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Updated 9:10 pm, April 18, 2016
By Jessica Cantarelli
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Annoyance Theatre

851 W Belmont Ave. in Lakeview

(773) 697-9693
theannoyance.com/


Apollo Theater
2540 N Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park
(773) 935-6100
www.apollochicago.com/

When did your theater open?
The Apollo was originally built in 1978, but Rob Kolson Creative Productions took it over in 1996. It has been run by RKCP for the past 20 years.
Why do people come to see your shows?
We have an array of theater from Family Theater to Commercial Hits to Comedy and Improv Groups that are mainstays in Chicago. People come see our shows because they appeal to a wide range of audience and because they have great reputations. Conveniently situated in Lincoln Park, close to the Fullerton CTA and with an attached parking lot, getting to the theater is easy too.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
There have been so many--David Mamet has plays produced here. Steppenwolf Theater company used to work out of here with John Mahoney, John Malkovich and Gary Senise. Jim Belushi performed here with Second City. And when Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues ran for over three years the stage had Mayim Bialik, Kim Fields, Loretta Swit, Amy Morton, Rondi Reed, Marybeth Monroe and Miriam Plotkin.
What is your longest running show?
Million Dollar Quartet ran for over 7 years, which made it the longest running Broadway Musical in Chicago Theater History. But we've had Baby Wants Candy performing for the last 10 years and Thirsty has been here for 5 years. Emerald City has been here for 16 years.

What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
Beer and wine.

Ticket costs (range):
$15-$20
What is your show schedule?
Baby Wants Candy runs Fridays at 10:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Thirsty runs Fridays and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. in the studio.

CIC Theater Chicago
1422 W Irving Park Rd. in Lakeview
(773) 799-8506
www.cictheater.com/


When did your theater open? 2006
Why do people come to see your shows?
We've created a space that attracts the best performers in the city, and allows them the freedom to be themselves.  It's the best ensemble improv in the city, hands down.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
Kevin McDonald of “Kids in the Hall,” Vanessa Bayer and TJ Miller.
What is your longest running show?
Improv Saturday has been our mainstay for a decade. Three house teams perform every Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? PBR and draft beer.
Ticket costs (range): $5-15
What is your show schedule? Our shows run Wednesday-Sunday.


Comedians You Should Know
622 N Fairbanks Ct. in Streeterville
(312) 642-0700
www.comediansyoushouldknow.com

When did you open?
January 2008
Why do people come to see your shows? Because they enjoy neglecting their kids.
Who is the most famous person to have performed? Hannibal Buress and T.J. Miller sometimes drop in when they're in town. We don't put them up because they're famous though; We put them up because they're funny.
What is your longest running show? Two hours. We try to keep our audience wanting more so they come back. Also, most of our audience is on house arrest so they need to get back to their motel room before they get caught.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? Whatever's on special.
Ticket costs (range): $5 online or $10 at the door
What is your performance schedule? Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. and special events on weekends from time to time.
A Comedians You Should Know fun fact? The show has been running for over eight years and has been critically-acclaimed by almost every local, media outlet and most Chicagoans still don't know we exist.

The Comedy Bar Chicago
500 N LaSalle St. in River North
(312) 836-0499
www.comedybarchicago.com/

When did your theater open?
August 2011
Why do people come to see your shows? The Comedy Bar provides the ultimate Chicago experience, right downtown, with great food and in-house brewed craft beer from Gino's Brewing Co.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
Dan Aykroyd.
What is your longest running show?
Sean Flannery's "Drunk Science" every Wednesday at 8 p.m.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
The Lasalle Street Lager is a house favorite. It's one of many craft beers brewed right downstairs at Gino's Brewing Co.
Ticket costs (range): $20-$30
What is your show schedule? Shows run nights Wednesday-Sunday.

What is a The Comedy Bar fun fact? 500 N. Lasalle is a historical landmark building. It is the old cable car company in Chicago, and it used to power the entire city's cable car system. It also used to be Michael Jordan's restaurant back in the ‘90s.

