Just for laughs

There are so many comedy events happening in this upcoming week. I know schedules get crazy, but here are a few that you really should not miss. Next week is loaded with comedy gold.

B. J. Novak

UP Comedy Club
February 24th at 6:00pm

You probably know B.J. Novak best as Ryan Howard, but also as a writer and executive producer of The Office. But did you know that he also just wrote and published a book? Did you also know that he'll be in the next Spiderman movie as well as appearing on the season finale of "Community." He is also known for his performances as a stand-up comedian and for his roles in films such as Inglourious Basterds and Saving Mr. Banks. Ok, enough about how great B.J. Novak is, the point is that he'll be at UP Comedy Club on Monday night promoting his new book. So if you'd like a chance to see him before he really blows up, this is it!  

Just For Laughs: Chicago Comedians Showcase

UP Comedy Club
February 24th at 8:30pm

Stay after B.J. Novak for a sneak peek at some of Chicago's funniest stand-ups. This is a showcase where they'll have six minutes to strut their stuff in hopes of getting picked up for Montreal's Just For Laughs New Faces Showcase. Monday night will be hosted by Mike Lebovitz and will feature sets from Chris Redd, Alex Stone, Liza Treyger, Marty DeRosa, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Tom Brady, Brian Babylon, Candy Lawrence, Danny Kallas, Adam Burke and Megan Gailey (all pictured above). It's estimated to last about 75 minutes with no intermission and it's FREE. You can't beat that. Get in there and go see what Chicago's got to offer. 

Trainwreck

Second City's e.t.c Stage  
February 25th at 8:00pm

After an eight year hiatus, The Second City is excited to announce a special performance of “Trainwreck,” featuring Second City alumni Dan Bakkedahl and Ed Furman. “Trainwreck” is a completely improvised play created from a single audience suggestion. You might recognize Bakkedahl from The Daily Show, Veep, The Office and Legit. He was also recently in The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarty. Ed Furman is a long-time writer for Second City and has co-authored a number of memorable shows including Rod Blagojevich: Superstar!, Rush Limbaugh: The Musical and Lanyard Skynard with T.J. Shanoff.

Opening for “Trainwreck” is “The Dirty Shame” featuring brothers Lee and Matt Barats who have performed improv and sketch comedy all over Chicago, including iO, The Annoyance, and Upstairs Gallery. Lee and Matt are ensemble members of Kill All Comedy and have performed in the Just For Laughs Festival. They are from Idaho. Tickets are available here.

Double Booked

The Public House Theatre
February 27th at 8:00pm

This show comes highly recommended. However, if you're looking for a light-hearted comedy, this is not for you. But if you're looking for a few surprises and scenes that will cause you to ask questions, then check out Double Booked. Starring Molly Miller and Clare Colette Weeg Thoele, two one-woman shows were accidentally booked on the same night. Now the stars of the shows are forced to share the stage and compete for audience attention as they expose their deepest secrets through different characters. Tickets available here.