The producers of the long-running Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play now have their own venue a few blocks north of Wrigley Field, where the flagship drunkfest fits right in. It's supplemented by short-run shows from up-and-coming sketch groups and the occasional scripted comedy.
The Public House Theatre
|Venue name:||The Public House Theatre|
3914 N Clark St
|Cross street:||Clark St and Byron St|
|Transport:||Bus: 22, 80, 9.|
Consider it the open mic of sketch shows: See sketches in progress tested out in front of a non-paying audience.Open mic nights Tue December 23rd 2014 - Tue January 6th 2015 FreeREAD MORE3914 N Clark St Chicago Chicago
Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play
Drinking games and boozy high jinks rule at this night of interactive comedy.Sketch shows Fri December 26th 2014 - Fri December 18th 2015 FreeREAD MORE3914 N Clark St Chicago Chicago
Public Access Live
Mark Rosenthal and Lorenzo Toia present a new episode each week on the stage of The Public House Theater as the pair host their own late night talk show, including sketches that have them interviewing local artists, comedians and even Teddy Roosevelt...Sketch shows Tue January 6th 2015 - Tue February 24th 2015 FreeREAD MORE3914 N Clark St Chicago Chicago
Break Up Season
Even the staunchest romantic can admit that the lion's share of relationship will not last the long haul. In this show, five comedians will attempt to unearth the truth of what caused the demise of their respective couplings.Sketch shows Thu January 8th 2015 - Thu January 29th 2015 FreeREAD MORE3914 N Clark St Chicago Chicago
Return to Sender
Sketch group Thunder Where presents an evening of humorous riffs inspired by the latest headlines.Sketch shows Thu January 8th 2015 - Thu January 29th 2015 FreeREAD MORE3914 N Clark St Chicago Chicago
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Caveat: I've only been twice. This is the friendliest and nicest atmosphere I've found in comedy in Chicago...and I have quite a few friends I see regularly. I think we paid four dollars for a beer (drinkers but not super drinkers), and my GFs effen was reasonable, as well. Most importantly, the show we saw (it was a workplace comedy, sorry I can't remember the name) was really, really good. And on a Thursday. We've been back already and will catch the mainstage show soon (it was sold out the night we tried, but that was the day of). Great new place, great prices, needs an awning/sign, though.
Since moving to Chicago, I seem to keep finding myself here on various dates and work outings. I saw the "Trash Boy" Musical (Hilarious! I love quirky musicals), "Bouncers" (I'm from the UK, I love Americans putting on an accent!) and "Bye Bye Liver". I saw it once living in Philadelphia (my Birthday- they sang to me!), and it was very cool to see it in its home! Some of the best sketch comedy I've seen in the city!
I was there last night at 10 for Bye Bye Liver, and apparently a few cast members were leaving. I don't know if they do this all the time after the late shows, but they opened up a bar onstage and let the audience come party with them! It was great! The cast was a bit emotional but still a lot of fun! And the cheap shots didn't hurt. Well, not until this morning ;)
I actually got a chance to talk to the guy who wrote Bye Bye Liver- he was there hugging all the teary actors :) Super funny, nice guy! I'm definitely coming back to see his new show about Tinder- the actual App. It's called Tinder Loving or Love Me Tinder. Something about Tinder. I don't want to say too much about my private life (wink wink) but I personally can't wait!