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100-Proof Comedy

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Local standups perform. $10

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

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Action Comedy

Open run: Thu 8 PM

Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>

Challengers Comics + Conversation (map)
1845 N. Western Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-278-0155

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Benefit of Laughter

Tue 9/16, 7 PM

Kyle Kinane hosts local comics Sean Flannery, C.J. Sullivan, and Junior Stopka at this benefit for Chris Robinson, who has brain cancer. $20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992

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Best Night Ever

Open run: First and third Monday of the month, 8 PM

Stand-up showcase of local comedians presented by Alex Stone, Thomas Brady, Rebecca O'Neal, Sonia Denis, and Sam McHale.

Gingerman Tavern (map)
3748 N. Clark St.
Wrigleyville
phone 773-549-2050

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Mike Birbiglia

Sat 9/20, 8 PM

Mike Birbiglia's personal-storytelling approach to comedy made him a perfect fit for This American Life, and before long his buddy Ira Glass had turned Birbiglia's first one-man show into a feature film, 2012's Sleepwalk With Me. Tonight the NPR-beloved somnambulist and funny man stops in town on his Thank God for Jokes tour. $33-$47.50

Chicago Theatre (map)
175 N. State St.
Loop
phone 312-462-6300

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Jerrod Carmichael

Thu 11/13-Sat 11/15: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM
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"I've decided, fuck it, I don't care anymore. Because if it's between me and your fucking friendship and that fucking chicken sandwich, then I'm choosing the chicken sandwich every time." Never mind the F-bombs—and his unabashed love for the simmering controversy that is Chick-fil-A—Jerrod Carmichael delivers his lines with an easy confidence that screams with a shrug, What do you want from me? Continue reading >>

This is one of our Fall Arts Best Bets for Comedy.

$20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992
Jerrod Carmichael

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Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM

A showcase. $5, 21+

Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
Chicago Underground Comedy

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The Comedy Evening Showcase

Open run: Mon 9:30 PM

Showcase for local comedians. $5

The Ace Bar (map)
1505 W. Fullerton Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 312-970-1505

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Congrats On Your Success

First Thursday of every month

Rebecca O'Neil hosts this BYOB comedy show that features local stand-ups and is, curiously enough, operated out of a used book store.

Uncharted Books (map)
2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square Congrats On Your Success

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Graham Elwood

9/17-9/20: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM,

$22 plus two-drink minimum

Zanies (map)
5437 Park Pl.
Suburbs Northwest

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Entertaining Julia

Open run: Sun 9:30 PM

The strength of Chicago's small but lively stand-up scene is its make-your-own-show mentality. Long overshadowed by a storied improv tradition, local stand-up comics have essentially been forced into adopting a DIY approach to producing and booking shows. The best places to see stand-up in this town remain bars, bookstores, and anywhere else that doesn't require a two-drink minimum. Case in point: Entertaining Julia, the free comedy/variety show started in 2007 by Jena Freidman (currently a field producer for The Daily Show) that's located in the back of a Boystown dive. Now hosted by local staples Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh—aka the Puterbaugh Sisters—the weekly show at Town Hall Pub promises not only the best in local stand-up but anything that fits the sisters' absurd, irreverent, and queer-friendly ethos. A night at Entertaining Julia—so named because the point of the show is to get Julia Pishko, the bartender, to crack a smile—might include stand-up, sketch, improv, music, burlesque, performance art, or a one-person show. It's up for grabs. The only thing that's certain about EJ is its reputation. Chicago expats like TJ Miller, Cameron Esposito, and former cohost Beth Stelling are sure to pop in whenever they're in town, and even national acts (Bobcat Goldthwait, Robin Williams) have been known to drop by. —Drew Hunt

Town Hall Pub (map)
3340 N. Halsted St.
Wrigleyville
phone 773-472-4405
Entertaining Julia

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Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher

Tue 10/14, 7 PM
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Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher both cut their teeth in Chicago's stand-up scene, and, along the way, grew pretty fond of each other. The pair are now engaged and live in LA, but will be swinging through town on the heels of the release of Esposito's first album, Same Sex Symbol. Continue reading >>

This is one of our Fall Arts Best Bets for Comedy.

$15

Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501
Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher

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Flabby at the Abbey

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

A comedy variety show hosted Flabby Hoffman.

THE ABBEY (map)
3420 West Grace Street
Irving Park
phone (773) 478-4408
Flabby at the Abbey

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Get Up, Stand Up

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM

A weekly stand-up showcase featuring local veteran comedians and an open mike for newcomers.

Public House Theatre (map)
3914 N. Clark St.
Lakeview
phone 800-650-6449

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