Comedy Clubs in Chicago

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Comedy Clubs in Chicago

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  • Cara H
    Flushing, MI17 contributions
    One of our top experiences in years of coming to Chicago. The group of actors were fun and raunchy, breaking down Macbeth into a side splitting tale that allowed anyone to follow along. If you have a questionable sense of humor, like to drink (or at least don't mind being one of the sober few), you will thoroughly enjoy every minute of this "Whose Line Is It Anyways" meets Shakespeare production.
    There wasn't a bad seat in the tiny house. We bid on the King and Queen thrones and won, spending the evening being pampered, part of the production, and on the only seats with cushions. It was worth the $.
    Be prepared to spend 90 minutes laughing, being included in the actors scenes, given free drinks here and there, and blushing once or twice.
    Do not come here if swearing offends you, you mind sitting cheek to cheek with your neighbor, you frequent AA, or dirty jokes make you uncomfortable.
    Written 20 February 2022
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  • Elizabeth T
    New Market, MD4 contributions
    Great comedy club!! We took our college aged daughter and her roommates. We all had a blast and laughed they the whole show.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Gmanbumpy
    Chicago, IL586 contributions
    The Shakespeare improv is the best! These are a talented group of actors. I have been here several times and I am amazed at how different each show is and how clever and talent the actors are. I have come with family and I have come with friends. I don’t know about you but in the last couple months I could use a laugh. The Shakespeare improv delivers.I have only come for the Shakespeare. I would assume the other shows are equally well done. I have found this is a great event to plan with a group. The tickets are a reasonable $20 plus fees. The bar is reasonably priced and drinks can be brought into the theater. The staff worked with me to see our group of 14 together. They were very nice and helpful. There are restaurants and bars within a block of the theater. We found the theater bar to be perfectly adequate and they serve appetizers to order.
    Written 13 February 2020
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  • Keely W
    76 contributions
    I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was a one woman show and bingo was played at some point. It was HILARIOUS! As a Catholic school “survivor” there was so much to laugh at. All the other audience members laughed as well. I will admit there were moments I found more humor in it than others but that made it that much more enjoyable all around. I’ll be back for Late Night Catechism soon enough!
    Written 17 February 2020
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  • ldganderson
    Grayslake, IL26 contributions
    First time ever to a comedy club. Perfect for the whole family, we laughed almost the whole time. I could not believe how quick these folks were on their feet! Super talented and fun to watch. So much interaction with the crowd in this very small theater. Even the keyboard guy was amazing, setting an appropriate tempo for the musical pieces so that the actors could enunciate and giving audio cues from movies, TV shows, and singers/groups. We had tons of fun and will be back! Thanks for a great show!
    Written 27 December 2019
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  • Brumba
    Savage, MN137 contributions
    We saw the Hallmark Christmas review and loved it’s irreverence. The drinks were good and not badly priced. The show again was hilarious, especially the audience participation parts.
    Written 28 November 2019
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  • Kendu24
    265 contributions
    Went here with family on our trip to Chicago. Small, intimate theater with a rich comedic history. Stage is small which would be difficult for a physical comic, but the crowd is very close, so good vantage points for patrons. Having been to a lot of comedy shows, I appreciate the close proximity to the performers. A great place to discover up and coming talent. The venue would maybe benefit from expanding in size if possible just to accompany more people, thus a little more space. Then again as long as the comedians stay funny, laughter can cure all!
    Written 30 December 2018
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  • waterdance
    McAllen, TX604 contributions
    When in Chicago, go see improv at the Annoyance theatre or at IO Chicago. The Annoyance theatre tends to break the rules with their improv. I came on a Saturday night and saw House and Brew. They are one of their house improv teams. It was good not as good as I had expected though having seen many of their other shows. I also stuck around for their Burlesque show at 10:30. It was a very good sketch show and yes they end up going topless. The character work was great.
    Written 29 May 2017
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  • michiganpete7
    Grand Rapids, MI238 contributions
    We chose The Comedy Bar because of the price, to be honest. Other more notable comedy houses in Chicago (Second City, Laugh Factory, etc.) cost 2-3x more than here, but they also provide a higher level of talent and value.

    Located directly next to Gino's East pizzeria, the door is easy to miss. Go upstairs where the entire spread opens up. The staff were friendly enough and very helpful, seating is where they place you. If you choose to order food, much of it comes from Gino's next door, which is probably marked up. you would be better off just eating before you go to the show. Mixed drinks were okay, not top tier, but they didn't suck either.

