Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, October 24-Sunday, October 30, 2022


Samantha Irby and Amy Poehler both contributed to Amber Tamblyn’s new anthology Listening in the Dark.

Fatimah Asghar, who co-created and co-starred in the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls, became a critically acclaimed author with their 2018 poetry collection If They Come For Us. Their new work is the novel When We Were Sisters which Ms. Magazine says is “not to be missed.” Fatimah will be in conversation with Jamila Woods on October 25 at Harold Washington Library.

Second City alum Jordan Klepper has a new special on Comedy Central. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers the Midterms – America Unfollows Democracy will air on November 1.


Kevin Smith: November 7-8 at The Music Box

Anne Lamott: November 11 at Copernicus Center

Amy Miller: November 11-12 at The Comedy Bar

Alex Moffat: November 17-19 at The Comedy Vault

Kyle Kinane‘s Kinanesgiving with Special Guests: November 21-22 at Thalia Hall

Correy Bell: November 25-26 at The Comedy Bar

Netra: December 9-10 at CG’s Comedy Club

Josh Gondelman: December 28 at Zanies Chicago


Zanies Chicago: Jeanie Doogan hosts Marilee, Jamie Shriner, Deanna Ortiz, Victoria Vincent in Undeniably Funny. Super 6 Showcase, Graham Elwood, Karen Rontowski, Pat Regan, Calvin Evans

Zanies Rosemont: New Material Night, Mr. Derick, Karen Rontowski

Riddles: Lawrence Owens and Friends

The Improv: Bryan Callen

PLUS these fifteen only-in-Chicago shows. Please confirm all details before leaving home …


Basketmouth with Brian Babylon at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Bright Okpocha, known by the stage name Basketmouth, is one of the most famous comedians in Nigeria and an internationally touring headliner. Brian Babylon was on Windy City Live last Friday and shared how he was almost deported out of Nigeria before he even got out of the airport, but a call to Basketmouth saved the trip.


Comedy Night at the Foundation Room at The House of Blues, 7:30 p.m. Comedians and cocktails every Tuesday night.

Tickles and Tacos at The Promontory, 7:00 p.m. Serena Monay hosts Dawn B, Anthony Bonazzo and headliner MG Barry.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 9:00 p.m. Jamie Shriner hosts Olivia Carter and headliner KB Marion.

Girl God at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. The always sold-out popular trans comedy and writing duo featuring April Clark and Grace Freud.


Laughs On a Hot Tin Roof at Five & Dime, Evanston, 7:30 p.m. Seth Davis, Laura Hugg and Aaron McDavis premiere their new weekly show.

Bobcat Goldthwait at Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. “Still working on new shit.”


Adam Burke Album Recording at Newport Theater, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. This internationally touring headliner and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! panelist records his second album hosted by Lele Mason and with special guests Sonal Aggarwal, Sean Flannery and Chelsea Hood.

My Best Friend is Black Anniversary Show at Lincoln Lodge, 8:30 p.m. Celebrating a year of hit shows. Marcus Banks hosts special guests Tiny Thickemz, Cleveland Anderson and Jeff Brumfield. Standup, sketch, games and improv.


Zarna Garg at The Comedy Vault, Batavia, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. She is a nationally touring headliner, award-winning writer and a lawyer and mom. “She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians worldwide, and quite possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law.” Also Thursday and Saturday nights.

Pop-up Magazine: Love Stories at The Athenaeum, 7:30 p.m. Lineup includes comedian Pamela Rae Schuller


Therapy Players at The Skokie Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s premier award-winning all-psychotherapist improv troupe in their Halloween show “Raising Your Spirits.”

Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows at David Rubenstein Forum, 7:30 p.m. The two SNL alums will chat about their lives in comedy and Kevin Nealon’s new book. Access to special signing with book purchase.

Stand Up and Laugh Community Comedy Jam at Center Stage Theater, Naperville, 8:00 p.m. Sonya D hosts Jesnaira Baez, Beanz the Comedian and Leon Rogers.

Big Grande at Lincoln Lodge, 10:00 p.m. This L.A. improv team is Drew Tarver, Jon Mackey, Dan Lippert and Ryan Rosenberg.


Halloween Improv Brunch at Second City, 12:00p.m. Costume optional.

Patti Vasquez and Friends at Laugh Factory, 7:00 p.m. Bill Maher called Patti, “The funniest woman in comedy since Carol Burnett.”

Sunday Fizz at Rhapsody Theater, 7:30 p.m. Music, comedy and musical comedy with Robbie Ellis (The Annoyance, WFMT). With Prateek Srivastava, Matthew Griffo, Plucky Rosenthal and Jackie Chylinski.

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