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The best comedy shows to see in Chicago in February

Warm up with a big laugh this winter. Check out new variety shows, touring comics and hilarious storytelling shows.

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking opportunity to see excellent sketch, improv and stand-up shows. Chicago-born John Mulaney starts the month on a high note, wrapping his five-night engagement at the Chicago Theatre on February 3. The Second City recently rolled out several new shows, including a love- and sex-themed performance just in time for Valentine’s Day. Plus, newbies like Slide Show and FreakFest break from the traditional stand-up or sketch molds that dominate the city, showcasing more experimental, multimedia-based bits. Peel yourself off the couch, bundle up and check out these 21 live comedy shows in February.