Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, July 17-Wednesday, July 19, 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. Free talk show highlighting the week’s upcoming shows. Hosted by Michael McCarthy and the cast of POV with monologues, desk pieces, remotes, improv. An iO late night talk show without the late night!

Ladylike at Café Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee, 8:00 p.m. A unique, safe space where women get to tell “the most disgusting stories they’ve got.” Stories tonight from Mary Novokhovsky, Julia Mercer, Grace Thomas, Lindsay Lucido, Kelsie Huff and Glitter Moneyyy. Hosted by Gena Gephart. Produced by Allison Dunne, Gena Gephart, Sarah Sherman, and Carly Ballerini.

Female Funnies at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Stand-up showcase hosted by WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez.

Camp: A Comedy Show at The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe, 8:30 p.m. Tessa Orzech hosts Calvin Evans, Shannon Noll, Todd Massey, Vincent B. Bryant, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Hampton Yount and CAMP’s Samantha Berkman.


Best Night Ever at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, 8:30 p.m. With Marty DeRosa, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Kenny Metroff, Matt Drufke, Kaitlyn Grissom, Patrick Richardson (Denver) and Katie Powers.



Mother Cluckers at Anderson’s Bookshop, 26 S. La Grange Rd, LaGrange, 8:00 p.m. Cast: KT Speetzen, Catherine Dee, Lindsay Porter, Denise Medina, Barbara Legan and Amy Sumpter. Drinks Specials: Barrel House Social.

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 105th Mainstage revue. Tickets sell out fast. Check site for additional shows throughout the week.

Molly at iO, 1501 N. Kinsbury, 10:30 p.m. Improv with two of Chicago’s most renowned, Susan Messing and Norm Holly.

Jumping Off A Clef at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 10:30 p.m. A night of musical improv with Second City’s faculty.



Second City Neighborhood Tour at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 4:00 p.m. A comedy history walking tour by Margaret Hicks, author of Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History.

The Rickshaw Joint at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 7:30 p.m. Variety show created, produced and hosted by the acclaimed Asian-American improv group, Stir Friday Night.

Mom Genes Presents: American Mama at Café Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee, 8:00 p.m. “America’s Got Moms” competition with Dottie Shephard (Steve Gerard). Plus stand-up showcase! Headliner: Kelsie Huff. Featuring Cleveland Anderson, Allison Dunne and Jason Earl Folks.

Tone Bell at Zanies, MB Financial Park, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Through Saturday. Follow link for all show times.


Tim Dillon at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 8:30 p.m. Through Saturday. Follow link for all show times.

Laughs in the Lounge at Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave., 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Marla Depew. Featuring Derek Graff,
Liz Greenwood, Erin Grotheer, Meghana Indurti, Adam Kwaselow and Joseph William Reese.

Comedian You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. During July, tickets are only 92 cents when you purchase them online. $10 at the door.

7:00 p.m. Ricky Gonzalez hosts Nathan Brannon, Marty DeRosa, Joe Fernandez, Gena Gephart and Joe Kilgallon.

9:30 p.m. Marty DeRosa hosts T. Murph, Jordan Holmes, Joe Kilgallon, Rebecca O’Neal and Ryan Singer.

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