Monday, December 15, 2014

Wha'ts Popping!

Yo! As per usual there are some pretty stacked Chicago comedy events going down this week and the weather is actually fairly decent (for a Chicago winter) so it's a great week to get out. A show that should definitely be on your radar is An Informative Evening which is a collaboration between the satirical website The Whisky Journal and the stand-up comedy collective "Chicago Underground Comedy". The show is being billed as "a night of socially and politically driven Sketch and Improv comedy" along with a solid lineup of Chicago comics.

Shows like the Snack Attack, the BLACK STAR COMEDY show, Comedians You Should Know and Traffic Jam Open Mic at The WIP Theater are are also recommended highly. Here's what's popping this week...

Tommy Morgan
Comedy show with Snacks!
Jamie Carbone
Tyler Jackson
Josh Johnson
Candy Lawrence!!!
Free show + drink specials 
$3 PBR - $5 PBR with whiskey shot - $2 Dice Shot!
Tonight at 8:00PM!

Special birthday edition of Sadsacks and Wisecracks! 
Jason Earl Folks
Natalie Jose, 
Derek Sheen
Dale McPeek, 
Puterbaugh Sisterz, 
Chris Condren, 
Emma Pope
Sammy Arechar
Tonight 8 pm!

Set to Scene
at iO Chicago - 1501 N Kingsbury St
Stand-up comedians perform without a set list!
This Week's performers: It's the Blind Bet Crew!
Nicholas Rouley - Host
Tyson Karrasch
Jonah Jurkens
David Drake
Chris Redd
Tonight at 8:00PM!

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre
929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago Il.
Weekly Monday showcase at a legendary comedy venue. Puts together some of the best comedians around.
773-549-8080

BLACK STAR COMEDY
2346 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Sweet Lineup:
Nathyn Gibson - Host
Kelsie Huff
Nicky Martin
Nicholas Rouley
Caryn Ruby
Tyler Jackson
Andy Boyle
FREE + BYOB + Vegetarian entrees are half off!
Tuesday at 7:00PM

Chicago Underground Comedy Presents: An Informative Evening
at The Beat Kitchen
Chicago Underground Comedy presents, "An Informative Evening" in collaboration with The Whiskey Journal. It'll be a night of socially and politically driven Sketch and Improv comedy, along with featured performances by:
Katie McVay
Joe Fernandez
Derek Sheen
& Natalie Jose!
Hosted by: Matt Riggs
Doors @ 9:00 Tickets are only $5 and can be ordered online
Tuesday at 9:00PM

Traffic Jam Open Mic at The WIP Theater!
at The WIP Theater - 6670 N Northwest Hw
Black Box Comedy presents: Traffic Jam. 
Located at The WIP Theater in Chicago where the audience decides who stays and who walks. A traffic light, controlled by the audience's laughter tells the comedians when they're doing good or when it's time for them to get off the stage. This show is NOT an audition to perform at The WIP Theater, but that being said it's NOT NOT an audition either.
Tuesday at 10:00PM

NEW MATERIAL NIGHT with Chris Bader.
at Laugh Factory Chicago
Chicagos best stand up comics try out new material...
Every week, Chicago's best stand up comedians, as well as comics from around the country, come to showcase their new material at Laugh Factory Chicago. Stand up comedy is an ever-evolving art form and comedians work for years to perfect a joke. The process is funnier than the result. New Material Night is hosted by Chicago's own Chris Bader... 
Tuesdays!!

The RIFF - Jesus Is My Co-Host
at Brisku's Bistro & Bar
Not your typical open mic! Participants get a phrase/word/name to start a 4-minute set. The winner will receive a prize! 20 spots available.
7:30PM Sign - 8:00PM Start.
$6 PBRs plus a shot AND 50% bottles of wine.
Wednesday at 7:30PM

Comedians You Should Know
at Timothy O'Toole's Pub - 622 N Fairbanks Ct
One of Chicago's best comedian-produced shows and the ONLY showcase-style room downtown.
Lineup:
Pat McGann -HOST
Sally Brooks
Gerrit Elzinga
Sean Bair Flannery
Derek Sheen
Ian Abramson
+ a special guest
Show starts at 9 PM. (Doors at 8)
21+ NO DRINK MINIMUM
Tickets are $10 at the door, but reserve them online NOW for only $5.
Wednesday at 9:00PM

Surprise Party
2515 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614
"Recommended" - The Chicago Reader
Featuring Chicago’s favorite comedians, some performing straight stand-up and others who have been given challenges designed to promote a fun night of comedic risk-taking.
Wednesdays at 8:00PM
FREE

STAND UP STAND UP PRESENTS: TWELVE COMICS OF X-MAS
1540 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
CRAZY STACKED LINEUP
Twelve Derek Sheens
Eleven Mike Lebovitzes
Ten Sean Bair Flannerys
Nine Candy Lawrences
Eight Ali Claytons
Seven Chastity Washingtons
Six Dale McPeeks
Five Drew Freeses
Four Kelsie Huffs
+ THREE SECRET GUESTS
Two cool to miss
And a partridge in a pear tree!
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00PM

The Ten at The Store
at The Store - 2002 N Halsted St
Ten great comics!
Cleveland Anderson
Peter Daniel
Derek Graff
Ivan Ishkov
Alex Kendig
Kristen Lundberg
Brad Rickert
Dave Sartoris
Alexa Schlosser
Prateek Srivastava
21+, Free Show, $2.50 Hamms Specials
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00PM

JDA (Just Dickin' Around) Open Mics and Showcases
Hydrate Nightclub in Boystown - 3458 N. Halsted St.
Free Pizza Every Thursday at 8:30PM!1st and 3rd: All-Ladies Open Mic
Sign up by email ONLY JDA.krista@gmail.com - NO show up and go up
Followed by Showcase! Hosted by Amy Eisenberg
2nd and 4th: Selected Comic Showcase followed by our All-Genders Open Mic
IN PERSON sign-up @ 8:00PM! - Hosted by Tamale Sepp
Free Show!!

Larry Reeb @ Zanies!
at Zanies Comedy Club - 1548 North Wells St.
Sirius XM Radio Regular and Chicago Favorite! Larry Reeb is the wise-cracking black sheep, politically incorrect relative everyone knows. Like any concerned relative Uncle Lar' wants to help. Uncle Lar' offers tips on everything from marriage to lotteries to children. Always topping them off with, "That's a tip from your Uncle Lar'."
Tues - Sun!
312-337-4027

Jokes and Notes
Comedy Wed - Sun!
4641 S King Dr, Chicago, IL
(773) 373-3390

Fasten Your Seatbelt Comedy Showcase
at Let Them Eat Chocolate - 5306 N Damen Ave
Comedy at a Chocolate store...
Saturday, December 20 at 7:00PM

Charismatic Comedy presents: Vince Acevedo
at Madison Street Theatre - 1010 Madison St, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Saturday, December 20 at 8:00PM44

The Blackout Diaries
At The High Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 4008
Comics + Real People tell true drinking stories
Recommended!
Every Saturday! 8PM!

The Two Hour Comedy Hour
Every Saturday! 7PM
At the Gallery Cabaret
2020 N. Oakley Ave, Chicago Il.

James Allen Kamp
Editor