Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, February 5-Sunday, February 11, 2018

Visitors in town: Bob Saget is here. Ray Grady returns to his comedy hometown. Bobby Lee is at The Improv. Jamie Lee and Jason Dudey are at Zanies and so is comedy legend Marsha Warfield (Chicagoan!).

Chicagoans on late night:

Wednesday, February 7: John Mulaney on The Late Show with Seth Meyers, Kumail Nanjiani on Conan

Thursday, February 8: Rachel Brosnahan on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Friday, February 9: Laurie Metcalf on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Rhea Butcher on 2 Dope Queens

Following is this week’s spotlight. Please confirm all details!



Super Narcoleptic Girl Premiere at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 7:30 p.m. The much anticipated launch! A superhero battles crime and stereotypes. Interviews with series creators Sarah Albritton and Catherine (Povs) Povinelli here and here! Tonight also includes stand-up by Shannon Noll, Sonal Aggarwall, and Kevin Kellam.



Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues’ Foundation Room, 329 N. Dearborn, 6:00 p.m. Produced by James Allen Kamp, creator of the most excellent DJ Tone-Knee kicks off the evening at 6:00 p.m. Stand-up showcases at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. RSVP for free admission. Early arrival recommended. Seats go fast! Always a great, diverse line-up of Chicago’s top comedians and surprise drop-ins.

7:30 p.m. Hosted by Mickey Housley. Featuring Max Friedman and Brandon Kieffer. Headliner: Abi Sanchez.

9:00 p.m. Hosted by Joe Kilgallon. Featuring Prateek Srivastava and Kristen Lundberg. Headliner: Joey Villagomez.



Historically Accurate Comedy: Black History Month at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Comedians from all over Chicago unite for an evening of historical accuracy as told through comedy and music.



Bob Saget at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, 8:00 p.m. Bob Saget’s album That’s What I’m Talkin’ About was a Grammy finalist. He is also a television star (Full House), author (Dirty Daddy), and known for being especially original and blue in his stand-up. He is appearing at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake on Wednesday, February 7.



The Kates at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 7:00 p.m. All-women stand-up showcase created and produced by Kelsie Huff. Always an unforgettable evening of great comedy. Early arrival recommended. Seats go fast! Featuring Lindsay Lavine, Jillian Ebanks, Erica Reid, Adrienne Gunn, Brittany Meyer, Kelly Bolton, and Leah Eva. Hosted by Denise Medina.

Funnier by the Lake at Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse, 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 8:00 p.m. Stand-up showcase featuring Lia Berman, Larry Bloom, Catye Palomino, Jayson Acevedo, and Lance Richards. With Special Guest Jan Slavin.

Ray Grady at The Atrium, 4151 183rd St., Country Club Hills, 8:30 p.m. Ray Grady recently appeared on Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central special Next Level. Joining him tonight are Taneshia (Just Nesh) Rice, Leon Rogers and Precious Hall.



Blackout Diaries at Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 10:00 p.m. “Standup comedians, plus ‘regular’ people (cops, firefighters, teachers, etc) tell true drinking stories. Then you, the audience, can ask questions.” Created by one of comedy’s best storytellers, Sean Flannery.



Blanket Fort at The Storefront, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 7:00 p.m. February is the perfect time to take cover in an actual blanket fort! Plus: solo Sketch from Nicky Martin, standup from Caroline Twyman, poetry from Maura McDanel, musical comedy from The And The And The’s, improv from Cheeky Rafiki, and music from Andy Milne. Performances from producers and hosts Elsie How, Max Shanker, and Brad Rickert.

Matt Damon Improv at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Matt Damon Improv is women of color with an original take on using comedy to connect and listen.

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