From Seth Meyers to Bill Maher, this week’s TBS Just for Laughs Festival is breaking out the big guns.
Here’s the rest of the must-see stand-up acts at this comedy free-for-all playing out in venues throughout town.
Sitting somewhere between the rock star of Get Him to the Greek and his own sarcastic troublemaker on FX's BrandX, the foul-mouthed Brand destroys every taboo in the book, from bashing Margaret Thatcher to chronicling his sexual misadventures.
Wed Jun 12 7:30p. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Loop. $43-$59 here.
We can’t think of this longtime comic/Mr. Show co-creator without picturing the blue-painted never-nude of Arrested Development acclaim. Yet on stage, expect less Tobias Funke and more in-your-face rants, from trying to handle money on acid to awaiting the “four jetpacks of the Apocalypse.”
Thu Jun 13 7:30p. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Loop. $39-$49 here.
Nick Swardson (pictured)
While his stalker role in Blades of Glory is one of our favorite characters of all time, the nonstop freakshow of his short-lived Comedy Central show Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time should give you a better glimpse into the devious mind of this unpredictable comic who likes to riff on drunk Taco Bell and "boner soup."
Thu-Fri Jun 13-14 7:30p. The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave, Lakeview. $35 here.
This underrated comic is best known as the third Conchord from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, but he’s been carving out a living in the clubs for decades on the strength of his awesomely dry wit. From tales of lap-sitting Swedish tourists to Bluetooth hearing aids, get ready to meet your new favorite comic.
Fri-Sat Jun 14-15 10p. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave, Lakeview. $15 here.