Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's Popping!

Damn. What a week. From comedy festivals to celebrity Black Out Diaries, the Chicago comedy scene is popping real hard this month. Not only is The Comedy Exposition (Chicago's own DIY festival which brings together some the best comics in the country) happening but you also have the usual suspect of great independent showcases many of which will be having SPECIAL guests, which is one of the great perks that come with having a festival in town - you never know who might show up at the local mics & showcases. We highlighted several of the festival shows with times, lineups and links to all. Also big this week is the CYSK & The Blackout Diaries Present: Mick Betancourt show, Mick (Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, Law & Order SVU, Breakout Kings, Chicago PD) will share some of his craziest drinking stories for a final night in his hometown of Chicago. Not to be missed. Check out what's popping this week.

at Bar Forza - The Bar Experience - 2476 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Il.
Headliner Toomey has been on fire lately. FREE!
Joe Alden McMahon
Dan Sheehan
Tyler Jackson

at the ABBEY - 3420 W Grace
Mo Na
Blake Burkhart
Lance Richards
Rachel McCartney
Chris Damen
Nick Martin
David Franks
Maggie Graham
Timmy Brochu
Frank Nielsen
Laura Hugg
Tonight - 8:30PM!

The Blind Bet presents: BILL CRUZ
The Pony Inn - 1638 W Belmont Ave
Tyson KarrschMikey Manker
John-Michael Bond
Puterbaugh Sisterz
David Drake
Bill Cruz
Tonight @ 9PM!

42x42 - Comedy Expo Kickoff Show!
at the Gallery Cabaret
The Two-Hour Comedy Hour and The Comedy Exposition of 2014 present this co-production of the fifth-ever 42x42. As a kickoff for the first-ever Comedy Expo, the Two Hour Comedy Hour is once again honoring its "tight 42 seconds" feature by booking 42 of Chicago's best comics (as well as a number of special guests from out-of-town!) to do 42-second sets-- plus four tip-top acts doing featured sets. This is the only show in Chicago where you'll see 50 comics take the stage over two hours.
Thursday 7PM!

Parlour Car ~ July 10th, 2014
@ Bar Deville - 701 N. Damen, Chicago
Super secret LINEUPS all NIGHT!
Thursday - 9PM

The Starting 5ive Present the Leaders Of The New School Comedy Series
at Jokes and Notes
The Starting 5IVE return for another amazing show at the famed Jokes & Notes Comedy Club. This month we present to you the"Leader Of The New School" series, were we showcase a wide variety of some of the funniest comics in around the country.
Ricky Gonzalez
Aarona Lopez
Michael Issac
Mike Lebovitz
Shawn Morgan

Dave Helem - Host
Ali Clayton
Eric Oren
Aaron Brooks
Jeff Hansen
Saurin Choksi
+ SPECIAL guests!
Thursday @ 8:30PM

Lowell Sanders Headlines (Comedy Central)
All Week Long!!
1548 North Wells St.

Just Dickin' Around @ Parlour!
Parlour on Clark
Krista Atkinson
Amy Eisenberg
Samuel Priest
Michael Shapiro
Joe Fernandez

at Schubas Tavern
Aparna Nancherla vs Derek Sheen - (To be vs Not to be)
Aaron Brooks vs Kevin O'Brien - (Hunter S. Thompson vs Harry S Truman)
Megan Gailey vs John-Michael Bond - (Marriage vs Freedom)
Andy Juett vs Kevin Brody - (Hot Dogs vs Hamburgers)
Hosted by Kevin White
Friday 7PM!

The Comedy Exposition - Day 1 Main Event
at Schubas Tavern
Jackie Kashian
Sean O'Connor
Adam Cayton-Holland
Candy Lawrence
Danny Kallas
Zach Reinert
Hosted by Stephanie Hasz
FRIDAY @ 10:30PM

"I SHIT YOU NOT"at The Wip Theater
at The WIP Theater
Come enjoy a gut-clenching evening of personal stories of failed restraint & bodily blunders by Sameena Sultana
Amy Friedman
Sydney Davis Jr. Jr., 
Benjamin Kessell
Collin A. Bullock
John Leadley. 
Saturday @ 10PM - BYOB!

The Comedy Exposition - Day 2: The Late Late Breakfast
at Hideout Inn
John-Michael Bond
Bill Cruz!
Derek Sheen
Ian Abramson
Zach Reinert!
Saturday at 1:00pm

The Comedy Exposition - Day 2 Main Event #2
at Hideout Inn
Brooks Wheelan
Ryan Singer
CJ Sullivan
Chris Charpentier
Rebecca O'Neal
Sammy Arechar
Hosted by Zach Peterson
Saturday @ 10PM

TASTE OF SHIT SHOW - The Comedy Exposition 2014
Kelsie Huff
Ian Abramson
Josh Androsky
Derek Sheen
The Hot Dog Man
Hosted by Rasa Gierstikas, + Ever Mainard
Saturday @ 10PM

CYSK & The Blackout Diaries Present: Mick Betancourt!
at Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Comedians You Should Know and The Blackout Diaries present Mick Betancourt! Mick has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, NBC and has written/produced shows at Law & Order SVU, Breakout Kings, Detroit 187 and more. He is presently a consulting producer for Chicago PD on NBC. Mick will share some of his craziest drinking stories for a final night in his hometown of Chicago. This show is a unique combination of stand-up comedy, drinking tales and audience participation that should not be missed. Sponsored by Jeppson's Malort, which will be providing samples &giving away T-shirts!
Hosted by Blackout Diaries creator Sean Flannery.
Saturday at 8:00pm

The Comedy Exposition - Day 3 - SUBS
What would happen if the entire faculty of a high school was out sick, and the only people they could find to substitute teach were stand-up comedians? This show aims to find out.
From Adam Burke and Ian Abramson
Tim Barnes
Megan Koester
Chad Briggs
Candy Lawrence
Sean Patton
Sunday at 5:00pm
Kristin Ryan
Laura Hugg
Amanda Lynn Deal
Dan Sheehan
Nick Martin
Martin Morrow - Headliner!

The Comedy Exposition - Day 3 - Closing Ceremony with Andy Kindler
at Township - (2200 N. California)
Mike Lebovitz
Jackie Kashian
Ryan Singer
Andy Kindler
Sunday - 9:30PM - $20