Monday, September 22, 2014

What's Popping!

It's another sick week of comedy options in the Chicago scene. Lots of new shows & mics are popping up all over the place (just in time for the fall season) and it's not just brand new shows either, more then a few of Chicago's favorites are also back from summer hiatus. So get out to a show this week because the lineups are looking especially solid. I know I always say that... But it's never been more true then right now - if you haven't been out to some of the great clubs and idepependent shows, do it while the weather is still decent. Check out what's popping in the scene starting tonight and through the week.

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Jay Washington headlines a powerhouse lineup featuring:
Prateek Srivastava 
Andy Fleming
Olivia Cathcart
Dave Stinton
Josh Johnson
Tonight! - 8PM

Punchline Panic @ Zanies
Punchline Panic is an experiment in stand-up where eight of Chicago's best comedians write and perform brand new material based around a common theme.
Hosted by Emily Galati and Nate Weatherup!
September Lineup:
Brian Babylon
Brian Aldridge
The Puterbaugh Sisterz
Sydney Adenyii
James Vickery
Adam Grabowski
Kyle Scanlan
David Drake
That's a powerhouse Lineup y'all. Recomended
Tonight! - 8:30PM

The Comedy Dollar Store Open Mic
at Reservoir - 844 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
FUN mic that's been getting a "real" crowd.
Sign up @ 9PM - Show @ 10PM.
7+ minutes depending on list,
Great specials! - $6 16oz Highlife and Whiskey/Tequila shot!

Taco Mondays: A Comedy Open Mic
@ Taqueria & Bar - 1450 W. Webster
Really love this concept of mic comedy, tacos and cheap booze - whats not to love about that?
Sign up @ 8:30PM - Starts @ 9PM
$3 Jameson, $2 Grabbag, Beers, $3 Tallboy, $3 Whiskey
+ Taco Specials!

Open Mic @ The Logan Theatre
@ Logan Theatre
Open Mic comedy at a jewel of an old school theater, smack dab in Logan square.
Lia Bermans runs this mic like no other. Top notch all around
8PM sign up, Show @ 8:30PM
2646 N. Milwaukee Chicago Il.

Open Mic @ The Globe Pub
Long running Monday Night Mic. If you want to see the nitty gritty underbelly scene of comics working on rough material and  grinding out jokes. This is the room for that.
Sign up at 8, Starts at 8:30
1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

The Chaser Open Mic
@ Comedy Sportz - 929 W. Belmont, Chicago Il.
One of the best open mics in Chicago. Solid hosts + a full bar & top notch lights and sound.
Sign Up @ 7:30, Show @ 9:30 PM
929 W. Belmont, Chicago Il.

Hoo HA Comedy at Rockit Burger Bar Presents: DAMON WILLIAMS!!
Great Lineup this week:
HAROLD PIERRE! (Jokes and Notes, south side favorite)
LARA BEITZ! (Hoo HA Comedy, Stand Up Stand Up)
KEVIN WILLIAMS! (BET, Last Comic Standing)
That is a sick lineup people... Do it!

at The Celtic Crown - 4301 N. Western Ave.
Produced by Junior Stopka, Andre Halter and Maggie Ednie is looking to shake up the scene. Stopka, fresh off his comedy central debut, is an absurdest, dark, comedy monster and Ednie and Halter are probably the most underrated comics around. Downstairs.
Doors @ 8pm - Show @ 9pm
$2 Cover + Drink Specials - Comedians FREE!

Chicago Underground Comedy
@The Beat Kitchen - 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Always good.
$5 Cover
Every Tuesday

Proxy Morons
at Beer - 3415 Clark St. Chicago Il.
Comedy, games + music, Proxy likes to get weird and do it all.
Great lineup this week:
Abby Stassen - host
Lisa Peters
Anthony Bonazzo
Derek Smith
Hank Thompson
Chris Redd
Amanda Lynn Deal
SHOCK T's - Music
Adam Burke - headliner
Tuesday - FREE!

The Riff
Brisku's Bistro - 4100 N Kedzie
NEW MIC focused on spontaneity and creating new material. Comics will be given a phrase/word/name to start their 4 minute set. Best Riff gets a prize at the end of the night.
Hosted by Elizabeth Gomez and Sameena Sultana
Last Wednesday of every month
Starts @ 7:30 PM
NEW mic in Lincoln Park hood...
3423 N Clark Street
8:30 PM List - 9PM Start
$5 Taco Dinners
$5 Imports & Margaritas

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Stand-Up Throw Down Presents - THE FINALE!!!
at Stand-Up Throw Down
Stand Up throw Down is having it year Annervearsy AND it's finale show in the smae night...
What this showcase was bale to do in one ear was pretty amsazing. Standing room crowds with some of the best comedians in the country, all in an independt showcase format. But they are on to biggeer and beeter. Be sure to make it to the final show.
Bobby Hill hosts:
Tommy Morgan
Rudy Schultz
Darwin Doobers
Tamara Lynn Chambers
Sarah Gallagher
Aaron Sutherland
Josh Johnson
Timmy Brochu - Headliner
Wednesday at 7:00pm

Comedians You Should Know
At Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Arguably the best independent showcase in the city.
622 N. Fairbanks Ct. Chicago Il.
Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM.
$10 Cover @ door - $5 Online!

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

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

"I SHIT YOU NOT!" at The Logan Theatre
at The Logan Theatre
Thursday at 8:00pm

Just Dickin' Around @ Hydrate: All-Genders Showcase!
at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
Thursday at 8:30pm

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

at The Playground Theater
Chris Redd (Second City)
Natalie Jose (Chicago Underground Comedy)
Mike Bobrinskoy
Sean Parker (DePaul C4)
Kevin Lobkovich (UIC C4)
More comics TBA....
Thursday at 10:00pm

The Lincoln Lodge
Chicago's longest running showcase.
2011 W. North Ave.
Every Friday!
at North
This is a solid lineup:
Dan Friesen - Host
Junior Stopka - Feature!
$12 in advance / $15 at the door - advance tickets on sale now!
DOORS: 7:00 PM SHOW: 8:00 PM 
Saturday at 7:00pm

at The Up Comedy Club
Ben (NBC, Cash Cab, Comedy Central) will be hosting and filming his live stand-up special at UP Comedy Club on September 27th.

The Shit Show Comedy Showcase - September to Remember
Half party, half show this showcase usually blows the door off the place...
September 27th lineup:
Rob Wilson (BlackOut Improv, Door #3 Comedy)
David Phillips (The Monthly Comedy Event)
Matt Barats (JFL, The Boise Shuffle, Holy Fuck Comedy Hour)
Carmen Christopher (Kill All Comedy, iO, The Annoyance)
Jeanie Doogan (Nick Jr.’s Moms’ Night Out stand up special, Laugh Factory)
Hosted by Rasa Gierstikas, + Hotdog Man (Keith Paesel)

James Allen Kamp