Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What's Popping

Not only are the usual suspects of outstanding shows happening this week, as per usual. But there are three special comedy related events that should definitely be on your Radar.

1. Social media is The Worst... For Stand-up
A Panel debate Featuring Bert Haas (VP of Zanies), Bill Gorgo, Jason Heidemann and James Allen Kamp. Thursday 9/24 - FREE

2. The Chicago Magazine Festival: A Lincoln Lodge Reunion.
A monster panel of comedians featuring Pete Holmes​, Liza Treyger and Kyle Kinane ​talk shop about comedy. Moderated by Martin Morrow. Individual tickets are STILL available and so are fest day passes are which allow folks to check out all the panels. Saturday Sept 26th

3. Comedy Hack Day - Chicago!
Teams of developers and comedians will spend two days building hilarious, but functional apps, culminating in a live show on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 7:00PM. Deadline for applying is Friday September 25th.

Very cool. Check out what else is popping in the Chicago scene this week.

The Blind Bet presents: ADAM BURKE!
at The Pony Inn - 1638 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657
One of the best comedy showcases in Chicago. Great room, stellar lineups.
David Drake (host)
Matt Drufke (Comedy Shrine, Comics of Steel)
Derick Lengwenus (TBS Just for Laughs)
Puterbaugh Sisterz (NBC's Last Comic Standing)
Tyson Karrasch (Bag of suck)
Adam Burke (Chicago Underground, Zanies)
Wed at 9:00PM

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

Brass Chuckles Comedy: comedy that kicks ass!
Uptown Underground: 4707 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640
EVERY Wednesday! Comics always get in free, once on running Comic Comp List
7:30PM sign up in person for open mic
8:00PM comedy showcase $10 (free if on Comic Comp List)
9:00PM open mic (10 spots, 4 minutes each)
More info and tickets at

Get It! a comedy show
at The Barrel, Chicago - 2015 S. Damen
Your comedians:
Nicky Martin
Meaghan Strickland
Joe Nudelman
Kaitlyn Grissom
Joe Alden McMahon
The Barrel, Chicago
Thursday at 7:00PM!

Stand Up Stand Up
Every Thursday @ 9pm
The Crocodile - 1540 N Milwaukee Ave
Mike Albanese - Headliner
Christie Buchele
Harold Pierre
John Eide
Rudy Schultz
Jake McKenzie
Dave Helem
Hosted by Lara Beitz$5 at Door - $3 ONLINE

This Week's Show
Downstairs at Bar Celona - 3474 N Clark, Chicago
Cameron Gilette
Tyler Snodgrass
Sammy Arechar
Pat Tomasulo
Dan Sheehan
David Philips!
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

JDA (Just Dickin' Around) Open Mics and Showcases
Hydrate Nightclub - 3458 N. Halsted St.
All-Genders Showcase and Open Mic
Sign up in person at 8PM. 
14 spots, 4 minutes each
8:30 open mic - 9:45 showcase
Free pizza!
Every Thursday at 8:30 PM
More info -

Josh Johnson, one of the fastest rising comedians in Chicago, has decided to move to New York and his home showcase team "The Attic" is throwing a huge farewell show/party. Highly recommended.
Joel Boyd Hosts:
Bobby Hill
Brandon Kieffer
Logan Nielsen
Martin Morrow
Ronnie Ray
Ed Towns
Josh Johnson -  Headliner.
This special event will probably sell out so be sure to get your tickets through the WEBSITE. Its the only way you can be guaranteed a seat. ONLY $5!
Thursday at 9:30PM
Burlesque & Standup combine!

Wiggle Roomat The Comedy Bar 
500 N LaSalle St 
Jeff Arcuri
Abi Sanchez
David Drake

"V To Shining V" Chicago
Locallective - 1257 N Milwaukee
Comedy show and after party to raise funds for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action and awareness about the legislation affecting reproductive rights in Illinois and across the U.S.
Comedy from:
Sonia Denis
Goodrich Gevaart
Melody Kamali
Meredith Kachel
Rebecca V. O'Neal
Kristin Clifford
Derek Smith
Alex Kumin. 
Dance party afterwards + RAFFLE for AMAZING prizes (comedy packages, sex toys, plush anatomy etc) - Friday at 9:00PM!

Great national comedy acts.
All Week Long!!
1548 North Wells St.

Simmer Brown 4: Family Matters
at The Bughouse Theater at 1910 W. Irving Park Rd
Simmer Brown brings you Chicago's finest comedians + more to the renovated  Bughouse Theater.
Sean White - headlines
Kristin Clifford (Lincoln Lodge)
Dhaea Kang, singer-songwriter
Prateek Srivastava
Rishika Murthy
Sameena Mustafa
Saturday at 7:00PM - $10

YBAT presents: Cocaine Murder Jam (Live Taping -  2 SHOWS)
at Brainstorm
Yeah Buddy Awesome Time, your favorite comedy showcase set in a hipster comeic book store is producing a special night of comedy that will be taped LIVE
Dave Losso
Christie Buchele
Kristen Lundberg
and improv trinity
Doors at 8:00 and 10:00! - Shows start at 8:30 and 10:30!
No cover!! BYOB! (after we run out of the free beers)!

The AV Club presents Bell Hop: A stand up comedy show with Ian Abramson
at Virgin Hotels Chicago - 203 N. Wabash
Ian Abramson returns to Chicago for a stand up comedy show at the Virgin Hotel!
Presented by The AV Club.
Ian Abramson
Sammy Arechar
Alex Kumin
David Philips
Fran Hoepfner
Dan Abromowitz
+ secret surprise headliner & more!
Saturday, September 26th, 9PM - Free!!

2nd Annual Chicago Comedy Talent Show!
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Lineup features a stacked lineup of strong north side comedians, but pretty sure it wont be a "talent show" in the conventional sense... should be interesting.
Lara Beitz
Joe Alden McMahon
Bobby Budds
Sean White
Ju Lee Anna
LeeAnn Yops
Collin A. Bullock
Charlie Vergos
Alex Kumin
Caitlin Boho
Sam Gordon
Grace Lusk
Cameron Gillette
Angela Vela
Jesse Laika Nicolaus