Next weekend there is a slew of comedy stuff happening in this city. However, there are also a few pretty big things happening in the next seven days that you should check out as well: Al Madrigal, the largest and smallest dunk contest you've never seen, and Snubfest, which kind of speaks for itself. Check 'em out.
UP Comedy Club
Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th
8pm and 10:30pm
You may have seen Al Madrigal on The Daily Show or NBC's "About a Boy," but you can catch him live in Chicago this weekend. I will be there and I'd recommend you be there as well. Al has a natural delivery to his set that makes his set sound more like your best friend telling you hilarious stories than a stand-up set. Get in on this folks. It's gonna be a good one.
Wednesday, June 11th
ComedySportz is doing something no one has done before. They are bringing in three-time Olympic gold medalist, current head coach of the Loyola Ramblers and one of the Top 15 Players in WNBA history, Sheryl Swoopes, to compete against 5'5" Chicago comedian, Ben Larrison in The Dunk Contest of the Century of the World. This one-night-only slam dunk contest will take place on a Fisher-Price children's basketball hoop. After the competitors are introduced and the stage has been set, a panel of special guest judges will help determine a winner as Swoopes and Larrison battle in the ultimate test of will: slam dunking. Come see a hilarious and epic showdown, as pure skill meets comedy in a night guaranteed to have fans on their feet and cheering.
Snubfest is a Chicago comedy festival showcasing overlooked performers who have been rejected from other comedy festivals. Snubfest has been running since 2006 and this year check out storytelling on Monday, solo performances on Tuesday, Sketch on Wednesday and stand-up sets on Thursday.