitch at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120B, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. Rich Aronovitch is a regular on TV and radio and has performed in comedy festivals from here to South Africa.

Dave Attell at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. and JUST  ADDED: 10:30 p.m. Dave Attell describes his comedy special Road Work, currently on Netflix, as “raw and unfiltered” and “over the top” which also describes his style. Entertainment Weekly called him one of the “25 Funniest People in America.” He created the Comedy Central Series Insomniac with Dave Attell, (2001-2004), a boozy pilgrimage through clubs and bars. He has appeared on just about every late night show and also on Arrested Development and in Chris Rock’s Pootie Tang.

America’s Got Talent All Stars Tour at The Chicago Theater, 175 N. State, 8:00 p.m. Includes comedian Taylor Williamson, comedic balancing act The KrisStef Brothers and musicians Emily West, Recycled Percussion and more.

Derek Lengwenus at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Derek is a Chicago comedian originally from Montreal. When he’s not doing stand-up, he’s studying at Second City. He is the winner of “Best Comedy” at the Montreal Fringe Festival and of the “Audience Choice” award at Just For Laughs Festival. He is also known for his characters such as “German Father” who became the subject of his one-man show. He (Derek, not German Father) currently headlines around the country.

Tony Hinchcliffe at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Writer for the Comedy Central roasts. (1) You know it will be a great show. (2) Try not to get noticed.

Ricky March in “Jest a Second” at Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview, 8:00 p.m. Chicago comedian Ricky March, the producer and host of the “Flabby at the Abbey” stand-up showcase, is one of the stars of this play about how a son’s plan to come out to his parents “goes off the rails.” Check site for more show times through November 8.

Russ Williamson at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m.

Stand Up Stand Up at The Crocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave., 9:00 p.m. Weekly showcase. Line up TBA.

Parlour Car at Bar DeVille, 701 N. Damen, 9:00 p.m. Weekly showcase. Line up TBA.

“The Wiggle Room” at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 9:30 p.m. Comedy/burlesque brought to you by Michelle L’amour (Burlesque Hall of Fame) and hosted by Adam Burke. (The Reader’s Best Stand-Up in Chicago (2014), Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.)

“Singles Only” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 10:00 p.m.  Horror stories from the dating world. Audience members will have a chance to share their own relationships from the devil and win prizes. Master plan: (1) Comedy heals the pain (2) Enjoy the mixer after the show. Tonight’s line-up: Adam Burke, Paul Farahvar, Michael Larimer and more TBA.

“Messing with a Friend” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m. Susan Messing with Emily Walker of Second City’s Mainstage ensemble.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

The Kates at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m. Chicago’s all-female comedy troupe. Produced by Kelsie Huff. Tonight’s line-up: Linsday Thobe, Julie Jurgens, Mary Runkle, Melody Kamali, Kathy Pulkrabek, Tanya Lane, Jen DeLuca, Mary Lorenz. Hosted by Amy Sumpter.

The Defiant Thomas Brothers at The Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 7:30 p.m. This highly acclaimed show is in its last weeks! I recommend making it a priority!

Jim Breuer at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120B, Schaumburg, 8:00 p.m., 10:15 p.m. Jim Breuer created Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and has since appeared on film and starred in numerous specials. Another thing he’s done that sounds really interesting is More Than Me, a doc which follows him on tour while he takes care of his 87 year-old dad. Jim Breuer was named one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” by Comedy Central.

“Funnyman” at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 8:00 p.m.

“Bible Bingo” at Royal George Theater, 1641 N. Halsted, 8:00 p.m. The latest comedy from playwright Vicki Quade (Late Night Catechism). Audience members will play Bingo, win prizes and share religion stories. Catholicism not required.  Open run. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Tony Hinchcliffe at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Ron White at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr., Hammond, IN, 8:00 p.m. An original members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.  Interesting fact: this Texas native owned a pottery factory in Mexico before becoming a comedian even though he’d wanted to be a comedian since childhood. Heartwarming fact: his wife, singer Margo Rey, says he is “the best husband in the world” for his support while she battles cancer. He calls her short hairstyle “chemo-glam.” They were married shortly after her diagnosis.