ComedySportz Theater
929 W Belmont Ave. in Lakeview
(773) 549-8080
www.cszchicago.com/

When did your theater open?
1987
Why do people come to see your shows?
ComedySportz Chicago is the longest-running all-ages comedy venue in the comedy capital of the world. ComedySportz also has the largest ensemble (60 performers currently), and is the premiere game-based, short-form show, performed at CSz Theater Chicago in the heart of Lakeview.
Who is your most famous person to have performed? Kay Cannon, Emmy-nominated writer and producer for “30 Rock,” co-executive producer and writer on “New Girl,” Liz Cackowski, SNL and TV writer and actor, Frank Caeti, MAD TV, Robyn Norris, creator of Second City’s #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment. ComedySportz Worldwide also has 25 teams around the country and two in Europe, Berlin and Manchester, England.
What is your longest running show? ComedySportz--over 28 years.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
Our color-coded specialty cocktails to accompany the blue of our home team, the Downtown Chicago Bosses, and the always-changing visiting red team: The BLUE Blazin’ Lemonade is vodka, blue curacao, Sprite and lemonade and The RED Chicago Sunset is vodka, grenadine, Sprite and orange.
Ticket costs (range): $23-25, and some are $10 and even lower for college students with ID.
What is your show schedule?
ComedySportz runs Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. – check our website for up-to-date schedules and special events.
What is a ComedySportz Theater fun fact?
Ensemble member Nick Semar made the Guinness Book of World Records for the most high fives in one hour by an Individual (427) at the Taste of River North on July 18, 2010. Also, our current space, CSz Theater Chicago, used to be an Ann Sather’s restaurant, and before that, a funeral home.  We put the “fun” in funeral.

Cornservatory
4210 N Lincoln Ave. in North Center
(773) 868-0243
cornservatory.org

When did your theater open?
Corn Productions became a company in the fall of 1992 and we have been at our current location since the fall of 1999.
Why do people come to see your shows?
Corn has always had the reputation of being fast and loose with our comedy. People have come to expect the unexpected. Plus the BYOB doesn't hurt.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
I don't think anyone "famous" has ever performed--but Johnny Galecki came and saw a show once.
What is the longest running show?  
Floss! The Beboian Dance Experience ran at Cornservatory for 7 years.  Floss! was a parody of culturally based dance shows. For awhile, almost every new actor in Chicago was in Floss! for a run.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
Since we are BYOB it's up the patron but it's primarily beer, beer, beer--although once someone brought a blender and made margaritas during the blackouts.
Ticket costs (range):  $10-$15.
What is your show schedule?   
We try to have something going on Wednesday through Sundays both at 8 p.m. and late night. DRINK! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Show plays every Saturday at 11 p.m.  Check out our website for specific scheduling.
What is a Cornservatory fun fact?
The name Corn has little to do with the starch.  It was the secret word Robert Bouwman and Todd Schaner (cofounders of the company) said to each other in college when someone made an offbeat comment or non sequitur.  It comes from Family Feud when the contest buzzes in and momentarily forgets the question and just answers Corn instead (it happens).

Gallery Cabaret
2020 N Oakley Ave. in Bucktown
(773) 489-5471
gallerycabaret.com


iO Chicago
1501 N Kingsbury St. in Lincoln Park
(312) 929-2401
ioimprov.com/chicago

When did your theater open? 37 years--we opened in 1981.
Why do people come to see your shows? We are the leaders in longform improvisation.  We feature the best shows improv shows in town like TJ and Dave, Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight. You can’t get funnier than this.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey Amy Poehler, Chris Farley--not sure who is the most famous.
What is your longest running show? The Armando Diaz Experience and Hootenany, which has been running since 1995. Other then that, 12 years  Whirled News Tonight and Improvised Shakespeare are neck in  neck for the title.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
Local beers and spirits are extremely popular, especially offerings from Solemn Oath brewery, Half Acre, Metropolitan, Three Floyds, FEW Distillery.
Ticket costs (range): $5 - $16
What is your show schedule? There are 4 stages with shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 7 nights a week with midnight shows on the weekends. There is ALWAYS something great going up here.
What is an iO Chicago Fun Fact? We have ping pong tables, an outdoor beer garden and the ashes of two dead people.

