Chicago comedy spotlight for Thursday, November 10-Sunday, November 13, 2022

Pete Holmes/Photo by Steve Agee. Pete Holmes is at the Den Theatre this week.


The winners of the 2021 HBO & NYLFF Latino Stand-Up Comedy Competition, Gwen La Roka and Texan Ralph Barbosa star in the HBO Max standup special Entre Nos which debuts tomorrow night.

Thank you to Lia Berman for telling me about Chris Redd‘s recent appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Deon Cole‘s new Netflix comedy special Charleen’s Boy drops on November 15.

Subscribe to Hannibal Buress‘s new blog on Substack The Musical Adventures of Eshu Tune.

The Hollywood Museum held a Celebration of Judy Tenuta‘s Life this week. Many celebrities recorded tributes. An especially great one is Elayne Boosler’s here.

A graphic novel will chronicle the life of Chris Farley, including his time at Second City. Growing Up Farley is co-written by his brother Kevin Farley and will be released by Z2 Comics in fall 2023. Several editions available for pre-order here.


November 18: Colleen Brennan hosts Raghu Adibhatla, Alexa Jaeger, Kimberly Marion, Evan Hull, Lauren Hooberman, Lia Berman at Back Room Comedy at aliveOne.

November 19: Another great Colleen Brennan production: Janice Rodriguez, Laura Hugg, Marz Timms, Mike Hover, Joe White at Waves of Laughter at Uptown Social in Michigan City, IN.

December 15: Patrick Warburton reads Letters From a Nut at The Improv

December 24: Raising the Dead for the Festival of Lights with Lia Berman, Vince Maranto and Seth Davis at Piser Weinstein. A Funnier by the Lake Production.

December 29-31: Preacher Lawson at The Improv

January 20-21: Maz Jobrani at The Den Theatre


Zanies Chicago: Super Eight Redux, Liza Treyger, Calvin Evans, Adam Addis, Taneshia Rice

Zanies Rosemont: Joey Avery, Ryan Sickler, That’s Messed Up Live

Riddles: Correy B, Melanie Comarcho, Sean Larkins

The Improv: Rocky LaPorte, Vince Maranto, Jon Lovitz

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Home for Hanukkah with Bubbe and Zayde at Second City, 7:00 p.m. “Bubbe & Zayde invite you to learn about Hanukkah in the most hilarious way possible.”

Daniel Howell at The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m. The “We’re All Doomed” Tour

Manic Impressive at Lincoln Lodge, 9:00 p.m. New York’s Tristan Miller “offers rapid-fire observations about mental health, identity, as well as a grab bag of absurd characters, as they share their experience living with Bipolar Disorder.”


Lucy’s Comedy at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake, 8:30 p.m. Mike Preston hosts Denise Medina and Jim Flannigan.

The Comedy Nosh at Max & Benny’s, Northbrook, 7:30 p.m. Ricky March hosts Michelle Krajecki and Bob Jay. A Funnier By the Lake Production.


Chicago’s Best Standup at Laugh Factory, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Kristen Toomey, Dwayne Kennedy, B Cole, Ramon Rivas, Alia Janine, Jonah Jurkins, Grace Bahler

One Brilliant Evening at The Bit Theater, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. Check out this theater’s great reviews!

Comedy Dance at LOL Theater, Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. “You’ll just have to see it.”

Jared Logan at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. Jared Logan returns to his comedy hometown. His appearances include The Late Late Show, The Pete Holmes Show, Vh1, Epix, and his own Comedy Central Half Hour. He has two comedy albums and is a writer for late night and film.

Pete Holmes at The Den Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Amy Schumer at The Chicago Theatre, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


The Uncle Louie Variety Show at Des Plaines Theatre, 3:00 p.m. Carlo Russo and Lou Greco on growing up Italian.

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