Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, September 9 – Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news:

Ross and AJ’s new interactive movie The Gift and the Not Gifted premieres on Whatifi on September 16.

Stand Up! Records is re-releasing a split single between Kyle Kinane and Minneapolis band The Slow Death tomorrow. Follow this link.

The Playground Theater is back in business and, among many other events, preparing for Bittersweet Fest at the Lincoln Lodge on October 8-9.

John Mulaney appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday. He talked about his rollercoaster year, including taking a job with Seth Meyers, recovery and relapse, interventions, and expecting a baby with Olivia Munn.

Ticket alerts!

September 14: Abby McEnany performs with Virgin Daiquiri at The Annoyance. Tickets here.

September 20: CAMP: A Comedy Show is back for one night only at The Lincoln Lodge in person AND online. Tickets here.

September 24 & 26: Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice at Zanies Chicago. Tickets here.

Please also see my constantly-updating-Giant List of Comedy Ticket Alerts here.

Following is just a small spotlight on all the excellent original comedy happening in Chicago this next week. Please confirm all details!


Hannibal Buress at The Promontory, 8:00 p.m. Surprise pop-up event. Free with RSVP at

Tuxedo Cat Comedy at Beauty Bar, 8:00 p.m. Standup with Kellye Howard, Eunji Kim, Mark James Heath, Adam Gilbert, Bailey Pope, Jackie Cooper. Hosted by Casey Larwood.

Laugh Therapy Thursdays at Q’s Lounge & Bar, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Just Nesh.

CJ Sullivan at @NorthBar, 8:00 p.m.

Michael Winslow, Mark Price, Mindy Rickles and Camilla Cleese at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, 7:30 p.m.

Leanne Morgan at The Vic, 7:00 p.m.

Bobcat Goldthwait at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m.

Jo Koy at Peoria Civic Center, 8:00 p.m.


Pat Tomasulo at Zanies Rosemont, 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Funnier by the Lake at The Laughing Academy, Glenview, 8:00 p.m. Headliner Chris Trani with Marz Timms and host Megan McMurtry.

Jim Norton at City Winery, 7:00 p.m.

Adam Ferrara at The Improv, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Through Sunday. Follow link for all showtimes.

Late Night Catechism with Jenna Steege at Greenhouse Theater Center, 8:00 p.m. Vicki Quade’s hit show returns through January 1, 2022. Follow link for all showtimes.

Michael Ian Black at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Through September 11.

Doug Stanhope at Brauerhouse, Lombard, 8:00 p.m. Through September 11.


Vicki Quade at Printers Row Book Fair, Tent K, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Pick up a signed copy of the acclaimed playwright’s new book, Close Encounters of a Chicago Kind.

Dave Chappelle at the American Family Insurance Ampitheater, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI, 7:30 p.m.

20×2: What Now? at Schubas, 7:00 p.m. Twenty creative people get two minutes each to answer the question, “What now?” any way they’d like.

Baby Wants Candy at Second City, 7:30 p.m.

Out of the House Party at Second City, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


Doug Benson at Zanies, Rosemont, 4:20 p.m. “Doug Loves Movies”

Manic Impressive with Tristan Miller at Newport Theater, 8:00 p.m. “Offering up rapid-fire observations about mental health, growing up in the midwest, as well as a grab bag of absurd characters Tristan Miller shares their experience with Bipolar Disorder.”


Doug Benson at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m.


Abby McEnany at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at 3:00 p.m. September 9. Chicagoan Abby McEnany of Showtime’s hit Work in Progress appears with all female identifying improv team Virgin Daiquiri.


Zako Ryan’s Sorry for Killin’ at Chop Shop, 7:00 p.m. Zako Ryan hosts Adam Burke and more TBA.

Mary Mack at @North Bar, 8:00 p.m.

Andrew Michaan and Friends at Lincoln Lodge, 9:00 p.m.


Oh What a Beautiful Gay at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m. “Huggable Riot’s 26th revue celebrates our complicated, messy lives.”

Super Six Showcase at Zanies, 8:00 p.m. Featuring six of Chicago’s top standups.

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