Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, March 20-Wednesday March 22, 2017


Manic Mondays at SLR Bar & Grill, 16409 Halsted, Harvey, 8:00 p.m. Comedy and music hosted every Monday by Just Nesh and Marilee.

The Armando Diaz Experience at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. This long-form 2-act improv show was originally created by Dave Koechner, Adam McKay and Del Close. Tonight’s special guest: Emmy-award winning Will Clinger of WTTW’s Wild Chicago and Wild Travels on

Best Night Ever at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, 8:30 p.m. Free stand-up showcase. Tonight is hosted by Dave Losso. Featuring Adam Burke, Mike Timlin, Tim McLaughlin, Geoff Asmus, Carly Ballerini and Albert Kirchner (in from NY).

Female Funnies at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Hosted by WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez (Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez).



Is it Still Funny? at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, 7:00 p.m. Film critic Mark Caro asks the question about Coming to America. Screening and discussion.


Dobie Maxwell at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Dobie Maxwell is a nationally touring headliner, radio host and TV guest who is also an iconic Chicago comedian. A guaranteed great night of stand-up. Dobie released his memoirs, Monkey in the Middle, in 2016 and it’s got biker dads, a catastrophic car wreck, bank-robbing gorillas, tangles with the FBI and a remarkable personal story.


Pure & Weary’s Roaring in Our 20s at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Pure & Weary’s show was a success at Second City and has now been picked up at The Annoyance for a 6-week run through April 18th. This show takes place during the 1920s and celebrates flappers, comedians and other non-conventional women and the things we all have in common. “Come watch as Pure & Weary Charleston through the ups and downs of their 20s.”

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Chicago Underground Comedy is one of comedy’s most groundbreaking showcases where Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, TJ Miller, Dan Telfer, Kumail Nanjiani, just to name a few, got their start. Produced by Meredith Kachel.

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.



Dobie Maxwell at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 9:30 p.m. Marty DeRosa hosts Chris Damen, Drew Frees, Albert Kirchner, Steven King, Rachel McCartney and Brian Smith.

TJ & Dave at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 10:30 p.m. Long form improv by internationally renowned legends TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi who “improvise a one-hour play filled with elaborately imagined characters whose relationships reveal the wildly funny quirks of human nature.” TJ & Dave have inspired both a book (Improvisation at the Speed of Life) and a movie (Trust Us, This is all Made Up).

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