Storytelling podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour presents a special live performance based on the comic book Sparks, Nevada. $28-$55http://www.1stwardevents.com/
A weekly night of comedy from the folks at the Chicago Improv Den. $10
Longtime Chicago improviser Dina Facklis's new training program Chicago Improv Den is a tricky souffle either on the verge of rising or deflating. Facklis, an ImprovOlympic alum, started the Den last March, partly to create a troupe with an especially sharp focus on ensemble and emotional exploration and partly because, unlike iO and Second City, where students have to wait in order to perform, she sees training and performance as going hand in hand. This didn't work so well at Saturday's late-night show, where new house ensemble Bronze Medal (Facklis's first class to "graduate" from the Den) frequently fumbled over one another and struggled with pacing. But with Fackbuddies, her new show with a different improv vet as guest each week, Facklis once again delivers delicious comedic joy—this time on her own terms. —Chloe Riley $8http://chicagoimprovden.com
A comedy showcase featuring local stand-up and sketch comics. $10
The worlds of stand-up, improv, and sketch rarely intersect onstage. It's not surprising; there aren't a ton of similarities between the rhythms of improv scenes, stand-up riffs, and polished sketches. When the different forms take place in progression, audience expectations usually need to shift, sometimes drastically—but successfully combining the worlds can strengthen local comedy. The late-night variety show Goofballs United aims to do just that. A collaboration between the Upstairs Gallery and local comedy blog Steamroller, the show provides a place for alternative comics of all mediums to perform side by side. And thus far each week has been curated with acts that feel natural together, in order to ease potentially bumpy transitions. The four shows since January have featured, among others, stand-ups Candy Lawrence and Derek Smith, improv troupes Pizza Party and Big Trees, and sketch outfits Exquisite Corpse and Oh Theodora. Continue reading >> $5http://steamrollerchicago.com
Improv and stand-up comedy by Keenan Camp and Logan Dean.