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Spiked Punch

Open run: Fri midnight

Two teams of comedians go head-to-head, game-show style. $10

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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Proxy Morons

Open run: Fri 7 PM

Weekly showcase featuring stand-up, games, and stories by a rotating group of comedians.

http://www.facebook.com/proxymoronscomedy
Blokes & Birds (map)
3343 N. Clark St.
Lakeview
phone 773-472-5252

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The Blue Show

Open run: Fri 10 PM

Late-night improv where no suggestion is turned down and the performers don't hold back. $15

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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The Stevens Family Game Show Hour

Open run: Fri midnight

An improv show based on classic game shows. $5

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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Bri-Ko

Open run: Sat 2 PM

How many bumbling buddies does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Or juggle? Or deliver a meal in a water balloon? On Saturday afternoons at Stage 773, the answer is three—specifically the three members of Bri-Ko. The sketch-comedy troupe Rube Goldberg would've created if Rube Goldberg had created sketch-comedy troupes, Bri-Ko puts on a silent clown show for the sort of kid who'd appreciate British humor. The name suggests bricolage—i.e., art improvised from materials found at hand. But the many kooky props at hand here (Nerf darts, ping-pong balls, various foodstuffs) are used to make a great, big mess. Tim Soszko, Brian Peterlin, and Chicago Sketch Fest founder Brian Posen bop happily about like Beaker the Muppet, contriving difficult ways to accomplish routine tasks. High art it's not, but the slapstick is practiced and the dumb smiles on these bozos' faces are contagious. —Asher Klein $10-$20

Stage 773 (map)
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-327-5252

Cupid Has a Heart On

Open run: Sat 8 PM

In the hands of Cupid Players creative director Brian Posen, this long-running musical sketch comedy—now in its tenth year, with nine new cast members—portrays a host of relatable situations: passionate postbreakup relationships with cake, selective hearing between spouses, the strategic use of the bathroom as a refuge from the demands of everyday life. Its depiction of the challenges of romance remains relevant, even after all this time; if you've ever been in a relationship, you'll probably find some part of it ably parodied here. Plus, what other show advises you in song to "publicize your privates"? —Jillian Sandler $18

Stage 773 (map)
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-327-5252

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Festival of Flesh

Open run: first Sat of each month, 10: 30 PM and midnight

Gothic illusionist and proud floor-length-leather-jacket owner Ron Fitzgerald emcees Arkham Noise Productions' burlesque show, which caters to a wide array of fetishes with an alternating lineup of about 100 performers—around a dozen acts on a given night, curated by producer/DJ Miss Ellie Noise. Audience members can watch the show from their bar stools; this month's range of fantasies included domination, flesh hooks, IKEA (DIY kink?), and bathing in public. Still, nearly every act was a striptease at heart, and followed a familiar trajectory: gloves to girdle to brassiere, and then an exuberant reveal. It felt more silly than sexy, and the only clothes remaining onstage at the end were the basketball jerseys that line the back wall of the bar. —Hannah Gold

http://www.myspace.com/arkhamnoiseproductions
Underground Lounge (map)
952 W. Newport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-327-2739
Festival of Flesh

Improv Match Game

Open run: Sat 11 PM

Audience members can play the classic game show with a panel of local improvisers including TJ Jagodowski, Noah Gregoropoulos, Beth Melewski, and Tim Ryder. $10

MCL Chicago (map)
3110 N. Sheffield
Lakeview

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Improvised Sondheim Project

Open run: Sat 9 PM
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Stephen Sondheim isn't an easy composer to imitate, much less off-the-cuff. His music isn't your typical high-kicking Broadway fare, and his lyrics aren't the sort you come up with off the top of your head (we’re talking about a man who managed to rhyme "personable" and "coercin' a bull"). Yet imitating Sondheim off-the-cuff is precisely the objective of this improvised one-act musical. On the night I saw the show, the five-member cast and their piano accompanist (Stephanie McCullough Vlcek) did occasionally create a mood of disenchantment and urbanity vaguely reminiscent of the master. But their muted, muddled efforts lacked the sort of devotion, derision, or blend of both that makes for a successful homage, takedown, or affectionate parody. —Zac Thompson $20

MCL Chicago (map)
3110 N. Sheffield
Lakeview Improvised Sondheim Project

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Midnight Blue

Open run: Sat midnight

A late-night improv show with no subject off limits. $10

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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The Nasty Show

Open run: Sat 10 PM

A weekly rotation of comedians who don't hold anything back. $17 plus two-drink minimum

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

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Las Tablas (map)
2942 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-871-2414

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Annoyance Film Night

First Sunday 7 PM

Proving its expertise goes beyond live theater, the Annoyance kicks off a monthly movie night featuring screenings of local independent films. Tonight's lineup includes Harry Bauer's The Video Transmissions of the Frequently Captured Buck Pirate, Robert Carnilius's Forever Diamond and McTucky Fried High, and Gerard Jamroz's experimental short We Are the Binary. $2

Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693
Annoyance Film Night

Arguments and Grievances

Open run: first Sun of each month, 8 PM

As the country faces deep, divisive questions about the nature and direction of our shared society, some issues are in perilous danger of falling through the cracks. Phish vs. Insane Clown Posse. Friend Zone vs. Bone Zone. Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Curated by Zach Peterson, this excellent debate series enlists some of the city's funniest underground comedians to hash out the overlooked questions of our day. The lineup and topics rotate each week, but on opening night the comics came doubly armed with hard facts and potent bits. Politicians take note: Showing up to a debate in ICP greasepaint is one sure way to polarize a crowd. On the Juggalo question, there can be no middle ground. —Keith Griffith

Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-525-2508

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FrankImprov

Ongoing: Sun 8 PM

The audience helps performers create new improv games. $5

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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