Laugh Out Loud: Upcoming Comedy Acts in Chicago
In a city where winter lasts nearly seven months out of the year, it’s very important to have a sense of humor. Perhaps that’s why Chicago is home to one of the most vibrant comedy scenes in the country, and why big names continuously make it a point to put us on their tour schedule.
In fact, it seems as if there has been a rise in comedians stopping by in the past couple of years. We’ve seen the likes of Conan O’ Brien, Louis C K, Jim Gaffigan, and Chelsea Handler to name a few, and the list keeps getting larger. Shows are selling out quickly, and tickets seem to be getting harder and harder to get. Blame it on the weather, economy, or whatever you like, but it seems to me that people just want to laugh and I can get behind that. So, for those of you who fit that description, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming shows you might be interested in.
Upcoming Comedy Shows
Daniel Tosh Chicago Theatre Nov. 12th 7:30PM & 11PM – Tosh got his break in 2001 on the Late Show with David Letterman and then went on to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live! but is most famous for his half-hour show “Tosh.O” on Comedy Central. On the hit show, Daniel is the king of the sarcastic video review. If you’ve uploaded a video to YouTube, you’re game for a Tosh “beating” at any given time. But let’s face it, you’re asking for it in the first place. Catch his live stand-up performance at the Chicago Theatre (if you’re lucky – tickets are very hard to get).
Dane Cook United Center Nov. 12th 8PM – Whether you like or despise him, Dane Cook has made his mark in the comedy world. The comedian, actor, and producer has appeared in over 20 films and has released five comedy albums. Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and even went platinum. Although he’s received flack from other comics (and certain individuals in this office) the masses still adore his guy-next-door attitude and energetic physical comedy, as made evident by his community of over 3 million Facebook fans and sold-out arena shows.
Jeff Foxworthy with Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy Allstate Arena Nov. 19th 8PM – You might be a redneck if…you go to this show. Ha, just kidding. I bought the original Blue Collar Comedy Tour DVD for my mom when I was in high school and I’ll be the first to admit it was hilarious. The current tour is missing Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White from the original group, but should still be a hoot. Although these guys are no longer “blue collar” in monetary stature, they still bring an everyday “Joe” humor to the table with their rural/Southern comedy-style.
Jerry Seinfeld Chicago Theatre Dec. 17 7PM & 9:30PM, Dec. 18 7PM & 9:30PM – No introduction is necessary for the Seinfeld star, who got his start at an open-mic night in NYC in 1976 and whose show is most often quoted at the Gold Coast Tickets office (seriously, every day…several times a day, and sometimes full scenes at a time). He’ll perform four times at the Historic Chicago Theatre to over 14,000 fans by the time his run is through.
Jeff Dunham Allstate Arena Dec. 28th 7:30PM – The talented ventriloquist will make his way to the Allstate Arena with 8+ of his closest “friends” on his 60-city “Identity Crisis Tour”. Dunham will be introducing a new character, Diane, so fans of the top-grossing stand-up comedian will a little something extra to look forward to.
Kevin Hart Chicago Theatre Dec. 31st 7:30PM – The former shoe salesman started out in small comedy clubs, and quickly worked his way up to the ranks of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and then was “found” at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Since then, he has appeared in movies such as Scary Movie 3, Along Came Polly, and 40 Year Old Virgin with Steve Carrell. Known for his electrifying presence and ability to please his audiences, he has no problem selling out whenever he tours.
Bill Cosby Chicago Theatre March 25th (2011) 8PM – It’s a little early to announce a show coming next March, but some people like to plan ahead, and Cosby’s likely to sell out the Chicago Theatre. Also, Bill is no spring chicken anymore, so who knows how many more tours the 73-year old legendary comedian will be able to squeeze out.