January 21, 2013

On The Scene...

The CYSK Crew
As usual, the options for high quality comedy are great this week. There are rock solid shows happening every night and that's always a plus. But we really want to make sure we give a big plug to a particular showcase offering, which is shaping up to be an exceptional night of comedy and that's the Comedians You Should Know 5th Anniversary Show @ Timothy O'Toole's Pub. This show is going to be BANANAS, with all the original members making an appearance.

If you know anything about CYSK then you know it's one of the best stand up comedy showcases in Chicago, period. What they started 5 years ago has set an incredibly high standard of comedy for all others to follow. What I love about CYSK is that individually, it's a mixed bag of different skills and styles. Perhaps you have a favorite, or conversely, find one of them a bit loud, smelly, obnoxious or whatever... but that's part of the mad genius that makes all the separate parts fold together so well. Whatever your opinion of a particular comic, you cant deny that CYSK as a whole has left an indelible mark on the Chicago comedy scene. Come out and support,  Get your tickets while you still can. (Editors note: there are now TWO shows! 7:00 and 9:00 PM)

With out further ado... here's what's popping this week.

Speak Easy Comedy 1/21/13
Stanley's Kitchen and Tap 
Monday night!

The Comedy Evening Presents: Drew Michael and Company
The Ace Bar 
Monday night!

SCHUBA'S OPEN MIC
Schubas Tavern
NEW OPEN MIC
Sign up is at 9:30 pm!
Show starts at 10:00 pm!Monday night!

Hot Dish Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic
NEW OPEN MIC
Comics get 7+ minutes.
Sign Up at 8:00 show
6169 N. Northwest Highway Chicago
Tuesday night!

Wonder Bar Comedy - 1/22/2013
Underground Wonder Bar
Tuesday!

Calvin Evans Comedy Show Live Taping "Grand Finale"
Diversey Rock n Bowl
Tuesday!

Comedy Secrets
Hungry Brain
Sssssh.
Tuesday night!

Hug City Presents: Mike Lebovitz!!!
Racine Plumbing Bar & Grill - (Lincoln Park) 
Tuesday!

WHISKEY WEEK AT UNTITLED Complimentary Tasting #1
Untitled
Not comedy related per se... but FREE whiskey!
Wednesday night!

Comedians You Should Know 5th Anniversary Show @ Timothy O'Toole's Pub - 01/23/13
"This week is our 5-year anniversary show featuring all current and former CYSK cast members. It's going to be a blast. We started this show back in January 2008 and we couldn't have made it this far without you guys. So come celebrate with us this Wednesday, January 23!"
Marty DeRosa hosts
Danny Kallas
Joe Kilgallon
Mike Lebovitz
Drew Michael
Michael Sanchez
Mike Sheehan
Junior Stopka
Wednesday!

Casey Brown's Birthday Cupcake Comedy Cabaret
The Gallery Cabaret
Thursday!

1 year anniversary American Dream Open Mic!
Chicago's Blarney Stone

Stand Up Stand Up
A great Thursday night show.
Free Pizza!
Thursday!

Creative Control: with Joe McAdam: January 2013
saki 
Friday!

SHIT SHOW JANUARY
The Shambles Chicago 
Always fun.
Friday!

Laugh Factory
The LF's "Chicago's Best sSandup" showcase has been kicking some serious butt. Recommended.
All weekend!

Up Comedy Club
Dana Gould
Feature - Sean Flannery
MC - Saurin Choksi
All weekend!