Derek Lengwenus at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Dave Attell at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

“Chicago’s Best Stand Up” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. This week’s line up: Jay Washington, Emily Galati, Bryan Babylon, Mickey Housley, Pat Tomasulo and more TBA.

"The Chi-Town Comedy Takeover" at The Chicago Theater, 175 N. State, 8:00 p.m. Featuring stars of television and film, Chicagoan DeRay Davis (Jumping the Broom, Imagine That, Johnson Family Vacation, Entourage, Reno 911, The Boondocks), Bruce Bruce (BET’s ComicView, Think Like a Man, Top Five), Chicagoan Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show, Friends of the PeopleLast Comic Standing) and Deon Cole (Black-ish, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien).

LATE BREAKING NEWS: Earthquake is replacing DeRay Davis. Earthquake is one of the comedians who made Atlanta a major destination for comedy. Originally from Washington, D.C., he began his career in Atlanta where he became a regular at the prestigious Uptown Comedy Corner. He later opened Earthquake's Comedy Corner II. One of my favorite comedians, Rod Man, cites Earthquake as an important influence, as do many others. There is a story that during his time in the Air Force, Earthquake accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon, triggering a "Broken Arrow" situation. Is it a true story? Watch the 2013 interview below to find out.

Russ Williamson at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Tony Roberts at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Tony Roberts has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comic View, It’s Showtime at the Apollo and featured at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. After his Comic View performance, a fan told him he is her favorite comedian and gave him a gold chain with a microphone charm. He wears it at every performance.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Buster Keaton’s Battling Butlers with live musical accompaniment at The Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, Noon. In this 1926 film, Buster Keaton is millionaire Alfred Butler who wants a girl who wants nothing to do with his high falutin’ ways. Butler transforms himself into boxer “Battling” Butler which works until the actual “Battling” gets wind of it. Present-day comedians who cite Buster Keaton’s influence include Mel Brooks, Monty Python and even Jackie Chan. Buster Keaton also had a big impact on Walt Disney. You can see his influence in early Disney cartoons’ elaborate Rube Goldberg-type contraptions which Buster Keaton’s movies also celebrated.

Paper Machete at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway, 3:00 p.m. This fabulous weekly spoken-word showcase features comedians, actors and writers. Lots of famous names, but you don’t have to be famous to participate. If you would like to audition, be on the look-out for your opportunity at The Mash. This week's line-up: Chicago stand-up comedians Katie McVay and and Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me panelist Brian Babylon, improv duo Dominizuelan, playwright Ike Holter, Daniel Sharr, burlesque by Sarah O'Dwyer, Brad the Bird and musical headliners, The Wabash Cannonballs. Free.

“Fully Loaded” at The Second City, 230 W. North Ave., 4:00 p.m. Featuring the best of Second City sketch and song. New stuff along with material made famous by Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and more.

The Two-Hour Comedy Hour at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. Line up: Mike Timlin, Kristin Clifford, Trey Brown, Zach Peterson, Andy Fleming. Special guest: Deacon Gray. Debut of Dan Muller. Hosted by Katie McVay and J. Michael Osborne. Free.

Tony Hinchcliffe at Zanies, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont,’ p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Rich Aronovitch at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120B, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m.

Jim Breuer at The Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall Store K120B, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

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

Kellye Howard’s “UNMarried” at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, 7:30 p.m. This one woman show debuted at the Chicago’s Women Funny Festival in 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.”

"Funnyman" at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 2:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

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

Lewis Black at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., 8:00 p.m. Margaret Mead famously said all it takes to change the world are a few good, angry rants. If she didn’t say it, she should have. Then this Daily Show correspondent and Grammy winner would be known for changing the world … as he should be.

When I spoke with Dan Schlissel, the head of Stand Up! Records which is Lewis Black's label, he told me a very cool story about how he met Lewis Black and the road to the Grammy.

“Whirled News Tonight” at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. This satirical take on current events has won rave reviews from The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader and the Onion A.V. Club. Weekly.