Jokes and Notes
4641 S King Dr. in Bronzeville
(773) 373-3390
jokesandnotes.com

When did your theater open? January 2006.
Why do people come to see your shows?
Jokes and Notes is a nationally recognized venue for urban comedy. Headliners from all over the country strive to reach our stage and audience. We also highlight some of today's rising stars and pride ourselves on being a diverse platform for Chicago comedians to build their craft. Our comedians credit some of their success to the venue's owner, Maryella Lindsey (formerly of All Jokes Aside).  Lil Rel Howery (Carmichael Show), Deon Cole (Blackish) and Leon Rogers (WGCI Morning Radio) choose our stage to workout on because it's apart of their roots. Celebrity and promotional branding support has been a great additive to expose just how funny Chicago comedy is at Jokes and Notes!
Who is the most famous person to have performed there?
Mo'Nique, Deon Cole, Lil Rel, Sherry Shepard, DeRay Davis, Hannibal, JB Smoove, Tony Roberts and more. We have also partnered with TBS Just For Laughs Festival and Shaq Comedy All Stars to name a couple.
What is your longest running show?
Our shows change weekly. We bring popular acts back for additional dates throughout the year.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? One Man Riot named after Tony Sculfield, the Stress Reliever named after George Willborn, or Wat dat do which is a drink comedian Lil Rel crafted himself with our bartender Angel Flores.
Ticket costs (range):
$10-$20.
What is your show schedule?
8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
What is a Jokes and Notes fun fact? Celebrities such as Shaq O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, Starr Jones, Lisa Raye and countless Bears and NBA players have been apart of our audience, most being return patrons when they are in the Chicagoland area. You never know who you're going to see.

Laugh Factory
3175 N Broadway St. in Lakeview
(773) 327-3175
laughfactory.com

When did your theater open? Laugh Factory Chicago opened in 2012 after a $5 million renovation of the iconic Lakeshore Theater in the bustling East Lakeview neighborhood.
Why do people come to see your shows?
I think people come to see shows at Laugh Factory Chicago because we work really hard at putting on consistently hilarious shows almost solely with amazing local comedians.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
Last May, we had the pleasure of having Amy Schumer do a one-night only pop up show.
What is your longest running show?
Our longest running show is our Chicago’s Best Standup showcase that runs Fridays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. Our raunchy, adult-themed The Nasty Show runs every Saturday night at 10 p.m.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? 312 hands down.
Ticket costs (range): $5-$30
What is your show schedule? Our shows run Wednesday-Sunday.
What is a Laugh Factory fun fact? Russel Peters was the first performer to play on the Laugh Factory Chicago stage in 2012.

Laugh Out Loud Improv Theater
3851 N. Lincoln Ave. in North Center

(773) 857-6000
laughoutloudtheater.com/chicago

When did your theater open?
We just celebrated the grand opening in March 2016.
Why do people come to see your shows? We do improv comedy, so our shows are different every time. Our early show is great for family outings and birthday parties, while our late show is great for date night, bachelorette parties or a night out without the kids.
Who is the most famous person to have performed? If you come on the right night, you can catch a former Wheel of Fortune College Week contestant from 1992 on our stage.
What is your longest running show? Our Laugh Out Loud Improv show is our trademark show that runs on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring a rotating cast of four comedians taking suggestions, performing improvised scenes, and customizing the entire experience to the audience.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? Our signature drink is the Sidecar, which pairs nicely with our art deco bar that was salvaged from a 1930s Wisconsin establishment and painstakingly restored to its former glory.
Ticket costs (range): $12 for kids, $20 for adults
What is your show schedule? Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. all ages welcome, and 9:30 p.m. for grown-ups only. We have other shows on our show schedule, which can be found on our website.
What is a Laugh Out Loud Comedy fun fact?
We have a payphone that will take your money but won't make any calls.

