Spotlight on thirteen comedy shows: Monday, May 2-Sunday, May 8, 2022


May 14: Neal Brennan added a day to his appearance at The Den Theatre after May 12-13 sold out. Tickets still available for May 14.

May 26-28: Michelle Wolf at The Den Theatre.

May 29: Vicki Quade presents the 29th Anniversary of Late Nite Catechism with a special performance and 29 tickets available at the 1993 price of $8! These specially priced tickets are available directly through the Greenhouse box office (773-404-7336) , or at ThunderTix using the code LNC29. All other tickets are $35.

June 3-26: Jan Slavin in Blithe Spirit at The Skokie Theatre. You can also see Jan at a special Mother’s Day show at Laugh Factory. See below!

June 11: Fortune Feimster Netflix recording at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

July 15: Hannah Einbinder at The Den Theatre.

August 5: Ron Funches at The Den Theatre.

September 22-23: Kevin Hart at The United Center.

I forgot to sign up for a special Illinois Libraries Zoom conversation last week with Nick Offerman and Jeff Tweedy! But relieved to find it here.


Here is this week’s Spotlight, including Mother’s Day comedy specials! Please confirm all details before leaving home!

At Zanies Chicago: Fight of the Funnies, Super 6 Showcase, Doug Benson, Steven Michael Quezada, Tributo a Vicente Fernandez con El KeChehente, Steve Iott, Calvin Evans, Mother’s Day Special.

At Zanies Rosemont: Pat Tomasulo, Doug Benson, Carlos Ballarta, Steven Michael Quezada

At Riddles: Robert Kane, Anthony Fuentes, Hondo Laguna, Kelly Kellz, Myra J, Mo Good, Tara Terry, Julia Stoyanova. Special appearance by George Wallace May 6-7!

At The Improv: Tammy Pescatelli



Lisa Beasley at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Lisa Beasley is the “Best Mayor Impersonator” according to The Chicago Reader. Tonight’s debut, “Lisa Beasley’s Unpolitical Women Comedy Show” features Lisa as “Mayor Lori Litefoot” with a special Q&A, and Chicago’s top stand-ups.


Mike Glazer and Brian Babylon at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. A double headliner show with two of Chicago’s top stand-ups, both also known for their TV and radio writing and impact on the national comedy scene.


Pat Tomasulo & Friends at Zanies, Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. New material night. WGN’s Pat Tomasulo and other local comedians give you a sneak peak at new material and a behind-the-scenes view of how laughs are made.


Erica Rhodes at The Comedy Vault, Batavia, 7:30 p.m. Erica Rhodes is an award-winning, chart-topping comedian whose appearances include Modern Family, Veep, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Shows through Saturday. Follow link for all details.

Comedy Sportz at Second City, 7:00 p.m. Comedy Sportz is now at Second City! Tonight is League Night.

Hot Dish! at Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. Host and comedian Lauren Hooberman interviews Kevin Bozeman about life and comedy, and it’s a cooking show, too!

Las Locas Chingona Comedy Hour at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Featuring Janice Rodriguez, Jess Martinez, Soli Santos, Kimberly Marion and more TBA.


Drink Date Laugh! at Laugh Factory, 7:30 p.m. Paul Farahvar’s one-of-a-kind interactive standup comedy game show with Sarah Perry, Andy Fleming and Kyle Scanlan.


Sarah Cooper at UIC Dorin Forum, 6:00 p.m.  Sarah Cooper and the Chicago Tribune’s Britt Julious discuss finding genuine friendships in our strange new world. A Chicago Humanities Festival presentation.

Sasheer Zamata at The Den Theatre, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Sasheer Zamata can be seen on ABC’s Home Economics, Hulu’s Woke, and Comedy Central’s Robbie and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for four seasons. She has also appeared on This American Life and Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

To Insanity and Beyond: A Late Night Shenanigans Review at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m. The Chicago Reader’s “best sketch/improv troupe.


Improv Brunch at Second City, 12:00 p.m. Brunch, mimosas and comedy.

Mother’s Day Comedy Showcase at The Laugh Factory, 7:00 p.m. Steven Springer hosts a spectacular lineup: Jan Slavin, Mariann Aalda, Rhonda Cohn, Diane Corder, Lindsay Porter, Linda Collins.

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