Shows

Every night there are dozens of improv and sketch shows happening in Chicago outside of the major comedy theaters. LAFS has dedicated this calendar to promote independent improv and sketch. Find a show and support the art form Chicago made famous. Visit My Chicago Comedy to find restaurant and parking information for Chicago’s comedy theaters. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions!

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Sketch on the Rocks @ The Playground Theater
Sketch on the Rocks @ The Playground Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 27 @ 3:00 AM – 4:30 AM Improv Sketch The Playground Theater
Come watch sketch comedy evolve from its natural habitat every Tuesday night at 10PM at SKETCH on the ROCKS. SKETCH on the ROCKS adopts Second City type formula for independent sketch comedy groups… At The Playground we think SKETCH comedy ROCKS. Most of the top sketch comedy groups in Chicago tend to be independently produced. At SKETCH on the ROCKS we want to help groups in their process of creating new shows. Sketch groups will be given 6 week show …
Those Who Can’t @ de Maat Theatre
Those Who Can't @ de Maat Theatre | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 27 @ 3:15 AM – 4:30 AM Improv de Maat Theatre
An improv jam with the faculty of The Second City Training Center in the de Maat Theatre. Each week different students perform opening sets of improv, stand-up and/or sketch comedy. Then they join the faculty on stage at the end of the show. On the last Tuesday of the month, Shorts Night will open for the faculty. Shorts Night is where teams of Second City faculty, students and alumni filmmakers screen under-two-minute shorts based on an audience suggestion. Open run …
Potential Boyfriends & Friends @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 27 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Variety MCL Chicago
A weekly comedy showcase hosted by Potential Boyfriends, Tuesday nights at 8pm, at MCL Chicago. Cost to get in is $7. BYOB. Tickets include ONE FREE DRAFT BEER at Trader Todd’s following each show. Potential Boyfriends weave improv and sketch into a night of lowbrow dicking around while inviting emerging stand-ups and improv troupes to share the stage. For a Tuesday night, it’s hopping.” – Time Out Chicago. Potential Boyfriends is a long form improv group formed by a bunch …
Lindsey’s Calling @ MCL Chicago
Lindsey's Calling @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 27 @ 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM Variety MCL Chicago
Lindsey’s Calling is a group of three best friends who love to play hard and explore every given moment together. Extremely connected from the top, they ask you to come into their world. Laugh, Cry, Love. And let’s ride this thing until the wheels come off. Featuring: Logan Hulick, Abby Vatterott, and Grant Micheal Johnson Ticket: $7. MCL Chicago. BYOB. Free beer at Trader Todd’s after the show. CASH ONLY BYOB RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
All of it All the Time @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
All of it All the Time @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 1:00 AM – 2:30 AM Variety CIC
With a new show every week, the night can include, but is not limited to solo performance, music, art, magic, mystery and death defying feats of people sitting in chairs having funny relationships with each other. All of it All the Time also features groups and performances that can only be seen on the CIC stage. Come to All of it All the Time every Wednesday to see a different show. Did we mention there is a full bar? Wednesdays …
The Two Dollar Bill @ ComedySportz
The Two Dollar Bill @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM Improv ComedySportz
8 PM – Genesis League Five farm teams working tirelessly to hone their improvisational skills. Night and day these comedic athletes are training to be play smart, fast, improv for the admiration of their fans. 9PM – The People’s Improv Throughout the history of Improvisational Comedy, Chicago audiences have set the standard of what is a truly great performance. Now you will be rewarded for your expertise. This is a show for you, about you and the outcome is decided …
Hump Night @ Apollo Theater
Hump Night @ Apollo Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 2:00 AM – 4:00 AM Variety Apollo Theater
A Variety showcase of some of the best and brightest comic talents from Chicago. Showcasing Sketch, Stand Up, Storytelling, Music, and Improvisation. Each night at 9pm audiences will be treated to an ever changing line up culminating in a finale of Improvisation performed by Veteran performers in the “Mullaney Chain”. Each week Artistic Director Kevin Mullaney will invite a performer to join him. That performer will invite another performer and so on until 6 performers are set for a one …
Inner City @ de Maat Theatre
Inner City @ de Maat Theatre | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 3:15 AM – 4:15 AM Improv de Maat Theatre
Current and former members of Second City’s Touring Company come together every Wednesday at 10:15 to perform an open run of improv in the de Maat Studio Theatre. Wednesdays at 10:15pm Tickets: $10 – general; $1 – friends and family RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
MINT: Music Improv Night @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Improv Musical MCL Chicago
A night of Music Improv teams performing is something quite different than any kind of improv showcase happening in this City. But of course – Chicago being the capital of the Improv movement worldwide – where else would such a new movement take hold? Come to MINT and Join the Chicago community of improvisers expanding the world of Music Improv every Wednesday night at MCL Chicago. Come watch as several MINT Ensembles perform their own unique Music Improv show, followed by …
Thunderdome @ MCL Chicago
