Chicago to host ten popular comedians this Winter/Spring
I tried to come up with something ridiculously witty to open this post because of its subject matter, but came to the realization that I’m just not that funny. So I’ll leave it to the pros.
Jim Gaffigan will be at the Chicago Theatre next Friday through Sunday (1/29-1/31) for four shows. Gaffigan jokes about important subject matters such as laziness, eating food, (view his famous “Hot Pockets” skit here) and sea animals. His style of comedy has been called deadpan, sarcastic, and observational.
Lewis Black will perform at the Chicago Theatre Friday, February 12th. Lewis is known for his angry rants about everything from contemporary politics to religion to pop culture. Influences include George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce.
The Royal Comedy Tour will roll into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre Saturday, February 13th. Comedians DL Hughley and Sommore will perform. Hughely is best known for his sitcom The Hughleys and The Original Kings of Comedy. Sommore’s sharp wit and cutting sarcasm from a woman’s point of view has gained recognition from Oprah, who calls her “a force to be reckoned with in the New Millennium.”
“Queen of Mean” insult comic Lisa Lampanelli is scheduled to perform in the ‘burbs in February. She’ll be at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora Thursday, February 18th and Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Saturday, February 20th. Lampanelli is known for her extremely racy and raunchy style of comedy, which often includes jokes about race and homosexuality.
Chelsea Handler will appear at the Rosemont Theatre Wednesday, March 3rd. Her edgy late night talk show Chelsea Lately on E! earned her a 2009 Bravo A-List Award for “A-List Funny” and her jokes are often featured in popular entertainment magazines alongside Conan O’ Brien and David Letterman.
Mike Epps and Bruce Bruce will perform at the Arie Crown Theatre Friday, March 19th. Epps has been performing stand-up since he was a teenager and is best known for his role as “Day-Day” in Next Friday and recently, The Hangover. Bruce Bruce has performed on BET’s Comic View and Comedy Central Presents and is know for his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh.
Scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking comic Ron White will be performing at the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, March 27th. White was a hard-working traditional stand-up comedian who became famous when he appeared in the Jeff Foxworthy movie Blue Collar Comedy Tour (2003.) Since then, he has become wildly popular on his own touring the country with acts such as “They Call me ‘Tater Salad” and “Behavior Problems.”
Last but not least, Gabriel Iglesias will treat audiences to laughs Sunday, April 4th. Iglesias is a high-octane, animated story-teller who often references Mexican-American culture and obesity in his jokes. He’s constantly sold out comedy clubs across the country and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and won Comedy Central’s “Favorite Comic of the Year” awards two years in a row.