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Piper's Alley Handshake
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Piper's Alley Handshake

About The Show

Piper’s Alley Handshake gives a proper introduction to some of the funniest stand-ups in the city and from across the country. Over four Fridays at the Blackout Cabaret, an amazing line-up of comics will be bringing today’s freshest punchlines, while carrying on the spirit of Piper’s Alley, considered ‘ground zero’ for Chicago’s counterculture movement of the 1960’s.

Hosted and Produced by:
Donovan Strong-O’Donnell

January 24th – Opening Handshake
Donovan Strong-O’Donnell headlines with some of his personal favorites as guests
Yoni Heisler
Carinda Larson
Keegan O’Connell

January 31st – CPS Alumni Night
All Comedians Who Attended Chicago Public Schools
Nicole Perez (Lane Tech)
Andrew Halter (Jones)
Ty Riggs (Juarez)
Pete Casey (Young)
Peter Bonello (Payton)

February 7th – Miami in Chicago
Two of Miami’s Funniest Comedians Come to Chicago
Oscar Collazos (headliner)
Melody Louisdhon

February 14th – Valentine’s Day
Featuring a special line-up for those who love (or hate) the holiday
Jeff Brumfield
Jackie Cooper
Ashley Lusk
Victoria Vincent

$13 Standard
$11 College Student (w/ valid I.D.)
$7 SC Training Center Student


Guest Performance
Piper's Alley Handshake


The Blackout Cabaret | 2nd Floor
230 W North Ave
Chicago IL, 60614

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Performance Times

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:30 PM
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8:30 PM
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 8:30 PM
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8:30 PM

Food & Beverage Info

1959 Kitchen + Bar | Share some small plates and try a few craft cocktails before the show! Located on the 2nd floor of Pipers Alley, seconds away from the theaters.


Visit our mini bar stations outside of Judy’s Beat Lounge on the 2nd Floor or Donny’s Skybox on the 4th floor for beer, wine, and cocktails before your show! There is no drink minimum at any of our theaters.

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The Second City provides accessible parking and seating at every performance. Parking is available at 230 W. North Ave. in Piper’s Alley Self Park. Each theater is equipped with wheelchair accessible and/or companion seats.

Assistive listening devices, elevator assistance, large print materials, seat assistance, and access for service animals are also available upon request.