May 1, 2013

What's Popping!

Bam! This week is packed to the rafters with some good old fashioned, high quality comedy options. Some promising shows worth noting would be the The Whiskey Journal Live! (Tonight!), Comedians You Should Know - featuring the insane Junior Stopka (catch him in town while you still can), Congrats On Your Success, Pablo Francisco @ The Up Comedy Club and next weekend you can catch Jared Logan @ Zanies (VH1 Best Week Ever) May 7th - 12th. ALSO... there are some brand new open mics on Thursdays and Fridays that still have that new car smell and from what I hear nicely sized, real audiences. So be sure to catch those if you can.  Without further ado... checkout What's Popping!

At the Fizz Bar & Grill
Every Wednesday in May, 3220 N Lincoln Ave.
The much anticipated new talk/comedy show starts tonight! Peep the press release:
The Whiskey Journal Live! Is a late night talk show-styled extravaganza featuring Chicago's finest comedians, most interesting people, and live music. Hosted by The Whiskey Journal creator, Kyle Scanlan, and his wingman, Tim Barnes, The Whiskey Journal's satirical take on modern life and major news events will be on full display, with fresh monologue jokes, desk pieces and video sketches every week.
This weeks Lineup/Guests:
Jeff Steinbrunner
Sean Flannery
CJ Sullivan  $5 in advance | $10 at the door

This show is going to be (you guessed it) BANANAS....
Recommended!
Tonight!
TICKETS!!

Drew Michael - Hosts
Bill Cruz
Marty DeRosa
Lane Pieschel
Junior Stopka
This is a great line up.
Recommended! 
Tonight!

THE SOCIAL TAKEOVER
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 8:00 PM
Featuring:
Michael Larimer, 
Kristen Toomey, 
Clark Jones 
+ More
Comics take over your facebook/twitter feeds. Hilarity ensues.
Tonight!

Bucktown Public Comedy Open Mic
5 PM Sign up, 10 PM Showtime
1658 W. Cortland St. Chicago
A Wednesday night open mic in hipster buck-town area that you don't have to wait 4-5 hours to go up?? + 4 to 5 minutes of time... Win.
Tonight!

Uncharted Books, 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Featuring:
Odinaka - Host
Charlie Rohrer
Lev Kalmens
Katie McVay
Clark Jones
Natalie Jose
Mike Stanley - Headliner

That's a sick lineup, plus it's FREE & BYOB... What are you waiting for?
MAY 2

EXCLUSIVE 1ST THURSDAYS
Jokes & Notes has corned the market for all things comedy on the south side. There just isn't really any competition. This Thursday looks to be extra bananas. Hosted by Marlon Mitchell and Featuring  Bald Head Phillips who are two of the best urban comics, not just on the south-side (although that's definitely their stomping ground), but in Chicago as well.
MAY 2
The Bi-weekly comedy show in Bronzeville keeps going strong.
Lineup:
Bill Bullock, 
Marc Henderson
Candy Lawrence
Meechie Hall
Brian "Da Wildcat" Smith. 
9 p.m. Cover is $5. #BYOB
May 2 
 
Parlour Car ~ A Stand-Up Comedy Show ~ Bar Deville
701 N. Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Every Thursday - A HOT showcase.
Recommended!

The Edge Comedy Club's Big Fancy Open Mic
@ Sully's House
1501 N. Dayton, Chicago, IL.
8:30PM Sign Up, Every Thursday
One of the best & longest running Open Mic's in Chicago.

The Spot Thursday Night Open Mic
sign up 8:30 PM, Show 9PM
4437 North Broadway St. Chicago. 
A new uptown, Thursday night, Open Mic. Looks promising.
May 2

The Primetime Cupcake Comedy Cabaret
The Gallery Cabaret 
7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Cupcakes & comedy + great host. Do it!
May 2

NEVER BEEN TO PARIS
The Comedy Bar- Chicago
157 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654 
Recommended!
May 2

The Mic With No Name AKA Hidden Shamrock Open Mic
NEW! Friday Open Mic (what!?)
2723 N. Halsted, Chicago
Sign up @ 6:30, Show @ 7PM
Every Friday
May 3

Midnight Talk show at ComedySportz Chicago 
Hosted by Jamie Campbell
LIVE late night talk show with some of the best writers in Chicago.
Recommended!
May 3

All weekend long.  (Fri & Sat) 
May 3 & 4
 
Jokes and Notes
Every Weekend
Solid south-side comedy, all weekend long

Pablo Francisco @ The Up Comedy Club
Pablo Francisco headlines @ one of the nicest venues in the city.
May 2-5

Three Dead Moose Open Mic 
3030 N. Racine St., Chicago, Illinois 60657
Best Open Mic on the north-side?
Probably... Just saying. Do it!
Every Sunday

Every Sunday
Good times...
Recommended!

Schubas Open Mic
Sign Up 9PM, Show 9:30 PM
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago,
Recommended!

100 Proof Comedy followed by The Chaser
Every Monday
Mondays at 8pm, $10
The Chaser
Mondays at 9:30pm, FREE
Always a blast.

Hug City Comedy at Lucky's Wicker Park! 4/16
Lucky's Wicker Park 
FREE SHOWCASE!
Always a solid lineup with great drink specials.

Jared Logan @ Zanies!
Jared Logan (VH1 Best Week Ever)
May 7th - 12th 
Recommended!

James Allen Kamp
Editor