Make a wish! It’s The Second City’s 111th Revue Don’t Quit Your Daydream! Leave your 9 to 5 grind behind and join our extraordinary ensemble as you take the test to get into Black Heaven, get a hot flash inside the world of post-menopausal Barbie, and navigate the rules of having an imaginary friend with benefits. But beware! Someone’s dad could be lurking around any corner ready to tell a joke... Immerse yourself in a deadass hilarious reality conjured up at The Second City.
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 8PM
Fridays – Saturdays at 7PM and 10PM
Sundays at 7PM
Come see The Second City e.t.c.'s brand new 47th Revue. This is the most exciting time to see a show on our stages. The cast is fresh, new material is worked into the show every night, and your laughter in the audience helps shape the final show!
The Best of The Second City: Chicago-Style features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from our comedy vaults that are about… you guessed it, Chicago. Will there be deep dish digs? Political puns? Cubs comedy? If it’s about our very own Windy City, you can bet it’s getting roasted by The Second City Touring Company.
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8PM
The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from our comedy vaults updated for the modern era, as well as some of our newest classics and our trademark improvisation performed by The Second City Touring Company’s best and brightest…and funniest!
Mondays at 8PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 3PM
Bottoms up at The Second City Mainstage! Join The Second City for some hair of the dog comedy during this totally improvised experience from the city's finest. We're serving up all-you-can-stomach laughter! Food and mimosas are available to order separately.
Sundays at noon
Looking for a fun and unforgettable night out? Join us at Second City for our fully-improvised show Late Night Date Night! Bring yourself, bring your partner, bring your best friends, or even bring your on and off again ex - we don’t judge. Our one-hour show is packed with hilarious improv, games, audience participation, and surprises that will leave you wanting more!
Fridays & Saturdays at 11PM
Second City invites you to their most interactive show to date, You Got Gamed!
It’s the world-famous comedy of the Second City mixed with the excitement of a live gameshow! Action! Intrigue! Laughter! All in one show!
Come see Chicago’s best comedians square off with each other AND you in a 60-minute thrill ride that will leave you cheering! Prizes will be won! Laughs will be had! It’s all the best parts of having people over for trivia, without the clean-up!
TUESDAYS @ 8:30pm
WEDNESDAYS @ 8:30pm
Are you tired of the same-old holiday reruns? Then dash through the snow (grey slush) to The Second City for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Sweater. Festive family gatherings, office parties, classic holiday movies, and Mariah Carey’s entire catalogue will all get roasted like chestnuts on an open fire in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue stuffed with seasonal songs, sketches, and of course, a generous helping of our world-famous improv comedy.
November 20-December 31
Bring your band of merrymakers as we scramble together two of everyone’s favorites, comedy and brunch, for a scrumptiously seasonal breakfast with a totally improvised experience from the city’s finest. Whether you side on the Naughty or the Nice List, come enjoy mimosas...we don’t judge. Food and mimosas are available a la carte.
Sundays @ Noon
November 19-December 31
Baby Wants Candy, one of the most celebrated and popular comedy ensembles in the world, is thrilled to be landing for a limited engagement at Judy's Beat Lounge Theater. BWC has performed over 3000 improvised musicals all over the globe and, and has shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York as well as national and international touring companies.
After getting a single suggestion, the cast of six professional comedians asks the audience to choose a detective. Enjoy as they invent a tale of crime, secrets, and scandals right before your eyes. The performers will keep track of facts, follow leads, and conclude who is the murderer, all while you take in a comedy experience unlike any you’ve seen before. During the show, they’ll employ the tropes, character archetypes, and influences of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Nick and Nora Charles, Encyclopedia Brown, and just a dash of Scooby-Doo.
ComedySportz is back and better than ever. Come see our new live experience, complete with laughter AND clapping. ComedySportz is a show for everyone - no matter what your age, race, religion, gender, sexuality…all are welcome, and all will laugh!
