Friday, May 26, 2006

Comedy in Chicago

When it comes to comedy, Chicago is second to none! Here are just a few of the opportunities to have a good laugh while in town.
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Second City
Since 1959, The Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure. The theatre that launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and more offers nightly comedy shows, as well as a variety of other programs. The theatre has two resident stages: The Second City Mainstage, which seats 290 and The Second City e.t.c., which seats 180. Each theatre has a resident troupe that writes and performs an original comedy revue. The shows are smart, funny, and highly original.

The Second City is located on the north side of Chicago, at 1616 N. Wells St. The Second City e.t.c. and Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre are located at 1608 N. Wells St. (Piper's Alley.) Parking is available for a fee across Wells street in the Treasure Island parking lot, or 1/2 block west on North Avenue at the Piper's Alley self park garage. Fees range from $6 to $15. For more information, call the box office at 312-337-3992, or see the website:

If you prefer stand-up comedy to improv, then you’ll want to go to Zanies, which brings national headliners to its night club style settings. See the Zanies website for their current schedule at:

The three Chicagoland locations are:
Zanies Chicago, 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago. Phone: 312-337-4027
Zanies St. Charles, at the Pheasant Run Resort & Spa in St. Charles, Illinois. Phone: 630-584-6342
Zanies Vernon Hills, 230 Hawthorn Village Commons (Hawthorn Village Commons Plaza), Vernon Hills, Illinois. Phone: 847-549-6030

The ComedySportz show offers improvisational comedy that is appropriate for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 5 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!

ComedySportz is located on the north side of Chicago at 3220 N. Lincoln Ave. To purchase tickets by phone, or for more information, call (773) 549-8080 or see their website at:

Chicago Comedy Company
This multimedia interactive improvisational comedy theater, describes itself as "the first 100% improvised, 100% audience interactive improv comedy theater dedicated to clean comedy, with no alcohol served or allowed in and no smoking." Live video feed of latecomers provide comedic fodder for those waiting inside to start the show, and a computer internet kiosk allows the audience to search for comedy ideas before and during the show. There's even an interactive iPod station where the audience can play music to create a scene.

The Chicago Comedy Company is located at the Streets of Woodfield Mall, 601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 171, Schaumburg. For information, call 847-240-0380 or see their website:

Blue Man Group
If you prefer your comedy in the form of performance art, try the Blue Man Group. The Blue Man Group is a performance troupe that produces edgy and unique work. The silent but oddly endearing blue trio explore in their humorous and bizarre fashion such questions as what makes art worthy, and how many marshmallows can be fit in someone's mouth.

Blue Man Group performs at Chicago’s historic Briar Street Theatre at 3133 N. Halsted For details call 773-348-4000 or visit the website:
For other possibilities, see the following guides, and have some fun while you’re in town:

Chicago Sun-Times Calendar at:

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