Chicago comedians in the news: Saturday Night Live announced its new cast members, including Chicagoan and Northwestern grad Sarah Sherman a/k/a Sarah Squirm whose time here always meant sold-out shows. Chicagoan Beck Bennett announced that he is leaving the show.
Ticket alerts: Sarah Cooper at The Den Theatre on November 12-13.
Following is just a fraction of all the original comedy happening in Chicago this weekend. Please confirm all details.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Tuxedo Cat Comedy at Beauty Bar, 8:00 p.m. Standup with Kristen Toomey, Rebecca Fass, Nick Ogle, Suz Ballout, Vivian Sille, Tok Moffat. Hosted by Jerry Tran.
It’s That Time of the Month at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. “A variety show for the gals.”
Greg Warren at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Through October 3. Follow link for all show times.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
High Fiber Comedy at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. Starring Jan Slavin, Bill Gorgo, Michelle Krajecki, John Petlicki and Bob Jay.
Drink Date Laugh at Laugh Factory, 7:00 p.m. The interactive comedy game show produced and hosted by Paul Farahvar.
Hasan Minhaj at The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The King’s Jester Tour. Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Vicki Quade’s Holy Ghost Bingo at Greenhouse Theater Center, 8:00 p.m. Halloween fun and laughs for every age!
The Young Hustle Show at Laugh Factory, 9:30 p.m. Featuring St James Jackson, Nick Ogle, Clay Hurlbut, Skyler Higley, Calvin Evans and more comedians to be announced!
Holy F*ck Comedy Hour at The Annoyance, 11:59 p.m. The famous interactive show is back!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
Laugh Your Face Off at Park West, 7:00 p.m. AND ONLINE Pat and Amy Tomasulo’s annual benefit for the Facial Pain Research Foundation. Tickets are sold out in-person, but this year the event will also stream live with Pat Tomasulo, Chastity Washington, Calvin Evans, Kyle Ayers and Jim Flannigan.
Cameron Esposito at The Den Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Cameron Esposito returns to her hometown. She is a star of every medium: stage, TV, film and page.
Faded by T Murph at The Promontory, 7:00 p.m. This Chicago comedian is also known for his starring role on Hulu’s Woke.
An Evening with Paula Poundstone at The Athenaeum Theatre, 7:30 p.m. One of the fastest minds in comedy. Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! She was inducted into Sirius Radio’s Comedy Hall of Fame and her career is featured at the National Comedy Museum.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
Emma Willmann at Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. From Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Second City Grad Revue Shows 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.