Chicago comedy spotlight: Wednesday, March 2- Monday, March 7, 2022


March 19: Beth Stelling at The Den Theatre

March 25: Lauren Hooberman hosts Adam Kwaselow and headliner Paul Farahvar at Madame Zuzu’s in Highland Park. A Funnier By the Lake Production. This show will sell out!

April 9: River Butcher at The Den Theatre

April 12: Seth Meyers at The Vic

June 17: Mark Normand at The Vic

Oct. 13-14: Chris Rock at The Chicago Theatre


ZANIES CHICAGO: K-Von, Casey Balsham, Jon Rudnitsky, Damon Williams (also livestreams), Fight the Funnies

ZANIES ROSEMONT: K-Von, Casey Balsham, Calvin Evans

RIDDLES: Marlon Mitchelll and Marc Henderson, Robert Kane Birthday Show

THE IMPROV: Ian Bagg, Kristina Kuzmic

Plus, here are ten more! Please confirm all details before leaving home. (I have a giant list of even more 2022 shows here.)


Cara Connors at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. Cara Connors is a nationally touring headliner and star of E!’s Dating #NoFilter and the feminist investigative series Cara Takes Up Space. Tonight she brings her Straight for Pay Tour to hometown Chicago. Interview with Cara here.


Las Locas Comedy Chingonas Comedy Hour at The Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Featuring Jess Martinez, Janice Rodriguez, Victoria Vincent, Deanna Ortiz and more TBA. Interview with Janice here.

Jim Gaffigan at The Chicago Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Jim Gaffigan’s Fun Tour is here through Saturday, March 5. Interviews with Jim Gaffigan here and here. Interview with Jeannie Gaffigan, his partner in comedy and life, here.


Drink Date Laugh at The Laugh Factory, 7:30 p.m. The one-of-a-kind comedy showcase/game show created and hosted by Paul Farahvar. Interview with Paul here.

The Young Hustle Show at The Laugh Factory, 9:30 p.m. Featuring Clay Hurlbut, St James Jackson, Lyssa Laird, Ken Garr and more TBA. Zach Freeman wrote about Young Hustle in the Chicago Tribune here.


Kristina Kuzmic at The Improv, Schaumburg, 3:00 p.m. Kristina Kuzmic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in wartime, nearly lost everything, won Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star and has only gone from strength to strength. Interviews with Kristina here and here.

One Group Mind & Tricky Mickey at The Comedy Clubhouse, 7:30 p.m. “Top improvisers and improv teams from One Group Mind followed by Tricky Mickey, a team known for some of the most complex techniques in the industry.” 

Main Stage Mic at the Comedy Clubhouse, 10:15 p.m. A showcase of Chicago’s top comics.


Together at Last at Second City, 7:00 p.m. “A non-stop celebration of how we have persisted and even thrived during these impossibly difficult times.” 


We’re Here for the 7:30 at Second City, 7:30 p.m. “The Fifty/50 service staff is taking a night off from The Second City resident stages to take your improv suggestions instead of your orders. If you’ve ever asked the staff, “Are you a performer, too?”, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE THEM SHINE!” Amazing ticket price at just $5.

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