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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Storytown @ Stage 773
Storytown @ Stage 773 | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 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
Apr 29 @ 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
Improvised Double Dare @ ComedySportz | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 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
Apr 30 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 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
May 4 @ 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
May 4 @ 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
May 4 @ 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
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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