June 6, 2013

What's Popping!

Baldhead Phillips will perfrom @ Jokes & Notes, - June 7, 8
Wow.  So much is happening this week it's freaking insane. JFL is right around the corner,  CWFF is going on RIGHT now, clubs like  Zanies, Jokes & Notes and The Comedy Bar have great acts performing this weekend... Plus like a bazillion independent showcases are rocking and have booked some solid shows as well.

Now we have not included JFL specific shows for this "What's Popping" segment, but don't worry we are going to post a Comedy Of Chicago Guide to the JFL Festival with top picks & showcase highlights in a day or so. But we do want to put on your radar a couple of events. Laugh Factory & Zanies will both be shining a spotlight on some of the city's most talented comedians in what could be considered by some as an "alt festival" offering. LF is producing a week of FREE shows ($10 suggested donation at the door to the Red Cross) and have invited agents, managers, and network executives to "come and see what this city has to offer". Furthermore Zanies is producing a "10 Comedians For Ten Dollars" showcase. And guess what? Both clubs have booked these shows the exact same days as the festival. So if you were complaining that there were not enough local comedians performing in JFL, here's your Chance to support, consider it an extension of the festival of sorts.

So if that's not enough info to cram in your brain hole... Check out What's Popping this week and beyond.
The 2nd annual CWFF kicks off tonight with a strong start, Get your fill of talented comedic performers, everything from stand up to improv is strongly represented.  A good show to watch out for is the Caitlin Bergh one woman show CHUNKS which also starts tonight. Get your tickets now, they even sell day & weekend passes!
Starting tonight, running June 6th -9th
All shows @ Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont, Chicago
Recommended!

BOB ZANY LIVE! @ Chicago Laugh Factory
Stand-up legend Bob Zany is coming to Laugh Factory Chicago. Zany has a career that stretches from competing on The Gong Show to becoming a regular on the nationally syndicated radio program The Bob and Tom Show. Movies, television, the man has done it all. Plus the documentary "Close But No Cigar" which chronicles his 30 plus years in show business is coming out soon. If you've never seen  Zany live, now is your chance.
Featuring: 
Joe Kilgallon, 
Michael Larimer, 
Monique Madrid
Sydney Adeniyi
Bob Zany
June 7th & 8th.

Congrats on Your Success - June! Free BYOB Comedy!
Uncharted Books, 2630 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Sonia Denis - Host
Bill Bullock
Tommy Mac
Marlena Rodriguez
Mikey Manker
Jessica Watkins
Marty DeRosa - Headliner


Tonight - Recommended!

Parlour Car
At Bar Deville
701 N. Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Matty Ryan (Blackout Diaries, TBS Just For Laughs Festival)
Timmy Brochu (Midnight Mass)
Lauren Vino (RIOT Comedy, Former ChiTown gal back from NYC)
Joel Walkowski (Another pal in from NYC)
Chris Cotton (Pal in from Philly)
Danny Kallas (Comedians You Should Know, Ol’ Sandwich Pants)

Tonight - Recommended!


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.
Ryan Walker - Host
Mike Sheehan
Steve Comendule

+ Musical gusts & $6 Pitchers!!
Every Thursday

At the Jokes and Notes comedy club.
Baldhead is fearless and one of Chicago's best kept secrets. If you wanna experience  the real deal in "urban comedy", Baldhead is your man and jokes and notes is the perfect venue. Catch him doing his thing all weekend. 2 nights and 4 shows.
Friday & Saturday.

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

Talk Hard
Midnight Talk show at ComedySportz Chicago 
Hosted by Jamie Campbell
LIVE late night talk show!
Friday

Another stand out show at the CWF Festival.
Catch stand up comedian Ali Clayton performing in her one woman show.
Saturday

The Nasty Show
This Saturday at the laugh Factory
Solid raunchy local lineup!!
Saturday!

Saturday Open Mic Night !
At Reggies Rock Club
11 PM 2105 South State Street, Chicago
(773) 546-8247
Saturday!

3419 N. Clark Street
Live on Sunday, 6/9, at Clark St. Beach!
FREE SHOW on a beach & $15 all you can drink mimosas! What more could you ask for?
Add eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy to your mimosas for $25
Party starts at 11am
Hosted by:
Erin Lane and Mary Ellen Rieck

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,
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 venue with great lights and sound.
Every Monday

New, all female produced, comedy showcase
Every Tuesday @ Beer on Clark. 
$5 and NO DRINK MIN!!
7:30PM, 3415 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
REENA CALM hosts:
CASSANDRA PHILLIPS
DAVID DRAKE (3 Dead Moose)
LINDSAY ADAMS (Duck Duck Comedy)
JEFF STEINBRUNNER (Chicago Underground Comedy)


Derek Smith - Host
Kenny DeForest
Drew Michael
Mike Sheehan
Joe McAdam

Comedians You Should Know
at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Every Wednesday
Always Solid

James Allen Kamp
Editor