Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, May 22-Tuesday, May 23, 2017


The Riff at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. A unique open mic hosted by the kates. Comedians get a last-minute topic and deliver a surprise four-minute riff.

POV at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 7:00 p.m. A free talk show about all this week’s programming at iO. Hosted by Michael McCarthy.

Best Mic Ever at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, 7:30 p.m. “Best Night Ever becomes Best Mic Ever, Monday evenings during Cubs home games!”


The Empathy Festival at Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 9:00 p.m. Nine short plays blend comedy and drama to examine the writers’ ability “to empathize with characters elsewhere on the gender spectrum.”

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

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



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