Friday, January 11, 2013

On the scene...

How do you do it Chicago? How do you manage to cram in more top notch comedy in one weekend span then most cities can expect to produce all month? And of such high quality too. All of the events listed below are recommended, and most are exceptional.

What's that you say average comedy fan? Your almost broke, gotta pinch pennies, got ends to meet & bills to pay? Well listen up cheap ass, your in luck. Talk about affordable, some of these shows could be charging an arm and a leg yet most of the events listed here are $5 ( not Laugh Factory it's $20 but worth it) or FREE, plus some are BYOB. What!? Yeah I know. Anyway get out there and support... you know the drill. Without further ado check out what's popping for this weekend and beyond.

All Weekend at The Laugh Factory
Dude... The weekend shows at the Chicago Laugh Factory have been phenomenal.  They are booking the best local Chicago comedians in the game right now.  Don't believe me... look at the line up for the whole weekend. If you know anything about Chicago comedy you know that that is a freak show of talent. Click here to see who's going up what night.
Comedians appearing this weekend.
Jeff Steinbrunner,
Drew Frees
Ali Clayton
Martin Morrow
CJ Sullivan
Joe Kilgallon
Bill Cruz
Brian Babylon
Danny Kallas
Liza Treyger
Shermasn Edwards
Mike Lebovitz
Aaron Weaver
Friday & Saturday & Sunday
8PM, 10PM

The Lincoln Lodge Showcase 01/11/13 
at The Lincoln Lodge
Another solid line up of local favorites. One of the best weekend bets around
Host: Charlie Bury
Ricky Gonzalez
Julia Solomon
Andrew Smreker
Aaron Weaver

Friday 01/11
A fun "name that tune game show" knockoff with local comics usually involved somehow.  Explanations are inadequate, must be experienced to appreciate.
Friday 01/11

Brian Da Wildcat Smith @ Jokes and Notes Jan. 11-12th 2013
Jokes and Notes 
Chicago's Brian Da Wildcat Smith will be Headlining Jokes and Notes
Feat. Lindsay Adams
Hosted by Baldhead Phillips
At Upstairs Gallery
Ashley Thornton MC
Katy Conroy
Erin Lane
Reena Calm
Sonia Denis
Krystal LaFianza Pitzen
Rebecca V. O'Neal
Joanna Buese
Dave Maher
Friday 01/11

At Saki
Free ice cream sundaes, plus stand up from 
Junior Stopka, 
Mike Lebovitz, 
Katie McVay, 
Bridget Clymore, 
Maggie Ednie, 
and a special mystery guest!

$10 suggested donation
line up:
Kelly Kenna
Angie McMahon
Alexandra Tsarpalas
Alisa Rosenthal
Maria Owens
Maggie Graham
hosted by: Amy Sumpter
w/ special musical guests She's Crafty (Chicago's all female Beastie Boy cover band)

Friday Open Mic
Broadcast live on the Internet
Prescott Tolk returns from LA to fuck shit up.
Kenny DeForest
Danny Kallas
Prescott Tolk

Friday & Saturday
8pm and 10pm

Lola Balatro at Chicago Sketchfest w/Nashville
Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival @ Stage 773 1226 W Belmont

Think Tank at Chicago Sketchfest
Chicago, Illinois

Hosted by: Kyle Scanlan
Julia Solomon
Lev Kalmens
Rob Gregory
Bobby Hill
Tyler Jackson
Cristina Luzarraga
Headliner: Jesse Baltes

I'm Different, Not Dumb
Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival @ Stage 773 1226 W Belmont

The Funny Story Show Presents: CAITLIN BERGH
Studio Be 
Mike Lebovitz
Danny Kallas
Junior Stopka
Live Music From:Gabe Liebowitz and Mar'son and the FYF Crew

Monday, January 14th

Monday Open Mic at Schubas
Schubas has decided to reopen its doors to comedy. 
Starting Monday, January 14th
Sign-up at 9
Show starts at 9:30 upstairs. 
Bring your Monday best.

The Chicago-based stand-up comedy collective, Comedians You Should Know, will be having its five year anniversary show on:
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013.
Put this it on your radar cause it's going to be bananas and will sell out 4 sure.