Chicago comedy spotlight for February 27-March 5, 2017

Visitors this week: Clayton English, Joe Machi, and Adam Savage with Michael Stevens. Comedians returning to their comedy hometown: Megan Gailey, Jacob Williams, Mike Lebovitz, Kerry Ipema and Andy Woodhull.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff.

[LAST SHOW] Improv and Dragons at The Crowd Theater, 3935 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Improv meets DnD with new settings and story lines each week.

Mary Catherine Curran presents: My Kind of Content at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Audience suggestions inspire sketch, stand-up and storytelling about pop culture and the news. You can also see Mary Catherine Curran as Susan Messing’s guest of the week at this Thursday’s Messing with a Friend, also at The Annoyance. (See Thursday below.)

The Fancy Show at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. Comedy Bar interns spill what they’ve witnessed when it comes to both show and business.

Cowboys and Immigrants at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Saurabh Pande and Ian Owens take an honest, funny look at what it means to be an American man.

Manic Mondays at SLR Bar & Grill, 16409 Halsted, Harvey, 9:00 p.m. Taneshia Rice is back home hosting her weekly show after touring with Dick Gregory.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Chicago Underground Comedy presents Comedy Secrets at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. This is the show where comedians famously share secrets and the audience swears that it stays at ChUC. Chicago Underground Comedy is one of comedy’s most groundbreaking showcases where Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, TJ Miller, Dan Telfer, Kumail Nanjiani, just to name a few, got their start. Produced by Meredith Kachel.

Winner … of Our Discontent at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. The new 105th Mainstage revue. Tickets sell out fast. Check site for additional shows throughout the week.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

Ralphie Roberts at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Ralphie Roberts is a nationally touring headliner.

 

Jacob Williams at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Zanies’ Welcome Home Series featured Jacob Williams who got his comedy start in Chicago and became a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent.

 

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:30 p.m. Ricky Gonzalez hosts Blake Burkhart, David Drake, Cameron Gillette, Danny Kallas, Marilee and Bob Palos.

TJ & Dave at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 10:30 p.m. Long form improv by internationally renowned legends TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi who "improvise a one-hour play filled with elaborately imagined characters whose relationships reveal the wildly funny quirks of human nature." TJ & Dave have inspired both a book (Improvisation at the Speed of Life) and a movie (Trust Us, This is all Made Up).

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Clayton English at The Improv, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. This Last Comic Standing champion is from Atlanta.

The Kates on Broadway, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s all-women stand-up group is produced by Kelsie Huff. Tonight: Kelsie Huff, Shannon Noll, Soli Santos, Rachel McCartney, Brandi Denise, Elyse Nylin, Mona Aburmishan and more TBA

Joe Machi at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Joe Machi is an award-winning comedian who came in first at the 2013 NY Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comics Competition. He came in fourth in Last Comic Standing’s eighth season. Through Saturday.

Andy Woodhull at Zanies, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, 8:00 p.m. Andy Woodhull was the first comedian making his television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He got his comedy start in Chicago.

 

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up to 10 improvisers, each based on an audience suggestion. Thursdays through Sundays. Follow link for details, show times and a great explanation of what makes improv an art form like no other.

Just Dickin’ Around All Genders Showcase at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. Showcase at 8:30 followed by open mic at 9:45. 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." This outstanding show is free and there’s even free pizza. Donations appreciated and go to showcase guests. Tonight is hosted by Krista Atkinson (JDA member). Showcase guests: Adam Burke, Marla Depew (JDA member), Scott Duff, Paul Farahvar and Kristen Lundberg.

Megan Gailey at Zanies 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Zanies continues its “Welcome Home Series” with Megan Gailey who began her career here. She made her television debut on Conan last year and is now a cast member of MTV’s Ladylike. Shows through Sunday.

 

Stand Up for Refugees at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 10:00 p.m. All proceeds go to Refugee One, a non-profit assisting refugees with settling in Chicago. Featuring: Mona Aburmishan, Anthony Bonazzo, Prateek Srivistava, Paul Farahvar and more TBA.

Messing with a Friend at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 10:30 p.m. This is a show where the improvisers morph from character to character before your eyes. Believable and magical at the same time. A little bit dangerous, too. Anything can happen. Susan Messing was named “Best Improviser” by the Reader and “Improviser of the Year” at the Chicago Improv Festival. This week’s friend is Mary Catherine Curran, who has been a Second City cast member and performed with iO and The Annoyance. She has a one-woman show at The Annoyance on Monday nights: Mary Catherine Current presents: My Kind of Content.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

Funny Ha Ha at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 6:30 p.m. The literary humor storytelling series. Featuring Miss Spoken Co-Founder Carly Oishi, Second City's Pat Reidy, Lincoln Lodge co-founder Mark Geary, Huffington Post reporter Kim Bellware, The Onion's creative marketing director Hassan S. Ali, Dance Dance Party Party den mother Jennon Bell Hoffmann, “Dubious film maker” Steve Delahoyde and host Claire Zulkey.

Mike Lebovitz at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Mike Lebovitz got his start here where he was a member of Comedians You Should Know and now lives in New York. He was one of my favorite contenders on Last Comic Standing.

