You've probably already heard about Seth Meyers, Russell Brandt, David Cross and others coming to the Chicago Theatre for Just for Laughs. I wrote about some of the other shows earlier on Chicago Like a Local, but the JFL well runs deep. Stage 773's four theatres are playing host to a cornucopia of smaller shows that look every bit as funny as the headliners.
Two years ago, I was lucky enough to see Kumail Nanjiani live at Just for Laugh. Even on stage with the likes of Demetri Martin and Hannibal Buress, Kumail was unforgettable. Get tickets here.
Above Average is the digital video network created by Broadway Video, the production company behind SNL, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Portlandia and more. Above Average shares the same mission online, to bring funny as hell videos. Two of their video creators, Tripp & Tyler and The Katydids will take the stage together. The Katydids hail from Chicago, and I've had the pleasure to write about them before. Tripp & Tyler look funny from their videos, so this one is well-worth checking out. Here's a reel for the Katydids' web series, "Teachers." Get tickets here.
The Playground Theatre, one of Chicago's beloved improv institutions, is hosting an evening of solo sketch shows with some of our fair cities funniest performers. In the true Chicago spirit, they come from all over the community including Second City, iO, ComedySportz and of course, The Playground. Get tickets here.
Chicago comedian Marty DeRossa brings comics, performers and professional wrestlers together on his podcast to talk about the unseen side of the entertainment industry. The podcast will be recorded live at JFL with Special Guests to be announced. Listen to old episodes of Wresting with Depression here. Get tickets here.
Hosted by Chicago favorite Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas, The SH*t Show showcases some of the city's wildest comedy. Get tickets here.
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