The following is just a small sample of the Chicago comedy show bonanza taking place this week. Please confirm all details! I also have a gargantuan list of comedy tickets coming through 2022 here.
This week at the classics:
Riddles: Damon Williams Chi-Town Laugh Fest (Thursday-Sun)
Zanies Chicago: Angelo Tsarouchas with Paul Farahvar (Monday), Super 6 Showcase (Thursday), Ian Fidance (Fri-Sun)
Zanies Rosemont: “My Kind of Comedy” by Vince Acevedo (Tuesday), Laugh More Showcase (Wednesday), Pat Tomasulo (Thursday), Bobcat Godthwait (Fri-Sat)
Improvisation: Jess Hilarious (Fri-Sat)
PLUS these great shows:
MONDAY JULY 19
The Daily Show Aluns 8:00 p.m. ONLINE Daily Show co-creators Madeleine Smithberg and Lizz Winstead and original correspondents Beth Littleford, Brian Unger and A. Whitney Brown are celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary.
4 pieces of Laughs at Riddles, Alsip, 7 p.m. IN PERSON Presented by Connor Ford and Run the Light. Showcase followed by an open microphone.
Magic Silly Mondays at The Laugh Factory, 8 p.m. IN PERSON Hosted by Jeff Boog. Starring Marilee, Brian Babylon, Joe McMahon, Calvin Evans, Mike Samp and more.
TUESDAY JULY 20
Ladylike at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON This popular show about people’s crudest stories is always a sold-out success.
Best Night Ever at Lincoln Lodge, 8 p.m. IN PERSON The famous stand-up showcase returns.
Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro in “Och et Oy! A Considered Cabaret ”at Ravinia, Highland Park, 7:30 p.m. IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY JULY 21
Glad to be here at Second City, 7 p.m. IN PERSON
Wednesdays after work at Zanies Chicago, 8 p.m. IN PERSON The pre-show with drinks and music starts at 6.30 p.m.
THURSDAY JULY 22
The Nobodies… Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Teri S. and Christine Peake. Hosted by JT Newton at Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. These talented standups (and a comedian / supermodel) are sold out in Los Angeles! These comedians were the stars of Monday Night Funnies 2020-2021 and it’s a rare opportunity to see them in person. For bios, see Mark’s weekend post. A production by Mark Klaber.
Cooking with Bubbie at the Skokie Theater, 7:30 p.m. This show has received rave reviews. With Jan Slavin and Carla Gordon alternative evenings. Please follow the link for show times throughout the weekend.
Messing With a Friend at The Annoyance, 10:30 p.m. IN PERSON Two internationally renowned improvisers: Susan Messing and Rachael Mason.
FRIDAY JULY 23
The Nobodies… Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. Hosted by Denise Medina at the Grapevine Theater, Lake Geneva, WI. 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON. A production by Mark Klaber.
James Wesley Jackson at CG Comedy Club, Bolingbrook, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON.
Dope Comedy Series at the North Bar, 9 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem welcomes Mo Good, Adam Burke, Calvin Evans, Damon Williams and musical guest Matt Muse.
Steven Castillo at Lincoln Lodge, 8 p.m. IN PERSON From Saturday night live.
Funnier By The Lake Comedy Showcase at Madame Zuzu’s Tea Room, Highland Park, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Prateek Srivastava welcomes Lindsay Porter, Hari Rao, Brian Hicks.
SATURDAY JULY 24
The Nobodies… Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. at Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, 8:00 pm Produced by Mark Klaber. IN PERSON
Dope Comedy Series at the North Bar, 9 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem welcomes Matty Ryan, Erica Nicole Clark, Leon Rogers, Em Brown and musical guest FABLE
James Wesley Jackson at CG Comedy Club, Bolingbrook, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON
SUNDAY JULY 25
Funny women of a certain age 7:00 p.m. ONLINE Carole Montgomery welcomes Helen Keaney, Trish Keating and Vanessa Hollingshead.
Dope Comedy Series at North Bar, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem welcomes Correy Bell, Kevin Bozeman, Abi Sanchez, Clark Jones and musical guest Melody Angel.