Ten shows this week: Monday, July 17-Sunday, July 23, 2023

Hallmark’s special collection of Golden Girls glasses. What do they have to do with Chicago comedy? Please read on ….

Chicago comedians in the news:

Joey and Faith Soloway‘s Transparent musical is headed to Broadway after a successful run at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

And Just Like That – the sequel to Sex and the City – is back for a second season with co-producer and writer Samantha Irby. Her new book is Quietly Hostile.

Jordan Peele will release Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror on October 3.

Notable memoir launches: Maria Bamford (Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult) will be at the Den Theatre, October 26-28 and Gary Gulman (Misfit) is at The Vic on November 17. Aparna Nancherla will release Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself & Imposter Syndrome on September 19. She just had a fabulous show at Lincoln Lodge last month.

In a recent interview with Canvas Rebel, Jamie Campbell talks about the sharp turn his comedy took during the pandemic. He also revealed that his acclaimed Big Dad Energy will be on streaming platforms later this year.

Second City alum Alan Alda is auctioning his M*A*S*H memorabilia at Heritage Auctions through July 28.

Did you catch the last season of A Million Little Things? Cameron Esposito played the prominent role of Greta Strobe. Keep up with Cameron at cameronesposito.com.

Advance Ticket Alerts

Too many to list! Please see my master list Chicago Comedy Ticket Alerts 2023. Just a few:

312 Comedy Festival at venues around the city with Nicole Byers, Nate Bargatze, Craig Robinson, Jeff Ross, Liza Treyger and many more. November.

July 27-29: SNL‘s first non-binary cast member Molly Kearney at Zanies Chicago

July 28-29: Adam Burke at CG’s Comedy Club in Bolingbrook

August 3: Lisa Alvarado special taping at The Den Theatre

August 12: The Therapy Players at Skokie Theatre

August 26: Jay Pharoah special taping at The Den Theatre

August 27: Traci Thomas hosts The Stacks with Samantha Irby at The Hideout

August 31: Orly K.G.’s Bad Momz of Comedy at Zanies Rosemont

September 2-3: Chaunte Wayans at The Den Theatre

September 8: Iliza Shlesinger at The Chicago Theatre

September 29: Matteo Lane at The Chicago Theatre

September 29-30: Patti Vasquez at CG’s Comedy Club in Bolingbrook

October 5: Keegan-Michael Key & Elle Key at Chicago Humanities Festival

October 6: Beth Stelling at The Den Theatre

October 14: Russell Howard at The Athenaeum

October 21: David Sedaris and Henry Rollins at Auditorium Theater

October 22: Liz Miele at The Den Theatre

October 26: Gabriel Iglesias at The United Center

November 4: The Therapy Players at Cornservatory


Zanies Chicago: Angelo Tsarouchas, Kevin Nealon, Nick Hoff, Jessimae Peluso, Juston Smith

Zanies Rosemont: New Material Night, Kevin Nealon, Erik Griffin

Riddles: Alan Ford & Will Hill, Mo Good, Lele Mason, Em Brown, Dawn B, Jeremiah JJ Williamson

The Improv: George Willborn


Please confirm all details before leaving home!


Stands Ups Sit Down at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Paul Farahvar interviews comedians “about everything and anything.”


TJ & Dave at iO, 7:00 p.m. Through Thursday.


So Good We Named It! Live Podcast Recording at Golden Girls Kitchen, 6:30 p.m. A custom dining and entertainment experience immersed in the world of The Golden Girls.

TJ & Dave at iO, 7:00 p.m.


Gwen La Roka at Joe’s Bar, 7:30 p.m. Headliner Gwen La Roka (HBO Max, NY Film Festival Stand Up Comedy Competition winner) with Deanna Ortiz (Chicago Reader‘s Best Standup 2023), Jess Martinez and Joz Sida.

TJ & Dave at iO, 7:00 p.m.


Jay Chandrasekhar Special Taping at Thalia Hall, 7:00 pm., 10:00 p.m. Award-winning director, comedian, actor. (Broken Lizard, Super Troopers, Arrested Development, The Goldbergs, and many more!)

Cougar P*ssee at My Buddy’s, 7:00 p.m. Anna Long hosts Chevy Debbie, Patty Vaccarella, Chicago Comedy Legend Diane Corder.


Paper Machete at The Green Mill, 3:00 p.m. Lineup announced later this week. Christopher Piatt’s one-of-a-kind comedy and music showcase with the best of Chicago and out-of-town guests. A hit show every week. Free. Arriving an hour early for seats is not too early.


Steven Springer’s Early Bird Special at Laugh Factory, 7:00 p.m. Steven hosts “Geezers of Comedy” featuring Sharkie, Chevy Debbie, Terry Voss, Matt Kissane, Bob Busch, Michael J. Blais. Promo code: earlybirdspecial

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