Comedy is back in person! I’ve reconnoitered the landscape and here are 101 hot shows likely to sell out in advance. Advisory: get tickets soon! As always, please confirm all details as the world re-opens. Please keep checking back. I’ll continue to add shows as I hear about them.
June 15 Ladylike at The Lincoln Lodge
June 18: “Father Jokes Best” starring Chicago’s Joe Nuccio and featuring Mike Maxwell with host JT Newton at Grapevine Theatre, Lake Geneva, WI
June 18: The Comedy of Freds 3 & 4 with Fred Klett and Son at The Castle, Beloit, WI
June 18: High Spirits Comedy at Spirit Water Taproom, Cary. A Funnier By The Lake Production.
June 18-20: Gary Owen at The Improv, Schaumburg
June 19: Las Locas Comedy with Lalita Dee, Hilary Jimenez, Susana Rodriguez, Anna Lucero, KB Marion and host Janice V Rodriguez at DSTRKT. Livestream also available.
June 19: Love and Laughter Festival with comedians Rodney Perry, TK Kirkland, Red Grant and musical acts Bone Thugs & Harmony and Twista at Soldier Field South Lot
June 22 and 24: Are You Garbage? at Zanies Chicago
June 25-26: Funny By Nature Tour: Just Nesh, Vivica Fox, Ashma Franklin, Kelly Kellz and Crystal Powell at Riddles
June 25-27: Tommy Davidson at The Improv, Schaumburg Almost sold out.
June 25: Janice Rodriguez hosts Mike Wiley, Sharup Karim and Joe Kilgallon at Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse, Highland Park. A Funnier By the Lake Production.
June 26: Paper Machete Returns to The Green Mill.
June 26: An Evening with Patti Vasquez. Featuring JT Newton and hosted by Denise Medina at The Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove
June 27: Stuck with Paul with Paul Farahvar, Pat Tomasulo, Kristen Toomey, Saku Yanagawa at Lincoln Lodge
June 28-29: Nacho Redondo at Zanies Chicago
July 2-3: Kristen Toomey at The Comedy Bar
July 3: Adam Burke and Victoria Vincent present The Latest and Greatest Showcase at Lincoln Lodge. Inaugural event tonight! First Saturdays of the month.
July 7: Yard Party at The Hideout. Celebrate the Hideout’s reopening with this new standup showcase hosted by Clare Austen-Smith and AJ Marroquin.
July 8-Jan. 9, 2022: Teatro ZinZanni with Frank Ferrante at The Cambria Hotel
July 9: The Annoyance Theatre reopens with The Green Show Live
July 9-10: Pat Tomasulo at The Comedy Shrine
July 9-10: Damon Williams, Sonya D and George Wilburn at Riddles
July 9-11: Michael Palascak at Zanies Chicago
July 10-August 22: Cooking With Bubbie starring Jan Slavin and Carla Gordon at The Skokie Theatre
July 15-17: The Tammy Tour at The Improv, Schaumburg
July 17: General Hospital’s Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson at Zanies Rosemont
July 17: Todd Barry at SPACE, Evanston. Almost sold out.
July 20: Ladylike at The Lincoln Lodge
July 20: Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro in “Och and Oy!” at Ravinia, Highland Park
July 22: The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Teri S. and Christine Peake. Hosted by JT Newton at The Lincoln Lodge. A Mark Klaber Production.
July 22-25: Damon Williams’ Chi-Town Laugh Fest at Riddles and Room 43
July 22-25: Rocky LaPorte at The Improv, Schaumburg
July 23: The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. Hosted by Denise Medina at Grapevine Theater, Lake Geneva, WI. A Mark Klaber Production.
July 23-24: Jess Hilarious at The Improv, Schaumburg
July 23-24: James Wesley Jackson at CG’s Comedy Club, Bolingbrook
July 23-24: Bobcat Goldthwait at Zanies Rosemont
July 24: The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. at The Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove. A Mark Klaber Production.
