Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 1-Sunday, August 7, 2022

Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, August 1-Sunday, August 7, 2022

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August 9: Bored Teachers Summer Break Comedy Tour at Riddles

August 18-21: Kellye Howard in Crazy or Nah?! at Steppenwolf

August 18: Ben Hollis at the Orland Park Library

August 21: Steven Springer presents Bill Gorgo, JT Newton, Michelle Krajecki, Vince Maranto, Matt Kissane, Rachel Labontat Laugh Factory

September 1 and more: Tickets available for Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! at the Studebaker Theater. Follow link for details.

September 22: Andy Borowitz: The Profiles in Ignorance Tour at The Harris Theater

September 24: Stephanie Miller: Sexy Liberal Save Democracy Tour at The Harris Theater

December 30-31: DeRay Davis, Chico Bean, Morgan Jay at ChiTown Comedy Countdown at Arie Crown Theater

FOLLOWING is comedy happening only in Chicago this week! I also have a supermegalist of Advance Ticket Alerts from now ’till the end of the year. I add every time I hear about another great show. Please always check all details as COVID is still giving us a plandemic. Please confirm everything before leaving home. Heartfelt thanks to everybody who drops in to read CDG! Thank you to the Chicago comedy community for making this blog possible!


Zanies Chicago: Case of the Mondays, Super 6 Showcase, Rocky Dale Davis, Michael Blaustein, Calvin Evans, Chrissy Chlapecka

Zanies Rosemont: New Material Night, Michael Blaustein, Rocky Dale Davis

Riddles: Will Hill hosts Open Mic Night, Robert Kane “Improv vs. Battle”, Pierre, Robert Kane’s Sunday Night Funny

The Improv: Anthony Rodia



Playtime at Wills North Woods Inn, 8:00 p.m. All headliner lineup! Steven Haas (Zanies), Sarah Perry (Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar), Marty DeRosa (Comedians You Should Know), Calvin Evans (Conan, NBC, Comedy Central). Produced by Joe Fernandez, Brandon Keiffer, Grace Leishman.  

Lisa Beasley at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. The Unpolitical Women Comedy Show with Mayor Lightfoot, Vice President Kamala Harris and Toni Preckwinkle. Comedic versions, that is. Tickets to Lisa Beasley’s shows sell out fast.


Bobcat Goldthwait at Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. Wow, what a great opportunity for comedy fans! Like Drew Michael earlier this summer, Bobcat Goldthwait has a special residency at the Lincoln Lodge this month working out new material.


PM Unscripted at Wild Blosson Meadery, 6:00 p.m. “Unscripted, unplanned, unexpected and spontaneous clean comedy.”

Comedy Bang Bang at The Chicago Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Every show will be different during this 13th Anniversary tour with host Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns), Paul F. Tompkins (Bojack Horseman), and a cast of characters improvising “humanity’s podcast” live onstage.


Gwen La Roka at Aguijon Theater, 7:30 p.m. The premiere of Gwen La Roka’s one-woman show Mi Casa es Tu Casa. This HBO-award winning Chicago comedian is in demand all around the country. Her show runs through August 21 and tickets are sure to sell out quickly. Advance purchase recommended!

Terminal 5 Comedy at Madison Street Theater, Oak Park, 7:30 p.m. Tonight and Saturday night. Standup comedians Rami Abushhab, Zaid Fouzi, Yazid Suliman, Younis Dhaher, Adil Qaisar, and Momo are “from different cultural backgrounds that use comedy as means to bring unification and laughter to audiences around the country.”


The Therapy Players at Bughouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Chicago’s premier and only award winning all-psychotherapist improv group.

Ladylike at Steppenwolf, 8:00 p.m. Since 2016, this very original show has presented women and non-binary performers telling their grossest stories with an opportunity for audience members to submit their own disgusting stories to be read onstage. Now a Steppenwolf debut!


The Mamalogues at Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater, Evanston, 3:00 p.m. “Portrays what it’s like to parent while Black, unmarried, and middle class. During a retreat, three single mothers share their angst about racial profiling on the playground, navigating social minefields during soccer season, and their child being the ‘only one.’ This will be 90 minutes of pure entertainment and laughter.” Featuring Sylvia Wynn, Stacie Doublin, and Sandra Adjoumani.

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