Chicago comedy spotlight on 14 shows: Tuesday, May 31- Sunday, June 5, 2022


Second City announced its first artistic advisory board in its 62-year history. Board members “will help guide The Second City’s creative direction and uphold the creative values of the institution.” Stephen Colbert will serve as Artistic Advisory Board Chair with board members Steve Carell, Dwayne Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch
Tim Meadows, Peter Murrieta, Suzy Nakamura, Catherine O’Hara, Sam Richardson, Jeff Richmond, Jason Sudeikis, and Robin Thede.

This June, Second City is celebrating Pride Month … see below.


June 7-20: Drew Michael at Lincoln Lodge

June 9-10: Sarah Sherman at Sleeping Village. Tickets almost gone in Chicago, but available for her next stop at The Cactus Club in Milwaukee. Follow link for details.

June 12: Susan Messing, Jimmy Carrane, John Hildreth at Bughouse Theater

June 14: Resistance is Fertile: A Feminist Variety Show at The Den Theatre

June 15: David Sedaris at Anderson’s Bookshop

June 15: Rhyme Time with the Acme Storytellers (Actor, writer, and producer Mark Roberts (creator of TV’s Mike & Molly, writer of Two and a Half Men), and Chicago musician and composer Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering, Sunshine Boys) at The Hideout

June 16-18: Morgan Murphy at The Den Theatre

July 8: Funny HaHa at The Hideout

August 12-13: Mike Bridenstine Album Recording at Lincoln Lodge

August 14-15: Eddie Pepitone and JT Habersaat at Lincoln Lodge

August 3: Comedy Bang! Bang! at The Chicago Theatre


Riddles: Act A Fool Improv vs. Coops Comic Troupe, Uncle Rail Birthday with special guest London Brown, Damon Williams, 1st Sunday Clean Open Mic

Zanies Chicago: Kevin Bozeman’s DePaul Comedy Class, Wednesday After Work, Kristin Sivills and J-Rod, Mike Britt, After Hours with Calvin Evans, Zako Ryan

Zanies Rosemont: Kristin Sivills and J-Rod, Kevin Bozeman

The Improv: Summer Swelter Comedy Showcase, Joe Gatto


Following are just fourteen of the many original only-in-Chicago comedy shows this week. Please confirm all details before leaving home!


Gut Busting Tuesday at Day 21 Sports Lounge, Calumet City, 8:00 p.m. Marlon Mitchell hosts headliner Just Nesh and more TBA.

Deja Vu Tornado at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. “An alternative comedy variety show featuring Chicago’s most elaborately chaotic performers. This month’s theme is Déjà Vu. Come almost remember what you may have forgotten.” Featuring Kenya Élan, William Paik, Kristi Durkin, Christopher Santiago, Sukhjit Singh, Matt Loxley, Evelyn Troutman.


Diya Basrai at The Hideout, 6:30 This Onion contributor debuts his new standup hour “centered on the strangeness of growing up.”


Congrats On Your Success at Uncharted Books, 7:30 p.m. Headliner: Marty DeRosa.

Las Locas Comedy at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. The Chingona Comedy Hour featuring Janice Rodriguez, Jess Martinez, Patti Vasquez and more TBA.

Comedy N’Cream at Emerald City Coffee, 8:00 p.m. Aaron McDavis hosts Georgia Marie Gove, Greg Mills, and Blake Burkhart.


Queer Eye: The Musical Parody at Second City, 8:00 p.m. Celebrate Pride with Second City with this new show! Follow link for all days and times.

Blackout Diaries at Lincoln Lodge, 10:00 p.m. The show created by Sean Flannery, one of comedy’s best storytellers, where comedians and civilians tell their craziest drinking stories and the audience has a chance to ask questions.

Late Night Date Night at Second City, 11:00 p.m. The Pride Edition. Follow link for all days and times.


The Latest and Greatest at Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. Adam Burke and Victoria Vincent present three of Chicago’s best comedians plus three of the city’s brightest up and coming stars. 

Brian Babylon at The Comedy Bar, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Brian Babylon is the Prince of Bronzeville, a talk show host and a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.

James Austin Johnson at Sleeping Village, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets selling out fast for this Saturday Night Live featured player.


Deep Schwa at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s longest continuingly-running Harold team.

Zako Ryan at Zanies Chicago, 7:00 p.m. Zako Ryan has some of the best comedic energy and original takes on life possible. Highly recommend!

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