Comedians Defying Gravity
Chicago comedy calendar for Monday, July 19-Sunday, July 25, 2021
today at 6:40 pm
Following is just a small sample of the bonanza of Chicago comedy shows happening this week. Please confirm all details! I also have a gargantuan list of upcoming hot comedy tickets through 2022 here.
This week at the classics:
Riddles: Damon Williams Chi-Town Laugh Fest (Thurs.-Sun.)
Zanies Chicago: Angelo Tsarouchas with Paul Farahvar (Mon.), Super 6 Showcase (Thurs.), Ian Fidance (Fri.-Sun.)
Zanies Rosemont: Vince Acevedo’s “My Kind of Comedy” (Tues.), Laugh More Showcase (Wed.), Pat Tomasulo (Thurs.), Bobcat Godthwait (Fri.-Sat.)
The Improv: Jess Hilarious (Fri.-Sat.)
PLUS these great shows:
MONDAY, JULY 19
The Daily Show Alums 8:00 p.m. ONLINE Daily Show co-creators Madeleine Smithberg and Lizz Winstead and original correspondents Beth Littleford, Brian Unger, and A. Whitney Brown celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the show.
4 Pc. of Laughter at Riddles, Alsip, 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON Presented by Connor Ford and Run the Light. Showcase followed by open mic.
Magic Silly Mondays at The Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Hosted by Jeff Boog. Featuring Marilee, Brian Babylon, Joe McMahon, Calvin Evans, Mike Samp and more TBA.
TUESDAY, JULY 20
Ladylike at The Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON This popular show about people’s grossest stories is always a sold-out hit.
Best Night Ever at The Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON The acclaimed stand-up showcase returns.
Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro in “Och and Oy! A Considered Cabaret” at Ravinia, Highland Park, 7:30 p.m. IN PERSON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
Happy to Be Here at Second City, 7:00 p.m. IN PERSON
Wednesdays After Work at Zanies Chicago, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Pre-show with drinks and music begins at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 22
The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Teri S. and Christine Peake. Hosted by JT Newton at The Lincoln Lodge, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. These talented standups (and one comedian/super model) are selling out shows in L.A.! These comedians were the stars of Monday Night Funnies 2020-2021 and this is a rare opportunity to see them in person. For bios, see Mark’s weekend post. A Mark Klaber Production.
Cooking with Bubbie at The Skokie Theatre, 7:30 p.m. This show is playing to rave reviews. Starring Jan Slavin and Carla Gordon on alternate nights. Please follow link for showtimes throughout the weekend.
Messing With a Friend at The Annoyance, 10:30 p.m. IN PERSON Two international acclaimed improvisors: Susan Messing and Rachael Mason.
FRIDAY, JULY 23
The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. Hosted by Denise Medina at Grapevine Theater, Lake Geneva, WI. 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON. A Mark Klaber Production.
James Wesley Jackson at CG’s Comedy Club, Bolingbrook, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON.
Dope Comedy Series at North Bar, 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem hosts Mo Good, Adam Burke, Calvin Evans, Damon Williams and musical guest Matt Muse.
Steven Castillo at The Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON From Saturday Night Live.
Funnier By The Lake Comedy Showcase at Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse, Highland Park, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Prateek Srivastava hosts Lindsay Porter, Hari Rao, Brian Hicks.
SATURDAY, JULY 24
The Nobodies … Funny Tour with Jessica Winther, Eugenia Kuzmina, Christina Peake and Teri S. at The Continental Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, 8:00 p.m. A Mark Klaber Production. IN PERSON
Dope Comedy Series at North Bar, 9:00 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem hosts Matty Ryan, Erica Nicole Clark, Leon Rogers, Em Brown and musical guest F.A.B.L.E.
James Wesley Jackson at CG’s Comedy Club, Bolingbrook, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON
SUNDAY, JULY 25
Funny Women of a Certain Age 7:00 p.m. ONLINE Carole Montgomery hosts Helen Keaney, Trish Keating and Vanessa Hollingshead.
Dope Comedy Series at North Bar, 8:00 p.m. IN PERSON Dave Helem hosts Correy Bell, Kevin Bozeman, Abi Sanchez, Clark Jones and musical guest Melody Angel.
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