From on-the-rise stars to well-established vets like Wanda Sykes, this month’s slate of comedy shows in Chicago has a lot to laugh about. Here are some can’t-miss comedy events to check out in the coming weeks.
Jen Kirkman at Thalia Hall
Most notably known as a writer and roundtable panelist on E!’s Chelsea Lately, Kirkman has two Netflix specials under her belt as well as appearances on Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, two episodes of Drunk History and several episodes of @midnight. Additionally, Kirkman hosts a popular weekly podcast, ”I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman,” and has published two books, one of which was a New York Times bestseller.
Details: January 17, 8 p.m.; $26-36
Robert Kelly at Laugh Factory
Long time veteran of the NYC stand-up scene, Robert Kelly returns to the Chicago Laugh Factory for one night only. His numerous television and movie appearances include an hour special on Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, Crashing, Maron and Nurse Jackie. He’s also the host of the podcast, ”You Know What Dude?”
Details: January 18, 8 p.m.; $25
Michelle Wolf at Thalia Hall
Fresh off her Netflix show, The Break with Michelle Wolf, where she served as executive producer, writer and host, Wolf is one of the most powerful voices in stand-up right now. Formerly a staffer at Late Night with Seth Myers and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, she released an HBO hour special last year, and recently performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Details: January 19, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; $36-46
Joe List at Zanies
A staple of the New York comedy scene, as well as clubs throughout the country, List’s dry wit and self-deprecating humor have made him an audience favorite, as well as a comic’s comic. He’s performed on Conan twice, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and he’s got two specials under his belt; one with Comedy Central and one with Netflix. List is also the co-host of the popular podcast ”Tuesdays with Stories,” along with comedian Mark Normand.
Details: January 17-19, showtimes vary; $25
Dulce Sloan at Zanies
Currently a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Dulce Sloan’s star is certainly on the rise. Last year she was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “Ten Comedians You Should Know,” performed on Conan and was picked by Time Out Los Angeles as a “2017 Comedian to Watch.” Aside from stand-up, she was recently cast in a FOX pilot, as well as an Amy Poehler project for NBC.
Details: January 20, 8 p.m.; $25
Ramy Youssef at Lincoln Lodge
Making his network television stand-up debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2017, Ramy Youssef just recently filmed a series for Hulu called Ramy, based on his life and upbringing in New Jersey as a first-generation Egyptian Muslim. His comedic takes on his background, Trump and other social commentary have made him in-demand at clubs and alt shows around the country.
Details: January 22-23, 8 p.m.; $10
Wanda Sykes Oh Well Tour at The Chicago Theatre
With too many film, television and stand-up specials to list, Wanda Sykes is one of the most successful and well known comics working today. She’s published books and has been a writer on dozens of shows and projects, including her own late night talk show on FOX, and is certainly one of the best comics of all time.
Details: February 1, 8 p.m.; $39-79