Thunderdome @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 28 @ 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM Variety MCL Chicago
This is a comedy variety show. Can include; improv, ensemble sketch, solo sketch, stand up, story telling, and anything else you put your mind to. Different performers each week! Tickets: $3 – CASH ONLY BYOB RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
pHarm House @ pH Comedy Theater
pHarm House @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 29 @ 1:00 AM – 2:30 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
They are the future of pH, and Chicago comedy. Come see pH’s pHarm House students perform improv for you. They train under a pH coach every week and then show off their fancy new skills for you! This show also features an experimental pH headliner group each week! Appropriate for: PG-13 Tickets $5 whatisph.com RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
College pHarm Night @ pH Comedy Theater
College pHarm Night @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 29 @ 3:00 AM – 4:45 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
Every Thursday, pH‘s best and brightest upcoming talent hits the stage for some outrageous improv. Our pHarm teams are coached by veteran pH cast members and are some of the funniest college teams in the country. You never know what will come out of their mouths, and most of the times you don’t want to know. Three college teams play every night, with a special opening presentation by the pH All-Star team, The pHucktards. This show will sell out, so …
Coached Ensembles @ Donny's Skybox
Coached Ensembles @ Donny's Skybox | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 29 @ 3:30 AM – 4:45 AM Improv Donny's Skybox
Talented newcomers from The Second City Training Center’s A-E program take the stage for a 8 week run of fantastic short form improv. Every Thursday at 10:30pm Tickets: $10 – General, $8 – Students, $5 – Training Center Students RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Bad Advice @ pH Comedy Theater
Bad Advice @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
pH is starting your weekend off with some Bad Advice. Four players take your suggestion and spin it into three acts full of memorable characters, madcap situations and unbelievably horrible advice. At the end of each act one of the characters from the show will offer you their unique takes on anything and everything. Join us every Friday for our newest addition to the pH family. Fridays at 8pm Tickets: $10 – $5 Student RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Knuckleball & Friends @ The Bughouse Theater
Knuckleball & Friends @ The Bughouse Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 3:00 AM – 4:30 AM Improv Bughouse Theater
Featuring Knuckleball and special guests. Every Friday @10pm BYOB! CASH ONLY RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Pimprov @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Pimprov @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 3:30 AM – 4:30 AM Improv CIC
Chicago’s favorite Improv Group is back for a limited run at the Chemically Imbalanced Theater. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Pimprov is one of the most original and hilarious unscripted shows in town! Yes… it’s Pimps that improvise. It’s that simple. Fridays @ 10:30pm Tickets $15 RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION “Politically Correct, No, Funny Yes!”- Chicago Tribune “More Than Traditional Improv”- Los Angles Times “Ho-larious”- Now Toronto Magazine CIC is proud to present this limited engagement with our dear friends of Pimprov. …
Talk Hard @ ComedySportz
Talk Hard @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 4:45 AM – 5:45 AM Variety ComedySportz
This uncensored late night talk show will feature a topical monologue, remote video segments, off-the-wall characters and bizarre special guests. Together with a crack team of writers hand-picked from Chicago’s world famous comedy scene, Mr. Campbell will put on a cutting edge show open to guests of all shapes and sizes over the age of 18. Fridays at Midnight Tickets: $10 * $5 for 10pm ComedySportz Guests Call 773-549-8080 for reservations! RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Team pHrenzy @ pH Comedy Theater
Team pHrenzy @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 4:45 AM – 5:45 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
pH‘s original hit show gets a brand new twist! Battle lines are drawn as teams attempt to win the pHrenzy Bowl Cup. Teams will go head to head each week for a knock down drag out improv fight. In the early rounds you vote on which team did better with your suggestion – the losing team loses a player. In the later rounds, individuals are judged. The two teams with the best records will meet later in the year at…The …
The Show Below @ Crocodile
The Show Below @ Crocodile | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jun 30 @ 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM Variety
Wicker Park’s longest running Friday night comedy showcase! With house team The Crocodile Players. Hosted by Keenan Camp and Logan Dean FREE AND free pizza with a drink purchase! facebook PRESS: “Free Dinner and a show? That’s the cheapest date in town!” -RealDealChicago.com “A Little Pizza and a Lot of Laughs” -Robert Levy (Yahoo! Featured Contributor) “Our picks for fun… ‘The Show Below’ & ‘That New Show’” -Wicker Park / Bucktown Insider’s Guide “The pizza is fresh and cheesy, while the …
Cupid Has A Heart On @ Stage 773 | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Musical Stage 773
Cupid has a Heart on – A Musical Guide to Relationships – The Cupid Players are Chicago’s all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls “both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes.” General $20 RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
pHamily The Musical @ pH Comedy Theater
pHamily The Musical @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Musical pH Comedy Theater