The Lincoln Lodge at Subterranean
2011 W. North Ave. in Bucktown
(773) 251-1539
thelincolnlodge.com

When did your theater open?
The Lincoln Lodge started in September of 2000
When did you start performing at Subterranean?
After our original venue (The Lincoln Restaurant) closed at the end of 2014 we started at SubT in early 2015.

Why do people come to see your shows?
Because we offer something different in terms of mixing the comedic arts (stand up, sketch, film, music) into one big funny stew.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?
Pick one from T.J. Miller, Hannibal Burress, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Kumail Nanjiani--They all started at the Lincoln Lodge.

What is your longest running show?
Yes we are, thanks! At 16 years and counting no other independent comedy show in the nation comes close to our longevity.

What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
We are in Bucktown--so it's either PBR or Malort.

Ticket costs (range): We are donation based so anything from zero to a thousand dollars. (Note: Nobody has given us a thousand yet).
What is your show schedule? Every Friday at 8 p.m.
What is a Lincoln Lodge Comedy fun fact?
Arrive early to see a crazy mix of weird and funny videos set to a soundtrack of eclectic tunes playing before the show and stay afterwards to drink with the cool kids of Wicker Park on a Friday night in Chicago's home for the hip.

Mayne Stage
1328 W Morse Ave. in Rogers Park
(773) 381-4551
maynestage.com/

MCL Chicago
3110 N Sheffield Ave. in Lakeview
(773) 610-5930
mclchicago.com/

When did your theater open?
MCL Chicago originated as Studio BE which was a children's theater founded in 2009. By 2012, the children's theater had dissolved and the space had become primarily a rental venue to independent theater companies and sketch and improv ensembles. In March of 2014, the Studio BE board approached Stephanie McCullough about expanding her weekly music improv show MINT. She contacted myself, Michael Jordan, and our other partner Alex Garday about this prospect, and after much deliberation we returned to the Studio BE board with the proposal of rebranding the entire theater to create a home for the increasingly popular musical improv art form. In July of 2014, the theater was officially rebranded at MCL Chicago.
Why do people come to see your shows? MCL Chicago hosts primarily musical improv, music sketch, and original musicals. There is also more traditional comedy in the space, but the majority of our programming focuses on music comedy. Incorporating music with comedy, particularly in improv, enhances the entertainment value and fun of any performance. The incredibly talented actors and musicians who perform in the space create on the fly all the lyrics being sung and music being played. It's equally as impressive as it is funny.
Who is the most famous person to have performed? MCL Artistic Director and founder Alex Garday is a cast member of The Restaurant web series.
What is your longest running show? VAMP: A Music Comedy Drinking Show at every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. VAMP debuted weeks after the transition from Studio BE to MCL. It has increasingly grown in popularity as it approaches its second year playing to nearly sold out houses every week. The best way to describe VAMP is that it's "Whose Line Is It Anyway," but everyone is Wayne Brady. Plus! There is a full band that backs the performers. It's a hilarious night of BYOB audience interactive music comedy.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? MCL is a BYOB venue, so patrons can bring their own favorite drinks.Ticket costs (range):$5 - $20.
What is your show schedule? Open Run ScheduleVAMP: A Music Comedy Drinking Show - Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. - $18; Potential Boyfriends - Tuesdays at 8 p.m. - $10; Lindsey's Calling - Tuesdays at 10 p.m. - $7; MINT: Music Improv Night - Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. - $5.50
What is an MCL Chicago fun fact: "MCL" represents "Music. Comedy. Live." Umphrey's McGee's office is right above our theater.

pH Comedy Theater
1515 W Berwyn Ave in Andersonville
(773) 961-8214
whatisph.com/

