TJ and Dave at iO Theater
TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi are two of the most legendary improvisers working today. You may recognize TJ from the last 10 years of Sonic commercials, and Pasquesi from his numerous acting roles (including Selina’s husband in Veep and Angels and Demons). The two-man show used to take place every Wednesday in the theater’s old home in Wrigleyville, but now occurs much less frequently. Get tickets as soon as possible, as the show is always a guaranteed sell-out.
Details: December 6, 13 and 20, 8 p.m.; $12
James Adomian at Under the Gun Theater
Adomian is a stand-up that’s also known for his character work and impressions. Aside from stand-up, he recently wrapped a movie with Anna Kendrick, along with appearances in Comedy Central’s Drunk History, The Meltdown and @MIDNIGHT, IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital.
Details: December 7 and 8, 8 p.m. nightly; $21.
The Golden One With Whitmer Thomas at The Hideout
Whitmer Thomas has a quirky style of comedy that’s as endearing as it is silly. He’s been 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: December 10, 10 p.m.; $10.
Dave Helem and Felonious Munk at Laugh Factory
Two former Chicagoans (with Helem currently in LA and Munk in NYC) return home for the holidays, and are rebooting their old show “Blipsters on Broadway.” Helem most recently wrote for FOX’s “Rel” and Munk was a former correspondent on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
Details: December 14, 8 p.m.; $17-27
David Drake at The Lincoln Lodge
Another former Chicagoan that now calls NYC home, David Drake returns to the Windy City for two nights at the storied Lincoln Lodge. With two full-length albums under his belt, Drake’s comedy is lighthearted and fun, and has made him a favorite at clubs and showcases around the country.
Details: December 14 and 15, 8 p.m. nightly; $10
Amy Schumer at the Chicago Theatre
Now that Amy Schumer is a household name, it’s made her one of the most in-demand comedians in the world. In addition to her numerous albums and television specials, she’s also known for her hit show, Inside Amy Schumer, as well as her last three major motion pictures, I Feel Pretty, Trainwreck and Snatched.
Details: December 19 and 20, 8 p.m.; tickets start at $113
A Dope Chicago Laff Tracks Showcase at @North Bar
The truTV show is touring the country casting for its next season, and with a two-night stop in Chicago, it’s evident that the city has a lot of talent to offer. Each night will feature 10 of the city’s best comics from the south and north sides vying for the always-coveted television credit.
Details: December 20, 8:30 p.m. and December 21, 9 p.m.; $10-15.
Lincoln Lodge Annual Feztacular
The Lincoln Lodge (now in it’s 19th season) is the longest running independently produced comedy show in the country. The annual “Feztacular” serves as a fundraiser to help keep the show afloat for the coming year, as the Lodge is a non-profit organization. The four-night run is billed as a “’70s-style variety special” and will feature comedians, musicians, dance numbers a few surprise guests. An added bonus, each show is hosted by some real Christmas characters.
Details: December 20-23, 8 p.m. nightly; $25
Bonnie McFarlane at @North Bar
A national headlining comedian, McFarlane’s radio and television credits includes an HBO special, two Comedy Central specials, three Letterman appearances, two Tonight Show appearances, a set on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain.
Details: December 22, 8 p.m.; $20.
Brian Regan at The Chicago Theatre
Perhaps one of the top 10 most well known comedians working today, Brian Regan’s career has spanned the last 30 years and includes an unprecedented 25 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. Consistently selling out theaters around the country, Regan is known not only for his clean humor, but attracting fans of all ages and for simply being a comic’s comic.
Details: December 31, 7 p.m.; $49.50-76.
New Year’s Eve Comedy Bash at Laugh Factory
Ring in the New Year with some drinks and laughs at this stand-up comedy party at Laugh Factory. The ticket price includes a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, and the lineup features a mix of current Chicago comedians and a few returning home for the holidays, including: Paul Farahvar, Sarah Perry, Abi Sanchez, Clark Jones, Marty DeRosa and Joe McMahon.
Details: December 31, 10:30 p.m.; $45-60
The Second City’s New Mainstage Revue (#107)
The current mainstage cast features four returning cast members and two new additions, and they’re currently working on building an entirely new show. This is a fun and unique time to catch the performance, as they work new material into the show each night, and something that’s improvised on the spot could potentially make it into the final show (which will have a clever name, and not just “107th Revue.”)
Details: Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m., with additional shows Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.; $31-38