August 25-27: Jackie Fabulous at Zanies Rosemont
September 6: Andrew Orolfo at The Hideout
September 16: Mo’Nique & Friends at UIC Dorin Forum
October 8: Chris Gethard at The Hideout
October 16: Paul Farahvar at Zanies Rosemont
October 22: Phil Rosenthal at Norris University Center, Northwestern University, Evanston. If you were checking my MEGALIST, you had a chance to get tickets immediately! Tickets are now sold out, but add your name to the waitlist. If that doesn’t work, here is a way to attend virtually and buy a signed book in October.
November 3: Jonathan Van Ness at The Chicago Theatre
November 4-5: Bobcat Goldthwait at Zanies Rosemont
November 10-12: Liza Treyger at Zanies Chicago
December 2-4: Amanda Seales at The Improv
Zanies Chicago: Super Six Showcase, Rich Vos, Adam Gilbert & Friends, Chris Higgins, Jon Stringer, Carmen Christopher, Calvin Evans, Tim Meadows
Zanies Rosemont: New Material Night, Jeanie Doogan, Lele Mason, Hilary Jimenez, Maggie Hughes DePalo, Chastity Washington, Mike Toomey, Steve Cochran, John DaCosse, Tim Benker, Jon Stringer
Riddles: Will Hill’s Open Mic, George Wallace, Myra J, J Anthony Brown, Robert Kane
The Improv: Chris Porter
AND all of these following shows, just a fraction of all the unique comedy happening this week in Chicago. Please also check out the MEGALIST for even more. Please confirm all details. Thank you so much to you for dropping in and to the Chicago comedy community for making this blog possible.
MONDAY, AUGUST 15
Jokes at Jake’s at Jakes Pub, 8:00 p.m. Free show and thirty comedians in one hour! Seth Payne and Elizabeth Fulton host Andrye Austin, Greg Bartusiak, Grace Boitse, Joanna Clark, Sara Dirks, Jonathan Dunne, Kristi Durkin, Tim Felton, Kadeem Fuller, Cecilia Gonzalez, Jeff Hack, Ryan Haynes, Sara Holcomb, Ariel Julie, Bob Keen, Tori Kilkenny, Danny Lang, Carinda Rae Larson, Darrell Monti, Sam Otter, Caroline Pescatore, Courtney Peterson, The Queeny Bitch, Kendall Relf, Stephanie Robertson, Ty Riggs, Lindsey Shaw, Kian Straub, Alydar Skyy, Christi Turner
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
Bobcat Goldthwait at Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. Working on “new shit” every Tuesday in August.
Ladylike at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. An acclaimed showcase of grossest stories and fresh off the stage at Steppenwolf.
Ten Dollar Comedy at Second City, 8:30 p.m. Showcasing some of Chicago’s best improv, sketch and standup.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Daniel Thrasher at Beat Kitchen, 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Ben Hollis at Orland Park Library, 7:00 p.m. Eight-time Emmy winner Ben Hollis recounts behind-the-scenes stories with hilarious video clips from WTTW’s Wild Chicago.
Kellye Howard at Steppenwolf, 8:00 p.m. Kellye Howard’s one-woman show Crazy or Nah?! is at Steppenwolf through Sunday, August 21. Follow link for all shows and times.
Big Break Comedy at Holiday Club, 8:00 p.m. Nick Lindemann hosts Seth Davis, Allie Sroka, Angie McMahon and headliner Trumaine Bradley. Free show. Donations encouraged.
Dave Attell at The Den Theatre, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Here through Saturday, but every show is sold out except tonight.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Mike O’Keefe at The Lincoln Lodge, 7:30 p.m. Best Night Ever presents Quality Time with Mike O’Keefe.
High Spirits Comedy at Spirit Water, Cary, 8:00 p.m. Free show. Hosted and produced by Larry Bloom and Ricky March. A Funnier By the Lake production.
Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi at Blues Brothers Convention at Old Joliet Prison. Friday and Saturday.
Mike Atcherson hosts Jess Martinez, Joe Eames, Grace Leishman and headliner Brian Hicks at The Wilmette Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Latina Comedy Festival at Lincoln Lodge, 6:00 p.m. Celebrate National Latina Day with Las Locas Comedy’s first annual Latina Comedy Festival!
Gwen La Roka in Mi Casa es Tu Casa at Aguijon Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are selling out every show! Advance purchase highly recommended. Follow link for all remaining show times, August 18-20. (August 21 is last show, but already sold out!)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
One-Woman Beaches at Newport Theater, 2:00 p.m. Alisa Rosenthal’s reinterpretation of “the classic ‘80s sobfest of female friendship, love, death, and big hair” woven together with “tales from her own summers spent at Jewish musical theater camp run by two kooky old sisters who made their names doing one-woman musicals in the Catskills in the ’60s.”
Early Bird Special Comedy Showcase at Laugh Factory, 7:30 p.m. Steven Springer hosts another great showcase with JT Newton, Michelle Krajecki, Bill Gorgo, Vince Maranto, Rachel Labont, Matt Kissane.
Jimmy and Johnnie at Bughouse Theater, 7:00 p.m. With special guest international improv star Susan Messing!
Meet The Blogger
I’ve been a comedy fan since age four when Moe Howard asked me, “What’s your name, lil’ goil?” Fortuitously somehow by way of Washington, D.C., Poughkeepsie and Jerusalem, I ended up in Chicago, the comedy Mecca of the world where comedians are kind enough to give me their time and where I was lucky enough to meet the great Dobie Maxwell who introduced me to the scene. You can reach me at: [email protected] (Please remember the “w” there in the middle.)
I am often very reasonably asked, “How DO you pronounce that?” The spelling is Teme, but it’s pronounced Temmy.
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