July comedy guide for Chicago suburbs

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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.

Vince Carone, 7:30 p.m. July 3, Schaumburg
Notorious for his quick wit and raunchy rants, Carone performs for an 18-and-up audience. Carone has toured the country since 2001 with renowned comedians like Bobby Slayton, Jon Witherspoon, Dave Attell, Pablo Francisco and others. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $14.

Double-Shot Showcase, 8 p.m. July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Evanston
This rotating comedy hour occurs each Thursday and brings regional and national comics to the North Shore. Hosted by Peter-John Byrnes, Cody Melcher and Kris Simmons. J.J. Java, 911 Foster St. $5 suggested donation.

PrimeTime, 8 p.m. July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, Schaumburg
Laugh Out Loud ensemble members take the stage with up-and-coming improvisers for three acts of hilarity. Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road.

Frank Townsend, 7 p.m. July 5, Schaumburg
Winner of 2000 Miller Genuine Draft Comedy Search, Townsend performs with unabashed honesty. Townsend has opened for performers like Damon Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Adele Givens and D. L. Hughley. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $16.

Paul Reiser, 7 p.m. July 5, Rosemont
Bestselling author of “Couplehood” and star of “Mad About You” Reiser comes to Zanies as a special event. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $30.

Improv Comedy, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, Schaumburg
See fully improvised comedy shows in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” that combine live action, video and the audience. The early show is family-friendly and the late show is geared toward adults. Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road.

Whose Line? Improv Comedy, 8 p.m. July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 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.

Crazy 8 Stand Up Comedy Contest, 8 p.m. July 5, Aurora
Stand up comedians are pitted against each other in this hilarious contest. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 with two-drink minimum.

Whose Line? The Naughty Show, 10 p.m. July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 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.

The Bar Show, 10 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 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 with two-drink minimum.

Brian Aldridge, 5 p.m. July 6, Schaumburg
Uprising star Brian Aldridge performs with sharp remarks and sarcastic delivery. Aldridge has headlined many comedy rooms and opened for Dave Chappelle, Carlos Mencia, Chelsea Handler and others. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $14.

Free Open Mic, 7 p.m. July 6 and 20, Schaumburg
From seasoned comic to newcomer, this is the place to be. The comedy open mic is hosted by Steve Long. Participants can sign up in advance or show up 45 minutes before showtime for one of the free spots. Laugh Out Loud Theater, 601 N. Martingale Road.

Open Mic, 8 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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.

‘The Tuesday Ten’ Showcase, 8 p.m. July 8, 15, 22 and 29, Rosemont
A mix of 10 headliners, including rising stars and surprise guests, perform stand-up. $10 and the purchase of at least two food or drink items. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place.

Teen Improv Workshop, 7 p.m. July 9, Oak Park
Students in grades five and up can play improvisational drama games to challenge quick-thinking skills. Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave. Free.

Mike Toomey, 8 p.m. July 9, Rosemont
Comedian Mike Toomey comes to Zanies. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22.

Natural Gas, 8 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 and 30, Chicago
The improvisational group takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a show. The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. $5.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 7:30 p.m. July 10, Arlington Heights
Based on Neil Simon’s early television career, this group of misfit writers will navigate through the changing world of TV in the 1950s. Rated R. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. $30-$38.

Arguments and Grievances, 7 p.m. July 11, Chicago
Arguments and Grievances is half comedy show and half rhetorical fight, and features a variety of Chicago’s underground comedians. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. $5.

Loni Love, 8 p.m. July 11, Schaumburg
Loni Love is the co-host of “The Real,” Fox’s new daytime talk show and author of “Love Him or Leave Him: But Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab.” Love has made appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Chelsea Lately” and many others. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $22.

Jimmy Pardo, 8 p.m. July 11, Rosemont
Comedian Jimmy Pardo comes to Zanies as a special event. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $25.

Stand Up with Kristen Toomey, 8 p.m. July 11 and 12, Aurora
A performance by the local comedian who is a regular at the Laugh Factory in Chicago, has headlined at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and is a founder of the all-female collective Hoo HA Comedy. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $20 with two-drink minimum.

Megan Gailey, 9:30 p.m. July 11, Chicago
Comedian Gailey comes to Schubas. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. $5.

Movie Bingo: Good, Bad or Condemned? 10 p.m. July 11, Skokie
In this interactive comedy, Vicki Quade uses her latest character, Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun herself, to show the audience the difference between good, bad and condemned. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave.

World War Improv, 10 p.m. July 11 and 25, Aurora
Two improv teams battle for World War Improv domination. The Comedy Shrine, 4034 Fox Valley Center Drive. $10 with two-drink minimum.

