November 25, 2013

What's Popping...

What's common knowledge to most local comedians about the Chicago stand-up scene (although perhaps not to the average fan) is that eventually, many comics who get to a certain skill level, pack up and move to either L.A. or New York. That's just a sad fact. This is primarily because there is just not quite enough industry in Chicago. But... The bright side of this talent drain situation is that the majority of those comics come back to perform for big crowds, usually with fresh material that long time fans cant wait to see. This my friends, is one of those weeks. Cameron Esposito, Prescott Tolk and Will Miles are all in town and will be performing gigs at some of the best showcases and clubs in Chicago. Chicago Underground Comedy, Queer Comedy, Comedians You Should Know, Stand-Up Throw Down and Zanies should all be on your radar this week if you want to catch any or all of these talented comics doing their thing. Also... Monday nights are on fire right now for open mics, plenty of good opportunities to go mic hopping tonight. Plus check out all of the usual suspects of great independent Chicago comedy showcases.

Schubas Open Mic
@ Schubas
Sign Up 8PM, Show 8:30 PM
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 525-2508

Open Mic @ The Globe Pub
Sign up at 8, Starts at 8:30
1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
773-871-3757

ROCKWOOD PLACE OPEN MIC!
Rockwood Place
NEW Late Night Monday Open Mic!
11PM Signup, 11:30PM Show
3466 N Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Hosted by Keegan Buckingham and a rotating cast of co-hosts.

Comedy & Toast
at Blue1647
NEW weekly open Mic Hosted by E Dot Hamilton. $5 entry but FREE... yes... FREE drinks ALL night!!!
All comics get in free!
1647 South Blue Island Chicago, Illinois 60608
Doors 8PM - Show 9PM
Recommended!
Tonight!

Open Mic @ The Logan Theater
8PM sign up, Show @ 8:30PM
2646 N. Milwaukee Chicago Il.
773-342-5555

Chicago Underground Comedy
@The Beat Kitchen,
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Fantastic Lineup this week!
Adam Burke
Puterbaugh Sisterz
Mikey Manker
Rhea Butcher
Sydney Davis Jr. Jr.
Cameron Esposito
Prescott Tolk - Headliner
$5 Cover This Tuesday!

Queer Comedy presents Cameron Esposito!
@ Zanies - Wells St.
Almost a year to the day after Cameron Esposito moved from Chicago to LA, she made her late night debut on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Coincidentally, the other guest on the show was Jay Leno. After touring with Anthony Jeselnik and multiple panel appearances on Chelsea Lately, she is returning home to Chicago to headline Queer Comedy at Zanies.
Cameron Esposito
Bill Cruz
Rhea Butcher
Cody Melche
TUESDAY!

at the Double Door
Door No. 3 Comedy Presents: What's Behind Door Number 3?
Hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell
Marty DeRosa - Headliner!
Also featuring;
Stephanie Hasz 
The Stevens Family
Emily Lake News - The Whiskey Journal
Music - James 'Manny' Manno and The Big Ol' Titties
FREE SHOW!
Doors: 6:30PM Show: 7:00PM
TUESDAYS!

8:30PM - 710 N. Clark Chicago, IL
A great RIVER-NORTH comedy showcase!
TUESDAYS!

At Riverview Tavern
Turning into one of the best showcases in town.
1958 W Roscoe St. 60618
Doors @ 8:30PM
Recommended!
TUESDAYS!

Stand-Up Throw Down Presents: Will Miles!
at Township - 2200 N California, Chicago, IL
Timmy Brochu
Aaron Sutherland
Josh Johnson
Rebecca O'Neal
Dan Morris
Will Miles - Headliner!

at Timothy O'Toole's
One of the best rooms around!
Ricky Gonzalez - Host
Andy Fleming
Joe Kilgallon
Will Miles
Liza Treyger
Prescott Tolk
622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago Il.
Wednesday!

Double Feature Presents: TURKEY ACTUALLY!
Stand Up From:
Marty Derosa
Jeanie Doogan
Sean White
Ian Abramson
Marlena Rodriguez
Shorts From: John Eisenrich & Brandon Hauer, Gorilla House Films, Eliaz Rodriguez, Milk Products Media, John Reynolds - And more!
All hosted by Melody Kamali!

Wylin Out Wednesdays (Open Mic Night) @ Jokes and Notes
One of the best open mics in Chicago. But don't go if your looking for clean language and safe, mainstream, white bread comedy styles. More like a showcase then true open mic, you never know who's gonna show up:  Lil' Rel? Deon Cole? Hannibal Buress? At Jokes and Notes that type of sh*t happens every week.
Hosted by the monster host M-Dubs
8:PM Doors - Show 8:30PM
4641 S King Dr. - (773) 373-3390
Wednesdays! Recommended.

John Caponera Featuring Cameron Esposito
at Zanies
1548 North Wells St. Chicago Il.
312-337-4027
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Recommended!

Talk Hard
At Comedy Sportz
Chicago’s MIDNIGHT uncensored talk show!
Hosted by Jamie Campbell (Voted Best Stand up Comedian 2013 - Chicago Reader)
929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-8080
Friday!

Power Hour Comedy Open Mic
Power Hour Open Mic
Sign up @ 6:30PM
Show starts promptly at 7PM
At The Gallery Cabaret
2020 North Oakley Avenue
Friday!

Comedy At The Shack
2360 N. Clybourne Chicago, Illinois 60614
GREAT LINEUP THIS WEEK!
Food & drink specials + great local comedy lineups
NO COVER!!!
10PM Friday!

The Mic With No Name
At the Hidden Shamrock
2723 N. Halsted, Chicago
Sign up @ 6:30, Show @ 7PM
Every Friday

Make Yourself at Home!!
at The Hidden Shamrock
Great freaking showcase, one of my favorites right now...
Tight lineups, proper room in the back, great specials.
FREE & $3 Specials!
Saturday!

@ Wills Northwoods Inn
One of the best open Mic's in Chicago.
Hosted By Reena Calm and David Drake
7PM sign up
8PM start.
SUNDAY!

Comedy Behind Bars Open Mic
Sunday night 7 p.m. 6:30 Sign up
5 minute slots @ A.J. Hudsons
3801 N. Ashland, Chicago Il.
Hosted by Noah Gutierrez
SUNDAY!

Cameron Esposito
at Zanies
1548 North Wells St. Chicago Il.
312-337-4027
Sunday!
Recommended!

Wings, Drinks And Jokes - Last Show Of The Year!
SubT Lounge  - 2011 W. North Ave Chicago, Il.
Monthly show case in the heart of Wicker Park.
Hosted by Sean Monroe

James Allen Kamp
Editor