Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, February 10-Sunday, February 16, 2020

Visitors in town: Kristina Kuzmic!

Team Coco and “Comedy Battle Royale” are here celebrating the NBA All-Star weekend with special shows and guests. Sterling and Shannon Brown bring “Oh, You Got Jokes?” to Chicago. Plus, the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival is here. See below for all the comedy all-stars.

At Zanies: Dwayne Kennedy (Chicago), Kelsie Huff (Chicago), Kristen Toomey (Chicago), Kurt Braunohler (Chicago), Tim Walkoe (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Langston Kerman (Rosemont).

At Riddles: TK Kirkland

At The Improv: Bobby Lee.

Ticket alerts:

February 27: The H Foundation Presents Comedy for Cancer to support the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Darlas hosts Jeanie Doogan, Mike Toomey, and headliner Pat Tomasulo.

May 3: Mother’s Day Comedy Show with headliner Kristen Toomey. A “Funnier By the Lake” Production.

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


Honoring Viola Spolin at The American Writers Museum, 6:30 p.m. Viola Spolin was the founder of improv as we know it. This event also celebrates “Second City’s 60th anniversary and the release of The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History with an improvised discussion by moderator Mark Bazer (The Interview Show, WTTW) and talent from The Second City.” Book signing follows.

Rudy Ray Moore’s Disco Grandfather at The Music Box, 7:00 p.m. Rudy Ray Moore was the inspiration for Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name.

Power Couples of Improv  at Comedy Clubhouse, 8:00 p.m.

The Chicago Puntathlon at Call Bar, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s only pun competition.



The Second City’s Black History Month Show, 8:00 p.m. A retrospective with a new spin on Second City classics.


News It (Or Lose It) at The Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. The new show created and hosted by the most excellent Adam Burke.


Kristina Kuzmic at Doubletree by Hilton, Lisle/Naperville, 7:00 p.m. Chicagoland is fortunate to be one of the stops on Kristina Kuzmic’s book tour. Her memoir Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still is extraordinary. She is hilarious, brilliant, insightful and one of the most uplifting people you could ever meet and she does plan on meeting everyone at the signing. Interview coming soon! Sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshops.


Hannibal Buress and Lil Rel Howery at Thalia Hall, 7:00 p.m. “An intimate show at Pilsen’s Thalia Hall to kick-off NBA All Star Weekend.” Great conversation with Hannibal Buress in this month’s Chicago Magazine.


Comedy Battle Royale at Harold Washington Cultural Center, 5:00 p.m. “New York vs. Chicago.”

Shticky Situation in Bucktown, 7:00 p.m. Free show. Location given upon RSVP. With Jeremy Drazner, Eunji Kim, and sketch troupe Post Malort featuring Andrew Zessar, Vanessa Grisko, Steven Milo. Kelly Thornton, JP Liebenson, and Brenna Bradley, and emcee Naomi Spungen. Sponsored by ORT Chicago.


Team Coco at Bottom Lounge, 7:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Moses Storm and Chris Redd

9:30 p.m. Pete Holmes’ Silly Silly Fun Boy Tour

11:30 p.m. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious


Sterling and Shannon Brown Presents: Oh, You Got Jokes? at CIBC Theater, 7:00 p.m. With Just Nesh, Damon Williams, Corey Holcomb, Tony Roberts.

Valentine’s Day at Second City, 8:00 p.m. A long list! Follow link for details

Valentine’s Day at iO, 8:00 p.m. Long list! Follow link for details.

Mortified: Doomed Valentine at Sleeping Village, 8:00 p.m. “Witness ‘personal redemption through public humiliation’ in a refreshing show that is equal parts comedic, cathartic and voyeuristic.”

The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival at Credit Union 1 Arena, 7:00 p.m. Starring Mike Epps, Haha Davis, Karlous Miller, Desi Banks.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Special Valentine’s Day shows.

8:00 p.m. Marty DeRosa hosts Sean Flannery, Joe Kilgallon, Chastity Washington, Maddie Wiener

10:30 p.m. Jonah Jurkens hosts Nate Burrows, Marty DeRosa, Jeanie Doogan, Ed Towns, Chastity Washington


Las Locas Presents: ¡The Tercer Anniversary Show! at Wynwood, 8:00 p.m. Three year anniversary of this acclaimed Latina stand-up comedy show. Hosted by Las Locas Comedy Producer Janice V Rodriguez. Featuring Jess Martinez (Las Locas Comedy), Emily Ogle (Can TV’s LOL!), Lily Be (The Stoop), Sonal Aggarwal (Laugh Factory), Stephanie Weber (Lincoln Lodge). Get tickets soon-Las Locas sells out in advance! Limited early bird tickets for $5 by following link.


An Evening with Bill Gorgo at The Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, 6:00 p.m. Doors at 6:00 p.m. Show at 8:00 p.m. Your great headliner: Bill Gorgo. Featuring Pam Engelhart. Hosted by Dario Durham. A Mark Klaber Production. Get tickets soon-tickets sell out in advance! Call Continental Restaurant at (847) 459-4095.

Team Coco at Bottom Lounge, 2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. Knuckleheads Live Podcast Recording w/Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles w/Guest Lil Rel Howery

9:30 p.m. Roy Wood Jr., Joe Mande, Nicole Byer

11:30 p.m. Jermaine Fowler, Fahim Anwar, Zainab Johnson

Feminist Happy Hour at Empty Bottle, 8:30 p.m. A special Galentine’s Day party with headliner Meg Indurti.


E.T.C.’s 44th Revue at Second City, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The brand new Revue!

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