Come be in the audience for the funniest, most-interactive late night game show in Chicago. We'll pick two random audience members to join us on stage to play hilarious games, just like you would see on Hollywood Game Night - but with less production value. Tons of audience participation and possible prizes! To set expectations, prizes will also be funny. Grab a drink and some friends and come to our house party!
Join ComedySportz Chicago on Thursday for League Night! We've assembled our Minor League and Rec League programs together in one amazing night, so you can see our best and brightest in one place! Every Thursday will kick off with one of our four Rec League teams, and then our Minor League will close the night with a hilarious ComedySportz match. It's the perfect way to kick off your weekend with some laughter, and to see our future main stage players before they make it big.
Comedy supergroup Baby Wants Candy presents "Shamilton!", the Hamilton-inspired hip hop improvised musical created in 2016 in LA and playing to sold out crowds all over the place, including the Kennedy Center in DC, a national touring company and weekly sold out shows in New York and LA.
Join the Shamilton cast as they improvise an epic musical based on a historical figure or celebrity of your choosing...including Genghis Khan, Kim Kardashian, Mr. Rogers, or even basketball playing superdog Air Bud. You decide!
Welcome to our little town. It’s a mostly ordinary town, filled with mostly ordinary people. But every so often, one of our townspeople finds themselves TRAPPED IN A MUSICAL! They never know when it’s coming, because it’s up to YOU, our audience. Every performance you’ll pick the main character, you’ll give us the plot points, the finer details, and on the spot we’ll create a 60-minute musical about this seemingly ordinary townsperson. They’ll only be as ordinary as you make them, but we guarantee you’ll laugh as we improvise songs, dances and mayhem. So welcome to our little town - stay a while.
A one hour improvised sitcom with no intermission. Cue the laugh track- it's a very special episode of your favorite long running tv show! The gang gets up to the same 'ol wacky shenanigans that you remember in this one hour comedy show done in front of a live audience (that's you!) but this time it's completely made up on the spot! Watch all the will-they-won't-theys, loveable bad bosses, and zany next door neighbors that tv raised you on now with much lower budgets!
Two improv teams battle it out in a series of hilarious game show inspired short form improv challenges like Spelling Spree, Game that Tune, Price Device and more! Their comedic fate lies with the titular role itself, the Wheel of Improv, dictating what suggestion everyone must use to improvise. Whichever team earns the most points gets to headline with an improv montage that very evening!
10 of Chicago’s best improvisers compete in a show based on the hit television competition show, Big Brother. Each week the audience will choose one all-star to win Head of Household and they will nominate two contestants for eviction, but they can save themselves by out performing everyone during the veto competion. Who will get evicted each week? Who will get back doored? But more importantly, who will be crowned the winner of Improvised Big Brother: All-Stars?
Join “the most renowned sketch troupe of them all” (The Independent) as they embark on their annual world tour. The Cambridge Footlights’ Tour Show is an hourlong sketch comedy show written and performed by five of the best up-and-coming comedians at the University of Cambridge. This year, in “The Search Continues," the performers are traveling the world to find their sixth member in the audience of one of their shows. How will they find their newest member? By showing off their best sketches, of course! You’d be silly to miss it.
Talented newcomers from The Second City Training Center's improv program take the stage for a run of fantastic short form improv.
Take Two is a longform, narrative show consisting of TWO never-before-seen, made-up-on-the-spot movies! Give us a song, we’ll give you a movie! Based on a song lyric supplied by the audience, this group of movie buffs use their knowledge of cinema and genre to create two sometimes-logical 30 minute movies, making fun of the tropes found in your favorite genres: Romcoms, horror, action, holiday, and more! Take Two is a celebration of the things we love about our favorite flicks!
Take Two is a longform, narrative show consisting of TWO never-before-seen, made-up-on-the-spot movies!