    The comedians were fine. Some have experience on late night cable or variety shows, others seemed more local. For example, the headliner was "as seen 3X on Conan!". He was good, but getting to him was a mixed bag.

    With all of this said - if you're looking to spend your weekend wad on one comedy show, go to Second City. But if you're looking for a fun time at a reasonable price, which leaves extra to go somewhere else afterwards, then The Comedy Bar is a great choice!
    Written 7 February 2022
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  • Worldtraveler1608
    Corpus Christi, Texas11 contributions
    I loved this non-stop, high energy production. It was great laughter therapy. The cast were so talented with wonderful singing voices. I totally recommend this show
    Written 1 February 2020
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  • Katie P
    1 contribution
    We wanted to see a Second City show and decided to roll the dice on this curious concept of an improv musical. We went in excited with a tiny dose of skepticism. Oh boy were we satisfied. The cast was fantastic, each bringing their own style of humor to the one and only production of "How to Sl*t Shame Your Dragon" while also keeping a collective momentum to the direction of the show. There was physical comedy, singing, dancing, rapping, puns, and more. The cast and band seemed to be having a ball, and they brought the audience along with them. There were occasional joyful missteps that demonstrated this truly is improv, and we loved it all.
    Written 15 July 2018
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  • Meredith-SanDiego
    San Diego, CA712 contributions
    A groups of friends and I found ourselves stranded in the city after our river bot tour was cancelled as result of terrible weather. Embracing spontaneity we popped into Laugh Out Loud knowing that the art of improvisation is just as famous as the crime heads of old in this city in hopes of experiences some raw Chicago culture. It did not disappoint! Despite being a bar, any shows before the hour of 9p are family-friendly. Tickets run $20 and are your hard earned money well spent! Side splitting laughter at this all female cast (that evening) and great hang out spot when the show wraps.
    Written 30 April 2019
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  • Blue Crab
    Alabama78 contributions
    I'll start out saying we had a great time, and we did! There were about 8 comedians over an hour and a half show, and most were pretty funny!

    My wife and I attended the 9 or 9:15pm show on Saturday, 1/25. In all fairness, we went through Eventbrite and got free tickets. Those are first-come, first-serve, no guaranteed seating. You can purchase tickets online for $20 or $30 (VIP). We got there too early, so we walked around the neighborhood beforehand. Once the doors opened, we weren't too far behind the first spots for general admission. I'll say we went in about 8:30pm. We stood in line, waiting...and we waited....and we waited. It was hot as hell in there! While waiting, it seemed like hundreds of VIPs entered! Anixety was building, as I figured we wouldn't be able to find a seat. After standing for 45+ minutes waiting to get in, I refused to stand for an hour and a half show. My back was hurting, and other folks behind us were complaining about standing around and being miserable, etc. Both myself and the guy behind me stated that if we didn't find a seat, we were leaving.

    Once the doors opened, we scurried to the first seats in the back corner that we could find so we could finally sit down. There is a 2 drink minimum, and it's not bad if you just want a soda or whatever is cheap to meet the requirement. My wife is pregnant, so she ordered a diet soda and a non-alcoholic beer. They were $3-5 each. I ordered mixed drinks, which were $12-15 each (and not that great).

    After the show started, we had a great time. The night cost us a whole $38; not bad for a night of entertainment. Be aware, you will wait, and the place doesn't give off a great first impression. Restrooms are small for the 500+ people they seem to pack in. If you want drinks beforehand and guaranteed seating, pay the $, but I was glad I didn't pay $60 for 2 when we were still able to get seats. I'm not a patient person, so this is a warning to those to put your patience hat on before going, especially if you get free or cheap tickets!
    Written 4 February 2020
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  • Patricia S
    cape may40 contributions
    We have been to the CIC Theater several times over the last few years and the entertainment is spectacular. There is a cozy bar with reasonable drink prices and show tickets are cheap. Check it out if you are ever in Chicago.
    Written 29 July 2016
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  • Phu C
    Alexandria, VA380 contributions
    You can't come to Chicago and not visit a comedy club. This club has an amazing ambiance with a very helpful staff (especially Eric the bartender who kindly ushered us in even though we were late for the show). The comedy is hilarious and everything is so relaxed, setting up a fun evening full of laughter. The great feature about this club is that it's very intimate and I love supporting local comedians, so definitely come out and experience the comedy scene that has become so famous in the Windy City.
    Written 7 September 2014
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