I’ve scoured listings since late October so you can make New Year’s Eve plans while tickets are still plentiful. We still seem to be in a plandemic with things subject to change, so please confirm all details! If you have a show to add, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this New Year brings you laughs, as many as possible! Here is everything I know so far about what’s happening in Chicago comedy on December 31, 2022:
Jimmy Carrane’s Long Form Improv Tune-Up Class at Green Shirt Studio, 10:00 a.m. Discount before December 17.
Steve Cochran’s NYE Comedy at The Raue Center, Crystal Lake, 3:00 p.m.
Best of the Holidays at Second City, 3:00 p.m.
Vicki Quade’s Late Nite Catechism at Greenhouse Theater Center, 5:00 p.m.
Matt Rife at Zanies Chicago, 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Comedy Sportz Holiday Battle at Second City, 6:00 p.m.
Pat Tomasulo’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Spectacular at Beverly Arts Center, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
DeRay Davis’ Funny And Famous Chi Town Comedy Countdown with Donnell Rawlings, Morgan Ray, Chico Bean at Arie Crown Theater , 7:00 p.m.
John Oliver at The Chicago Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
Do The Right Thing, No Worries If Not at Second City Mainstage, 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Great Altercations at Second City e.t.c., 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Andy Pitz at The Comedy Vault, Batavia, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Preacher Lawson at The Improv, 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery at Second City, 7:30 p.m.
The Second City’s Jingle Bell Ruckus at Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Arlington Hts, 7:30 p.m.
Kristen Toomey at The Comedy Bar, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Beer Flight Comedy with Denise Medina, Tim Brennan, Sharron Palm & headliner Mike Stricker at The Parched Pug, Libertyville, 8:00 p.m.
Practical Theater Company’s Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue at Studio5, Evanston, 8:00 p.m.
Vicki Quade’s Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night at Greenhouse Theater Center, 8:00 p.m.
Steph Tolev at Zanies Rosemont, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Fire and Beer at The Annoyance, 8:00 p.m.
Mike Caceres hosts Brooks Sullivan and Abi Sanchez at CG’s Comedy Club, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
What the Elf at Second City, 8:00 p.m.
Improvised Jane Austen at iO, 8:00 p.m.
Improvised Survivor at iO, 8:00 p.m.
Improvised Sitcom at iO, 8:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Doyle & David Edelfelt‘s “De-Lovely: An Evening of (mostly) Cole Porter at Davenport’s Piano Bar, 8:00 p.m.
Roxie Bellows at The Skokie Theatre, 8:00 p.m.
Cameron Esposito at The Den Theatre, 8:30 p.m.
Brandon Kieffer hosts Kadeem Fuller, Kayley Horton, Rami Abushhab, Courtney Zelazny, Tim Casey at Red Room Comedy, 8:30 p.m.
Sonya ‘D hosts Aaliyah Ford, Marcus Martin, Comedian Honcho at Stand Up & Laugh Comedy Jam at Social Bar & Grill, Wheeling, 9:00 p.m.
Chill AF at Second City, 9:00 p.m.
Trapped in a Holiday Musical at Second City, 9:30 p.m.
Nitz & Howe New Years Eve 2022 Special Show at Davenport’s Piano Bar, 9:30 p.m.
Lucia Whalen and Nate Armbruster’s New Year’s Laughin’ Eve at The Den Theate, 10:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Comedy Bash 2023 with Lele Mason, Calvin Evans, Sarah Perry, Jonah Jurkens, Zako Ryan, Chris Higgins at Laugh Factory, 10:30 p.m.
Holidays From Hell at iO, 10:30 p.m.
Annoyance Night Live with The Garden Boys at The Annoyance, 11:00 p.m.