Joe Machi at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Joe Machi is an award-winning comedian who came in first at the 2013 NY Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comics Competition. He came in fourth and was a stand-out  and a favorite in Last Comic Standing’s eighth season. Through Saturday.

Andy Woodhull at Zanies, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, 8:00 p.m. Andy Woodhull was the first comedian making his television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He got his comedy start in Chicago.

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up to 10 improvisers, each based on an audience suggestion. Thursdays through Sundays. Follow link for details, show times and a great explanation of what makes improv an art form like no other.

Clayton English at The Improv, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The Last Comic Standing champion is here through Sunday.

Friday Funnies at the Mette at The Wilmette Theater, 1122 Wilmette Ave., 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Jennifer Weigel. Features Chicago’s funniest stand-ups.

Megan Gailey at Zanies 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Zanies continues its “Welcome Home Series” with Megan Gailey who began her career here. She made her television debut on Conan last year and is now a cast member of MTV’s Ladylike. Shows through Sunday.

Creepin at Under the Gun Theatre, 956 N. Newport, 9:00 p.m. “Creepin' is an improvised comedy show where we bring your bad social media habits to life! Every week a volunteer from the audience will fill us in on someone who they've been creepin' on social media. The UTG Ensemble will then perform a show inspired by that social media profile."

The Kym Experience at Second City’s Judy’s Beat Lounge, 230 W. North Ave., 9:00 p.m. The new show by Kimberly V. Banks (EbonyEssenceJet). An up close comedic, musical look at the life of a rock star. Tonight’s special guest: Isabeau Darnevil. Directed by Briane Goodrum. Through March 17.

Word Play at The Revival, , 10:00 p.m. Hip hop, stand-up and spoken word hosted by WGCI’s Leon Rogers. Tonight includes an appearance by comedian and Windy City Live guest host Erica Watson.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

Late Late Breakfast’s Fourth Tournament of Champions at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 2:00 p.m. Comedy challenges determine who will be crowned King of Breakfast. LLB is soon to be a television pilot.

Brain Candy Live! at The Oriental Theater, 24 W. Randolph St., 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. With Adam Savage (tested.com, Mythbusters) and Michael Stevens (VSauce). Described as “TED talks meets the Blue Man Group.” Interesting fact: comedians who have performed at the Oriental Theater include The Three Stooges, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fanny Brice and Danny Kaye.

Clayton English at The Improv, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The Last Comic Standing champion. Through Sunday.

Joe Machi at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Joe Machi is an award-winning comedian who came in first at the 2013 NY Comedy Festival’s Funniest Comedian Competition and the 2010 NY Underground Comedy Festival’s Emerging Comics Competition. He came in fourth in Last Comic Standing’s eighth season. Through Saturday.

Megan Gailey at Zanies 1548 N. Wells, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:15 p.m. Zanies continues its “Welcome Home Series” with Megan Gailey who began her career here. She made her television debut on Conan last year and is now a cast member of MTV’s Ladylike. Shows through Sunday.

Andy Woodhull at Zanies, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Andy Woodhull was the first comedian making his television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He got his comedy start in Chicago.

Mike Lebovitz at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Mike Lebovitz got his start here where he was a member of Comedians You Should Know and now lives in New York.

Jury Doody at The Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 7:30 p.m. A Main Stage theatrical and a long form improv piece which “flash[es] forward and backward into the lives of 10 unlikely jurors to see how we are more alike than different. Nine professional comedians play 118 characters in a story packed with wild fantasy, unlikely heroes, and a hint of the 90’s.” Saturday nights.

The Therapy Players at The Open Door, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s award-winning and only all-psychotherapist improv troupe.

Fuck Trump: A Collection of Songs to Demonstrate What a Horrible Person Donald Trump Is at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Directed by Mick Napier, the world renowned founder and director of The Annoyance.

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 10:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up to 10 improvisers, each based on an audience suggestion. Thursdays through Sundays. Follow link for details, show times and a great explanation of what makes improv an art form like no other.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship and Shoes at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 2:00 p.m. This comedic tribute to SATC and Cosmopolitans will include audience participation. Starring Kerry Ipema. Article about the show here.

Improv Nerd at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 5:30 p.m. A behind-the-scenes, passionately honest look at life in improv. Today Jimmy Carrane interviews Second City star Shantira Jackson.

Clayton English at The Improv, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. The Last Comic Standing winner.

Mike Lebovitz at The Comedy Bar, 500 N. LaSalle, 7:30 p.m. Mike Lebovitz got his start here where he was a member of Comedians You Should Know and now lives in New York.

Group Improvised Comedy at Comedy Clubhouse, 1462 N. Ashland, 8:00 p.m. Long form improv (20-25 minutes) by three teams of up to 10 improvisers, each based on an audience suggestion. Thursdays through Sundays. Follow link for details, show times and a great explanation of what makes improv an art form like no other.

Megan Gailey at Zanies 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Zanies continues its “Welcome Home Series” with Megan Gailey who began her career here. She made her television debut on Conan last year and is now a cast member of MTV’s Ladylike.

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