Monday, April 18, 2016

Cocktail Comedy at House of Blues

Big show this TUESDAY at HOUSE OF BLUES - 04/19
Come after work to enjoy Cocktails & Comedy inside a swanky VIP lounge, featuring comedians from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, the Laugh Factory and more!

100% FREE - sponsored by House of Blues.
Doors 7PM - Show 8PM
Seating is first come first serve!

329 N Dearborn St, Chicago - Inside the "Foundation Room" at the House of Blues on 4th floor.
2 blocks from Grand Red Line stop.


AMAZING Lineup this week:
Taneshia Rice

Jonah Jurkens
Kristen Toomey
Dave Helem!
100% FREE 

More info.

Monday, April 11, 2016

What's Popping!

Check out what's happening in the Chicago Comedy Scene this week.

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Weekly Monday showcase at a legendary comedy venue. Puts together a great show.
Ricky Gonzalez headlines!!
Jeffrey Jay
Melody Kamali,
Marty O'Connor,
8PM at The Comedy Sportz Theatre

Sadsacks and Wisecracks
at High-Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL.
Great new showcase that has been putting together some real killer lineups...
FREE SHOW - What!?
Every Monday

at Harbee Liquors & Tavern
1345 W 18th Street, Chicago IL. 
8PM Sign Up - 8:30PM Show

Cocktail Comedy
Inside the Foundation Room
@ The House Of Blues
329 N Dearborn St, Chicago
Come after work to enjoy cocktails and comedy inside of one of the most exclusive VIP lounges in the Country. DJ Tony spins the beats before and after show. It all takes place inside the exclusive Foundation Room on the fourth floor at the House of Blues. No cover.
Doors @ 7PM Show @ 8PM
(Inside the "Foundation Room at the House of Blues)
Every Tuesday!

Chicago Underground Comedy
@The Beat Kitchen, 
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Doors @ 9:00
Show @ 9:30PM
$5 Cover

622 N. Fairbanks Ct. Chicago Il.
Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM.
$10 Cover @ door - $5 Online!

The Blind Bet Show
at the Pony Inn
"A stand up comedy show with no intention of revealing the headliner"
9pm at The Pony Inn - 1638 W. Belmont
Flabby at the Abbey
Showtime 8:30PM
Free Admission @ Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace Chicago Il.
Crab Juice Comedy Showcase @ Quenchers!!
at Quenchers Saloon - 2401 N. Western
First Wednesday of every month
Next show, March 4 - 8:30PM

Stand Up Stand Up
Every Thursday @ 9pm
The Crocodile
1540 N Milwaukee Ave
$5 at Door - $3 ONLINE

This Week's Show
Downstairs at Bar Celona
3474 N Clark, Chicago
every Thursday at 8:30 pm
No cover, $5 pitchers!

Rat Pack Comedy
at the Holiday Club Chicago - 4000 N Sheridan Rd.
Rat Pack Comedy is every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month!
8PM at The Holiday Club
Drink Specials!

Parlour Car
A stand up Comedy show
Every Thursday, 8PM, FREE!
@ Bar Deville
701 N. Damen

JDA (Just Dickin' Around) Open Mics and Showcases
Hydrate Nightclub in Boystown: 3458 N. Halsted St.
Every Thursday at 8:30 PM
1st and 3rd: All-Ladies Open Mic and Showcase
2nd and 4th: All-Genders Showcase and Open Mic
Sign up in person at 8PM. 
14 spots, 4 minutes each
8:30 open mic - 9:45 showcase
Free pizza!
More info -

Cupcake Cabaret Showcase
7PM, Comedy + Real Cupcakes!
2020 N. Oakley Ave. Chicago Il.
Great national comedy acts.
All Week Long!!
1548 North Wells St.

Up Comedy Club
Comedy all week long!
230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago
(312) 337-3992

The Comedy Bar
500 N LaSalle Street, Chicago IL.
In River North!
(312) 836-0499
Thur - Sat

The Laugh Factory
Comedy all week long!
3175 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
(773) 327-3175
The Lincoln Lodge
Chicago's longest running showcase.
2011 W. North Ave.
Every Friday!

Jokes and Notes
Comedy Wed - Sun!
4641 S King Dr, Chicago, IL
(773) 373-3390

At The High Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 4008
Comics + Real People tell true drinking stories
Every Saturday! 8PM!

The Two Hour Comedy Hour
Every Saturday! 7PM
At the Gallery Cabaret
2020 N. Oakley Ave, Chicago Il.

1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite 321, Chicago, IL
Doors @ 8 PM, Show @ 8:30 PM

Tuxedo Cat Comedy
at The Innertown Pub - 1935 W Thomas St., Chicago, IL 60622
Free. Smart. Comedy. 
Every 2nd and LAST Sunday of the month from 7-9 PM 
at the Inner Town Pub in the Ukrainian Village.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

JFL Auditions Week!!

