Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tony Woods at Zanies!

Tony Woods will be at Zanies for a ONE week run starting March 25th!
Woods is a seasoned veteran in the comedy world, recognized by fans and peers as one of the best and most liked comics in the business. Tony has been on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Showtime at the Apollo, NBC’s Friday Night Videos, Just for Laughs, NYPD Blue, HACK, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the HBO Comedy Spot just to name a few credits.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch him at the legendary Chicago Zanies comedy club. Highly recommended.

Comedy Of Chicago 
Staff Writer

Monday, March 19, 2018

Get to the south side...

Jokes and Notes might be gone. But there are still some great rooms on the south side.

If your a comic who is really serious about performing stand-up comedy - and you have never performed at a south side room you really aint that serious & you're doing your self a disservice.

Nine times out of ten, such rooms will have a real "paid a cover" audience, a professional DJ, a dope ass host and real local stars who drop in to work out sets. Any serious comic who has performed at a black room and killed it - will tell you there is no feeling like it in comedy. And if you can confidently destroy in that type of room on a consistent basis - you can fucking kill anywhere.

Sure, some of the rooms are way out and maybe are a long drive or hard to get to on public transportation etc - So what, big deal... figure it  out like serious professional, go with a group, share a car, go Uber Pool whatever it takes. This art form is difficult as hell so push yourself and get out of all the lazy comfort zones. Joke and notes aint coming back, and shitty north-side mics are a dime a dozen right now. But there are some magical rooms going down on the south side that are the next best thing to what jokes 7 notes use to be...

Here are some recommended rooms you should check out...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Joe Zimmerman @ Zanies

ZANIES DEBUT: - Joe Zimmerman has TV credits from The Tonight Show , Conan on TBS, Comedy Central (2013), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Nickelodeon, and his own Comedy Central Half Hour Special. So basically he's a comedy monster and this will be a rare opportunity to catch him performing in the Chicago area - Zimmerman will be debuting at the iconic Zanies comedy club this week for 4 nights only. RECOMMENDED highly - so come out and support your local comedy club!

Rosement Zanies: Thurday March 15th (One night only)

Chicago Zanies: Fri March 16th to Sun March 18th

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


As part of it's year long 40th anniversary celebration - the iconic Chicago comedy club Zanies presents Gilbert Gottfried as part of it's LEGENDS OF COMEDY series for TWO SHOWS ONLY.
If you know anything about comedy you know at Gottfried is a living legend & a comics comic.
Tickets will not last. Highly recommended.
Thu, Mar. 8, 2018 and Fri, Mar. 9, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

BIG JAY OAKERSON at Zanies March 1st & 2nd

For TWO SHOWS ONLY - Comedian BIG JAY OAKERSON will be performing at the legendary Chicago comedy club ZANIES. Oakerson's story-based style of stand-up comedy has been seen on Comedy Uncensored, Underground with Dave Attell, " FX’s “Louie”, “Inside Amy Schumer” & “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He was also a featured storyteller on Comedy Central’s web series “This is Not Happening and he received critical acclaim for his performance as "Neil," the sexually ambiguous owner of a NYC rock club. He's also got more TV credits than you can shake a microphone at with appearances on Comedy Central's, BET's "Comic View and HBO just to name a few. Oakerson also performs stand-up comedy at Rock festivals all over the world and performed for a for a fourth time at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, performing on (and closing) the "Nasty Show", a festival favorite. Be sure to catch this RARE opportunity to catch Big Jay NEXT weekend at Zanies (MARCH 1 & 2)... RECOMMENDED.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Interview with Mona Aburmishan

Mona Aburmishan
Mona Aburmishan is a Chicago based stand-up comedian & producer who performs at comedy shows, competitions and clubs all around the world. In addition to comedy, Mona is a sought-after speaker on various socio-political topics in the United States and the Middle East.

Not only does Mona have a Master’s in International Development, is fluent in English, German and Arabic, she was also the first Arab and Muslim woman to perform stand up comedy at Carnegie Hall in New York and The Kennedy center in DC.

Mona maintains her love for Chicago by running her own stand up comedy and showcase called The Comedy Bowl.

Recently Mona traveled to to Dubai to record a brand new Comedy Central special. She was nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule for a brief interview via email.

Monday, February 5, 2018


Sarah Albritton and Catherine Povinelli are Chicago comics and co-creators of the comedy web series Super Narcoleptic Girl. Inspired by Albritton’s real-life struggle with Narcolepsy, their “Broad City” meets “The Incredibles” style web series is the story of a low-level Narcoleptic superhero who has the power to make people dance as she struggles to save the day and stay awake.

A special preview of Super Narcoleptic Girl screens tonight, February 5th at The Annoyance Theatre, 7:30PM. Stand up performances at the screening include Shannon Noll, Sonal Aggarwal, hosted by Kevin Kellam. In this interview, Albritton and Povinelli talk about putting together a web series from scratch and what it truly means to suffer from Narcolepsy.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Support Larry Reeb!

Zanies in Rosemont is hosting a benefit show show for Larry Reeb on January 30.

Uncle Lar, aka LARRY REEB, has been entertaining Zanies audiences for nearly 40 years. After a brave fight and a tragic illness, Cathy Reeb, Larry's wife, passed away on December 25, 2017.

Help Larry and his family handle the costs of medical expenses by attending this fundraiser in Cathy's honor.

There will be an all-star line up with some of Zanies and Chicago’s best headliners.
Legendary Chicago comedian PAT MCGANN will host the event.

All proceeds will go to the Reebs.

If you can’t attend, please consider donating to the GoFundMe created for Larry and Cathy.