5 Chicago Comedy Shows You Don’t Want to Miss
From the iconic Second City to the best-kept indie secrets
Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Jane Lynch--ya know, just name-dropping a couple bigwigs who got their start on the Chicago scene. The list could go on forever. But the bragging rights don’t stop there: Chicago is home to soooo many hilarious shows happening every night of the week.
If you’re not indulging in some hometown comedy, you’re totally missing out. Here, five comedy shows that will definitely make you laugh.
“Fool Me Once, Déjà Vu” at The Second City
We don’t need to tell you to see a show at Second City, but the main stage revue is just too damn good not to include on this list (alumna Tina Fey would 100 percent agree). The theater also just expanded its Old Town space and added a restaurant--so, it’s time for another visit. Déjà vu?
1616 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992 or secondcity.com
Improv Comedy at The Revival
The Revival may be a new comedy joint, but it’s bringing Chicago comedy back to its roots: Hyde Park. Inspired by the neighborhood’s legacy, The Revival stages totally unscripted shows and stand-up in a cabaret-style theater. Check out the The Revival Hour--the theater’s hallmark show--on Saturday nights.
1160 E. 55th St.; 866-811-4111 or the-revival.com
SuperHuman at iO Theater
The all-female improv troupe performs every Thursday night at iO (ya know, where Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong were recently performing). Prepare for humor that is completely on point and refreshingly unapologetic. And the way these women work with one another--in total, comedic sync--will make you miss your squad. Funny we should mention that, right? You’re overdue for a girls’ night out.
1501 N. Kingsbury St.; 312-929-2401 or ioimprov.com
“The Paper Machete” at the Green Mill
On Saturday afternoons, Chicago writers, comedians and--of course--musicians (this is the Green Mill, after all) gather for The Paper Machete. Billed as a “live magazine,” the show tackles current events in a cutting and totally hilarious way. No paper cuts involved, and oh, admission is free.
4802 N. Broadway St.; thepapermacheteshow.com
“Hideous” at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar
This one-woman show centers on a truth we can all relate to: Being 13 years old is the pits. Writer and performer Mary Catherine Curran tells it like it was, using middle-school horror stories, music and impersonations to bring back the hellish memories. You’ll laugh (promise), but you’ll also empathize hard-core.
851 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-697-9693 or theannoyance.com