Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 30-Sunday, October 3, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: Saturday Night Live announced its new cast members, including Chicagoan and Northwestern grad Sarah Sherman a/k/a Sarah Squirm whose time here always meant sold-out shows. Chicagoan Beck Bennett announced that he is leaving the show.

Josh Johnson was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered today. He is currently touring with Trevor Noah on the Back to Abnormal Tour which comes to the United Center on November 20.

Ticket alerts: Sarah Cooper at The Den Theatre on November 12-13.

Following is just a fraction of all the original comedy happening in Chicago this weekend. Please confirm all details.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Tuxedo Cat Comedy at Beauty Bar, 8:00 p.m. Standup with Kristen Toomey, Rebecca Fass, Nick Ogle, Suz Ballout, Vivian Sille, Tok Moffat. Hosted by Jerry Tran.

It’s That Time of the Month at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. “A variety show for the gals.”

Greg Warren at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Through October 3. Follow link for all show times.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

High Fiber Comedy at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. Starring Jan Slavin, Bill Gorgo, Michelle Krajecki, John Petlicki and Bob Jay.

Drink Date Laugh at Laugh Factory, 7:00 p.m. The interactive comedy game show produced and hosted by Paul Farahvar.

Hasan Minhaj at The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The King’s Jester Tour. Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Vicki Quade’s Holy Ghost Bingo at Greenhouse Theater Center, 8:00 p.m. Halloween fun and laughs for every age!

The Young Hustle Show at Laugh Factory, 9:30 p.m. Featuring St James Jackson, Nick Ogle, Clay Hurlbut, Skyler Higley, Calvin Evans and more comedians to be announced!

Holy F*ck Comedy Hour at The Annoyance, 11:59 p.m. The famous interactive show is back!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

Laugh Your Face Off at Park West, 7:00 p.m. AND ONLINE Pat and Amy Tomasulo’s annual benefit for the Facial Pain Research Foundation. Tickets are sold out in-person, but this year the event will also stream live with Pat Tomasulo, Chastity Washington, Calvin Evans, Kyle Ayers and Jim Flannigan.

Cameron Esposito at The Den Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Cameron Esposito returns to her hometown. She is a star of every medium: stage, TV, film and page.

Faded by T Murph at The Promontory, 7:00 p.m. This Chicago comedian is also known for his starring role on Hulu’s Woke.

An Evening with Paula Poundstone at The Athenaeum Theatre, 7:30 p.m. One of the fastest minds in comedy. Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! She was inducted into Sirius Radio’s Comedy Hall of Fame and her career is featured at the National Comedy Museum.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3

Emma Willmann at Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. From Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Second City Grad Revue Shows 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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