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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Cupid Has A Heart On @ Stage 773 | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
The Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theatre Company
The Shit Show @ Collaboraction Theatre Company | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Now in LA and Chicago, The Sh*t Show is the rowdiest stand-up show in any comedy scene. It combines the ambiance of a run-down frat party with the high-class jokes of comics seen on Comedy Central, BET, Conan, Late Show with David Letterman and more. Half party, half show, the Sh*t Show features everything from Dollar Tree prizes to drinking contests. The hosts encourage audience members to chant “best joke!” when a comic delivers their favorite story or one-liner. Founded …
Comedy Showcase w/ Rainbow Deli @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Comedy Showcase w/ Rainbow Deli @ Chemically Imbalanced Comedy | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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
Mar 25 @ 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 Sondheim Project @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 25 @ 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Improv Musical MCL Chicago
The Improvised Sondheim Project performs completely improvised musicals in the style of Stephen Sondheim. No scripts. No sheet music. No pre-planning. Just a suggestion from the audience and the muse of Mr. Sondheim to guide them as they make up a brand new musical each night right before your eyes. The Improvised Sondheim Project is Joey Bland, Jeff Bouthiette, Kate Cohen, Katie Dufresne, Michael Girts, Aaron Graham, Rebecca Hanson, Nicole C. Hastings, Sarah Hoffman, Amanda Murphy, Jason Stockdale, and Tiffani SwalleyMusical Direction …
The Improv Match Game @ MCL Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 25 @ 11:00 PM – 11:59 PM Improv MCL Chicago
A live version of the classic 1970s game show “Match Game” featuring comedians from iO, Second City, ComedySportz and the Annoyance! Real audience contestants win prizes!Hosted by Rich Prouty.BYOB“Don’t Miss!…a hell of a lot of fun…” – TimeOut Chicago RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
The Show Below @ Crocodile
The Show Below @ Crocodile | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 24 @ 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 …
Improvised Double Dare @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 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 & …
Free For All w/ Delirious Confetti @ The Playground Theater
Free For All w/ Delirious Confetti @ The Playground Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM Improv The Playground Theater
A weekly free improv showcase hosted by Delirious Confetti, with Koleno and special guests. RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Infinite Sundaes @ Donny's Skybox
Infinite Sundaes @ Donny's Skybox | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Musical Donny's Skybox
Infinite Sundaes is a showcase some of the best singprov talent in town. Featuring short form, long form, and eventually culminating in a completely original musical sketch revue, these folks will sing about literally anything the mind can conjure up. Sundays at 8pm Tickets: $12 – General, $10 – Students and $6 – Training Center Students RESTAURANT & PARKING INFORMATION
Murder You Wrote @ ComedySportz
Murder You Wrote @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Improv ComedySportz
You are cordially invited to a celebratory dinner to honor a very special guest. What’s this? A murder has been committed! It is a mystery where no one is who they seem to be and everyone is a suspect. Join the detective in solving a different murder mystery every week, featuring a different guest of honor every week. This completely improvised and unscripted whodunnit will see a different group of eccentric party-goers every week, some of whom are inspired by …
Sunday pHundays @ pH Comedy Theater
Sunday pHundays @ pH Comedy Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM Improv pH Comedy Theater
We’re adding a whole new night with all new performances. Our house teams, pHat Baby and Go Get Mommy a Gin will mix it up with guests from the Chicago (and beyond??) community as well as special pH guests each week. Sundays at 8pm Tickets: $5 RESTAURANTS & PARKING INFORMATION
The Sunday Night Show @ Underground Lounge
The Sunday Night Show @ Underground Lounge | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 26 @ 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM Variety
The Sunday Night Show is an ongoing Comedy Variety Show. it takes place every Sunday night at The Undergound Lounge in Chicago, IL. It is where improvisers, comedians, sketch artists, musicians and every other kind of artist comes together for comedy! Drink Specials: $5 Shot + PBR or $3 PBR feat: Daddy Warbuck facebook Have a team that wants to play? Email Jonathan & Drew at langeandwancket@gmail.com.
Conservatory Graduation Shows @ The Second City's e.t.c.
Conservatory Graduation Shows @ The Second City's e.t.c. | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 27 @ 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM Sketch Second City e.t.c.
Come out to the e.t.c. Theater on Monday nights for performances by Level 6 Conservatory students. Sets include a mixture of original scenes and blackouts created by the ensemble as well as some improvisation. The main show features students at the end of their Conservatory training, culminating in a final graduate show. A free 7 PM pre-set features students at the beginning of their Level 5 training on the dates with an asterisk below. Come often and see the shows …
The Mixer @ The Playground Theater
The Mixer @ The Playground Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 27 @ 3:00 AM – 4:30 AM Improv The Playground Theater
The Mixer is every Monday night at 10pm at the Playground Theater. $5 and BYOB. Hosted by @kevinreader and Bryan Duff of Playground Member Team, Lumberjack Tsunami. @playgroundmixer You.Workshop.Team.Play. The Mixer is a show Monday nights at The Playground where everyone who shows up gets to play! Each week starting at 10pm we have a workshop from some of the top performers and coaches in Chicago and then at 10:30pm we have vet coaches teaching you a simple form and …
Sketch on the Rocks @ The Playground Theater
Sketch on the Rocks @ The Playground Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Mar 28 @ 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
Mar 28 @ 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
Mar 28 @ 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
Mar 28 @ 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
Mar 29 @ 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
Mar 29 @ 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
Mar 29 @ 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
Mar 29 @ 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