Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, November 14-Sunday, November 20, 2022

Maria Bamford is here this week!/Photo by Robyn Von Swank


Nov. 25-Jan. 1: Christmas Bingo It’s A Ho-Ho-Holy Night by Vicki Quade at Greenhouse Theater Center

Dec. 1-3: Mo Amer at The Den Theatre. Tickets almost gone. Sixth show just added!

Dec. 8: Bad Momz of Comedy Benefit for Gratitude Generation at ABL Group Design Center, Highwood

Dec. 10-11: Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery in A Swingin’ Little Christmas at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake

Dec. 11: Josh Sneed, Paul Farahvar & Joe Antonacci Stand Up for Parkinsons at Zanies Rosemont

Dec. 23: Brandon Wetherbee’s You, Me, Them, Everybody Live 14 Year Anniversary Show at Hungry Brain


Riddles: Mike Bonner, Uncle Hank & Nephew Big Low Down, Skinbone, Mike Samp, Mo Good, Reko Osofunny & Friends

Zanies Chicago: That’s Messed Up, Super 6 Showcase, Mike Recine, Rene Vaca, Chad and JT, Jessimae Peluso & Carly Aquilino, Matt McCusker, Calvin Evans

Zanies Rosemont: The Nick D Podcast, New Material Night, Ron Funches, Jessimae Peluso & Carly Aquilino, Fritz Nothnagel Album Recording


Live Comedy at The Logan Theatre, 8:30 p.m. Lia Berman hosts this long-running top notch open mic. A great opportunity to see what Chicago comedians are working on and talking about.


Tight Five at Comedy Bar, 8:00 p.m. Comedians’ tightest five minutes.

Write Club Chicago: The Farm Upstate at Gman Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Special Guest Host Lily Be with Josh Zagoren Combatants: Veronica Arreola v Amy Eaton, Elana Elyce v Will Sonheim, Ricky Harris v Carly Lauren.


Places I Can’t Return To at The Comedy Bar, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Sean Flannery. His memoir here. Latest episode of The Blackout Diaries podcast here with Nick Vatterott.

CHIRP Radio Presents: The First Time at Martyrs, 7:30 p.m. Storytelling about a first time paired with a song. Anna Lucero, Keisa Reynolds, Josh Caterer, Josh Friedberg, Alicia Nesbary Moore, Joe Shanahan

Mortified Live at The Music Box, 8:00 p.m. “Everyday people reading aloud their most embarrassing, pathetic and private teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes… in front of total strangers.” His comedy talks about growing up with Bolivian and Iranian heritage in the U.S.

Martin Amini at Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Martin’s standup special Son of an Ice Cream Man was filmed at the Kennedy Center. His comedy touches on growing up with Bolivian and Iranian heritage in the U.S.


Maria Bamford at The Den Theatre, 7:15 p.m. Stephen Colbert said that she is his favorite comedian on earth. Through Saturday.

Mosque4Mosque at The Den Theatre, 7:30 p.m. “Ibrahim is an average 30-something queer Arab-American Muslim who is constantly being reminded how unmarried he is by his relentlessly caring immigrant mother … A comedy about a normal Muslim American family that asks us to wrestle with what we believe normal to be.” Previews: November 17-20. Then many show times through December 17. Follow link for all details.

Alex Moffat at The Comedy Vault, Batavia, 7:30 p.m. You can see this SNL alum through Saturday. Follow link for all show times.

Kevin Casey White at Lincoln Lodge, 9:00 p.m. Live album recording.


Back Room Comedy at aliveOne, 8:30 p.m. Colleen Brennan hosts Raghu Adibhatla (Dry Bar Comedy), Alexa Jaeger (Lincoln Lodge, Laugh Factory), Kimberly Marion (Zanies, Laugh Factory), Evan Hull (Zanies Laugh Factory), Lauren Hooberman (Back Room Comedy, Hot Dish! podcast), Lia Berman (Back Room Comedy, Logan Lounge).

Nick Gaza at CG’s Comedy Club, 8:00 p.m., Bolingbrook Tonight and Saturday night.

Stir Friday Night at iO, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s longest-running Asian American comedy team.


Grown Folks Comedy at Copper Still Martini Bar, 6:30 p.m. Larro hosts Finch and Baldhead Phillips.

Patti Vasquez, Tok Moffat, Jayson Cross, Brian Roe at Salerno’s Pizza, Oak Park, 7:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8:00 p.m.

Foil Arms & Fog at The Vic, 8:00 p.m. The sketch comedy group from Ireland.

Nowhere Comedy at Online, 9:00 p.m. The Unpresidential Debate with Chicago comedians Hal Sparks and Frangela with Chris Bonno and Eliza Skinner.

Punchlines Comedy Benefit Tour at Museum of Contemporary Art, 8:00 p.m.  From the Penny Appeal USA and illMuslimsillarious series with Yasmin Elhady, Ahamed Weinberg, and Moses The Comic. “These comics represent diversity in the expression of faith, ethnicity, professional background, and identity.”


It’s Giving Thanks at iO, 7:00 p.m. “Fall through the eye of Gen Z.”

Amir K at The Comedy Bar, 6:30 p.m. Friday thru Sunday.

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