There's a lot of great shows coming up in the next handful of days. These are just a few of them:
Tonight (Wednesday October 10th)
Comedians You Should Know (James Fritz, Drew Michael, Clark Jones,
David Drake and Danny Kallas, plus a special guest)
Timothy O’Tooles. 9pm. $5 advance/$10 doors.
CYSK is probably the most professionally run and consistent weekly standup show there is. This is Fritz’s last week in town before moving to Los Angeles to become a very famous standup comedian (Kallas, the evening’s host, had a solid point about this phenomenon) and the promise of a special guest is not to be ignored, they’re known for rolling out surprise national acts on the regular.
Tomorrow night (Thursday October 11th)
Funny Story Show: The Bro Show (Shannon
Cason, Mikey Manker, Anthony McBrien, Jason Earl Folks, Goodrich Gevaart,
Daniel Sharp, Zak Baker, Michael Ortiz, and Caitlin Bergh)
Looseleaf Lounge. 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.
Produced by Caitlin Bergh, The Funny Story Show is a place for folks from the storytelling and standup comedy scenes can come together to share true, personal stories. Bergh’s an aggressively honest comic, whose storytelling chops are unmatched on the standup scene, which makes her the perfect person to run this sort of show. Cason, the evening's headliner, is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and a staff writer for WBEZ's Paper Machete show
Lincoln Lodge Industry Showcase (17 local
The Lincoln Lodge. 8:30pm. $5.
This is what it’d be like if open mics were more like showcases. 17 very funny people will perform a hot 5 minutes for a room full of agency scouts and regular folks. Consider this local comedy speed dating, it’s a perfect way to get exposed to a lot of personalities at once, a few of whom will probably get some very good news as a result of this show!
Friday night (October 12th)
& Cusick: Questionable Lullabies
(Dave Urlakis and Sean Cusick)
Stage 773. 8pm. $15.
Two-man sketch troupe Urlakis & Cusick returns to Stage 773 after last year’s self-titled revue, which was praised for its relentless, cerebral dark humor. Both dudes have a strong sketch background, having worked, directed, and taught at The Annoyance, Second City, ComedySportz, and WCIU-TV. The show runs weekly through November 16th.
James Fritz Reverse Hello Show (James
Fritz, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Joe McAdam, Junior Stopka, Chad Briggs, Mike
Lebovitz, Danny Kallas and more)
ComedySportz. Midnight. $10.
As mentioned before, James Fritz is moving to LA next week, and this show serves as a final farewell to the best comedian and podcaster on the scene. Produced by ComedyofChicago.com, this late night show has one of those lineups that will look INSANE to a specific type of nerd in three to five years.