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Bronzeville Comedy Showcase

Through 8/27: every other Wednesday, 7 PM

Comic Brian Babylon returns with his Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, featuring an ever-rotating cast of stand-ups collectively setting up a mike on the south side every other week. The show moved spaces this year, settling in a bigger venue to accommodate its rise in popularity.

Blanc Gallery (map)
4455 S. King Dr.
phone 773-952-4394
Bronzeville Comedy Showcase


Entertaining Julia

Open run: Sun 9:30 PM

The strength of Chicago's small but lively stand-up scene is its make-your-own-show mentality. Long overshadowed by a storied improv tradition, local stand-up comics have essentially been forced into adopting a DIY approach to producing and booking shows. The best places to see stand-up in this town remain bars, bookstores, and anywhere else that doesn't require a two-drink minimum. Case in point: Entertaining Julia, the free comedy/variety show started in 2007 by Jena Freidman (currently a field producer for The Daily Show) that's located in the back of a Boystown dive. Now hosted by local staples Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh—aka the Puterbaugh Sisters—the weekly show at Town Hall Pub promises not only the best in local stand-up but anything that fits the sisters' absurd, irreverent, and queer-friendly ethos. A night at Entertaining Julia—so named because the point of the show is to get Julia Pishko, the bartender, to crack a smile—might include stand-up, sketch, improv, music, burlesque, performance art, or a one-person show. It's up for grabs. The only thing that's certain about EJ is its reputation. Chicago expats like TJ Miller, Cameron Esposito, and former cohost Beth Stelling are sure to pop in whenever they're in town, and even national acts (Bobcat Goldthwait, Robin Williams) have been known to drop by. —Drew Hunt

Town Hall Pub (map)
3340 N. Halsted St.
phone 773-472-4405
Entertaining Julia


Best Night Ever

Open run: First and third Monday of the month, 8 PM

Stand-up showcase of local comedians presented by Alex Stone, Thomas Brady, Rebecca O'Neal, Sonia Denis, and Sam McHale.

Gingerman Tavern (map)
3748 N. Clark St.
phone 773-549-2050


Get Up, Stand Up

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM

A weekly stand-up showcase featuring local veteran comedians and an open mike for newcomers.

Public House Theatre (map)
3914 N. Clark St.
phone 800-650-6449


Hug City Presents: A Night of Stand-up Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
phone 773-871-1600

Hug City presents a showcase.


Flabby at the Abbey

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

A comedy variety show hosted Flabby Hoffman.

3420 West Grace Street
Irving Park
phone (773) 478-4408
Flabby at the Abbey


Congrats On Your Success

First Thursday of every month

Rebecca O'Neil hosts this BYOB comedy show that features local stand-ups and is, curiously enough, operated out of a used book store.

Uncharted Books (map)
2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square Congrats On Your Success


Parlour Car

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Local comics Matty Ryan, Kenny DeForest, and Adam Burke present a weekly stand-up showcase.
Bar DeVille (map)
701 N. Damen Ave.
Ukrainian Village/East Village
phone 312-929-2349


Stand Up Stand Up

Thu 9 PM

A weekly comedy showcase featuring local performers, hosted by Keith Paesel, Todd Massey, Ken Witzgall, and Jake McKenzie.

Crocodile Lounge (map)
1540 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-252-0880


Kick Punch Stand Up

Open run: Fri 8 PM

A BYOB stand-up showcase hosted by Rebecca V. O'Neal, Mike Sheehan, and Alex Stone.

G-Mart Comics (map)
2641 N. Kedzie
Logan Square
phone 773-384-0400


Late Late Breakfast

First Saturday of the month, 3 PM

With the Late Late Breakfast, Tyler Jackson and Danny Maupin have created an innovative game show/stand-up hybrid that takes place before most comedians even smack their snooze buttons—and maybe that's why there are free, freshly made pancakes being served at 3 PM. At this month's performance a roomful of nearly 30 comics attended the afternoon hangover—Bloody Marys were flowing—prepared to do their duty no matter what nonsense the hosts threw their way. Continue reading >>

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
Late Late Breakfast


The Paper Machete

Saturdays, 3 p.m.

The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics.
Green Mill (map)
4802 N. Broadway
phone 773-878-5552


Your Monday's Best

First Sunday of every month, 9 p.m.
phone 773-525-2508

Stand-up comedy open mike in Schubas' upstairs lounge. Hosted by Chris Condren, Tyson Karrasch, and Brian Sweeney. 21+
Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
phone 773-525-2508
Your Monday's Best


Here Is Your Alibi

Open run: Third Thu 8 PM

Local comics perform. Lev Kalmens hosts.
The Frontier (map)
1106 W. Thorndale
Edgewater Here Is Your Alibi


Action Comedy

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>

Challengers Comics + Conversation (map)
1845 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-278-0155


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