Chicago Entertainment: Comedy



Saying there is something funny about Chicago is an understatement, but not in the way you might think.  Chicago has enough comedy clubs to keep you laughing for days, and the only thing serious about it is trying to decide which one to visit first.

Perhaps the most well known comedy club in town is Second City.  Located on 1616 North Wells Street in Chicago, this comedy club has been making people laugh since the late '50s and has fostered talent such as Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Alan Alda and John Belushi.  The long running television hit Saturday Night Live has repeatedly filled its cast from the line up at Second City.  Besides the comedy shows, Second City holds classes for budding comedians at every level.

The Improv on 5 Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg is another fantastic comedy hot spot.  Able to accommodate five hundred patrons, The Improve serves drinks and dinner.  Come prepared to be entertained by pros like Drew Carey and other well known professional comedians.

Bill Brady's Barrel of Laughs keeps tickling funny bones at 10345 South Central Avenue in Oak Lawn.  Talent takes the stage five nights every week and if you are brave, you can get up there in front of the crowd on Wednesdays and see how many people think you're funny.  

The Chicago Comedy Company is located on 601 North Martingale Road in Schaumburg and is billed as an "interactive" comedy theater.  It is safe to bring the kids to this one, with no off color jokes, smoking or alcohol allowed.  Video accompanies the acts, and music is incorporated as well.

For the adults who enjoy more of a cabaret type show, then the Comedy Shrine Theater on
22 East Chicago Avenue in Naperville fits the bill.  Customers can be served from the bar and the professional acts on stage mostly come from the neighboring comedy houses like Second City or Comedy Sportz.
 
Jazz with your jokes is what you'll find at Jokes and Notes on 4641 South King Drive in Chicago.  The venue isn't limited to just stand up though.  Musical performances and spoken word acts set the stage one night a week, and customers can participate during open mic night one night a week.  

Some of your favorite comedians from television can been seen at Riddles Comedy Club on
15750 South Harlem Avenue in Orland Park.  Don't be surprised if a familiar face from Comedy Central or Showtime walks out on stage here.  Weekly special shows and the forty foot long bar are staples at this comedy club.
 
With over thirty years of jokes under its belt, Zanies on 1548 North Wells Street in Chicago is said to be one of the oldest comedy clubs in the city.  Famous funny men who have appeared there include Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno.  The club seats one hundred and sixty in the audience, with no reservations.  Drinks and snack foods are served at Zanies during the one to two hour shows.  

There are many more comedy clubs, both large and small, besides the ones listed here.  If laughter really is the best medicine, then write yourself a prescription and get it filled at any of these locations.