Chicago comedy spotlight for January 9-11, 2017

Two-part calendar this week. Thursday thru Sunday coming shortly.

Hey, Chicago has three festivals this week featuring comedy from in-town and visiting talent:

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival: the world’s largest and best sketch comedy festival. Interview with creator and producer Brian Posen here.

Fillet of Solo: comedy and storytelling

Tomorrow Never Knows : comedy and music

I recommend checking the schedules and getting tickets now.

Please confirm all details before heading out!


Camp: A Comedy Show at Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, 8:30 p.m. Free stand-up showcase featuring Goodrich Gevaart, Turner Barrowman Casey, Brandi Denise, Billy Dean, Molly Kearney, CAMP’s Samantha Berkman, plus one lotto spot awarded to a comedian in the audience. Hosted by CAMP counselor Tessa Orzech.

Rising Star Showcase at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Featuring Alex Seligsohn, Stephanie Weber, Gena Gephardt, Nate Simmons, Chris Trani, Tony Jaramillo, Whitney Wasson, Tyler Fowler, Mike Hover, Walid Ismal, Drew Korb and Marcus Shark.



Bless Your Heart at The Crowd Theater, 3935 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. Opening night! Katie Tyner grew up religious in Oklahoma, then moved to Chicago and embraced her urban, often awkward, new lifestyle. This one-woman multi-character show is about reconciling the old and the new. Tuesdays in January.

Winner … of Our Discontent at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. The new 105th Mainstage revue. Tickets sell out fast. Check site for additional shows throughout the week.



Don’t Kid Yourself at Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 7:30 p.m. A new, free, monthly comedy variety show about the weirdness of being a kid. This month’s theme is sleepovers. Hosted by Caitlin Checkeroski and Derek Moulds. Featuring Erica Nicole Clark, Mike Bobrinskoy, Allison Dunne and Alex Dragicevich. Sketch and characters from Actual Murderers and from the Moms of Mom Genes.


“Seriously Unprepared” presents Live of the Prepared at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. A new Armando show featuring a live video interview with an iO alum, followed by improv.

Dov Davidoff at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Dov Davidoff’s childhood took him from living in a junkyard to an ashram in India to getting kicked out of high school. In addition to being a comedian, he is an actor who appears on HBO’s Crashing and NBC’s Shades of Blue. His memoir, Road Dog, will be published in October. Pre-ordered!


Blind Bet Anniversary Show at The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont, 9:00 p.m. Featuring the best of Blind Bet headliners: Kristen Toomey, Sean Flannery, Kevin Bozeman and Russ Williamson.

TJ & Dave are on break this week.

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