Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19, 2019

Visitors in town: Preacher Lawson, Patton Oswalt. Liza Treyger returns to her hometown.

At Zanies: Josh Blue (Chicago, Rosemont, St. Charles), Judy Gold (Chicago), Adam Burke (Chicago), Mr. Showtime (Rosemont, St. Charles), John DaCosse (St. Charles).

At The Improv: Frank Caliendo, Ismo.

At Riddles: Nick Lewis.

Ticket alerts:

May 20: Feminist Comedy Night at Zanies

May 21: Jay Duplass and Tatiana Maslany at The Music Box for a Q&A and screening of Pink Wall

May 23: Jim Gaffigan at The Music Box for a Q&A and screening of Light From Light

Following is the rest of this week’s Spotlight. Please confirm all details before leaving home!


Just Us Gals at Sleeping Village, 8:00 p.m. Comedy party hosted by Clare Austen-Smith, Rima Parikh, and Naomi Spungen. Featuring Adrienne Brandyburg (BAPS: A Comedy Variety Showcase), Noah Rocklin (Wet Cash NYC), Sohrab Forouzesh (Standup NBC), Sarah Squirm (Adult Swim, HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE).

Caddyshack Comedy at Murray Brothers Caddyshack, Rosemont, 7:30 p.m. At the restaurant owned by the famous Murray brothers of comedy, Funnier by the Lake presents dinner and comedy headlined by Mona Aburmishan. Featuring Ricky March, Paige Blair, Mike Stricker. A Funnier By The Lake production.



Quad City Comedy Jam at The Establishment, Rock Island, 7:00 p.m. Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice hosts Marilee, Buck Wow, Big Keef, and Mike Samp.


Funnier By the Lake Comedy Showcase at Small Town Brewery Taproom, Wauconda, 8:00 p.m. Free show. Donations to comedians encouraged. With Darius Kennedy, Bob Keen, Heather Morgan. Co-hosted by Larry Bloom and Bobby Hayes.

Patton Oswalt at Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, 8:00 p.m.

Liza Treyger at Lincoln Lodge/Under the Gun Theater, 8:00 p.m. This Skokie native has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, This is Not Happening, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Horace & Pete, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Lie Detectors. She has had her own Comedy Central half hour. Her album is Glitter Cheese. Tonight and Saturday night.



Liza Treyger at Lincoln Lodge/Under the Gun Theater, 8:00 p.m.

Funnier By the Lake Comedy Showcase at The Other Side, Crystal Lake, 9:00 p.m. With Sharup Karim, Tim Cox, Carin Fishel, Melissa Richelle.

You’re Being Ridiculous at The Book Stall, Winnetka, 7:00 p.m. YBR founder Jeremy Owens hosts one of Chicago’s best, most moving and funniest storytelling shows.

Las Locas Comedy at The Mozart, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Janice V Rodriguez (Las Locas Comedy). Featuring Be Casper (That Time I got Arrested Podcast), Naz Nazim (Zanies), Hilary Jimenez (The Hilary Show), Carly Kane (Laugh Factory), Alex Kumin (Diamond Comedy Hour).

Preacher Lawson at The Vic, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Attend a live special taping with this America’s Got Talent favorite.



Laura Hugg at Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, 10:30 a.m. A special presentation by Laura Hugg: “My Job as a Stand-Up Comedian.”

Nobody’s Business Workshop at Bug House Theater, 1:00 p.m. “This workshop is for any adult struggling with depression or anxiety. It is also for professionals who work within the mental health field. We will engage participants in group exercises based on improvisational theater games that are designed to reduce anxiety, and improve mood and self-esteem.”


Stay up to date with Comedians Defying Gravity by typing your email address in the box and clicking the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam, spam, spam, spam free, and you can opt out at any time.


Leave a Reply