July 24: Haunted! The Improvised Ghost Hunters at Cornservatory. Through August 28
July 23-25: Dave Helem’s Dope Comedy Show Summer Series with Adam Burke, Calvin Evans, Damon Williams, Mo Good, musical guest Matt Muse at North Bar
July 29: The Maks and Val Tour at The Athenaeum Theatre
July 29-31: Samuel Comroe at The Improv, Schaumburg
July 31: JT Newton and Friends with Patti Vasquez and Denise Medina at Hidden Pearl Cafe, McHenry
August 1: Myq Kaplan with Alex Kumin and Jaime de Leon at Bethany UCC
August 5: Tuxedo Cat Comedy returns with Jerry Tran, Marilee, Matt Brown, Cameron Gillette, Sabeen Sadiq, Emily Ogle, producer Jackie Cooper at Beauty Bar
August 5: Comedy of Chicago’s Comedy Cocktails returns to House of Blues on Thursdays
August 5-7: Jamie Kennedy at The Improv, Schaumburg
August 6: Jeff Ross and Dave Attell Bumping Mics at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
August 11: Daniel Van Kirk and Andrew Youngblood at North Bar
August 11: Abby McEnany-curated comedy showcase at Chicago Humanities Festival, Navy Pier. Virtual introduction by Abby followed by live showcase.
August 12-13: Heather McMahan at The Athenaeum
August 12-14: Larry Reeb at Zanies Rosemont
August 12-15: Anthony Rodia at The Improv, Schaumburg
August 19-22: Aries Spears at The Improv, Schaumburg
August 19-21: Megan Stalter at Sleeping Village
August 24: Caleb Hearon at Sleeping Village
August 24-28: Tim Dillon at The Improv, Schaumburg All ten shows already sold out, but always worth calling the venue.
August 23-29: Jared Fried at Zanies Chicago All nine shows sold out, but always worth calling the venue.
August 27: Funnier By the Lake at with Katie Meiners (Host)
Conor Cawley, Kenyan Adamcik, Jeanie Doogan at Billy Corgan’s Madame Zuzu’s, Highland Park
August 28: Tom Dreesen: The Man Who Made Sinatra Laugh at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora
August 31: The Steve Dahl Podcast at Zanies Rosemont
September 3-6: Ms. Pat at Zanies Chicago
September 5: Chicago Greek Comedy All Stars Chastity Washington, with Aaron Foster, Kadeem Fuller, LeLe Mason and Mark Simmons (Phi Beta Sigma). Music provided by DJ B Real at Riddles
September 9: Michael Winslow, Mark Price, Mindy Rickles and Camilla Cleese at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
September 9: Leanne Morgan at The Vic
September 9-11: TJ Miller at The Improv, Schaumburg
September 10: Jim Norton at City Winery
September 9: Jo Koy at Peoria Civic Center
September 10: Kevin Nealon at North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie
September 11: Dave Chappelle at the American Family Insurance Ampitheater, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
September 12: Doug Benson’s “Doug Loves Movies” at Zanies Rosemont
September 13: Doug Benson at Zanies Chicago
September 17: Terry Fator at Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet
September 18: Maz Jobrani at North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie
September 18: Ron White at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
September 18: Angela Peel and Molly Kirk in the Pump and Dump Show at City Winery
September 24: Chris DiStefano at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
September 24: Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries at Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet
September 24-26: KevOnStage at The Improv. Almost sold out.
September 25: Jim Jefferies at The Chicago Theatre
September 25-26: Sexy Unique Podcast at Sleeping Village
September 26: Justin Willman: Magic For Humans at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
September 29: Cat & Nat Reunion Tour at The Athenaeum Theatre
September 30-October 2: Bryan Callen at The Improv, Schaumburg
October 1-2: Hasan Minhaj at The Chicago Theatre
October 2: Laugh Your Face Off Benefit by Pat and Amy Tomasulo in support of The Facial Pain Research Foundation/Trigeminal Neuralgia research at Park West
October 2: Paula Poundstone at The Athenaeum
October 3: Steven Wright at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
October 6: Rick Bayless’ “A Recipe for Disaster” at Windy City Playhouse. Wednesdays-Sundays. Tickets on sale July 15.
October 8-9: Erik Griffin at The Den Theatre. On sale July 9.
