Monday, March 2, 2015

What's Popping!

Amy Schumer @ Chicago Theatre - March 13th
Billed as the "worlds first" - a new Stand-Up Comedy Training Center opens in Chicago this week with classes beginning on March 2.

The center is dedicated to teaching the art of stand-up comedy to performers and non-performers alike and is located right next door to the famous Zanies Comedy Club at 1543 N. Wells St.

The SLC will offer three areas of study – all focused on stand-up comedy: Performance, Professional Enhancement and Appreciation. Classes will teach joke writing, joke telling, stage skills, hosting a show, character development and crowd work among other topics.  Although we usually just post upcoming shows in the "whats popping" segment this could be a great resource for those looking formal training in a controlled setting - beyond the smokey bar atmosphere  of the open mic scene.

That said - a huge show that should be on your radar is: Amy Schumer Live at the Chicago Theatre. Better hop to it since there is only one show left for March 13th @ 10:30PM, and it will definitely sell out.

With out further ado, check out what's popping this week.

Classes start March 2!
1543 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL. 60610

Sadsacks and Wisecracks
at High-Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL.
Great new showcase that has been putting together some real killer lineups...
ONLY $5 - What!?

100 Proof Comedy
at The Comedy Sportz Theatre - 929 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL.
Top Monday showcase!
Lara Beitz
Josh Johnson
Krish Mohan
Alex Kumin Headlines!
Tonight - 8PM!

Michael Issac @ Zanies
at  Zanies - 1548 North Wells St.
Brand new material. Brand new line up!
Tonight 8:30PM!

at iO Chicago - 1501 N. Kingsbury St
Improvised stand up sets!
Hosted by Tyson Karrasch
& Nicholas Rouley
Andrew Halter (Bomb Shelter)
Reena Calm (Hoo Ha Comedy)
Junior Stopka (Comedy Central, Eats children)
Tonight at 8:00PM
& Every Monday!

at Refuge Chicago - 416 S Clark
Hosted by Comedian T Murph and Jeff Gibbs
Solid lineups.
Drink Specials + Great birthday packages!
Tuesdays - 8PM!

@The Beat Kitchen, 
2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Doors @ 9:00$5 Cover - 9:30PM
at Refuge Chicago - 416 S Clark
Hosted by Comedian T Murph and Jeff Gibbs
Featuring the best comedians in Chicago! 
Drink Specials! GREAT birthday packages!
Tuesdays - 8PM!

The Tuesday Ten Showcase!
@ Zanies Rosemont - 5437 Park Place - Rosemont Il.
Haven't been to Zanies Rosemont yet? Tuesday is a great night to do it.
TEN of Chicago's rising stars hit the stage.
DRINK SPECIALS - $3 off all Signature Martinis and $2 off Bud & Bud Light Bottles!
Tuesday 8PM

NEW MATERIAL NIGHT with Chris Bader.
at Laugh Factory Chicago
Chicago's best stand up comedians showcase their new material at the Laugh Factory.
New Material Night is hosted by Chicago's own Chris Bader... 

The Blind Bet Show
at the Pony Inn - 1638 W. Belmont
One of the best Showcases in Chicago.
Top notch comics + great crowds...

Mike Lebovitz - Host
Kolin Bohannon
Martin Morrow
Mike Sheehan
Alex Stone
+ 2 special guests!
Wednesday - 9:00 PM!

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

Entertainment Chicago LIVE!
at The Underground Lounge
Darius Kennedy Hosts
Sean Monroe
Khaleel TheComedian
Elizabeth Gomez
Bob Keen
Mike Shapiro
Jarrell Scott Barnes
$4 HAMMS, $4 Budweiser, $4 Modelo
Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Crab Juice Comedy Showcase
at Quenchers Saloon
Wednesday at 8:30PM
Kyle Lisowski - Host
Alex Damske
Bob Keen
Conor Delehanty
Dan Sheehan
Grace Lusk
Abby Stassen
Bobby Budds
Dan Muller
Doors: 8:30 - Show: 9PM

1540 N. Milwaukee Ave.
One of the best showcases in the city - Kallas is a monster.
Keith Paesel - Host
Danny Kallas
Sam Norton
Jake McKenzie
Dave Helem
Tommy Morgan Jr.
David Rader
Danny Kallas
FREE PIZZA with any drink purchase.
1540 N. Milwaukee Ave.
$5 at the door - $3 online at
Thursday at 9:00PM
Thursday night is singles night, only at Laugh Factory Chicago!
A comedy show for singles by singles! Host Paul Farahvar and Chicago's most hilarious stand-up comics will take the stage to share their often-embarrassing and always- funny stories of the dating world. Audience members will have a chance to win up to $200 in Laugh Factory tickets + free for sharing dating horror stories... Stick around after the show for a singles mixer!
Thursday at 10PM!

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

Just Dickin' Around: All-Ladies Open Mic and Showcase!
at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
Ladies' open mic: 8:30 - 9:30PM
Ladies' showcase: 9:45 - 10:45PM
Colleen Brennan
Ali Clayton
Marla Depew
Jen Ducharme
Amy Eisenberg

Alt stand-up show performed at independent comic book store in Logan square.
Great lineups!
Did we say it was Totally Free & BYOB!
Fridays at 8PM!

The Lincoln Lodge
Chicago's longest running showcase!
2011 W. North Ave. (WICKER PARK)
Every Friday!

Proxy Morons
at Blokes and Birds - 3343 Clark St. Chicago Il.
Show - 7PM!
Stick around after the show for karaoke party with DJ Kev Rokken

Thank You Very Much
at NYCH Gallery - 643 W 18th St
Friday at 9:00PM
Amy Shanker v Lia Berman
Grace Lusk v Abby Stassen
Bobby Condon v Dave Metz
Bob Keen v Darius Kennedy
Jeff Steinbrunner v (TBA)
Friday at 9:00PM
at Pint Chicago - 1547 N Milwaukee
Hosted by Mike Makings
Matty Ryan
Tommy McNamara
Kaitlyn Grissom
Jason Melton
Matty Ryan
Hosted by Mike Makings
Piano by David Yontz
+ Special guests!
Friday at 9:00PM

The Nasty Show @ The Chicago Laugh Factory
3175 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
Looking for comedy show that feels more like a house party then a Comedy club?
Then this is the show for you. packed houses, crazy crowds, top shelf comics...
The nasty show has been on FIRE lately.
(773) 327-3175
Saturday - 10PM!!

The Blackout Diaries
At The High Hat Club - 1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 4008
Comics + Real People tell true drinking stories
Every Saturday! 8PM!
Every Saturday! 7PM
At the Gallery Cabaret
2020 N. Oakley Ave, Chicago Il.

at The WIP Theater, 6670 North Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL
Saturday at 7:00PM
Chicago Filmmakers Theater (5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL)
Saturday at 8:00pm

Improvised Star Trek Returns to iO Chicago!
Star Trek. Improvised! What more do you need to know?
February 15 - March 1

Tuxedo Cat
1935 W Thomas St, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Jerry Tran - Host
Tim Barnes
Marla Depew
Nigel Ng
Deanna Ortiz
Abby Stassen
Danny Kallas - Headliner!
Sunday, March 8th, 7-9PM

Amy Schumer Live
The Chicago Theatre - 175 N State St, Chicago IL.
Friday, March 13
10:30PM – On Sale Now!
Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer is the creator, star, writer and producer of the Emmy-nominated "Inside Amy Schumer", the popular Comedy Central television series which will return for a third season on April 21st. This past summer she completed production on Universal’s Trainwreck that Schumer wrote and will star in alongside Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and Brie Larson.
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