Friday, October 27 @ 10:00pm
Friday, November 03 @ 7:00pm
Haunted: The Improvised Ghost Hunters brings you a brand new, never-before-seen "episode" every week! "Haunted" is a longform improvised comedy show in which a group of "hunters" investigates the "haunted person, place, or thing" suggested by the audience. The show features camera-style edits, including flashbacks and confessionals. "Haunted" was created in 2021 and nominated for Chicago Reader's 2021 Best of Chicago "Best improv team." "Haunted" recently performed at Cornservatory, Madison Comedy Week and Yippiefest at the Den Theater.
Fridays @ 7 PM
Two shows for the price of one! See Haunted: The Improvised Ghost Hunters and Take Two: The Improvised Movie, create a spooky, scary show, right before your eyes.
Friday, October 13 @ 7:00pm
Friday, October 20 @ 7:00pm
AMERICAN HEALTHCARE: The Greatest Sh*t Show On Earth
Come, to a world without parallel! A world full of amazing people who do amazing things! You’ll be doing everything from chortling to guffawing, awkwardly giggling to snidely snickering, as together with the Ringmaster, you’ll experience a comical, absurd and bewildering, spectacle of sights, sounds, smells and emotions. In this (almost) one-person sketch show, everyone will be in stitches as we have an uproariously biting encounter with the marvelous, nearly inconceivable, almost unbelievable, show of shows…the circus that is, the American healthcare system!
Saturday, October 21 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, October 28 @ 7:00pm
A two-night only engagement with 100% of net ticket revenues going to Sarah’s Circle to help End Homelessness for Women in the Chicago area.
September 8th @ 7:30 PM
September 9th @ 8:30 PM
Join us for the 9th installment of Chris & Matt with a stay at Camp Goody Gumdrops! Enjoy all the events and activities camp has to offer from campfire songs and talent shows, to introspective quiet reflection time! A mix of sketch, improv, music, and rapid fire jokes, these camp counselors will have you laughing, crying, and reminiscing! Please remember: Don't go in the shed.
Directed by Mark Fleming
October 6 @ 10:00pm
October 13 @ 10:00pm
America Runs on Women is an all-female sketch revue highlighting the women who run America and the women who are getting run on by America. This show is relatable. This show is empowering. This show is unfortunately not sponsored by Dunkin'.
September 16 @ 8:00pm
September 23 @ 8:00pm
Yes, Android is the future of improv. This show utilizes the power of AI and the unpredictable nature of improvisers to create the world of tomorrow. But tread with caution, because the world of tomorrow can sometimes be a scary place, especially when you add machines to the mix. Come see this hilarious cast and ChatGPT embark on an unpredictable journey and answer the ultimate question. Will machines replace us?
Leap before you look! “Carelessly Optimistic” is a reckless and rosy sketch show answering life’s biggest questions like “Why are the Charmin bears so obsessed with pooping?” Experience unforgettable characters, sidesplitting songs, and moments of real heart with some of Chicago’s most talented up-and-coming comedians.
A Black produced quality comedy show. Booking the best comics in the city of Chicago.
Every Sunday @ 8:30 PM
Assigned Reading presents: Hit Me With Your Best Plot, a sketch show that is dramatically weird and weirdly dramatic. In this anthology, compiled by our cast of both book lovers and those who never did the assigned reading, you’ll find tales that amused and enthrall, perhaps a few that make you question your perception of reality. Do not miss this show because there are no CliffNotes or SparkNotes.
Written & Performed by: Kelsi Miller, Carlos Rivera, Corey Drennon, Anderson Freitas, Jamie McInerney, Tyshawn Chrisp, Luke Moghimi Connell, Alyse Dionne, Andrew Liguori, Aaron Krusniak, and Maria Bluck
Director: Luke Moghimi Connell
Musical Director: Yuxin Lu
Stage Manager: Dujuan Pritchett
Salsation Theater Company, NFP has been a Chicago LatinX comedy powerhouse in Chicago since 1998. This show celebrates 25 years of "comedy with a LATIN flavor" with select best-of sketches exploring the themes of dating, current culture clashes, the modern-day political landscape, complex family dynamics, and telenovela antics.