Spotlight on 13 shows: Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22, 2022

Spotlight on 13 shows: Monday, May 16-Sunday, May 22, 2022


May 26: John Lehr at Gateway Foundation Benefit at Chicago History Museum

June 3-4: Kurt Braunohler at The Den Theatre

June 11: Pat McGann at the Raue Center, Crystal Lake

June 19: Gwen La Roka at Zanies Chicago

June 24-25: Kyle Kinane at Chop Shop

July 15-16: Rick Overton at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora

July 20: Marilee at Zanies Chicago

July 21-23: Emma Willmann at Zanies Chicago

July 24: Ben Noble at Zanies Chicago

July 29-30: Joby Saad at The Comedy Shrine, Aurora

August 6-7: Jordain Fisher at The Den Theatre

August 21: Tim Meadows at Zanies Chicago

August 23: CJ Sullivan at Zanies Chicago

September 10: Bill Maher at The Chicago Theatre

November 4: Bill Burr at The United Center


T Murph will appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 16.

Gwen La Roka is the voice of “Mom” in the new animated feature Around the World in 80 Days released May 13. Check your local theater listings!

Hannibal Buress appeared on Showtime’s hit show Ziwe this week.

John Mulaney will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, May 18.

Second City announced the cast and crew of the e.t.c.’s new 46th Revue: Second City and SNL alum Jerry Minor will direct Alex Bellisle, Mark CampbellTerrence Carey, Laurel Krabacher, Jordan Savusa, and Claudia MartinezAbby Beggs returns as stage manager, and Tilliski Ramey remains e.t.c.’s musical director. Marla Cáceres is assistant director.  The show debuts on June 16. Tickets and more information at


At Zanies Chicago: Fight of the Funnies, Super 6 Showcase, Ben Bailey, Stand Up, Stand Up, Mike Faverman, Calvin Evans

At Zanies Rosemont: Pat Tomasulo & Friends, Ben Bailey, Mike Faverman

At Riddles: Mike Samp, Brandon “Hot Sauce” Glover, Jwill, Tim Shropshire, Jeremiah Frazier, Niem Lyon, FAMO, Crawford the Original, DJ Coop

At The Improv: Jamie Kennedy

Plus, these thirteen original only-in-Chicago shows! Please confirm all details before leaving home. I also have a mega-list of upcoming 2022 shows here. Thank you to the Chicago comedy community for making this blog possible! Thank you to you for stopping by!


Chicago’s Best Standup at Laugh Factory, 8:00 p.m. Featuring Mo Good, Jason Cheny, Abi Sanchez and more TBA.


Las Locas Comedy at The Comedy Vault, Batavia, 8:00 p.m. “A brand new comedy showcase featuring Chicagoland’s top unapologetic comedians.” 

Ladylike at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. Women and non-binary performers tell their grossest stories.


Womxn Crush Wednesdays at Weiner’s Circle, 8:30 p.m.  Kells tha Komic and Alyn Dougherty host Denise Medina, Candice Cain, Colleen Brennan, Nita Cherise, Breezy DaComedian, De’Anna Spoerl and headliner Fab Monroe. Produced by B Positive Productions.


Patton Oswalt and Amy Landecker at The Music Box Theatre, 8:15 p.m. In town for the Chicago Critics Film Festival and a special screening of I Love My Dad. There will be a post-film Q&A with director/Star James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski, Amy Landecker, and Patton Oswalt.

Still Not Friday at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora, 8:00 p.m. Matt Drufke hosts Vince Carone, Janice Rodriguez, Dan Drees and special guest Jen Durbent.


Langston Kerman at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tonight and Saturday night. Follow link for all show times. Langston Kerman is a standup, actor, writer and producer. His credits include Bust Down, South Side, Bless This Mess, Insecure and Comedy Central. He is originally from Oak Park, IL.

Back Room Comedy at aliveOne, 8:30 p.m. Lauren Hooberman hosts Jess Martinez, Lia Berman, Lindsay Shaw, Tristan A. Smith, Sohrab Forouzesh.

Shamilton at Second City, 8:00 p.m. “The improvised hip hop American musical.”

Baby Wine at The Annoyance, 9:30 p.m. “A lgbtqia+ themed variety show featuring some of Chicago’s strongest and most diversely hilarious voices!”

Lyssa Laird at Laugh Factory, 11:30 p.m. The Sex and ChiCity Burfday show.


The Therapy Players at Bughouse Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Chicago’s only award-winning all-therapist improv group. “We combine fast wit with our understanding of human nature.” 


Christopher Piatt‘s Sunday Salon at The Green Mill, 3:00 p.m. Join Christopher, the producer of the always magical and stellar Paper Machete, as he debuts his new solo show of musical essays, chronicling nine pioneering women in American media over two centuries—ranging from Dorothy Parker to Ann Miller to Phyllis Schlafly to Jessica Hahn and more. With special musical guests – The Irving Sisters! This is a fundraiser for the Paper Machete, with proceeds going to the show and our artists. 

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