Comedy

Your guide to Chicago comedy clubs, stand up comedy, sketch comedy and improv

Comedy

The best Chicago comedy clubs

These are our favorite full-time venues for stand-up, sketch and improv comedy

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Upcoming stand-up comedy

The Lincoln Lodge

Having relocated to Subterranean after the loss of its longtime space in the now-closed Lincoln Restaurant, the country's longest continuously operating home...

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The Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show

Dave Losso and Jason Melton produce this free monthly show at Brainstorm Comics, on the third floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building. In its first months it's...

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Chicago Underground Comedy

This outstanding night of comedy takes in four to five comics each week. Keep your eye on some of these folks: they're going places.

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New Year's Hangover Stand-Up Marathon

Kick-start 2015 with a big helping of belly laughs as ComedySportz presents four hours of stand-up comedy, featuring 20 comics.

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The Chaser: Open Mic

Catch some up-and-coming talent at this free open mic. Winners are offered a chance to perform in the next week's professional set.

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Upcoming sketch and improv

The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue

Come to The Second City this winter and enjoy an R-rated sketch show poking fun at all the crazy and insufferable parts of the holidays.

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Panic on Cloud 9

The Second City Mainstage. Directed by Ryan Bernier. Music directed by Jacob Shuda. With Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Paul Jurewicz, Daniel Strauss,...

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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ComedySportz New Year's Eve

This family-friendly showing of its popular improv show is followed by a sparkling-cider toast.

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The Harold

iO's diverse collection of improv teams take audience suggestions and spin them into wild and crazy comedic performances. Catch late-night Monday shows for...

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Comedy

The Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show

Dave Losso and Jason Melton produce this free monthly show at Brainstorm Comics, on the third floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building. In its first months it's...

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Read more

Free comedy shows

The Lincoln Lodge

Having relocated to Subterranean after the loss of its longtime space in the now-closed Lincoln Restaurant, the country's longest continuously operating home...

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Nightlife

The Paper Machete

Christopher Piatt hosts this weekly "live magazine," a cavalcade of culture, politics and wit featuring journalists, actors, comedians and musicians offering...

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The Harold

iO's diverse collection of improv teams take audience suggestions and spin them into wild and crazy comedic performances. Catch late-night Monday shows for...

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Comedy

The Yeah Buddy Awesome Time Comedy Show

Dave Losso and Jason Melton produce this free monthly show at Brainstorm Comics, on the third floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building. In its first months it's...

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Read more
Comedy

Kick Punch Stand Up

Pencil this in, and then add inks and colors: This new weekly joint turns Logan Square's G-Mart Comics into a stand-up showcase. It's free and BYOB.

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