Monday, December 2, 2013

What's Popping!

First off. Wanna give big props to Mike Lebovitz who was voted to go Switzerland for the Montreux Comedy Festival. Mike in turn was grateful to all the folks who voted for him. He and others put out the word and the people responded. Good example of what can happen when the scene comes together. Helps that Lebovitz is not a piece of shit. Shitty dad, yes.

Anyway, there are plenty of incredible opportunities to catch some great comedy this week and as usual Monday nights are leading the way with a CRAZY sampling of mics and shows. Speaking of Mondays, the UP Comedy Club is having a CYBER MONDAY TICKET SALE so be sure to jump on that since they have so many top notch shows coming up. Again it's a really good night to get out there and go mic hopping. Shine Box Comedy, the Open Mic @ Merkle'sWings, Drinks And Jokes, Yes Friend Radical Period Open Mic, Hilarity Will Hit Your Ear and Open Mic @ The Logan Theater are all going on tonight and that's just a small sample. Also keep your calendar open for Dan Telfer  (with special guests aplenty) at the Mayne Stage December 28th. Keep it on your radar now & get tickets before it sells out... With out further ado, check out all the usual suspects of great independent Chicago comedy showcases.

at Cole's Bar - 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave
Powerhouse lineup!
Dale McPeek
Megan Gailey
Liza Treyger
Mike Lebovitz
Mike Sheehan
Hosted by Andy Fleming & Natalie Jose!
Recommended - TONIGHT!!

Open Mic @ Merkle's!
at Merkle's Bar & Grill - 3516 N. Clark,
8:30 PM Sign Up, 9 PM Show
$10 Gift Card prize each week!
This consistent mic is right in the middle of Wrigleyville. Solid drink specials and yes they really give away a free gift card each week.
TONIGHT!

The Yes Friend Radical Period Open Mic
at Emporium Arcade Bar
1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Il
Sign up @ 9, Mic starts @9:30.
BRAND NEW MIC at a ARCADE BAR.
Video games, booze and comedy, whats not to like?
Tonight!

Wings, Drinks And Jokes
SubT Lounge  - 2011 W. North Ave Chicago, Il.
Monthly showcase/mic in the heart of Wicker Park.
All comics get in free.
Great drink specials
Hosted by Sean Monroe.
TONIGHT!

Hilarity Will Hit Your Ear - Monthly Comedy Showcase
at Double Door!!
Your feature comics are:
Faizan Hussain
Claire Swanson
David Franks
Bryan Flanders
David Michaels
Collin Bullock
Mike Stricker
Jon Griffin - Host
Tonight!

Open Mic @ The Logan Theater
2646 N. Milwaukee Chicago Il.
8PM sign up, Show @ 8:30PM
A fun and well run mic hosted by Lia Berman!
TONIGHT!

Chicago Underground Comedy
@The Beat Kitchen,
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Fantastic Lineup this week!
Adam Burke
Matt Riggs
Natalie Jose
Goodrich Gevaart
Nate Craig
Headliner: Kevin McCaffrey. (He plugged us on (Letterman!) 
$5 Cover This Tuesday!

Door No. 3 Comedy
at the Double Door
Door No. 3 Comedy Presents: What's Behind Door Number 3?
Hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell
Great Venue. Great lineups.
FREE SHOW! - Doors: 6:30PM Show: 7:00PM
TUESDAYS!

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF COMEDY Presents: DANNY KALLAS
at Bar Forza - The Bar Experience - 2476 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Il.
Tyler Jackson - Host
Tyler Snodgrass
Josh Murphy
DANNY KALLAS!
Show is FREE! Plenty of food & drink specials!  
Doors @ 7:30, Show @ 8:00PM
TUESDAY!

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: Marty DeRosa!

at Township - 200 N. California, Chicago, Il.
Aaron Sutherland - Hosts:
Sarah Gallagher
Bobby Hill
Damon Millard
Nate Burrows
Nick Sierra
Marty DeRosa - Headliner!
Recommended - Wednesday!

The Whiskey Journal LIVE! December Edition
at the The Lincoln Lodge - 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Il.
The late night talk show-styled extravaganza!
Featuring;
Kyle Scanlan
Ross Kelly
Adam Burke
AND a live house band.
Recomended!
WEDNESDAY!

at Timothy O'Toole's
622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago Il.
The best showcase around!
Danny Kallas - Host
Calvin Evans
Aaron Kominos-Smith
Derek Smith
Sean White
Kevin McCaffrey.
Wednesday!

Wylin Out Wednesdays (Open Mic Night)
at 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.

Just Dickin' Around @ Hydrate
at Hydrate - 3458 N Halsted, Chicago, Il.
An all ladies' open mic - Followed by showcase!
8:30 pm-9:30 pm: Ladies' open mic hosted by Amy Eisenberg
9:45 pm-10:45 pm: Just Dickin' Around showcase
Showcase includes:
Tamale - Host
Krista Atkinson
Marla Depew
Amy Eisenberg
Sayjal Joshi
Anna Lucero 
Thursday!

SOLID LINEUP:
Jay Washington - Host
Anthony Bonazzo
Erica Nicole Clark
Aaron Sutherland
Aarona Lopez
Frank Townsend 
THURSDAY!

Steve Rannazzisi
at Zanies - 1548 North Wells St. Chicago Il.
312-337-4027
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!! - Thur-Fri
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!

Here Is Your Alibi
Free & BYOB Comedy Show
at 1106 W. Thorndale, Chicago, Illinois
ERIC OREN
GOODRICH GEVAART
LEV KALMENS
BEAU SMITH
CANDY LAWRENCE
IAN ABRAMSON - special guest host:
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!

Tuxedo Cat Comedy 
at The Innertown Pub, 12/8
1935 W. Thomas St., Chicago, Il.
Starts @ 7PM
Martin Morrow
Cody Melcher
Meredith Kachel
Tamale Sepp
Goodrich Gevaart
Rebecca Fass
Special Guest Kellye Howard
Conor Delehanty - Host
SUNDAY!

@ 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!

Wait for 8! 
The open mic where comics get 8 min. 
at the Township - 2200 N. California 
Random DRAW! Starts @ 6PM
HOSTED BY Monte LaMonte, Tim Barnes and Michael Sanchez. 
$2 drink specials - SUNDAYS!

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Every Sunday at Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak, Chicago Il.
Some amazing comics have been showing up at this NEW weekly showcase...
Show starts @ 8PM sharp -
Ladies FREE before 8PM
$5 COVER
Hosted By Kellye Howard
EVERY SUNDAY!

Velvet Circus
at Stage 773
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month!
Velvet Circus is a live comedy show that contains pre-recorded sketches, stand-up comedy and musical comedy written & hosted Aarona Lopez.
DEC 11TH

Dan Telfer @ Mayne Stage
Wanted to put this on everybody's radar. Former Chicago comedy scene stalwart, Dan Telfer returns to Chicago to perform at the beautiful Mayne Stage Theater. ONE NIGHT ONLY
Do not miss - Sat Dec 28th

Laughing Insanity # 6
The laugh Factory Chicago
Meechie Hall
Candy Lawrence
Glen Martino
Marvin D Phipps
Xavier Lamont 
Sunday Dec 15th!

James Allen Kamp
Editor