Two BIG Just For laugh Auditions are happening this week. If you didn't know - JFL is the largest comedy festival in the world and the Montreal based festival holds auditions at clubs around the country to recruit top talent, which has been good for the entire Chicago comedy scene.

For comics, getting into JFL is an important career advantage, for fans is a great way to see all their favorite Chicago comedians in one place for free (or almost free).

This week Three big shows are going on.

AND we've got EXCLUSIVE Laugh Factory COMPS ($20 Value) If you've always wanted to visit the world famous Laugh Factory, but didn't have the $$$ now is your chance!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday Popping...

Whoah. Tuesday is looking extra dope tonight. If you haven't been to Zanies, tonight is a really good night to visit the historic club and catch two of the best Chicago comics on stage before they  inevitably move out of town. House Of Blues and Chicago Underground are also good bets. Check out what's popping.

Cocktail Comedy
Inside the Foundation Room
@ The House Of Blues
329 N Dearborn St, Chicago
Come after work to for cocktails and comedy inside a swanky VIP lounge. Sponsored show featuring comedians from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, the Laugh Factory and more! It all takes place inside the exclusive Foundation Room on the fourth floor at the House of Blues. No drink minimum, no cover.
Tonights Lineup:
Jonah Jurkens
Anthony Bonazzo
David Drake
Tanesha Rice
Doors @ 7PM Show @ 8PM
329 N Dearborn St, Chicago

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Night Shows

It's been a minute but we're back at it. Goal is to post comedy related content 5 days a week ,if not more. Got a show you want plugged? Drop us a line! here is what's popping for Tuesday night.

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Tight Show TONIGHT:
Kaitlyn Grissom - Hosts!
Lucas O'Neil
Casey Brown, 
Jarrell Scott Barnes
Patrick McManus 
Dane Arden, and 
Kristen Toomey Headlines! 

Sadsacks and Wisecracks
at High-Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL.
Great new showcase that has been putting together some real killer lineups...
Tonight! The hilarious and wonderful Matt Drufke headlines! Plus Brandi Denise, Jeff Hansen, Kristin Ryan, Abby Vatterott, a guesty from Rachel McCartney and Ian Leith plays some tunes. Don't miss it! Free show starts at 8pm at High-Hat Club. Open mic after
FREE SHOW - What!?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Dave Helem and Thank You Very Much

(Editors Note: Dave Helem, has come up hard and fast in the Chicago comedy scene the last few years through hard work and talent. He is also a consummate promoter - thus he typed up this shameless plug for a great show this Friday - enjoy)

In December 2013, I started “Thank You Very Much” at the NYCH Gallery in the historic Pilsen community of Chicago.  That was a great night. I had an already solid line up with some of my favorite comics. On our first show, the line-up was Calvin Evans, Clark Jones, Willie Lynch, Jr., and myself as the host. As an added bonus, we had some of the best drop-ins that I could ask for.  Hannibal Buress, Lil Rel Howery, and Shawn Morgan all popped in that night. It was a great show. People gave me feedback about what they liked, and what I could do to make it better.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

L.A.: The Pros & Cons

Move to L.A.?
The Chicago comedy scene is hot, there's no doubt about that. The resurgent "comedy boom" has been covered in the press and if you've spent any time "on the ground" inside one of the scores of bars and clubs that offer comedy shows, you know that the scene is dynamic, huge and growing daily.

However, just about every year (in the summer usually) there is a small exodus of top talent to either New York or Los Angeles. This is primarily because in Chicago, there is no significant entertainment industry outside of the club scene to speak of. Many comedians are, at root, writers. So comedians who feel they have achieved a certain skill level eventually move to N.Y. or L.A. in search of new opportunities.

But what happens once they move? Is moving out of Chicago all it's cracked up to be? Is it easier? Harder? Should we all just pack our shit now and move? Curious, I reached out to a few former Chicago comedians living in L.A. and got their take on things.

Friday, February 12, 2016

New on the Scene

Kory Smith is a Chicago comic who developed his act in five different comedy scenes around the country. If anybody knows the Do’s and Don’ts of being “the new comic” in a comedy scene, it’s Kory Smith. Kory is also the host of The WIP Theater Podcast, which is available on iTunes. See him tonight (Feb. 12) and tomorrow night (Feb. 13) at 10PM, headlining The WIP Theater.


So, which comedy scenes have you spent time in?

I started in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Once I decided that comedy was something I wanted to take more seriously, I moved to Denver. From there, I moved to L.A. and lived out of the back of my car and couch surfed for almost a year. When I ran out of money, I moved to the Chicago suburbs. I randomly left and went to Richmond, Virginia but I hated it, so that’s when I came back to Chicago.

Didn’t know Richmond, Virginia has a comedy scene...

They don’t! That’s why I left. [laughs]