Dave Attell at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Derek Lengwenus at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

“Cupid Has a Heart On” at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s longest running musical comedy is a sketch show about body image, love, relationships and the way they haunt us. Created by Chicago comedy icon Brian Posen who is also Stage 773’s creative director. He directs the play and provides the musical accompaniment. This production has toured nationwide. Most Saturdays through December. http://stage773.com/Cupid

Sinbad at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet, 8:00 p.m. Known for being both sunny and a force to be reckoned with, Sinbad (born David Adkins) began his comedy career when he was in the air force by performing at local clubs and in air force talent shows. He changed his name to Sinbad in tribute to the legendary Sinbad the Sailor and also because it was memorable. His comedy career started in earnest when he bested Dennis Miller in the comedy round of Star Search. He has starred in numerous television shows and movies. Interesting fact: he and his wife divorced, then remarried years later.

Russell Peters at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center, Hammond, IN, 8:00 p.m. Russell Peters is known for his observational and social commentary, which includes his experience as a Canadian of Indian descent. He was influenced early in his career by George Carlin who told him to get on stage as often as possible. He says that the watershed moment in his career was his appearance on Canada’s Comedy Now! During the early days of YouTube, the show uploaded his episode. His segment went viral and he has been selling out venues ever since. He was a popular judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2014.

“Shicago” at CIC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Tucker Millett. A showcase featuring “only the best underground stand-up comedians.”

Taylor Williamson with America’s Got Talent All Stars Tour at The Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, 8:00 p.m. Includes comedian Taylor Williamson, comedic balancing act The KrisStef Brothers and musicians Emily West and Recycled Percussion and more.

Tony Roberts at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

“The Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show” at Brainstorm Comics, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Mike Knish hosts this free comedy showcase (donations accepted). Featuring David Drake, Aaron Sutherland, Toby McMullen, Melody Kamali, Deacon Gray, Liz Ziner.

“Splatter Theater” at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:00 p.m. Grisly improv parodying Friday the 13th and its offspring.

“Improv Saturday” at CIC, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd., 10:30 p.m. CIC’s house ensemble plus a rotating line-up of visiting teams.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

The Second City Neighborhood Walking Tour leaves from Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 10:00 a.m. Led by Margaret Hicks, author of Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History. Last tour of the year!

"Sunday Morning Stories" at Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 10:00 a.m.  For new and seasoned storytellers with opportunities for storytellers-to-be. Second City says: "Watch the show, then sign up to perform at a future date." Note: more serious than other Second City events, but you can count on the good storytelling to connect and uplift. No doubt there'll be humor, too.  Please click to learn how to sign up for a slot. Hosts: Kevin D'Ambrosio, Justin Flowers, Lauren Huffman, David Slattery, Billy Sullivan and Ranjit Souri who is the creator and executive producer of the show. Technical Director: Zach Stinnett

"Sunday Morning Stories" is followed by ...

"The Sunday Morning Open Mic" at  Second City, 1608 N. Wells, 11:00 a.m. Please click to learn how to sign up for a slot. Hosts: Adam Bowman, Kevin D'Ambrosio, Justin Flowers, James Knowles, Val Jencks and creator and executive producer, Sanjit Souri. Technical Director: Zach Stinnett

“Funnyman” at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 2:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Improv Nerd at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 5:00 p.m. Jimmy Carrane interviews T.J. and Dave of international T.J. and Dave fame. The New York Times called T.J. and Dave’s one-hour improv show “miraculous.” Time Out Chicago said,  “ … two of the world’s finest practitioners of long-form improv.”

“Tuxedo Cat Comedy” at 1935 W. Thomas St., 7:00 p.m. Free showcase. Line up: Adam Burke, Tim Barnes, Deacon Gray, Andy Boyle, Meaghan Strickland, Brad Groesch, David Philips. Hosted by Jerry Tran.

Comedy of Chicago Showcase at Henry’s, 18 W. Hubbard, 8:00 p.m. Showcase curated by the comedyofchicago.com.

Tony Roberts at Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Dr., 8:30 p.m.

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

“NaSkeWriMoChi” at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m. Celebration and showcase of writers who took the NaSkeWriMo challenge of writing 30 sketches in 30 days.

 

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