Just for Laughs Chicago headliners announced

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    Bob Newhart

  • TBS Just for Laughs Chicago 2013

    The Montreal-based comedy fest returns for a fifth summer go-round in Chicago. Headliners announced so far include Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart, Bill Maher and David Cross, all playing the Chicago Theatre, with comics like Dylan Moran, Maria Bamford, John Hodgman and sketch group the Whitest Kids U'Know at the Vic Theatre and Park West. Local additions will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival. Jun 11-16. Venues, times and prices vary (justforlaughschicago.com).

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    Maria Bamford

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    Hannibal Buress

  • Anjelah Johnson

Photograph: Howie Grapek

Bob Newhart

TBS Just for Laughs Chicago has revealed the first wave of headliners for the fifth annual comedy fest in June, to include the likes of Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart and David Cross, all performing at the Chicago Theatre.


"David Cross and His Super Duper Pals"—pals remaining to be announced—hit State Street Thursday, June 13, just a few weeks after the new season of Arrested Devlopment pops up on Netflix. Meyers, SNL's "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer, shows up June 14 with The Daily Show's Al Madrigal and Chicago native Hannibal Buress. Stand-up legend Newhart, also a Chicago native as well as a Loyola alum, headlines Saturday, June 15, while HBO's Real Time host Maher is on the marquee for June 16.


Talent announced for other venues during the June 11–16 festival includes Anjelah Johnson, Nick Swardson and the cast of truTV's Impractical Jokers at the Vic, and John Hodgman, Dylan Moran and Maria Bamford at the Park West. (Bamford and Johnson are the sole women among the initial slate of 25 comedians, which is about par for the course for Just for Laughs headliners.) Tickets for the currently announced shows go on sale Saturday, April 27 at 10am; additional shows, taking place in a total of 15 venues, will be announced in coming weeks.



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