Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, March 2-Sunday, March 8, 2020

Visitors in town: Geoff Tate, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dara Ó Briain, Drew Lynch. Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine return to the Chicago Theatre for the latest installment of My Dad Wrote a Porno. Gino Bisconte and Aaron Berg are here for an episode of In Hot Water. Returning to their comedy hometown: Ian Abramson, Zach Peterson and Natasha Pearl Hansen.

At Zanies: Dr. Bill Miller (Chicago), Tacarra Williams (Chicago), Tuesday Ten Showcase (Rosemont), Jim Flannigan (Rosemont).

At The Improv: Vince Carone, Corey Holcomb.

At Riddles: Damon Williams Comedy Series 2020.

Ticket alert: Jeff Garlin at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on April 1.

Chicago comedians in the news: This morning, Vanity Fair  wrote that John Mulaney “was the cure for what’s ailing us” when he hosted Saturday Night Live last night.

Upcoming Chicago comedian TV appearances:

Monday: Cameron Esposito on Conan.

Tuesday: Pete Holmes on the Late Late Show with James Corden.

Tuesday: Nick Offerman on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Wednesday: Beth Stelling on Lights Out with David Spade.

Wednesday: Ed Asner on The Talk. (Ed Asner was a founding member of the  Playwrights Theatre Company, a precursor to the Compass Players and Second City.)

Friday: Kumail Nanjiani on the Late Late Show with James Corden (repeat).

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


Dioversity at iO, 8:30 p.m. An evening with the DiOversity Scholars.


Stand-up Comedy in Winnetka at Avli, 7:30 p.m. Dinner and stand-up. Richard Laible hosts Lauren Hooberman and headliner Bill Gorgo.


Ian Abramson and Zach Peterson at Cards Against Humanity Theater, 8:00 p.m. “Be there, or stand-up could disappear from the world forever. Help keep this historic art form alive.”



Geoff Tate at North Bar, 8:00 p.m. Geoff Tate is from Cincinnati. He regularly tours with Doug Benson and Doug Stanhope and appears on Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug with High.

Psychotic Break at Schuba’s Upstairs, 8:00 p.m. “Chicago’s finest mental illness and addiction themed variety show!” Featuring comedian Sukhjit Singh, storyteller Hannah Enstrom, and songs from Mason Johnson. Hosted by Jenn Sodini and Dan Shapiro. Free show.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 9:30 p.m. Ed Towns hosts Marty DeRosa, Emily Galati, Justin Golak, Jonah Jurkens, Alex Kumin, Aaron McDavis.


Mother Cluckers at Anderson’s Bookshop, LaGrange, 8:00 p.m. Featuring Catherine Dee, Colleen Brennan, Pamela Wehrheim Podolner, Chris Hauri, Bridget McGuire and Janice V. Rodriguez. Followed by after party at Barrel House Social.

bookstore-6-comedianA Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar at Second City, 6:00 p.m. Caty Borum Chattoo and Lauren Feldman discuss their new book, “the first book to discuss contemporary comedy and social justice — in these strange, divisive times.” Sponsored by the Book Cellar. Hosted by Kelly Leonard.

Felonious Munk Live at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Stand-up, sketch and music from the Chicago Tribune’s Comedy Chicagoan of the Year.


Natasha Pearl Hansen at North Bar, 8:00 p.m. Natasha Pearl Hansen is a comedian, author, producer, director and Second City alum.


Academy After Hours at The Laughing Academy, Glenview, 8:00 p.m. Headliner: Prateek Srivastava. Featuring Seth Davis and Sonal Aggarwal. Hosted by Larry Bloom. A “Funnier By the Lake” Production.


Bobcat Goldthwait at The Den Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.


Late Late Breakfast at The Hideout, 2:00 p.m. The comedy equivalent of a surprise party.

Bobcat Goldthwait at The Den Theatre, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.


In Hot Water at North Bar, 7:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. Live podcast recording followed by stand-up show.

Therapy Players at Skokie Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s award-winning all-therapist improv group. UPDATE 3/6: Canceled due to death in family.

Dara Ó Briain at North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie, 8:00 p.m. From Ireland, the “Voice of Reason” Tour.


My Dad Wrote a Porno at the Chicago Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Interview with Jamie Morton here.

Messing with Sutton at The Annoyance Theatre, 10:30 p.m. “A joyful, uncensored, and improvised romp through hell.”


Drew Lynch at The Vic, 7:30 p.m. An America’s Got Talent finalist and Golden Buzzer.

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