American Imperil now playing at UP Comedy Club

It's Wednesday and even the most die hard Lollapalooza fans have removed their wristbands and returned to their routine. Those who skipped the festivities are risking public transit again. And everyone is wondering, "If there's no giant music festival, what do I do this weekend?" This is a question Chicago's comedy scene is always ready to answer. We've got a whole bunch of comedy events that prove music isn't the only thing that rocks in Chicago. Here are just a few of the great shows happening this week:


“The only thing we have to fear is fear ourselves.”  -the tagline for American Imperil, playing Thursday-Saturday at UP Comedy Club. The show, written and performed by Frank Caeti, former MADtv cast member, and Matt Craig, former SNL writer, has a special connection to Chicago. Both creators met and performed together first at The Second City here in town. Despite TV and film work, the two have stuck together, creating a special brand of raunchy, indomitable sketch and improv shows. American Imperil is their latest and you get their awesome comedy work and a glimpse into their friendship--a hallmark of great Chicago-trained groups. Read more.

Get Political

If Obama had downtime as President, the first thing he would do is host a late night talk show. Barack All Night is that shoe. The show plays Saturdays at midnight and features Patrick Roland as Barack and a cast of veteran improvisers as his family, advisors and special celebrity guests, Barack All Night is new every week through September and always funny. Read more.

For the Ladies

We’ve all got baggage. And sure, it wasn’t fun getting it. But pulling it back out again is hilarious. Durty Purse, playing Thursday nights at 10:30 at the Donny's Skybox Theatre, explores the stuff we’ve all got hidden in our purse. Durty Purse shares a time slot with frenetic female duet sketch show  Get Serious who are also well worth the price of admission. Read more.