Monday, August 18, 2014

What's Popping!

As always, there's a lot happening in the Chicago comedy scene this week. The biggest news worthy item is the fact that the new Fox comedy show "Laughs" is producing a Live TV Taping at the Chicago Laugh Factory tonight. The inside word is that over 30 comics are going up between two shows. Executive produced by Steve Hofstetter, Laughs aims to be "a ground-breaking new stand-up show". The basic idea is to film hundreds of comedians each week to highlight the national stand-up scene along with info on how to catch all these different comics live - which is a cool new angle for live stand-up comedy TV. However something on this scale is never without  a bit of controversy and the fact that comics are apparently not getting paid to perform on a national TV show has ruffled some feathers - even prompting SAG to actually blacklist the whole thing. But the plain truth of this business is that working Comedians are used to shitty and/or no pay, yet for the right exposure plenty of comics will gladly forgo a paycheck. The question of course is this the right exposure? Well the shows are almost sold out to the rafters, (because the Chicago scene always comes together for shit like this) which ain't a shabby start, hopefully that energy sticks with it. Here's wishing that all the comics break a leg - in the meantime check out what's popping this week.

Performance Anxiety
"Laughs" TV Show Taping
at Laugh Factory - 8PM, 3436 N Lincoln Ave,
Website looks like it might have a few tickets left
But you better hop to it...
Two Shows Tonight!! (7PM & 9:30PM)

Performance Anxiety
at The Pleasure Chest - 3436 N Lincoln Ave,
Monthly comedy show @ sex positive Adult Toy Store.
Kevin Brody
Maria Wojciechowski
Trey Brown
Keith Paesel
Charlie Rohrer
Candy Lawrence
Tonight - 8PM

The Female Funnies (Zanies)
Zanies - 1548 North Wells St.
Lineup of some of the best female comedians in the scene - At the legendary Zanies.
Every 3rd Mondays

Stiff Investigations "The Haves and the Have Murdered"
at Hungry Brain - 2319 West Belmont
Episode 19 of Stiff Investigations, with Stand Up Comedy by Maggie Ednie!
Stiff Investigations is a classic radio inspired live comedy show, much in the vein of Firesign Theater and the Prairie Home Companion.
Today at 8:00pm

at Estrella Negra - 2346 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Martin Morrow (CYSK)
Natalie Jose (CHUC, Queen of cover bands)
Maria Wojciechowski (Almost a Genius)
Jake Kenney (Chuckle_INc)
Kevin Brody (Performance Anxiety)
Keith Evans (BSC co-producer)
Hosted by Nathyn Gibson
Tomorrow at 7:00PM

The 1 Year Anniversary Show!
Bob Keen
Janine Phan
Darius Kennedy
Andy Boyle
Dave Losso
The Puterbaugh Sisterz
CJ Sullivan
Special Guests + FREE PIZZA!
Tomorrow - 9:30PM!
Junior Stopka
Andrew Halter
Maggie Ednie
Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.

Tamara Lynn Chambers  - Hosts:
Sarah Gallagher
Kevin White
Ben Bergman!
Jay Washington!
Wednesday at 7:00pm

Pilsen Stand Up ! Comedy Show benefitting Mujeres de HACE
at Martin's Corner - 2058 W 22nd Pl, Chicago, Illinois
Adam Urbanski
Lem Slaughter
Marlena Rodriguez
Kolin Bohannon
Willie Lynch Jr.
And producer/host: Jaime de Leon
Wednesday at 8:00pm!

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 Atomic Comic
at the Greenhouse Theater Center - 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL
1/2 Showcase 1/2 Open Mic
Mic sign-up @ 7PM
Showcase Starts @ 7:30PM
Mic to follow immediately after!

Thursday at 9:00pm

Stand Up Stand Up
Every Thursday @ 9pm
The Crocodile
1540 N Milwaukee Ave

This Week's Show
Downstairs at Bar Celona
3474 N Clark, Chicago
every Thursday at 8:30 pm
No cover, $5 pitchers!

Parlour Car
A stand up Comedy show
Every Thursday, 8PM, FREE!
Bar Deville
701 N. Damen

Cupcake Cabaret Showcase
7PM, Comedy + Real Cupcakes!
2020 N. Oakley Ave. Chicago Il.

Tom Byelick's TOMFOOLERY Fun Club
at Blue 82
Friday at 8:00pm