Comedy

Chicago’s April Comedy Guide

This month’s can’t-miss comedy shows.

JB Smoove / Photo courtesy of Thalia Hall/Facebook

Taxes and April showers got you down? Laugh it off with this month’s lineup of stand-up shows, comedy benefits, and an Adult Swim tour.

Photo courtesy of Tom Segura/Facebook

JB Smoove at Thalia Hall
Most widely known for his character Leon in HBO’s ​Curb Your Enthusiasm​, Smoove has been performing stand-up comedy since the ’90s. His unique, off-the-cuff style of comedy has landed him roles in dozens of TV shows and films, as well as a three-year stint writing for Saturday Night Live​.
Details: April 13, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; $28–$78

Tom Segura at the Chicago Theatre
The prolific comedian is making a one-night stop in Chicago along his current Take It Down tour. Segura has multiple Comedy Central specials under his belt, as well as two Netflix hours and appearances on ​Conan, The Late Late Show,​ and ​Workaholics​. He also cohosts the popular podcast ​Your Mom’s House​, along with his wife, Christina Pazsitzky, who’s also a stand-up.
Details: April 13, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

LOL: A Comedy Benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council at Sleeping Village
The Natural Resources Defense Council is partnering up with Land and Sea Dept. for its annual Earth Day celebration, this year at Sleeping Village in Avondale. The stand-up show is curated by Parlour Car and features a lineup of some of the best comics in Chicago: Matty Ryan, Azhar Usman, Erica Clark, Alex Kumin, Adam Burke, and Chastity Washington. Land and Sea’s Lonesome Rose will be providing food, and the comedy show will be followed by a dance party.
Details: April 17, 7 p.m.; $20–$25

Photo by Christopher Dilts/Courtesy of Sleeping Village

Jo Firestone at Lincoln Lodge
A staff writer for ​The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,​ Firestone had a half hour on Comedy Central in 2016, as well as appearances on ​Broad City​ and HBO’s ​High Maintenance.​ An avid lover of puns, she created a card came called ​Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers, ​and her quirky and weird style of stand-up is both hilarious and endearing.
Details: April 19 and 20, 8 p.m.; $18

Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington: On Cinema at the Cinema Live! at Thalia Hall
For the first time ever, the hit Adult Swim series is hitting the road with hosts/comedians Heidecker (of ​Tim and Eric)​ and Turkington (best known for his stage character Neil Hamburger). The multimedia stage show promises “a megadose of movie expertise and colorful disagreements you’ve come to expect,” as well as guest appearances from beloved characters from the On Cinema/Decker universe.
Details: April 20, 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; $30–$35