Updated 3:40 pm, July 9, 2014

Comedian and entrepreneur Kyle Lane, founder of The Comedy Bar in Chicago, is announcing a new partnership with comedian/actor/musician Jim Belushi. A Chicago native, Belushi brings his industry know-how and star power to the River North comedy club, starting with its gala relaunch weekend from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. Belushi will be on hand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to introduce the shows and take part in the performances. He will also sit in with special guest band, Rob Stone and the C-Notes, on Oct. 18 at midnight.


"The Comedy Bar is filled with magic: those special and intimate moments of recognition and laughter between the comedians and the audience that only live performance provides," Belushi said. "I am excited to chase and witness the magic that happens at The Comedy Bar on a nightly basis. It's fun, it's funny and it will kill! The Comedy Bar will become one of the stars and a highlight in Chicago's rich tapestry of comedy life. We're going to have a ball!"


"Jim Belushi is Chicago, and he encompasses all that is The Comedy Bar," Lane said. "The Comedy Bar is Chicago's best-kept secret. With Jim's arrival, we are becoming the premier Chicago entertainment venue. We're creating the perfect Chicago night out by offering comedy, live music and dancing."


With its relaunch, The Comedy Bar positions itself as Chicago's premier location for nightlife entertainment. Occupying the ground floor of the Ontourage nightclub complex, the year-old comedy venue is perfectly equipped to showcase its expanded repertoire, which will not only include stand-up and improv comedy, but also music and dancing. The weekly schedule is expanding to eight shows over three nights, with Thursday nights are capped off by a live blues band.


The Comedy Bar first opened in August 2011. The original concept, still intact, was to create a quality stand-up comedy venue in the heart of the city, easily accessible to tourists and locals, and with affordable ticket prices. Its first booking was a Comics to Watch showcase presented by Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival. 2012 programming included the TBS Just For Laughs Festival. The Comedy Bar will continue to showcase the best stand-up Chicago has to offer at the unbeatable price of only $10 to $15 per show.


Opening Weekend Show Schedule:


Oct. 18 - Never Been to Paris with Sean Flannery and Jim Belushi at 10 p.m., followed by Rob Stone and the C-Notes, with special guest Jim Belushi, at midnight.


Oct. 19 - Stand-up comedy with headliner Al Jackson, with Derick Lengwenus and Mike Lebovitz, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Oct. 20 - Stand-up comedy with headliner Al Jackson, with Derick Lengwenus and Mike Lebovitz, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.


For more information about any of The Comedy Bar Chicago's shows, call 773-387-8412, view the comedy club on the Web at or visit 157 W. Ontario in Chicago.


About The Comedy Bar


Located in Chicago's upbeat River North District, right in the heart of downtown, The Comedy Bar Chicago sets the bar for stand-up comedy in the city. Offering $10 tickets with no drink minimums, it boasts one of the most affordable nights on the town.


Having been named "Chicago's best kept secret," it aims to establish a new standard for nightlife entertainment. The Comedy Bar showcases the best stand-up comedy Chicago has to offer at an unbeatable rate. Shows are held at the Ontourage Night Club, located at 157 W. Ontario, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 21 and over. ID required.



The Comedy Bar
157 W Ontario St | 773-387-8412