Comedy Clubs in Chicago

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Comedy Clubs in Chicago

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  • Jennifer B
    Melfa, VA2 contributions
    Wonderful time. Audience participation can enhance the show. Delicious cocktails. More than worth the price of admission. Will be sure to see again.
    Written 8 October 2022
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  • JimRiesterer
    Edina, MN4,622 contributions
    Hadn’t been here in many years so decided to check out the matinee performance of the “best of Second City”.

    The six comics were outstanding and I expect to see some of them on SNL at some point given their skill and quick thinking. The show was a mix of short sketches and improv with bits of live and recorded music. We just got the general seating tickets ($59) instead of the premium ones (front rows). It’s an intimate space and the voices are not amplified so there were a couple of times we missed a few words but overall it was good.

    Unlike some clubs, there is No Food or drink minimum although they serve food and drinks if you want.

    Seating is pretty cozy but we lucked out with being on the end and so it didn’t feel too crowded for us. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on a cold Chicago afternoon. I bought our tickets a couple of weeks ahead online.

    I’d definitely do it again next time we are in Chicago
    Written 12 November 2022
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  • Gmanbumpy
    Chicago, IL610 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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  • Stacy
    Darlington, IN6 contributions
    Our family attended the 8 pm Friday show of ComedySportz while on vacation in Chicago. Having never been to an improv show we didn’t know what to expect but I am so glad we decided to go. The show was very upbeat and interactive with audience members. The improv actors are entertaining and talented beyond belief. It was a great night out with our two teenagers!!
    Written 22 October 2022
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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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  • Brumba
    Savage, MN143 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, TX607 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, MI240 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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  • 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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  • cincyfoodsnob
    292 contributions
    Just checked out Baby Wants Candy for the first time since it moved to Second City from the Apollo. I'm not sure what changes ensued besides the venue but I was honestly a little underwhelmed for the first time. The show was still funny, but the theater is smaller and the show doesn't last nearly as long for the same amount of money. Always crude and hilarious, but I liked it better at the Apollo.
    Written 12 July 2017
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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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  • Kevin K
    1 contribution
    R-rated brutal comedy battles joke for joke, the same great show that's online but live. This was one of the first comedy shows I attended free of covid regulations and it was well worth it.
    Written 6 September 2022
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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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