Chicago comedy calendar for Tuesday, June 15-Monday, June 21, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: HBO announced that Jaboukie Young-White will collaborate with Issa Rae to adapt The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members by Vanessa R. Panfil into a half-hour series. The show follows “a closeted 20-something living in Chicago who, grieving a gang-related death, drops out of college to find closure.”

Following is just a fraction of some of the great comedy returning to Chicago. Please also check out my 101 Hot Ticket Alerts. Don’t forget to confirm all details!


Ladylike at The Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON “Ladylike is a storytelling show where women and non-binary performers tell their grossest stories.”

She Memes Well at the 92Y, 6:00 p.m. ONLINE Comedian and actor Quinta Brunson speaks with with Larry Wilmore about her debut essay collection, She Memes Well.

Chicago’s Best Standup at The Laugh Factory, 7:30 p.m. IN PERSON Featuring Kellye Howard, Liz Zagone, Tiny Thickemz, Sarah Perry, Paul Farahvar, Scott Duff, Hannah Boone, Victoria Vincent and more TBA.


Killin’ It at The Kedzie at The Kedzie Inn, 7:30 p.m. IN PERSON With one of comedy’s best, Prateek Srivastava.

Wednesdays After Work at Zanies Chicago, 6:30 p.m. IN PERSON

The Laugh More Showcase at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Girls 5Eva at the 92 Y, 5:00 p.m. ONLINE A conversation with the cast: Meredith Scardino, Sara Bareilles, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps and TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook.


Comedy Tub: Aaron’s Birthday at The Kedzie Inn, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON. Sets from Darrick Jones, Laura Hugg, Chris Kladis, Aaron Burzak, Liz Greenwood, Jerry Tran and Aaron McDavis.

Happy to be Here at Second City, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Out of the House Party at Second City, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie, Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari at the 92 Y. ONLINE. 4:00 p.m. A conversation about the new season of Netflix’s Master of None including Emmy winner and Chicagoan Lena Waithe.


High Spirits Comedy at Spirit Water Taproom, Cary. A Funnier By The Lake Production, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON With host Bobby Hayes.

“Father Jokes Best” starring Chicago’s Joe Nuccio and featuring Mike Maxwell with host JT Newton at Grapevine Theatre, Lake Geneva, WI, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON

The Comedy of Freds 3 & 4 with Fred Klett and Son at The Castle, Beloit, WI, 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Gary Owen at The Improv, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. IN PERSON Tonight through Sunday (Sunday only at 7.)

A Calmedy Experience at North Bar, 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON Reena Calm presents Matt Brown, Caitlin Checkeroski, Joe Fernandez, Spark Tabor.

Vince Carone at Zanies Chicago, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON Tonight and Saturday night.


Las Locas Comedy with Lalita Dee, Hilary Jimenez, Susana Rodriguez, Anna Lucero, KB Marion and host Janice V Rodriguez at DSTRKT, 7:30 p.m. In person and livestream also available.

We See You Comedy Show: Juneteenth Edition at North Bar, 8:30 p.m. IN PERSON Hosted by Ben Noble.

Love and Laughter Festival with comedians Rodney Perry, TK Kirkland, Red Grant and musical acts Bone Thugs & Harmony and Twista at Soldier Field South Lot, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON


Out of the House Party at Second City, 5:00 p.m. IN PERSON

Caitlin Cook at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON


Open Mics at Lincoln Lodge, 5:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. IN PERSON A great way to get to know Chicago comedians and hear the comedy process even if you’re not going up yourself!

Monday Night Jam at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 7:30 p.m. IN PERSON Improv jam for all levels of experience.

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