The 8 Essential Comedy Shows In Chicago


If you aren’t going to comedy shows on a regular basis in Chicago, you’re missing out. Unless you just don’t like to laugh, and if that’s the case, that’s weird. Here are the comedy shows you need to check out.

1. The Second City

It’s kind of a no brainer that you should check out what’s happening at The Second City. With impressive alumni like Bill Murray, Tina Fey,A�Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Mike Myers, you know they’ve got to be doing something right over there. With shows every night, you really have no excuse not to go.

Second City Chicago

2. UP Comedy Club

Closely related to The Second City, but more focused on stand up comedy, UP Comedy Club will keep you laughing. They also host performances from The Second City, including Improv All Stars, so make sure to catch a show here soon. A full service kitchen and bar will keep your tummy satisfied through the belly laughs.

UP Comedy Club

3. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater

A comedy theater that lets you bring your own booze. Yes, the possibilities are truly endless at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater. With shows constantly running, including the legendary Pimprov on Friday nights, you’re guaranteed to have a good time at this theater.

Chemically Imbalanced

4. The ComedySportz Theatre

If you want to be involved in the show, you have to go to The ComedySportz Theatre on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Their title show involves the entire audience while two teams, the Red and the Blue, compete for the most laughs. They have great shows on other nights of the weeks, but you have to visit ComedySportz to see this improv show.



5. Comedians You Should Know

What’s the perfect pick-me-up for the middle of the week? Comedy and drinks, both of which you can get when you see Comedians You Should Know on Wednesday nights at Timothy O’Toole’s. Started by a group of five, Chicago-based, stand up comedians, the weekly show features the original cast as well as upcoming and established entertainers from around the country. This show will have you in tears from laughing so hard, and we can all use that on hump day.

Commedians You Should Know

6. The pH Comedy Theater

Whether you’re looking for improv, stand-up, or musical comedy, you’ll find it at The pH Comedy Theater. When phrases like “a capella improvised musical” are used to describe a show, in this case Pitch, Please, you know you’re going to want to be there. The BYOB policy is definitely something we enjoy as well.

pH Comedy Theater

7. Chicago Underground Comedy

For comedy with a bit of a raw edge, head to a Chicago Underground Comedy show at Beat Kitchen on Tuesday nights. The show is only $5, and features six or more stand up performances. Be prepared to hear fresh material and laugh until you pee your pants.

Chicago Underground Comedy

8. The Improvised Shakespeare Company

You don’t have to be a Shakespeare expert to enjoy what the people at The Improvised Shakespeare Company are doing. For every show, they take a suggestion from the audience and make up a Shakespearian production on the spot. The result is hilarious, clever, and would probably make old Shakespeare very proud.

Improvised Shakespeare

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