Thursday, May 16, 2013

Whats Popping!

Holy shit balls... TODAY the Chicago Just for Laughs Festival added the names of ALL comics, including all the local Chicago talent that will be participating in this years festival. And folks... the list is HUGE. We were a little worried about JFL cutting back on it's budget and not being able to have the same commitment to the local Chicago comedy scene this year. But have no fear, things are looking good... It seems like there are more Chicago based names on the list than ever. Don't have time to pick through the gigantic JFL website to check if your favorite comics got booked? Don't worry, we will compile a complete list from our secret sources (unpaid interns) and post it up tomorrow.

Can't wait until JFL? Relax, plenty of the local comics in the festival will be performing and tightening up their skills all over Chicago leading up to the festival - including this weekend. If your new to this site, the "what's popping" segment is where we try to create a nice comprehensive listing of some of the best comedy shows to look out for in the next few days.  So without further filler, check out what's popping.

Chris Stephens
Connor Delehanty

Keith Paesel
Dartrinion London
Ever Mainard 
Greg Gettle - Host
Emily Lake
Will Miles
Alex Stone
Kate Streit
John Thomas


Parlour Car
At Bar Deville
701 N. Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Matty Ryan
Joe McAdam
Matt Riggs
Derek Smith
CJ Sullivan

Every Thursday - A HOT showcase.

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

The Spot Thursday Night Open Mic
sign up 8:30 PM, Show 9PM
4437 North Broadway St. Chicago. 
NEW Thursday night, open mic in Uptown

The Primetime Cupcake Comedy Cabaret
The Gallery Cabaret 
7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Cupcakes + comedy = Do it!
Every Thursday

Comedian Drew Michael will record his debut album, "Lovely" in downtown Chicago, May 16-18. Each show will feature a full-length set from Drew as well as an opening set from one of his favorite Chicago comedians.
Thursday through Saturday

This Friday. Come see comedian Lane Pieschel perform at The Lincoln Lodge before he moves NY! Lane was one of the first comedians I met in Chicago and has been a real asset to the scene as a whole. He's A tireless worker, straight shooter and sincerely a nice freaking guy. Lane you will be missed sir.
May 17, Recommended!

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

Wiggle Room
Burlesque + Comedy
Hosted by Adam Burke, only two shows left!
May 10th & 17th
939 W Randolph
Chicago, IL
CLOSING night - This Friday!
May 17

Midnight Talk show at ComedySportz Chicago 
Hosted by Jamie Campbell
LIVE late night talk show!
May 17

Fried Chicken + Comedy!? Yep.
Hosted by Taneshia Rice
Featuring Damon Williams
May 17

At the Gallery Caberet
WILL BE BANNAS - Just get there early if you want a seat.
2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, Il.
Saturday! May 18th

Ben Moore
Liza Treyger
CJ Sullivan
Marty DeRosa
May 17 & 18

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...

Not only is it the ONE year anniversary... but it's the also very last Comedy Evening show ever (at least as we know it). The plug is getting pulled on this great Chicago showcase. They are keeping the lineup secret but trust me, it should be bannans. Do it. Oh yeah they want folks to dress up if possible, so wear your granddads tie and get there.
Monday May 21st

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

2346 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Host: Amy Schwartz
Lisa Laureta
Bill Bullock
Nathyn Gibson
Danny Kallas
Tuesday, May 21

Two year anniversary for this monthly pilsen showcase.

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

100 Proof Comedy followed by The Chaser
@ The ComedySportz Theatre
Some of the best comedians in chicago pass through here every week.
A proper thaeater with great lights and sound.
Every Monday

Samurai Sushi Comedy Hour
Tuesday weekly showcase room
Door @ 7:30, Show @ 8 pm
Sushi & drink specials every week!
358 W. Ontario Chicago, IL
At the AI Japanese Restaurant, 312-335-9888 

Hug City Comedy at Lucky's Wicker Park!
At Lucky's Wicker Park 
Always a solid lineup with great drink specials.
Every Tuesday

At the Fizz Bar & Grill
Every Wednesday in May, 3220 N Lincoln Ave.

Bucktown Public Comedy Open Mic
5 PM Sign up, 10 PM Showtime
1658 W. Cortland St. Chicago
4 to 5 minutes of time & you don't have to wait all night!? Word.
Every Wednesday.

James Allen Kamp