Monday, August 11, 2014

What's Popping

And we're back! Took a week off from posting articles - call it a summer break but the Chicago comedy scene marches on. Shows that should definitely be on your radar this week are: Impress These ApesChicago Underground ComedyThe Social Take Over! and Comedians You Should Know. The Chicago Underground Comedy showcase has been especially strong this summer and tomorrow nights show has a powerhouse lineup of Chicago stand-ups. Complete list of of recommended shows are listed below. Check out whats popping through the week.

Impress These Apes
at Comedy Sportz Theatre
Impress These Apes is an 8-week talent competition judged by hyper-intelligent apes from the future. The critically acclaimed show features eight of Chicago’s most creative performers, each week they’ll be assigned a talent challenge and the apes will score them on their performances. At the end of eight weeks, the player with the highest point total takes home $500!
Alexandra Tsarpalas
Amy Sumpter
Steven King
Shannon Noll
Trevor Martin
Tiff Svitko
John Leadley
Ben Larrison

Dobie Maxwell - Sports Nuts
at Zanies - 1548 North Wells St.
Life long sports fan and comedian Dobie Maxwell will be hosting a show consisting of sports themed stand-up comedy from some of the top acts in the Midwest. Great opportunity to catch Maxwell at this legendary venue.

Chicago Underground Comedy
at The Beat Kitchen - 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
This long running showcase got a little lost in the shuffle with the onslaught of so many new shows into the scene - but with a re-branding of the website and a fresh laser focus by new Programing Directer Jeff Hansen it's been on fire this summer. The lineup this Tuesday is especially bananas. Recommended highly.
Matt Riggs
Cameron Gillette
Kristin Clifford
Candy Lawrence
Sean Flannery
CJ Sullivan
Kolin Bohannon
$5 Cover - Every Tuesday!

The Seven Deadly Sins....AUGUST!!!
Cafe Mustache - 2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois
Seven performers (storytellers, readers, comedians, etc) each take on one of the seven sins and tells a story in theme of that sin.
LUST...............Zach Glasbrenner
SLOTH............Brian Costello
WRATH............John Leadley
ENVY.............Jim Padar
PRIDE............. Simon A. Smith
GREED............Ryan P. Duke
GLUTTONY.....Larry Arroyo

Weirdos Exposed!
at Upstairs Gallery - 2313 N Milwaukee Ave
Weirdos Exposed is a one-off show presented by The Steamroller at the Upstairs Gallery featuring standup, sketch, live lit, music, or whatever else they want to do!
Ten minute sets from:
Ian Abramson - Host
Irene Marquette
Tommy McNamara
Megan Green
Irene Tu
Musical Guest - Gabe Liebowitz
Tuesday at 8:00pm!

Proxy Morons Keeps It Real With Maggie Ednie!
at Proxy Morons
Erin Lane - Host
Tyler Snodgrass
Bill Bullock
Danny Maupin
Jason Hillman
Natalie Jose
Maggie Ednie - Headliner
After party starts at 10PM with DJ Kev Rokken!

Comedians You Should Know
At Timothy O'Toole's Pub - 622 N. Fairbanks Ct. Chicago Il.
STILL on of the best shows in town -CYSK consistantly books the best comedians Chicago has to offer. Recommended.
Danny Kallas - Host
Andrew Halter
Mikey Manker
Martin Morrow
+ More!
$10 Cover at door - $5 Online!
Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM.

The Social Take Over!
@ Laugh Factory Chicago.
Comedians take over audience member social media accounts.
Hilarity ensues.

Wednesday at 7:00pm

The Blind Bet Show
at the Pony Inn
"A stand up comedy show with no intention of revealing the headliner"
9pm at The Pony Inn - 1638 W. Belmont

The Starting 5 "HomeComing"
at Jokes and Notes
Recomended show!
Clark Jones - Back from NYC!
Lem Slaughter
Quincy Supersilly
Sean Monroe
Calvin Evans
Thursday, August 14 at 8:00pm

at Chief O’Neill’s
Ed Towns - Hosts
Erin Field
John Manly
Logan Nielsen
Tyler Snodgrass
Thursday - 8:00PM

Just Dickin' Around @ Hydrate: All-Genders Showcase!
at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
Krista Atkinson
Marla Depew
Jay Harris
Gabi Meszaros
Derek Smith
Irene Tu
And your host, Amy Eisenberg!

BEEF! First Show!
at Hungry Brain - 2319 W. Belmont
Self described as  "A weird game based insult show!"Chicago comedians get on stage and mix it up.
J. Michael Osborne v Joe Alden McMahon
Ashley Huck v Blake Burkhart
Katie McVay v Andy Fleming
Lara Beitz v Ali Clayton
Rebecca V. O'Neal v Charlie Rohrer
Dan Friesen v Nicholas Rouley
+ Secret headliner fight! 
Hosted by Sean White!
Thursday @ 9:00PM!
FREE + BYOB every Saturday at Runa Japanese!
Odinaka Od Ezeokoli hosting
Charlie Rohrer
Stephanie Hasz
Sonia Denis
Kevin White
Ricky Gonzalez
Saturday at 12:30pm
Tom Byelick's Tomfoolery Fun Club
at Hammond Marina
Saturday, August 16 at 8:00pm

The Kick Back (All things comedy)
at the Annoyance Theater
Stand-Up Variety show with everything from Stand-UP to Monologue's to music to Character game challenges + more. 
Powerhouse lineup:
Chris Redd - Host
Nnamdi Ngwe
Martin Morrow
Brianna Baker
Daniel Shar
Brian Self
Alex Moffat
Rashida Sheedz Olayiwola
Dave Helem
Brandi Denise
Saturday - 9:30PM

Ambush OPEN MIC - Sunday Brunch!
at Longroom Bar - 1612 West Irving Park
$6 beer and a shot
$2 PBR
$4 high end draft selections!
Sunday, August 17 at 12:00pm

Comedy Sandwich
at the Pressure Billiards & Cafe
Sunday, August 17 at 8:30pm