Chicago Comedy Spotlight Monday, July 25 through Sunday, July 31, 2022

Daphnique Springs/Photo courtesy CAA


There is a great interview with Ray Chao in the July 11 edition Shout out to LA. Ray tells how he went from courtroom to comedy, and from Chicago to Los Angeles where he is a comedian and actor, creator and director of two film festivals.

Second City Elder Quinta Brunson will play Oprah in the next Roku Weird Al biopic. Quinta also made history this month as the first black woman to be nominated in three Primetime Emmy categories all in the same year and at 32, the youngest ever nominated in comedy. She’s also nominated for Outstanding Writing and Overall Comedy Series, all for Abbott Elementary School that she created. Watch the 74th Emmy Awards on September 12.

Craig Robinson is safe after a frightening active shooter situation during a July 16 show in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the comedian was about to take the stage, the suspect entered the Comedy Zone, threatened the audience with a gun and fired several shots. Luckily no one was injured and club staff were able to get everyone to safety. More on Craig’s Instagram here.

The story sanctuary of comedy in Aurora needs your support! Please see the GoFundMe here.

Jay Chandrasekhar directs and appears in new Jo Koy film Easter Sundaywhich will be released on August 5th. Easter Sunday is described as “a love letter to the Filipino community”.

Amanda Cohen’s Battle of the Capitol comes at just the right time!


Every Tuesday in August: Bobcat Goldthwait develops new gear at Lincoln Lodge

August 4: Gwen La Roka presents her one-woman show Mi Casa Are You Casa at the Aguijon Theater

August 19-20: Gianmarco Soresi at the Comedy Bar

August 19-20: Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi at the Blues Brothers convention at Joliet Old Jail

21st of August : Susan Messing with Jimmy and Johnnie at the Bughouse Theater

August 25: Recording of Rudy Ruiz’s album American alopecia at Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora

September 23: JB Smoove at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie

October 6: Steven Wright at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, Skokie

October 21-22: Michael Ian Black at the Den Theater

November 10-12: Jon Lovitz at The Improv, Schaumburg

December 8: Nigel Ng at Thalia Hall


Zanies Rosemont: Night of New Material, Carolanne Milijavac, Jamie Lissow

Zanies Chicago: Casey Frey, Super 6 Showcase, Nathan MacIntosh, Sean Patton, Calvin Evans, Anthony Bonazzo

Riddles: Open Mic with Will Hill, Stephan the Christian Comedian, Dave J, Howie Bell, Mike Samp Birthday Weekend, Sean Larkins, Robert Kane

The improv: Guy Torri

NEXT is just a fraction of all the original comedies happening only in Chicago this week. Since we are still in a pandemic, please confirm all details before leaving home!


The Late Nite Mic at Comedy Bar, 8:00 p.m. DJ Rybski hosts the Comedy Bar’s favorite comedians followed by a one-on-one interview.

Laughs at Lakeview at Shaker’s On Clark, 8:00 p.m. “Where great jokes thrive.” Hosted by Derrick J.

Discounted therapy at Pearl’s Southern Comfort, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Joe Medoff, Sara Snyder and Tori Kilkenny.


Freshly Squeezed at the Bughouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Pulp and friends present a juicy evening of improvisation.

Ronnie Ray & the Underdogs of Comedy at Brauer House, Lombard, 8:00 p.m. With Ronnie Ray and with Eric “Mitch” Mitchell, Kim KB Marion, Alex Tsakanikas, Big Country.


OnlyFans presents LMAOF at the Den Theater, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by OnlyFans creator Lyssa Laird. With Chris Higgins, Sarah Perry, Calvin Evans and Just Nesh.

Tornado Presents: Loppalapooza Official Pre-After Party Show, Presented by TORNADO at The Hideout, 9:30 p.m. A Lollapalooza-themed comedy variety show featuring Heet Deth, Mr. & Mrs. Wednesday Night, Masked Animals, The III, Jamie Shriner, Jolly Bean, Mount Rushmore and more.


My Best Friend is Black at Lincoln Lodge, 8:00 p.m. “A live comedy variety show that focuses on providing a platform for black performers. Of course, we encourage people from all walks of life to come laugh with us! »


Kristen Toomey at the Comedy Bar, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Kristen Toomey is a national tour headliner and Chicago favorite. In New city stageZach Freeman wrote, “Toomey’s hilarious album of 2019 Mother. Motherfucker. provides plenty of examples of how she seamlessly mixes crowd work with written material, roasting audience members relentlessly while still turning herself into the butt of the joke. Read the interview here.

Daphnic Springs at the Den Theater, 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Daphnique Springs appeared at the Just For Laughs New Face comedy festival in Montreal and stars in Amazon’s Inside Jokes. It premiered late at night and won New York’s She-Devil Festival and the HBO-sponsored American Black Film Festival’s “Comedy Wings Competition.”

Celeste Barber at the Chicago Theater, 7:00 p.m. Australia’s queen of comedy.


Paper Machete at Green Mill, 3:00 p.m. TBA lineup, but it’s still great, packed with Chicago and visiting talent.

Ghost Baby at the Bughouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m. A comedy variety show.

Baby Wants Candy at Second City, 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. The internationally acclaimed ensemble is in Second City for a limited engagement.


Anthony Bonazzo at Zanies Chicago, 7:00 p.m. “Recording his first special north side/south side where one set will be a fine set working on the north side of Chicago, and the other will be a fine set on the south side. Mike Sampson hosts with a guest appearance by Steven Springer and featuring Prateek Srivastava. I’m sure these tickets will sell out very quickly. Advance purchase recommended.