August comedy guide for the Chicago suburbs

Doug Benson | Sun-Times Media

Get into to some funny business all month long with our guide to comedy events in suburban Chicago. Find more events happening in the suburbs by visiting Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

Finesse Mitchell, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Schaumburg

Known as the featured performer on the “SHAQ All-Star” comedy special which aired on Showtime, Finesse Mitchell has made frequent appearances on various TV shows like “SNL” and Game Show’s “Who’s The Imposter.” $22. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. Also at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Aug. 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

Lenny Schmidt, 8 p.m. Aug. 1, St. Charles

A performance by the comedian known for his roles in ”The Inbetweeners,” “The Ugly Truth” and “True Blood.”. Zanies Comedy Night Club, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 and a two-drink minimum. Also at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 2.

Dan Cummins, 8 p.m. Aug. 1, Rosemont

The comic, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Last Comic Standing,” performs. $22 and a two-drink minimum. Zanies Comedy Night Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. Also at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2.

Ralphie Roberts, 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, Aurora

Ralphie frequently performs at comedy clubs throughout the Midwest. He was born in the Chicago inner city and now lives in the suburbs. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 and a two-drink minimum.

Whose Line? Improv Comedy, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug.1-30, Aurora

Improv comedy similar to ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The show features top professional actors performing short form improv. Audience interaction makes each show different, engaging and most of all, funny. Must be 14 or older to attend. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 with a two drink minimum.

Whose Line? The Naughty Show, 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 1-30, Aurora

The comedy show consists of all the same fun and audience interaction of the Main Stage “Whose Line” improv show but contains the added naughty bits for adults. Must be 17 or older to attend. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20, $15 for students and military.

Family Time at the Shrine, 5 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 2-30, Aurora

An interactive family comedy. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $5 and a one-drink minimum.

The Bar Show, 10 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 2-30, Aurora

An improvised, interactive, party experience featuring a hilarious performance and drink specials. Great for any special occasion, or just hanging out with friends. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 and a two-drink minimum.

Doug Benson, 8 p.m. Aug. 4, Rosemont

Benson performs stand-up. He has appeared in ”Super High Me,” “Doug Loves Movies,” “The Benson Interruption” and on “Last Comic Standing.” Zanies Comedy Night Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $20 and a two-drink minimum

Open Mic, 8 p.m. Mondays Aug. 4-25, Aurora

Comedians can try out their act on the Comedy Shrine stage. Arrive early to sign up for a spot. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $5 with two-drink minimum.

Pat McGann, 8 p.m. Aug. 6, St. Charles

A comedic performance by the creator and host of “The Chicago Stand-Up Project.” Zanies Comedy Night Club, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 and a two-drink minimum. Also at 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and 8 p.m. Aug. 20.

Natural Gas, 8 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 6-27, Chicago
The improvisational group takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a show. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. $5.

The Atomic Comic, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 6-27, Chicago

Four comics perform stand-up comedy. An open mic follows. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Free.

Warren B. Hall, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Schaumburg

Warren tours all over the United States and has also toured internationally. He’s performed for troops in Iraq and Kuwait several times. $15. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall.

The Funny Old Broads, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14, Skokie

Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, Jan Slavin and Robin Riebman bring their offbeat comedy and musical parodies to The Skokie Theatre as The Funny Old Broads. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. $25.

Sullivan and Son Tour, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 8, Schaumburg

Enjoy laughs about a bartender and local lawyer named Steve Byrne. The comedy, written by Sullivan and Son can be seen on TBS. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $24. Also at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Aug. 9 and 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Josh Alton, 8 p.m. Aug 8 and 9, Aurora

Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, former athlete Josh Alton now tours the country as a comic. He studied at the Second City Theatre, has appeared on TV and worked with several comedians, including Dave Attell, Larry the Cable Guy, Jon Lovitz, Craig Robinson, Andy Kindler, Greg Giraldo and Harland Williams. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 and a two-drink minimum.

