Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, November 18-Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Rest of the week coming soon! Please confirm all details before heading out!


Making Comics at The Hideout, 5:30 p.m. Lynda Barry book release party!

Jay Jurden at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. Jay Jurden is one of Just for Laugh’s Festival’s New Faces 2019 and a “Comedian to Watch in 2019” according to New York Timeout. He was also named “Best LGBTQ Comic” by Manhattan Comedy Festival and was the first winner of the Comedy Mob Festival. He is a StandUp NBC finalist alum and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon three weeks ago.


Essay Fiesta at The Book Cellar, 7:00 p.m. Tenth anniversary show! Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast host “a fully potty-trained round-up of some of our favorite Essay Fiestaers: “Essay Fiesta Godmother Alyson Lyon, Journalist and Essayist Britt Julious, Art Teacher and Essay Fiesta Superfan Rachael Kossy, Writer/Playwright/Performer Barrie Cole” and more TBA.

The Second City’s Best of the Holidays at Second City, 8:00 p.m. “We guarantee yule laugh a whole latke …”

Louder Than A Mom at Martyr’s, 8:00 p.m. “… because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story!” You can share or just listen and enjoy and/or commiserate.

Mr. and Mrs. Wednesday Night at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. “Live Band. Improvised Music. Marvelous Mustache. A Clamshell. Comedy. Chaos. And much, much more…”

The 2nd Annual Dumb John Spaghetti Dinner at iO, 10:00 p.m. Featuring Brady and Randy with a free spaghetti dinner for ticket holders.



Deck the Hallmark at Second City, 8:00 p.m. What happens when Second City scripts a Holiday Movie.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 9:00 p.m. Stephanie Weber hosts Kate Willett, Alex Dragicevich, Jess Martínez, Sean Bair Flannery, Tom Plute and the ChUC debut of Colleen Breen.

Best of Chicago 2019 at Thalia Hall, 6:00 p.m. Best of Chicago party includes best of food and entertainment hosted by Best Stand-up Comedian Shannon Noll and Best Drag Performer Lucy Stoole. Early VIP doors at 6:00 p.m. Follow link for all details.

Vince Maranto at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. Vince Maranto is a Chicago icon and nationally touring headliner. He has performed over 20,000 shows at over 450 different clubs, colleges and other venues.

Comedy Cocktail at House of Blues Foundation Room, 6:00 p.m. Music at 6:00 p.m. Comedy at 7:00 with Joe Kilgallon, Doc Love, Sonny Bhatt, Max Shanker, Chris Trani, Abi Sanchez.



Kristen Toomey at Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Tooles, 9:30 p.m. Kristen Toomey hosts her album release party with stand-up from Ed Towns, Joe Kilgallon, Jonah Jurkens, Marty DeRosa, Kellye Howard, Mike Cronin.


Chris Cotton at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. Chris Cotton is a comedian and writer who was also a digital creator at Comedy Central.


Planes, Trains & Automobiles at The Music Box, 7:00 p.m. With John Hughes’ son James Hughes and editor Paul Hirsch in person for a post-film Q&A. Paul Hirsh’s new book is A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits―Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More and will be available for sale at the event by Barbara’s Bookstore.

Nick Kroll at The Vic, 7:30 p.m. All of Nick Kroll’s Chicago shows over the next three days sold out fast, but I recommend calling the venue and checking out (tickets get cheaper closer to the show)

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