Jackie Kashian, 10:30 p.m. July 11, Chicago
Comedian Kashian comes to Schubas. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. $20.

Dr. Strangepet’s Wild and Wacky Pet Show, 10:30 a.m. July 12, Western Springs
Dr. Strangepet will present Pavlov’s cat, Charlene the Chicken, Dewey the Duck, and more, plus interactive “pet training” with the audience. Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St. Free.

‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ 7 p.m. July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, Evanston
The Arc Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s dark comedy. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ridgeville Park District, 908 Seward St. Free.

Hans Christian Anderson, 3 p.m. July 15, Hinsdale
Actors for ArronmoreArts provide an interactive show inspired by the classic stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Registration online required. The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St. Free.

Funniest Animals in the Movies, 3:30 p.m. July 16, Wilmette
Steve Frenzel of Marquee Movie Presentations will show funny clips of animals in movies. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave. Free.

Pat Tomasulo, 8 p.m. July 16, Rosemont
WGN Morning News sports anchor and comedian Tomasulo comes to Zanies. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22.

Karen Rontowski, 8 p.m. July 16, 17 and 18, St. Charles
A performance by the comedian known for her roles on “The Late Show,” “Comedy Central,” “Comics Unleashed” and more. Performances at 8 p.m. July 16-18 and 7:30 p.m. July 19 with an additional performance at 10 p.m. July 19. Zanies Comedy Night Club St. Charles, 4051 E. Main St. $23.

The Great Scott: Comedy and Illusion Show, 2 p.m. July 17, Lake Forest
The Great Scott performs interactive magic tricks for audiences of all ages. Lake Forest Library, 360 E. Deerpath Road. Free.

Colin Jost, 8 p.m. July 18, Rosemont
Co-Anchor of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live and head writer for SNL Jost comes to Zanies. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $25.

Carlos Mencia, 8 p.m. July 18, Schaumburg
Enjoy a night full of laughs with Carlos Mencia, who has worked alongside Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan. For ages 18 and over. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $33 General Admission; $53 VIP seating.

Taylor Mason, 6 p.m. July 20, Rosemont
Ventriloquist, musician and comedian Mason comes to Zanies. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $25.

Nate Bargatze, 8 p.m. July 20, Chicago
Comedian Nate Bargatze comes to Schubas. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. $15.

Donald O’Connor: No Business Like Show Business, 1 p.m. July 23, Northfield
Singer, dancer, actor and comedian Donald O’Connor performs musical theater. To register, call 847-784-6030. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road. $10 members, $13 non-members.

Larry Reeb, 8 p.m. July 23, Chicago
A performance by the comedian known for his roles on HBO, Showtime, XM and Sirius Radio. Performances at 8 p.m. July 23-25 and 7:30 p.m. July 26 with an additional performance at 10 p.m. July 26. Zanies Comedy Night Club Chicago, 1548 N. Wells St. $23.

Pete Lee, 8 p.m. July 24, Rosemont
The comedian, who is a regular on VH1′s “Best Week Ever,” performs stand-up. $22 and a minimum of two food or drink purchases. Must be 21 or older to attend. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place.

Andrew Shultz and Carly Anquilino from MTV’s ‘Girl Code,’ 8 p.m. July 25, Schaumburg
Girl Code, spin-off series to MTV’s Guy Code, features comedic women’s sayings and girl talk at its finest. For ages 18 and over. Improv Comedy Club – Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall. $22.

Jay Pharoah, 8 p.m. July 25 and 26, Rosemont
A performance by comedian Jay Pharoah best-known for his wide array of celebrity impressions, his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and his role alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along.” Performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 25 and 26. For ages 21 and older. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $30.

John Christ, 7 p.m. July 27, Rosemont
A performance by the comedian seen on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and a regular on the “Bob and Tom Show.” Must be 21 or older to attend. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $20.

‘Noises Off’ Auditions with North Riverside Players, 7 p.m. July 30, North Riverside
North Riverside Players holds auditions for the comedic play “Noises Off,” written by Michael Frayn. Five men and four women are needed. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute comedic monologue. Cold readings from the script may also be done. Visit the website for character information. North Riverside Scheck Village Commons, 2401 S. DesPlaines Ave. Free.

Dan Cummins, 8 p.m. July 30 and 31, Rosemont
The comic, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Last Comic Standing,” performs. For ages 21 and older. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. $22.

Lenny Schmidt, 8 p.m. July 30, St. Charles
A performance by the comedian known for his roles in “The Inbetweeners,” “The Ugly Truth” and “True Blood.” Zanies Comedy Night Club St. Charles, 4051 E. Main St. $23.

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