When did your theater open?
The pH Comedy Theater opened in October of 2012, right on pH's 10th anniversary as a comedy theater company. After a decade of performing improv, sketch, and original musicals at other theaters, we opened our own performance venue in our ideal destination, Andersonville.
Why do people come to see your shows? pH's shows are high-energy, raw, and interactive. We love incorporating audience participation as much as we can—even in our sketch shows and musicals.  Some of that raw energy is captured in our pHarm House Training Center, a performance-based improv development program and in our College Night program, which features college improv teams from DePaul, Loyola, Dominican, and former College Improv Tournament National Champions, Droppin' $cience from Columbia College. Our improv show for kids, Adventure Library, probably best encapsulates the frenetic and participatory roots of our company.
We also offer a wide variety of comedy. Improv, sketch, standup, kids shows, and musicals are served up in equal measures for audiences of all kinds.
But most importantly, The pH Comedy Theater is your friendly, neighborhood comedy theater. Our roots in the community of Andersonville, our intimate space, and the fact that we are an ensemble-run theater powered by passion for our work and one another all contribute to the warm, home-like experience of pH. Thus our sometime tagline, "Comedy for the People.”
Who is the most famous person to have performed? Well, we can't claim the big names like our bigger friends can. We have had accomplished performers like Aidy Bryant and Tim Baltz in our company in our (and their) early years. And we have had other members like Dan Aho and Joseph Cranford who have gone on to major motion picture work in films like Contagion and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
What is your longest running show? We've been running our popular improvised musical, pHamily, for about 10 years now.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? We are BYOB. But observationally we see a lot of red wine.Ticket costs (range):$5-$15.
What is your show schedule? Evenings and nights Wednesdays-Sundays.
What is a pH Comedy Theater fun fact? pH Productions also produces the Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl each and every year. It's our biggest annual fundraiser. All proceeds go to fueling our 2016 season. This year's Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl is Saturday, May 14.

The Public House Theatre
3914 N Clark St. in Wrigleyville
(800) 650-6449
pubhousetheatre.com

When did your theater open? March of 2013
Why do people come to see your shows? Two reasons: The first regular compliment we get is on the consistent quality of our shows--we really concentrate on rehearsing and polishing every single show. From sketch to straight theater to poetry to experimental pieces, we always push to make every show find its Who is the most famous person to have performed? One of our favorite evenings was a live reading of Irvine Welsh's new screenplay, overseen by Welsh. We had the same privilege with Don DeGrazia. And we are proud to have Matt Young as an ensemble member, who is currently seeing the meteoric rise of his podcast, "Hello From The Magic Tavern."
What is the longest running show? Bye Bye Liver
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? Vodka for the ladies- craft beer and whiskey for the gentlemen. During Bye Bye Liver, PBR Buckets and Jameson are definitely crowd favorites. $4 Fireball and $5 Jameson shots are always a hit, as well as $4 Malört. We keep an evolving menu with a broad range of options with an emphasis on local brews.
Ticket costs (range): $10-25
What is the show schedule? Most shows start at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and sometimes a late night show on Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays and “Bye Bye Liver” plays on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
What is a The Public House Theater fun fact? We consider ourselves the "gateway drug" of theater. Our idea of Pub Theater comes from Shakespearean performance, where viewers would get drunk and the performers would have to sharpen their wits to stay ahead of them. "Bye Bye Liver" turns 10 this year, and is also running in Boston, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave. in Lakeview

(773) 327-5252
stage773.com


The Den Theatre

1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park
(773) 398-7028

When did your theater open?
2010
Why do people come to see your shows? [We have a] welcoming atmosphere and a variety of quality theater--and a great bar. Most famous person to have performed?Michael Shannon at the 25th Abbie Fest which Mary-Arrchie Theatre co hosted at The Den.
What is your longest running show? New Country has run for 12 weeks and is running now.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? The off-Broadway--it's basically a Manhattan with Maker's Mark.
Ticket costs (range): $20 - $40
What is your show schedule? Generally, shows run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Late night shows at 10:30 p.m.
What is a Den Theatre fun fact? When I started The Den, I bought one leather sofa and put it in the bar/lobby area. Now, somehow, there are about 50 leather sofas and chairs throughout three bar/lobby areas. I guess we like leather sofas and chairs--really we just want people to stay and hang out and talk about the theater they just saw.  

