We’re not fooling around with these comedy acts. Keep the laughs coming all month with these comedy shows in the Chicagoland area. Find more events happening in the suburbs by visiting Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
Impress These Apes, Sept. 1, Chicago
An eight-week talent competition in which, at the end of eight weeks, the winner shall be crowned “least pitiful human.” ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave. $12.
Denise Ramsden, Sept. 3-6, St. Charles
A comedy performance by the unique comedian who was recently voted Chicagoland’s funniest new talent. Zanies Comedy Night Club St. Charles, 4051 E. Main St. $23, plus a two-item minimum.
Bob Stromberg, Sept. 4, Arlington Heights
Comedian and original star of “Triple Espresso (A Highly Caffeinated Comedy),” Bob Stromberg performs his blend of standup and story. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. $25.
Jack Benny Sees Stars, Sept. 4, Chicago
Media historian Michael Delaney gives a presentation on comedian and actor Jack Benny and the stars surrounding him, including Fred Allen, Ediie Cantor, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and more. Mather’s, 7134 W. Higgins Ave. $8 suggested donation.
Jon Lovitz, Sept. 5-7, Schaumburg
Acclaimed comedian Jon Lavitz is an SNL, Seinfeld and Broadway veteran along with a three-time Carnegie Hall performer. He will appear in feature films including those directed by Richard Kelly, Adam Sandler and Mel Brooks. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $33.
The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Sequel, Sept. 6 and 13, Chicago
Ages 18 and up only. Approximately 60 minutes. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. $25.
Michael Winslow, Sept. 7, Rosemont
The comedian known as “the man of 10,000 sound effects” and seen in all of the Police Academy movies, performs. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $25.
Free Open Mic, Sept. 7 and 21, Schaumburg
From seasoned comic to newcomer, this is the place to be. The comedy open mic is hosted by Steve Long. Participants can sign up in advance or show up 45 minutes before showtime for one of the free spots. Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road.
Johnny Roy, Sept. 10-13, Rosemont
A comedy performance by the Chicago local, known for his performances on “The Tonight Show,” “Conan” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22.00, plus a two-item food/beverage minimum.
Kevin McCaffrey, Sept. 10-13, St. Charles
A comedy performance by Kevin McCarthy, a regular on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest” and a writer for “The Late Show.” Zanies Comedy Night Club St. Charles, 4051 E. Main St. $23, plus a two-item minimum.
Rick Gutierrez, Sept. 11-14, Schaumburg
Rick Gutierrez has made appearances on NBC’s “Frida Night Videos”, Showtime’s “Latino Laugh Festival” and BET’s “Comic View”. His jokes revolve around the follies of marriage and divorce based off of personal experience. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $17.
World War Improv, Sept. 12 and 26, Aurora
Two improv teams battle for World War Improv domination. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $10 with a two-drink minimum.
The Baby Boomer Show, Sept. 13, Arlington Heights
Comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader cover topics directed at the baby boomer generation. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. $30.
The Gogo Show, Sept. 13 and 21, Chicago
The Gogo show is a variety show with standup, improv, sketch, solo performance, storytelling and music performed by women. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. $10-$15.
Improv Workshop, Sept. 16, Western Springs
Kids enrolled in grades six to 12 can learn the basics of improv and how to use those skills to shine at forensics, class presentations and other situations from a Second City trained instructor. Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St. Free.
Graham Elwood, Sept. 17-20, Rosemont
Elwood is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and spent time in Evanston as a youth. He has appeared on “The Late Late Show” on CBS and “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $20, plus a two-drink minimum.
Williams Street Repertory Improv, Sept. 18, Crystal Lake
The Williams Street Repertory Improv group performs a comedy set based entirely on audience suggestions and participation. The Troupe’s members hail from all corners of Crystal Lake and its surrounding villages. Their members include: R. Michael Wasz, Rick Copper, Kevin “Slim” Slimko, Jess Benson, David Niven, Casey Sleeman, Phil Denofrio and Jeff Cook. Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St. $5.
Colin Kane, Sept. 19 and 20, Chicago
Colin Kane performs. He has appeared on Howard Stern’s “Kill or Be Killed” and is regular guest on the radio show “Opie and Anthony.” Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. $25.
Jackie Kashian, Sept. 25, Rosemont
The comedy performance by Jackie Kashian as seen on “Conan” and heard on her podcast “The Dork Forest.” Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22, plus a two- item food/beverage minimum.
Teens ‘n’ Talent, Sept. 26, Homewood
Teens enrolled in grades seven to 12 may attend this open mic. Singers, instrumentalists, bands, readers and comedians are welcome. Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway. Free.
Nick DiPaolo, Sept. 26 and 27, Rosemont
A comedy performance by DiPaolo, known for his performances on Showtime, “Comedy Central Roasts” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22, plus a two- item food/beverage minimum.
‘Johnny Boy’s Graduation,’ Sept. 27, Oak Lawn
The interactive comedy show raises funds for troops and veterans. Dinner is served and there is a full cash bar. Oak Lawn VFW, 9514 S. 52nd Ave. $35.
‘The Tuesday Ten’ Showcase, Tuesdays, Rosemont
A mix of 10 headliners, including rising stars and surprise guests, perform stand-up. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $10 and the purchase of at least two food or drink items.
The Second City’s Incomplete Guide to Everything, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Chicago
Performers guide the audience through comedic reenactments and explanations of historical events. UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave. $24-$29.
The Gigantic Improv Show, Wednesdays, Chicago
The Gigantic comedy group performs. Gigantic members consist of Damian Anaya, Laurel Krabacher, Harrison George, Paul Chimko, Emma Pope, George Serad, Elijah Coyote Carrillo-Mandel and Craig Tommey. The show is directed by Michael Brunlieb. Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park Road. $5.
Whose Line? Improv Comedy, Fridays and Saturdays, Aurora
Improv comedy similar to the CW’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The show features top professional actors performing short-form improv. Audience interaction makes each show different and engaging. Must be 14 or older to attend. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 plus a two-drink minimum.
Whose Line? The Naughty Show, Fridays and Saturdays, Aurora
The comedy show consists of all the same fun and audience interaction of the Main Stage “Whose Line” improv show but contains the added naughty bits for adults. Must be 17 or older to attend. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 plus a two-drink minimum; $15 with student or military ID.
Improv Comedy, Fridays and Saturdays, Schaumburg
See fully improvised comedy shows in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” that combine live action, video and the audience. Performances at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The early show is family-friendly and the late show is geared toward adults. Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road.
The Bar Show, Saturdays, Aurora
An improvised, interactive, party experience featuring a hilarious performance and drink specials. Great for any special occasion, or just hanging out with friends. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 with a two-drink minimum.
The Best of the Second City, Saturdays, Chicago
See this round up of the best songs, sketches and improv routines from the Second City Touring Company’s 52-year-old catalogue. Second City Chicago, 1616 N. Wells St. $17 on Mondays; $23 on Saturdays.
On the Town, Saturdays and Sundays, Lincolnshire
Come experience the comedic story of three American sailors and their journey in New York as they look for adventure and romance. Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive. $40-$48.