Chicago comedy spotlight for Wednesday, October 6 – Sunday, October 10, 2021

Chicago comedians in the news: Abby McEnany and Julia Sweeney appeared on The Tamron Hall Show on Tuesday, October 5. Lil Rel Howery’s 8/31 appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden will rerun this Friday.

Did you get to see the return of CAMP: A Comedy Show? The recording has just been released here with the excellent news that it will now be a monthly show.

TICKET ALERTS! CAMP: A Comedy Show, October 25.

Alex Edelman at The Den Theatre, October 28-31

Larry “The Soup Nazi” Thomas at The Comedy Shrine, October 16

Comedy game show Wisecrackin’ begins its Second City run with special guests on October 22. Thru November 12.

The Therapy Players at The Skokie Theatre, October 23

Following is just a fraction of all the original comedy happening in Chicago through Sunday. It’s still a plandemic with showtimes and schedules changing all the time, so please confirm all details. Shows are in person unless otherwise noted.


We’re Back: A Fem Com Alum Show at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. Feminine Comique was founded by Cameron Esposito and the legacy continues with Kelsie Huff, Alex Kumin and Deanna Ortiz and more of Chicago’s top female comedians. Fem Com is Chicago’s only all-female standup class and its alums are top notch.

Gimmie The Light at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. “Passes the light to underrepresented, BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ comedians and artists that are breaking barriers.” Hosted by Sonal Aggarwal and Max Thomas

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Early show: Adam Burke hosts Sonal Aggarwal, Blake Burkhart, Jeanie Doogan, Felonious Munk, Ramon Rivas. Late show: Marc Levalle hosts Erica Clark, Ali Drapos, Terence Hartnett, Rachel McCartney, Michael Meyers, Tim Smith.

The Laugh More Showcase at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Calvin Evans hosts WGN’s Pat Tomasulo and more! Did you catch Calvin Evans’ hilarious set at Pat and Amy Tomasulo’s Laugh Your Face Off Benefit last Saturday? So good.

A Recipe for Disaster at Windy City Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Opening night! “A food-filled farce” conceived by Rick Bayless.

Comedy Sportz Rec League 7:00 p.m. Streaming online. Minor League Improv streams at 8:00 p.m.


Las Locas Comedy Presents: Chingona Comedy Hour at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Featuring Janice Rodriguez, Jackie Cooper, Sonal Aggarwal, Deanna Ortiz, headliner Patti Vasquez and more TBA. Very exciting to see Las Locas at this big and storied venue – Las Locas tickets are always in demand.

Kevin McCaffrey at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. Follow link for show times through Saturday.

BrewTube Comedy at On Tour Brewing Company, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Dwight Simmons. Craft beer and standup! Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. Follow link to guarantee your spot.

Campfire at The Annoyance, 9:30 p.m. Scary true stories and improv featuring Chicago history and other ghost tales.

Congrats On(line) Your Success! 7:30 p.m. Free online show from the iconic CoYS.

Myq Kaplan’s Birthday: One Night Only at the Lincoln Lodge, 10:00 p.m. The lovable and brainy New York comedian wanted his birthday in Chicago!


Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins and Games at Greenhouse Theater Center, 8:00 p.m. You will love Halloween again. Through Sunday, October 31. Follow link for all show times.

The Playground Theater’s 24-hour Bittersweet Festival and fundraiser at Lincoln Lodge AND streaming, 7:00 p.m.

D.L. Hughley at The Improv, Schaumburg, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Through Sunday. Very few tickets left. Follow link for all showtimes.

Jeff Foxworthy at The Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, 8:00 p.m.


Kathleen Madigan at the Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Nikki Glaser at The Vic, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Marcella Arugello at North Bar, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Darci Lynne at Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, 7:00 p.m.

Moses Storm at The Den Theatre, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


Jay Davis Presents Creative Hustle at The Den Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Live taping. “This is a brand new show that brings creative entertainers of all kinds together on one platform to cultivate an unforgettable experience where you will leave with your stomach hurting from laughter, your heart warm with love, and motivation to turn your very own creative ideas into your hustle.” Tonight: Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice, Calvin Evans, Correy Bell, Leon Rogers, Erica Clark, Baldhead hosted by Rodney Perry.

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