World War Improv, 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and 22, Aurora

Two improv teams battle for World War Improv domination. This event is held at 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $10 and a two-drink minimum.

Beth Urech:  ’Act Your Age!’, 8 p.m. Aug. 9, Skokie

Beth Urech’s ’Act Your Age!’ is an autobiographical piece of comedic theater that follows her life from being a 16-year-old in Fort Wayne to a hausfrau in the Swiss Alps, as well as other telling and trying times. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. $20.

Michael Palascak, 8 p.m. Aug. 13, St. Charles

The comedian, who has appeared on Comedy Central and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” performs stand-up. Zanies Comedy Night Club, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 and a two-drink minimum. Also at 8 p.m. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. Aug.15 and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Strangepet’s Wild and Wacky Pet Show, 11 a.m. Aug. 13, Wheeling

Children ages 3 and older are invited to join Dr. Strangepet as he/she presents a pet show and does some interactive “pet training” with the audience. Limited to 100 participants. Tickets are required and are distributed 30 minutes prior to the event. Indian Trails Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Free.

Rich Aronovitch, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Schaumburg

Aronovitch has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Three Men and A Chick Flick,” “Last Comic Standing” and “The Upright Citizen’s Brigade.” He is shooting a one-hour comedy special. The show is ages 18 and up and there is a two-beverage minimum. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $14. Also at 7 p.m. Aug. 17.

Jim Breuer, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 15, Schaumburg

The “Saturday Night Live” alum who starred alongside Dave Chapelle in “Half Baked” performs stand-up. Ages 18 and up. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. Also at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Aug. 16.

Godfrey, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Schaumburg

Godfrey performs stand-up. He has appeared “Zoolander,” in 7 Up commercials as the “7 Up Guy” and has his own Comedy Central special. The show is ages 18 and up and there is a two-drink minimum. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $17. Also at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Aug. 23 and 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

Dr. Bill Miller, 8 p.m. Aug. 21, St. Charles

Dr. Bill Miller, a Chicago resident, is one of the only doctors practicing comedy intentionally. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he has appeared on ”Showtime Comedy Club Network,” “The Comedy Shop,” “Comedy Tonight,” and in clubs and hospitals throughout the country. Zanies Comedy Night Club, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $23 and a two-drink minimum. Also at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 23.

‘An Evening of Comedy, Music and Spoken Word,’ 7:30 p.m. Aug 23, Glenview

Join author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman and friends for a fun “Evening of Comedy, Music and Spoken word.” Debbie Sue is an author of the books, “My Husband the Stranger,” “Still Single” and “Still Dating.” Visit Debbie Sue on her website, http://www.stillsingle.org. The Glenview Grind, 989 Waukegan Road, Glenview. Free.

Mike Epps: After Dark Tour, 9 p.m. Aug. 23, Merrillville, IN

Mike Epps performs stand-up comedy. He has appeared on Def Comedy Jam and in movies such as “The Fighting Temptations,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.”

Golden Retriever Rescue Group Comedy Club Event, 2 p.m. Aug. 24, Schaumburg

As Good as Gold Golden Retreiver Rescue of Illinois hosts a benefit with an improv comedy performance by the Laugh Out Loud cast, a raffle and a chance to learn about the rescue group. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the club’s cash bar. Tickets are available online at http://www.asgoodasgold.org. All proceeds benefit As Good as Gold, a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to the rescue, care and finding forever homes for unwanted golden retrievers and golden retriever mixes. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $35.

DC Benny, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Schaumburg

DC Benny performs stand-up comedy. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” “Showtime at the Apollo” and other shows such as “Law and Order” and “As the World Turns.” Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $17. Also at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Aug. 29

Rodney Carrington, 9 p.m. Aug. 30, Merrillville, IN

Rodney Carrington brings his show to the Star Plaza. He has released several albums as well as starred in the ABC television show “Rodney.”

Rocky LaPorte, 7 p.m. Aug 30., Schaumburg

LaPorte has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” as well as “Cheers.” Must be 18 or older to attend. There is a two-drink minimum. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $22.

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