Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, March 8-Sunday, March 11, 2018

At Zanies: Gilbert Gottfried, Ken Rogerson and Dobie Maxwell.

At the Improv: D.L. Hughley.

Louie Anderson is in Skokie and Arlington Park native Sebastian Maniscalco is at the Rosemont Theatre. More details below.

Ticket alert:

March 18 at the Arcada Theater: Hannibal Buress. Details here.

June 2 at Second City: The Comedy Resistance Presents: An Evening with Bob Odenkirk & Friends. Details here.

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


Conversations in Comedy: SNL & The Second City at Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St., 6:00 p.m. Tour the Saturday Night Live exhibit. Panel begins at 7:00 p.m. with Tim Kazurinsky, (SNL and Second City Alum) , Kelly Leonard (Creative Executive – The Second City), Anne Libera (Director of Comedy Studies – Columbia College Chicago), and Beth Kligerman (Director of Talent – The Second City). Moderated By: Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio).

You’re Being Ridiculous at The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, 7:00 p.m. “Fun, funny and touching stories” by Ellen Barish, Mike Blumberg, Claire Zulkey & Steve Delahoyde, Sherry & Steve Fine, Elizabeth Gomez, Jackie Mantey, and YBR creator and host Jeremy Owens.

Tuxedo Cat Comedy at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 8:00 p.m. Free stand-up showcase. Tonight: Kevin Iso, Amy Shanker, Audrey Jonas, Bill Gevirtz, Sarah Mowrey, Radu Bondar. Hosted by Tuxedo Cat producer Rebecca Fass.



The Kates at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:00 p.m. All women stand-up showcase produced by Kelsie Huff. Always excellent, diverse and memorable. Arrive early for seats! Tonight: Erin Conlon, Anna Lucero, Eileen Tull, Sarah Shockey, Kaitlyn Grissom, Patty Vaccarella, Audrey Jonas. Hosted by Soli Santos.

Tom Papa at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. I’m looking forward to Tom Papa’s book, Your Dad Stole My Rake and Other Family Dilemmas which is out in June. He is also known for his podcast, Come To Papa where his guests have included Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano. He is a frequent guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan and has comedy specials on Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.


Sebastian Maniscalco at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Maniscalco is originally from Arlington Heights. He is here on his “Stay Hungry” tour and will have many hilarious answers to what’s wrong with people! His collection of autobiographical essays Stay Hungry came out last week. Tonight and tomorrow night.

A Poodle in People Clothes at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 10:30 p.m. Atra Asdou’s one-woman multi-character show. Poodles get type-cast, but perhaps they shouldn’t!



Sebastian Maniscalco at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

She The People at Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 8:00 p.m. “Girlfriends’ guide to sisters doing it for themselves.”



Blanket Fort at The Storefront, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 7:00 p.m. A unique comedy variety show inside a unique space, yes, a giant blanket fort. Every second Sunday of the month.

Louie Anderson at North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:00 p.m. Louie Anderson was named one of the 100 Greatest Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central. He has had his own television comedy special and sitcoms. He is also a bestselling author. He currently stars in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. He plays Baskets matriarch Christine and bases his Emmy-winning performance on his own mom and five sisters.

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