Brace yourselves for a wave of laughs rolling into the Windy City this winter as a star-studded array of comedians descend on Chicago, primed to tickle your funny bones despite the chill. Noted folks like Pete Davidson and John Mulaney are on the docket, promising to light up the stages with their signature humor. Fellow comedy buffs, you'd better snag those tickets if you haven't already, because the lineup featured by NBC Chicago looks like a barrel of must-see cackles and hoots.
But before you coat up and head out, a little bird might have whispered in your ear about the legendary Second City, famously incubating comedy giants faster than you can say "improv". "Have you been to Second City yet?" is practically a Chicagoan mantra, as noted by Time Out Chicago. So if you haven't checked it off your laugh list yet, consider this cold season your golden ticket.
Local boy Brad Williams kicks it off on Dec. 1, and Ana Gasteyer swoops back into her college town on December 9. Don't forget about the "Chi Town Comedy Countdown", where Chicagoan DeRay Davis will light up the Arie Crown Theatre on Dec. 30 and 31. And let's not skip over ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's plans to conquer Allstate Arena with his side-splitting squad on New Year's Eve.
Skipping forward to January, comedy buffs can thaw their spirits with Hasan Minhaj's sharp wit at The Chicago Theatre on Jan. 12. And for fans of the Emmy-laden "Ted Lasso," Brett Goldstein takes the very same stage from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20. But a single comedy joint can't hog all the limelight, not when places like the laugh-out-loud vault, Laugh Factory, are lining up the city's best guffaws several nights a week.