Comedy is back! 101 hot ticket alerts for Chicagoland!

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 11 Louis C.K. at Zanies Rosemont. UPDATE 7/2/21: Early shows sold out. Additional late show added here.

July 12-14: Louis C.K. at Zanies Chicago. UPDATE: 7/2/21: Early shows sold out. Additional late show added here.

July 15-17: The Tammy Tour at The Improv, Schaumburg

July 16: Lauren Hooberman hosts Scott Duff, Colleen Brennan, Bridget McGuire, Jessica Besser-Rosenberg, Amy Sumpter at aliveOne

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 4: Second City’s 109th Revue! Tuesdays-Sundays. More details about show and bonus third acts here.

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

2022

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

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