The Art of Hosting

Hosting a Comedy show is an Art. Too many people think they can host, just as too many people think they can do Comedy. It is a thankless job, but it’s the most important job. You are responsible for clearing the muck ahead to make sure the Feature and Headliner have to do as little work as possible to have an attentive audience, and have a great set. You are the lone Salmon swimming upstream. Sometimes you will break them and get them on board, sometimes you won’t. But the important part is you have to try. And even if you don’t there’s this weird thing where the audience doesn’t take the Host seriously and once you leave they are completely on board with the next comic. I was first asked to Host at Zanies a few years ago. I was nervous but I was absolutely confident that I could do it. So I went in even when I wasn’t performing to watch Pat McGann. To me, he is like the Michelangelo of Hosting a show. You’re just in awe and like “Ohhh, so that’s how it’s done”

John Roy at Zanies

Bald headed comedy monster John Roy will be at Zanies for 5 exclusive shows...
Roy (a Chicago native) has been on everything from Conan to Comedy Central + he has a NEW album about to drop. Don't miss this opportunity to catch him at the legendary Zanies comedy club. Recommended.
Mon Sept 17th
Tues Sept 18th
Wed Sept 19th
Sun Sept 23rd
Mon Sept 24th
Get tickets here.

Tom Rhodes at Zanies!

Tom Rhodes is celebrating his 30th year as a stand up comedian and shows no signs of slowing down. He's got an album on iTunes, an hour special on Netflix and tours around the world performing his special brand of stand-up comedy. Rhodes has featured on Comedy Central, Showtime, had his own sitcom TV show on NBC, his own Late Night Talk show and is an all around comedy bad ass. Tom will be at Zanies all weekend (Sept 7-9th). Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see a him in action. Recommended.
Fri - Sun - Get tickets here.

Video Spot Light - Russ Williamson

Love this dude - Chicago's own Russ Williamson just wrapped up a 3 day run at Zanies - This video is a year old but its a goodie. For forty years, Zanies is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer and has booked some the most legendary comedians in America - check out a show.

Tim Dillon at Zanies!

Tim Dillon headlines the legendary Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago all week. Dillon is a NY-based comic who was a breakout at the 2016 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Recently he won the title of 'NY’s Funniest' at the New York Comedy Festival. Tim has also performed on the Oddball Comedy and Oddity Tour, and was featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, 'The Chris Gethard Show, Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Knockout for TruTV, and season 2 of WYFD with Big Jay Oakerson 

He is also the host of his own podcast "Tim Dillon is Going to Hell". Rolling Stone magazine recently named him one of the ‘Ten Comics You Need To Know and Tim’s Netflix quarter hour special on ‘The Comedy Lineup’ just debuted in July.

Highly recommended. Get your tickets here.
Zanies Chicago - 1548 N. WELLS ST
(312) 337-4027

Pat Tomasulo - Man of the People - In One Minute.

Chicago sports anchor & reporter and sometimes stand-up comedian Pat Tomasulo, has his own show on WGN now (been on about 9 months actually). If you're not familiar with the Man Of The People, check out this quick ONE MINUTE recap of Saturday's show. It may either compel you to watch, or think it's a steaming pile of crap. Pat would love to know either way.

Calvin Evans Headlines Zanies!

Chicago native, Calvin Evans will headline both Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont this weekend. Recognized as one of the hottest young comedians in the city and featured on Comedy Central, Calvin performs all over the country, had a co-starring role on Chicago P.D and most recently received high praise in the Chicago Tribune. Catch him this weekend at Zanies - Rosement and Zanies - Chicago. Highly recommended.

The NBA - Bad Lip reading

F*cking Hilarious. This is Laugh out loud gold. Having a bad day, watch this. It will put a smile on your face. A look back at some moments from the 2017-18 NBA season. From the geniuses at Bad Lip Reading. Facebook Page -