Comedy

6 Must-See Comedy Sets at the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival

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You thought festival season ended with summer? Think again. The music and comedy event known as Tomorrow Never Knows is back at the Hideout, with numerous comedians and musicians set to hit the stage for a few days this month. For those looking for some laughs, here’s your comedy guide to the winter fest.

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The New Negroes With Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle
The Comedy Central show of the same name is billed as a “socially aware stand-up and music series” and is hosted by Vaughn and  Eagle. It features stand-up comedians, musical performances, sketch videos, and more, so it’s safe to assume this live iteration will take on a similar format. There’s no word yet as to the other comedians set to perform, but rest assured there will be some exciting drop-ins.
Details: January 16, 7 p.m.; $20

Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One
Another current Los Angeles resident who is having a great year, Thomas brings his show back to the Hideout, where he premiered it last year. And just this past September, he recorded it for an HBO special. He has had roles on The Walking Dead, GLOW, and The Good Place, but The Golden One is a one-man show featuring a blend of stand-up, music, and videos centered around his upbringing in Alabama and his current life of being a broke comedian in Los Angeles—and how the two connect.
Details: January 17, 9 p.m.; $15

An Evening of Mayhem With Megan Stalter
Former Chicagoan (who just moved to New York) Stalter returns to bring her specific style of mayhem for just one show in the fest, and it will certainly sell out. She was recently named one of Vulture’s comedians to watch in 2019 and is also slated to write and perform on the upcoming ​National Lampoon Radio Hour.​ While in Chicago, she had a monthly show called Freakfest and was a cast member at the Lincoln Lodge.
Details: January 18, 7 p.m.; $15

Three Busy Debras
The women behind the sketch group Three Busy Debras (Mitra Jouhari, Sandi Honig, and Alyssa Stonoha) are having quite a year. Formerly based in New York and now in L.A., Jouhari was recently featured on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Featuring, and last year the trio received a series order from Adult Swim for a show to premiere in 2020. The show, also titled Three Busy Debras,​ is being executive produced by Amy Poehler and centers around three deranged housewives in an affluent suburb of Connecticut.
Details: January 18, 9 p.m.; $15

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Liza Treyger
A Chicago native who moved to NYC in 2013, and more recently to Los Angeles, Treyger usually returns home for shows a few times a year (holidays, birthdays, etc.), and this time it’s for a one-off performance as part of TNK Fest. She has a bevy of stand-up credits to her name, including a Comedy Central half hour, ​Adam Devine’s House Party, and N​etflix’s ​The Degenerates,​ as well as an album released on Comedy Central Records.
Details: January 19, 6 p.m.; $20

Helltrap Nightmare
Sarah Squirm is back from Los Angeles with her band of merry misfits for a night of literally who knows what. Last year she did a 15-minute infomercial short for Adult Swim, and Helltrap Nightmare is coming off recent sold-out shows at the Bell House in New York and Dynasty Typewriter in L.A. Seeing that her career and fan base started in Chicago, this show will very likely sell out.
Details: January 19, 8 p.m.; $15