From superstars like Jane Lynch and burgeoning comics to Comedy Central staples and some Christmas-themed specials, comedians are livening up the holiday season in Chicago this month. Here are some of the shows, performances, and events not to miss in December.
Robby Hoffman at the Hideout
Writer and comedian Hoffman was most recently a writer for TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show, and earlier this year was featured at Comedy Central’s ClusterFest in San Francisco as part of its “Up Next” spotlight series showcasing rising comedians. Originally from New York, she has a fascinating perspective as a queer woman who was raised in the Orthodox Hasidic community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Details: December 9, 7 p.m.; $10
Dave Ross at @northbar
Los Angeles–based comedian Ross made his network television debut earlier this year with an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and was previously featured on Comedy Central shows This Is Not Happening, Drunk History, and Corporate. His current podcast, Suicide Buddies, along with his now-defunct podcast, Terrified, have garnered him a large cult following, which comes in handy, as the comic is consistently on the road performing around the country.
Details: December 13, 8 p.m.; $15
Jon Dore at Den Theatre
Dore is a comedian who certainly falls into the category of “a comic’s comic.” Originally from Canada, he has been Stateside in Los Angeles since 2008 and was the first comedian to appear on Conan when the show debuted on TBS. Aside from televised stand-up performances, Dore has also appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, @midnight, and about two dozen other series between the U.S. and Canada.
Details: December 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.; $20
Jane Lynch’s Swingin’ Little Christmas Featuring Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quintet at City Winery
Three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe winner Lynch is bringing her holiday-themed comedic concert to Chicago along with friends Flannery (Meredith on The Office) and Davis (from Glee and Boy Band). The trio, along with the Tony Guerrero Quintet, also has an album of the same name available on iTunes and Amazon.
Details: December 15, 8 p.m.; $55–$78
Christmas for the Jews at City Winery
City Winery’s fourth annual Christmas for the Jews features Sohrab Forouzesh, a local comic who was a finalist on StandUp NBC and is a regular at all the city’s clubs. This year’s headliner is Jason Suran, a magician and mentalist who’s been featured on Fox and NBC and frequently tours the world. As always, the evening will be hosted by Joel Chasnoff, comedian and author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade, a comedic memoir about his service in the Israeli Army.
Details: December 25, 8 p.m.; $28
Dewayne Perkins: How Being Black and Gay Made Me Better Than You at @Northbar
Former lifelong Chicagoan and current Los Angeles resident Perkins has had quite a meteoric couple years. He was recently named as one of Just for Laughs New Faces in 2019, after which he was hired as a writer for NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Prior to that, he was a writer for Netflix’s The Break With Michelle Wolf, and he also contributed to her now-infamous White House Correspondents’ Dinner performance. He’s appeared on Comedy Central and MTV, as well. This show will be a preview of his new one-man show.
Details: December 28, 8 p.m.; $15
Chris D’Elia at the Chicago Theatre
D’Elia is certainly considered a “bro comic,” wherein his material often appeals to a certain type of demographic—frequently college-age and infrequently college-educated. But individual tastes and sensibilities aside, he is a hugely successful comedian-actor. The December 30 show is a makeup show stemming from the canceling of his Chicago Theatre performance back in July, and the venue is honoring the original tickets for the reschedule.
Details: December 30 and 31, showtimes vary; $20–$50
Laurie Kilmartin at Zanies
Comedian and author Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for Conan on TBS, and in addition to performing stand-up on the aforementioned show, she’s also been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central. Her first book, Shitty Mom, was a New York Times bestseller, and her most recent book, Dead People Suck, was called “hilarious and heartfelt,” also by the Times. The special guest for this New Year’s Eve engagement is former Chicago comedian Michael Palascak, who left long ago for the Coast and has since logged a Comedy Central half hour and performed on just about every late-night talk show there is.
Details: December 31, 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.; $40