Up Comedy Club at The Second City

I know, I know, your lives have been so unfunny lately. I am so sorry about that. But now it's sunny out, and we're all feeling a little bit more chipper. This is a perfect time to kick spring into high gear and check out Chicago's comedy scene, like a local!

Jokes ‘n' Notes (4641 S. King Dr.)

This standup staple has been home to some of comedy's best acts, both locally and nationally. The fun starts every week on Wednesday with an open mic and continues through Sunday night with non-stop laughs. Check out the Thursday night revolving door of hosts and famous names that show up throughout the weekend. No matter what night you pick, you'll leave Jokes ‘n' Notes laughing.

Four Girls and a Guy: A One Night Stand with the Second City (230 W. North Ave.)

This show's first run was so successful that Up Comedy Club (located inside The Second City) is bringing it back for one more weekend. It combines scripted sketch and improvisation for an edgy and irreverent look at the nuances of relationships. This show is an excellent look at Chicago-style comedy at its finest.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company at iO (3541 N. Clark St.)

This incredibly talented group improvises an entire Elizabethan play based on an audience suggestion of a play yet to be written. The group is well-versed in Shakespeare's technique and language and can improvise comedy, tragedy, or history. Like one of The Bard's works, you'll leave this show laughing, crying, and very happy that you went.

Chicago Improv Tournament: Alumni League at ComedySportz (929 W. Belmont Ave.)

March Madness is no more. Never fear, friends, I would never let you go a month without a competitive event to watch; it's downright un-American! Luckily for you, the Chicago Improv Tournament is just heating up. The sixteen week "season" features some of Chicago's best improv-ers competing for the ultimate prize: victory in the city where improv was invented.

The Annoyance House Ensemble (4830 N. Broadway)

This group definitely deserves some more love from me. They are young, hip, and hand-picked by legendary Annoyance owner, Mark Napier. Their improv is fast-paced and funny, and it's a guarantee that you'll be seeing these faces in the future. 

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