Chicago comedy calendar for Wednesday, June 9-Monday, June 14, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: “Trevor Noah presents Josh Johnson” debuts on Comedy Central on Friday, June 18. Josh Johnson got his comedy start in Chicago and is now a writer on The Daily Show. He has also been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is at Zanies in Rosemont this week.

Too many shows to list at these Chicago comedy hubs. Please follow links for all details. Please confirm all detail!

Zanies Chicago: Super 6 Showcase, Calvin Evans, Melissa Villasenor

Zanies Rosemont: Laughmore Showcase, Josh Johnson

Riddles: Robert Kane, Joe Hill, Uncle Rails

The Comedy Shrine: Nick Thune and more

The Comedy Bar

Laugh Factory

Second City

Lincoln Lodge

The Improv: The Christi Show, Steve Byrne

PLUS here are fourteen more online and in person:


Gina Yashere and Maria Bamford 6:00 p.m. ONLINE The two comedians discuss Gina Yashere’s new book Crack-Handed. Gina Yashere is also the co-creator of Bob Hearts Abishola.

10th Anniversary of Bridesmaids IN PERSON Check listing for theater near you. Today and tomorrow.


Billy Crystal and Alan Zweibel at the 92Y, 5:00 p.m. ONLINE Pete Hammond talks with the two friends about their movie Here Today.

Two Weeks Notice at The Lincoln Lodge 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON Comedians’ horror stories about their day jobs. Also at Lincoln Lodge tonight: Sticks and Stones: A Roast Battle at 8:00 p.m. and Sorry for Killin at 9:00 p.m.

Blue Line Laughs at Independence Tap 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON “The triumphant return.” Free show.

Laugh Riot Grrrl ONLINE Follow link for details. Chicagoan Soli Santos is one of the comedians tonight! The festival goes through Sunday.


Laugh Riot Grrrl ONLINE Follow link for details. Catherine Povs Povinelli, who got her start in London and Chicago, is one of the comedians tonight! The festival goes through Sunday.

Whoopi Goldberg at 92Y, 5:00 p.m. ONLINE Discussion of the new Amazon Prime series Them. With actor Ashley Thomas and creator Little Marvin.

The Young Hustle Show at The Laugh Factory 11:00 p.m. IN PERSON The much acclaimed show returns! See what Zach Freeman said about the show in the Chicago Tribune.


Sonya D at The Rose Hotel, Rosemont 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON The Stand Up and Laugh Tour. An anniversary celebration of Sonya D’s 25th year in comedy. She has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, BET and is a nationally touring headliner. With Mike Samp, Melissa Richelle and Muhammed.

Alonzo Bodden at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, 6:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Louie Anderson 8:00 p.m. ONLINE Live from Las Vegas.


Chicago’s Best Standup at The Laugh Factory 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON This show is full of headliners:

7:00 p.m. Kristin Toomey, Marty DeRosa and Abi Sanchez. Plus more TBA.

9:00 p.m. Paul Farahvar, Kristen Toomey, Marty DeRosa, Max Walter, Sarah Perry

Mikey O’s Comedians for Communities at Joe’s Bar on Weed, 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON Etonces: A Story Show.


Monday Night Funnies 7:00 p.m. ONLINE Fabulous, hilarious host Jessica Winther and the always diverse, excellent lineup are must-see comedy. I’ve never missed this show. Tonight’s theme: California Girls. Free. Denise Medina Productions and A Mark Klaber Production.

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