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Uptown Poetry Slam

Sundays, 7 p.m.

Featuring open mike, special guests, and end-of-the-night competition. $6
Green Mill (map)
4802 N. Broadway
phone 773-878-5552
Uptown Poetry Slam


Open run: Wed 8 PM

There's just something about cussing puppets--and this improvised puppet show by the Atticus Finch ensemble suggests bitter, rejected prototypes of Elmo, Chewbacca, McGruff the Crime Dog, and Crank Yankers/Muppets characters ganging up in a dark alley off Sesame Street. But the troupe's nine members exceed the old, easy laugh of vulgar-talking innocents: after tutorials from professional puppeteers and a few months of practice, they display sophisticated physical control as they wield the puppets from behind the curtains of a bilevel ministage. Seamlessly creating gestures and quick takes (hilariously deadpan on the perfectly blank cartoonish faces), they also smoothly execute difficult maneuvers like sliding a quarter across a bar or crossing the stage via motorized scooter. Sharp timing and self-mockery point to the performers' long experience together, though the motley mob of puppets takes center stage: Felt is improv cut from new cloth. —Ryan Hubbard $5
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iO Theater (map)
1501 N. Kingsbury
Wrigleyville Felt

I Saw You

Open run: Wed 8 PM,

Bruised Orange Theater Company's I Saw You is a charming theatrical interpretation of "I Saw You," "Matches," and "X-Matches" listings from the Reader. Performed in bars, each show features a rotating cast of three actors presenting ads published in the past year, the yearnings of their anonymous characters echoing the banter, flirting, and stares of the patrons. The material is naturally funny--"I backed up your toilet something fierce," "Do you like to churn butter?"--but the actors avoid the trap of easy "sexy" voices and imaginatively embellish the text with a wide range of accents and consistently surprising attitudes (shy to monstrous, robotic monotone to smarmy). —Ryan Hubbard $5
Town Hall Pub (map)
3340 N. Halsted St.
phone 773-472-4405
I Saw You

Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM

A showcase. $5, 21+

Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
Chicago Underground Comedy



Open run: Thu 8:30 PM

A comedy supergroup consisting mainly of former members of People of Earth, 3033 creates some of the liveliest, most consistently solid improv around. Members Andy St. Clair and Alex Fendrich have been highlights of recent Second City E.T.C. shows; Rush Howell, a lawyer by day, is one of the scene's wittiest performers; and Bill Arnett and Danny Mora are personable comedians with off-beat senses of humor. Unlike most troupes at iO, 3033 doesn't stick with the Harold improv format. Instead, they play it loose, letting an audience suggestion and Jason Chin's playful music and light effects steer them. At a recent show the topic of gangs inspired a hilarious 70s-era game show. —Ryan Hubbard $5
iO Theater (map)
1501 N. Kingsbury
Wrigleyville 3033


I Shit You Not!

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Local comedians and monologists share personal stories of inadvertent defecation. Michael Sanchez and Monte LeMonte host. $5
Logan (map)
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-252-0628
I Shit You Not!


Shame That Tune

Open run: the second Fri of each month, 6:30 PM

A monthly musical-comedy game show devised by Reader contributor and Outer Minds drummer Brian Costello and former Baby Teeth front man Abraham Levitan. Each episode features three local contestants telling embarrassing stories, being interviewed by Costello, and then standing helplessly by while Levitan turns their stories into warped covers of popular songs—and the audience gets to judge the whole thing. Costello is intentionally awkward, his straight-faced sarcasm shutting down anxious contestants hoping to yuk it up (which makes the whole thing even funnier), and the supremely talented Levitan uses the interview time to write his lyrics, which he sets to a piano rendition of a tune he's just been assigned by a spin of the great Wheel of Fortune-like "shame wheel." As if that weren't enough, Costello and Levitan also provide their own off-kilter commercials during the breaks between stories. The four-member cast also includes a bumbling intern (Jeanine O'Toole of Bare Mutants) and a stoic life coach (comedian and former Loose Dudes front man Nick Rouley), and they operate like a well-oiled circus sideshow, making quick work of diary-toting contestants who've been, say, devastated by a high school crush, who felt pretty OK stealing and wearing girls' panties, or who made out with Ke$ha. —Kevin Warwick $5

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
Shame That Tune


The Devil's Cabaret

Through 4/10: Fri 9 PM

Redmoon pays tribute to Satan's societal contributions with this celebration of the seven deadly sins. The theater company's massive headquarters will host performances by aerialists, puppeteers, musicians, and "a special appearance by God." Being that this is Redmoon, the shows will take place on multiple stages suspended by a crane. $25

Redmoon Theater (map)
2120 S. Jefferson
Pilsen/Little Village
phone 312-850-8440
The Devil's Cabaret


No-Tell Motel

Open run: Wed 10 PM

If you need a little burlesque excitement to make it through your workweek, look no further than No-Tell Motel, the weekly showcase dubbed Best Midweek Burlesque Break in our 2014 Best of Chicago issue. Reader contributor Jay Gentile writes that the "hump-day party features pyrotechnics and dancers humping power sanders that spray streams of sparks into the audience." So maybe bring some protective eyewear.

Debonair Social Club (map)
1575 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-227-7790


TJ & Dave

Open run: Wed 10:30 PM

Veteran comedians T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi perform a long-form improv show each week. $5


Curio Show: Tabloids

Tue 3/31, 8 PM

Gossip mags provide the inspiration for this installment of the monthly variety show. Performers include author Katie Klein, improviser Dave Maher, and our very own tabloid enthusiast, Gwynedd Stuart. $7


The Flabby Hoffman Comedy Cavalcade

Open run: Wed 8 PM

A comedy variety show hosted Flabby Hoffman.

3420 West Grace Street
Irving Park
phone (773) 478-4408
The Flabby Hoffman Comedy Cavalcade


The Social Takeover

Open run: Wed 8 PM

For the Social Takeover, willing audience members log in to their Facebook pages and hand them over to a revolving door of comedians certainly out to humiliate them. Not only that—each page is projected onto a big screen so that everyone can laugh at the victim. Why anyone would volunteer to do this is a mystery, but it does sound like attending could be a blast. Who among us doesn't like to see a public Internet shaming? Michael Larimer hosts. $17 plus two-drink minimum

Laugh Factory (map)
3175 N. Broadway St.
phone 773-327-3175


Moshe Kasher

Fri-Sat 3/27-3/28, 8 and 10:30 PM

Moshe Kasher is one of Aziz Ansari's five favorite comedians right now, and seeing as Ansari is selling out shows at Madison Square Garden, you'd be wise to check out Kasher before his star is that bright. Sammy Arechar and Lara Beitz are also on the bill. $20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992
Moshe Kasher


B-Rooted Festival

4/3-4/4: Fri 4 PM, Sat 1 PM

The hip-hop dance fest explores various genres and styles through a symposium about "underground street dance, pop culture, concert dance and the academy during the last decade." The whole thing culminates in an all-styles jam session, so wear your dancing shoes.

Dance Center of Columbia College (map)
1306 S. Michigan Ave.
South Loop
phone 312-369-6600


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