Family dynamics get thrown in the blender and whipped up in delicious melodies, in this completely improvised musical. You help create the characters, the plot and you even tell us how the songs are going to sound. You could pay over $100 for those fancy pants downtown musicals, or $10 to create your very own! Live music, dancing and laughing – now that’s a night out. “Critic’s Choice” – Time Out Chicago “Highly Recommended” – Chicago Reader “5 Stars” – …
Moxie @ de Maat Theatre
Moxie @ de Maat Theatre | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM Improv de Maat Theatre
A Second City Training Center House Ensemble Watch this group perform long form improv in a completely different style every week. From Horror to Film Noir to Spaghetti Western to Tennessee Williams, you just never which genre this cast will take on next. Every Saturday at 10:30pm Tickets: $12, $10 Students, $6 Training Center Students RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Comedy Showcase w/ Rainbow Deli @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Comedy Showcase w/ Rainbow Deli @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 3:30 AM – 4:30 AM Improv CIC
Each week, Rainbow Deli will be joined by a rotating line-up of teams comprised of some of the funniest people in Chicago. Rainbow Deli takes a suggestion and turns it into poetry. They then take that poetry and turn it into thirty blistering minutes of improv. The eight person cast has performed in such stalwart Chicago improv groups as Revolver, Close Quarters, Felt, Big Yellow Bus, Mrs Dad, and Rick. Saturdays at 10:30pm Tickets: $10 General / $5 with iO/Second City/Annoyance Student ID …
DRINK! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game @ Cornservatory | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM Sketch Cornservatory
DRINK! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game features intoxicating original, comedic sketches by Corn Productions’ tanked-up team of writers with a new mind-altering drinking game for every sketch. The seven person cast, aided by the luminescent “DRINK!” sign, will guide you through the drunken haze so you can follow along in the fun. So grab the BYOB beverage of your choice, warm up your drinking wrist, and get ready to laugh ‘til you spew beer out of your nose as DRINK! The Sketch …
pHrenzy pHucked @ pH Comedy Theater
pHrenzy pHucked @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 4:45 AM – 5:45 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
Our original pHrenzy show gets a dose of good old fashioned “wrong.” Absolutely nothing is off-limits to the cast of pHucked… sex, politics, religion, children, democrats, republicans, gays, straights and kittens – they all get skewered by our sick and depraved cast of misfits. Each show is hosted by a ridiculously bizarre character and changes every week. pHrenzy pHucked throws out the niceties of regular pHrenzy and just gets down to voting people out right away. It’s balls to the …
The Hot Karl @ ComedySportz
The Hot Karl @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 4:45 AM – 5:45 AM Improv ComedySportz
Since 1999, The Hot Karl has been presenting their brand of stage-clawing, no-holds-barred long-form improv to packed houses. You may gasp, you may shriek, and you may even be offended, but only in those rare moments where you aren’t laughing hysterically. This improv show is best suited for mature audiences. Saturdays at Midnight $10.00 No service fees when you call: Box Office: 773-549-8080 Ages: 18+ RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION People’s Choice 2008 Best Improv Group The Chicago Reader “Mind-Altering, Underwear …
Storytown @ Stage 773
Storytown @ Stage 773 | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Improv Stage 773
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! We use your suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story, and our actors, artists, and musicians bring it to life! When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. We’ll see you in Storytown! General $10 RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Music and Mimosas @ MCL Chicago
Music and Mimosas @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Improv Musical MCL Chicago
Music & Mimosas is a BYOB long-form musical jam. After a group warm-up, smaller groups will be formed, given time to create a new musical form, and then groups will perform their form for the other groups. Come to play, come to watch, come alone, or come with friends! We are so lucky to have many talented music directors joining us! Music & Mimosas with Ashland; a place to create, explore, and experiment with musical form!$10 to play. $5 to …
Adventure Library @ pH Comedy Theater
Adventure Library @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 1 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Improv pH Comedy Theater
Kids are amazing! Books are amazing! We’ve decided to combine both! Join us at the Adventure Library, where kids vote on their favorite book, and then with their help we slowly start re-writing the story using imagination and a whole lot of laughter. We also encourage the kids to join us on stage to play characters. It’s a great Saturday treat for the entire family. Saturdays at 2pm TICKETS: $12 Adult, $8 Kids RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Improvised Double Dare @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Jul 2 @ 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM Improv ComedySportz
On your mark. . .get set. . .GO! Watch as two teams compete against each other in tests of trivia, physical challenges, and improvisation until one team gets to undergo the ultimate gauntlet of skill – the Obstacle Course! Audience members have the opportunity to join in the fun with this highly interactive and fast-paced improvised game show. Who will go to Space Camp and who will merely win a pair of BK Ratch Tech sneakers? Tickets: $5 RESTAURANT & …