Chicago comedy spotlight for Tuesday, October 12 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ticket alerts: Funnier by the Lake at Madame ZuZu’s on Oct. 22.

Following is a Spotlight of just some of the great original comedy in Chicago this week. Still a plandemic – please confirm all details!


Gary Gulman at The Vic, 8:00 pm. With Colbert writer Emmy Blotnick. It looks like more tickets just became available to see some of the greatest comedians in the history of the art.

The Bob Curry 2021 Showcase at Second City, 8:00 p.m. “We welcome all comedy lovers, casting agents, and industry execs to this annual event that always sells out quickly!”

Tall Tales of Comedy at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. “The NY Comedy Festival and Audible are collaborating to present the first-ever “Tall Tales of Comedy”, a national competition that will bring together the best emerging comedic storytellers from across the country.”


Liz Miele at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. Liz Miele is an internationally touring headliner, podcaster and author (Why Cats Are Assholes).

Feelin’ Prickly at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m. A pro-choice fundraiser for Texas organizations.


Maria Bamford at The Den Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Stephen Colbert said Maria Bamford is his favorite comedian on Planet Earth and he’s not alone. One of my highlights of the past year was her slumber party for fans/friends. Maria Bamford is at The Den Theatre THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17. Follow link for all show times.

Gabriel Iglesias at The United Center, 8:00 p.m.

Nurse Blake at The Vic, 7:00 p.m. Comedy by a popular frontline responder.

My Best Friend is Black at The Lincoln Lodge, 9:00 p.m. “Comedy variety show that focuses on providing a platform for Black and People of Color performers.”


The Lincoln Lodge Presents James Fritz 7:30 p.m. A favorite originally-from-Chicagoan returns! With special opener Bobcat Goldthwait.

Back Room Comedy at AliveOne, 8:30 p.m. Lauren Hooberman hosts Lia Berman, Lindsay Porter, Hari Rao, Adam Kwaselow, Ryan Marchetti.

Jessica Kirson at Zanies, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Through Sunday. Follow link for all showtimes. Jessica will be at Zanies Rosemont next week.

The Heather McDonald Experience at City Winery, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Through Saturday. Follow link for all showtimes.

Funnier by the Lake at Spirit Water Brewery Distillery Taproom, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Bobby Hayes.

Jo Koy at The Chicago Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Through Sunday. Follow link for all showtimes.


Zanies’ Stand Up Class at Zanies Rosemont, 3:00 p.m. Taught by one of Chicago’s iconic comedians, Bill Gorgo. Six weeks with a graduation show onstage at Zanies!

Have A Laugh! Comedy Showcase at The Sullivan Community Center, Vernon Hills, 7:00 p.m. Headliner is multi award-winning Chicago great, Larry Reeb. Featuring Hari Rao and Sarah Perry. Hosted by Richard Laible.

Fem Com Grad Show at Lincoln Lodge, 6:00 p.m. Chicago’s only all-female comedy class.

Sweetest Day Comedy Jam with at Arie Crown Theater, 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Starring D.C. Young Fly, Kountry Wayne, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller and Tony Roberts. Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Larry “The Soup Nazi” Thomas at The Comedy Shrine, 8:00 p.m. A special edition of the “Whose Line Show.”

Alton Brown at CIBC Theater, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The “Beyond the Eats Tour.”

Chicago Improv Studio at Bughouse Theater, 7:30 p.m. Improv begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a free screening and discussion of the film Amongst the Crowd at 10:30 p.m.

Mi Gordito Comedy Night at Mi Gordito Restaurant, Loves Park, 8:00 p.m. Marcos Lara hosts Adam Kwaselow, Jen Durbent, Cory Lara and headliner Patti Vasquez.

Charlie Berens at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 8:00 p.m. “The Midwest Survival Guide Tour.”


Out of the House Party at Second City, 5:00 p.m. The E.T.C.’s 45th Revue.

Sauteed Standup at Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. The city’s only comedy cooking show competition.

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