October 8: Jeff Foxworthy at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
October 8-10: DL Hughley at The Improv, Schaumburg
October 9: Kathleen Madigan at the Chicago Theatre
October 9: Nikki Glaser at The Vic
October 9: Darci Lynne at Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford
October 10: Bianca Del Rio at The Vic
October 12: Gary Gulman at The Vic
October 13: Liz Miele at Zanies Chicago
October 14-17: Maria Bamford at The Den Theatre. On sale July 9.
October 14: Gabriel Iglesias at The United Center
October 14: Nurse Blake at The Vic
October 15: Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
October 15-17: Jessica Kirson at Zanies Chicago
October 15: Gabriel Iglesias at Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford
October 15-16: The Heather McDonald Experience at City Winery
October 15-17: Jo Koy at The Chicago Theatre
October 15-17: Jim Breuer at The Improv, Schaumburg
October 16-17: Sweetest Day Comedy Jam with D.C. Young Fly, Kountry Wayne, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller and Tony Roberts at Arie Crown Theater
October 21-23: Jessica Kirson at Zanies Rosemont
October 21-23: Sam Morril at The Den Theatre. On sale July 9.
October 22: Randy Rainbow at The Chicago Theatre
October 22: Miranda Sings at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
October 22: John Crist at Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford
October 22-24: Bruce Bruce at The Improv, Schaumburg
October 23: Martin Lawrence hosts Lit AF Tour featuring Earthquake, Donnell Rawlings, B. Simone, Benji Brown at Credit Union 1 Arena
October 23: Miranda Sings at Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet
October 25-26: Ricky Gervais at The Chicago Theatre
November 2: Whose Live Anyway? at The Athenaeum
November 4: Mike Birbiglia Live! at The Chicago Theatre
November 4-7: Jacqueline Novak’s Get On Your Knees at The Den Theatre. On sale July 9.
November 5-6: Preacher Lawson at The Improv, Schaumburg Almost sold out!
November 5: Taylor Tomlinson at The Vic
November 5: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at The Coronado Center, Rockford
November 6: Kevin James at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
November 5: Iliza Schlesinger at The Chicago Theatre
November 12: Chelsea Handler at The Chicago Theatre
November 12-13: Jeff Garlin at Zanies Rosemont
November 12-13: Bert Kreischer at the Auditorium Theatre
November 12-13: Jeremy Piven at The Improv, Schaumburg
November 13: Colin Mochrie and master Hypnotist Asad Mecci at Raue Center, Crystal Lake
November 13: Andrew Schulz at The Chicago Theatre
November 14: Nate Bargatze at The Peoria Civic Center
November 18: David Sedaris at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
November 19: Adam Burke and Matt Braunger at Schuba’s
November 19: Bert Kreischer at Coronado Performing Arts Center
November 20: Brian Regan at The Chicago Theatre
November 20: Trevor Noah at The United Center
November 20: Al Franken at The Vic
November 21: Jim Gaffigan at the BOS Center, Springfield
November 21: Taylor Tomlinson at The Vic
November 22-23: Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall
November 24 and 26-27: Jim Gaffigan at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI (will post here if shows scheduled closer to Chicago than Milwaukee and Springfield!)
November 26-27: Craig Robinson at The Improv, Schaumburg
December 5: Ronny Chieng at Thalia Hall
December 10: Ashley Hesseltine and Rayna Goldberg: Girls Gotta Eat at The Chicago Theatre
December 10-11: Special Event TBA at Zanies Rosemont
December 11: Sebastian Maniscalco at The United Center
December 11: Whitney Cummings at The Vic
December 18: Fortune Feimster at The Vic
January 21: Tom Papa at City Winery
February 19: Letterkenny Live at The Chicago Theatre
February 25 #IMOMSOHARD at The Chicago Theatre
March 10: Adam Corolla at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
March 12: Small Town Murder at The Athenaeum Theatre
March 19: Frank Caliendo at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
March 25: Jay Leno at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan
March 27 Russell Howard at Thalia Hall
April 9, 2022: Patton Oswalt at The Chicago Theatre
April 15: Fran Lebowitz at The Auditorium Theatre
April 15: Tom Segura at Credit Union 1 Arena
April 28, 2022: Carol Burnett at The Chicago Theatre
June 14, 2022: The Haunting of Night Vale at The Athenaeum