I know what you’re thinking. Laugh Factory is a corporate giant that caters to tourists and people out-of-the-know. It’s an evil empire where creativity and “real” comedy goes to die. I get it, but it’s just wrong. Unlike the other clubs who are booking touring headliners every weekend (which is what a comedy club is supposed to do) LF Chicago is doing something different. Laugh Factory Chicago has figured out how to sell out its 311 seat theater every weekend without touring headliners. People are lining the rafters to see Chicago talent.
There’s a wall in the Chicago office on which the names of hundreds of Chicago comedians are written, from paid regulars, to guest spots to open mic showcasers. If you’re doing standup in Chicago, your name is probably on this wall. Each showcase is carefully booked to give the audience a vast and unique look at what Chicago comedy has to offer. I’ve seen almost a thousand of them and I’ve rarely been disappointed. Still not convinced? Well to hedge my bets, I got myself a Danny Kallas quote, "Laugh Factory showcasing mostly local comedians is easily of one the best things to ever happen for Chicago stand-up comedy. If at least one other club followed this style, I honestly think many comedians would think twice about leaving for one of the coasts so quickly." Nice, right?
|Laugh Factory Regular Matty Ryan|
Now here’s the important part... The money. Comedians typically don't want to shell out $20 for a show. I understand. But here’s a pro-tip: Every comic that performs here typically has a 10 person guest list. That’s 6 comics and 2 shows a night which means there are 120 complimentary tickets that you are missing out on. You have no excuse to not be here. I’m not shitting on other showcases, the Greek Restaurant Prep Kitchen Comedy Hour will be just fine. I’m just saying if you want to experience Chicago comedy, you have to experience the whole thing. Keep Chicago the hub for national talent by supporting local comedy at every level.
Matt Chiaramonte - Contributing Writer
Chiaramonte is a stand-up comic, writer, actor, producer and hard working staff member of the Chicago Laugh Factory.