The Playground Theater
3209 N Halsted St. in Lakeview
(773) 871-3793

When did your theater open? The Playground was founded in 1997, we moved to Halsted in 2004.

Why do people come to see your shows?
The Playground is a great way to kickstart a night--friends, fun, laughs and BYOB.

Who is the most famous person to have performed?
A bunch of famous folks have performed  at The Playground, including “The Daily Show's” Jordan Klepper, Comedy Bang Bang's Lauren Lapkus are some of our recent folks who are doing great.  Old school PG Alumns include Jason Sudekis and Jack McBrayer.

What is your longest running show?
The Big Yellow Bus is at Sundays at 9:15 p.m. and has been running for 10 years.

What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
Anything they can carry. We are BYOB after all.

Ticket costs (range):  $5-10

What is your show schedule? We have shows every night. You never know when people need a good laugh, so we are there for them.

What is a The Playground Theater fun fact?
The Kaydids, creators of Teachers, had their first show ever at The Playground.

The Second City
1616 N Wells St. in Old Town
(312) 337-3992

secondcity.com/
When did The Second City open?
The Second City opened on December 16, 1959.
Why do people come to see your shows? More than anything, they want to laugh and have a great time.
Who is the most famous person to have performed there? Seriously, there are so many amazing performers and writers that are alumni of The Second City. It’s impossible to single anyone of them out.
What is your longest running show? Most of our shows run about a year.
What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers? The Bentwood which is our signature Maker’s Mark Manhattan with Grand Marnier. Its delicious.
Ticket costs (range): Tickets start at $15 and go up from there.
What is the show schedule? We have shows every night of the week. We're only closed two days a year--Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The complete show schedule is on our website.
What is a Second City fun fact? We have a free improv set open to the public at the end of every night except Friday. If you're interested, just show up between 9:30-10 p.m. to check out the free improv set.

Under the Gun Theater
956 W Newport Ave. in Lakeview
(773) 270-3440
undertheguntheater.com/

When did your theater open?
Our Company was founded in July 2013 but our theater space opened on Oct. 8, 2014.
Why do people come to see your shows?
We have 10 different shows that run each week Thursday through Sunday and something for everyone. We love to get our audience involved (sometimes even up on stage with us).

Who is the most famous person to have performed?
We had the lovely Nora Dunn (“SNL”), D.B. Sweeney (“The Cutting Edge”), Julie Sweeney (“SNL”), Antoine MaKay (“Empire”), and Michael Palasack (“Last Comic Standing”) all as guest in our shows.

What is your longest running show?
Comedy Against Humanity (newly-titled Horrible Fun).

What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?
$3 PBR Tallboys and $4 Fireball shots.
Ticket costs (range): $6-$20.
What is the show schedule? Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
What is an Under the Gun Theater fun fact?
Our Theater is located inside the Links Hall building that has been home to performing arts for over 25 years. We also have three Saints Candles with the faces of Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, and Mindy Kaling's faces on them above our bar.  Also recently we held general auditions for our Ensemble and we no longer have gender parody in our Ensemble...we have more women than men, which has got to be a first for Chicago comedy.  And, between Kevin Mullaney and myself, we have more than 30 years of comedy theater experience.

Zanies Comedy Club
1548 N Wells St. in Old Town
(312) 337-4027
zanies.com

When did your theater open?  Zanies in Chicago opened in 1978. 

Why do people come to see your shows?  
To see great standup comedy in an intimate environment.
Who is the most famous person to have performed?  
Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Jeff Garlin--the list is endless.

What is your longest running show?  
Zanies in Chicago is the fourth oldest standup comedy club in the entire country.

What is the most popular drink to order among your show goers?  
Zanies Special or The ChocaMocha Delight.

Ticket costs (range):  $20 – $30.

What is your show schedule?  Zanies in Chicago is open every night with multiple shows on the weekend.

What is a Zanies Comedy Club fun fact?
You never know who will drop in so unannounced stars appear quite frequently.


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