The February forecast in Chicago calls for snow and wind, with a high chance of hilarity. If the month’s lineup of comedy events and shows is any indication, it’s going to be jam-packed with laughs for comedy-goers. From famed comedians (Sinbad!) to silly debates, here are the comedy events not to miss in February.
Arguments and Grievances at @North Bar
This monthly debate show and podcast features stand-up comedians engaged in heated debates, although the topics up for discussion are silly and bizarre. If you’re looking for important subject matters like the economy, climate change or politics, look elsewhere. Past debate topics for this show have included “Hugs vs. Drugs,” “Dr. Dre vs. Dr. Seuss” and “Batman vs. Spiderman.”
Details: February 1, 8 p.m.; $5
Diamond Comedy Hour at Laugh Factory
This show, run by comedians Alex Kumin and Elise Fernandez, features a lineup of some of the best stand-ups in the city, who also happen to be female or femme-identifying. The show is no stranger to drop-in guests from outta town, and it’s also no stranger to sold-out shows. Get there early to snap some pics in the photo booth, and to enter the raffle, as there are prizes to be had.
Details: February 1, 10 p.m.; $17
Chris D’Elia at the Chicago Theatre
Known perhaps equally for his TV/film appearances as he is for his stand-up, Chris D’Elia has been a prominent figure on the comedy scene for close to a decade. His fan base borders on the “cult” category, but his style of humor is more broad than his die hard fans might suggest. His stop at the Chicago Theatre is part of a nationwide tour of theater shows, which is always a strong indicator of a comedian reaching the next level of stardom.
Details: February 2, 8 p.m.; $20-75
Rory Scovel: The Noctuary Shows! at Lincoln Lodge
Ask almost any stand-up comedian working today who their favorite comic is, and Rory Scovel will more than likely be in the top three. Scovel’s comedy is unique, smart, engaging, silly and most importantly, insanely funny. His four-night run at the Lincoln Lodge is a perfect example of how innovative he can be, as he’s working to build a brand new show using no previous material or thought-out premises (last year he undertook the same concept during a week of shows in Atlanta, to great reviews). If you want to see someone really master their craft, get tickets to one—or more—of these shows.
Details: February 7-10, 8 p.m.; $17
Sinbad at the Chicago Theatre
When most people think of Sinbad, they think of an ’80s comic who faded into oblivion, which is simply not the case. Sinbad is as strong a comedian now as he was during his height of popularity, and staying relevant for that long in a cultural landscape that changes as quickly as ours does is no easy feat. The comedian is also back in the TV spotlight, playing Lil’ Rel Howry’s dad on the FOX sitcom, Rel.
Details: February 15, 8 p.m.; $32-50
Eddie Pepitone at Lincoln Lodge
Grumpy curmudgeon or cuddly teddy bear? Well, strangely, both. Pepitone has long been a cult favorite amongst the Los Angeles comedy scene, and has been a frequent guest on Conan in a number of roles; his stand-up, as a sketch performer and his recurring role of “New York City Heckler” from the audience. He’s had guest appearances on too many TV comedies to list, and was the sole subject of the 2012 documentary The Bitter Buddha, which chronicles his life and career, and was released to positive reviews.
Details: February 22-23, 8 p.m.; $18
Kathleen Madigan: Hot Dogs and Angels Tour at the Chicago Theatre
Kathleen Madigan is a true veteran of the stand-up scene, with a career that’s spanned over 20 years, and she’s released over 10 full-length specials/albums. She also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a staggering 14 times and The Late Show with David Letterman five times. Madigan is still just as sharp and funny as she’s always been, which honestly, is the only way to amass such an illustrious career in this business. While one might not necessarily describe her act as “family-friendly,” there will certainly be something for everybody in her set at Chicago Theatre.
Details: February 23, 8 p.m.; $25-45