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'Bad Touch' and'The Deep End': A double bill of improv. In "Bad Touch," Annoyance ensemble members Rich Sohn and Rebecca Sohn and featured guests explore unsavory topics; "The Deep End" features a rotating cast of Annoyance veterans, teachers and students.: through Open End; 9:30 p.m. Tue.; $8; The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665.

'Family Tree House Boat Accident' and 'Pleasant Valley': Chicago funnymen Tim Baltz, Jordan Klepper and Seth Weitberg create a new format each week to explore current events through an improv set; and local comics Jet Eveleth, Holly Laurent and Susan Messing perform a longform improv show.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Sun.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

100 Proof Comedy: Local funnyman Jamie Campbell hosts a rotating lineup of professional comics. "The Chaser," a free stand-up open mic, follows.: through Dec. 13; 8 p.m. Mon.; $10; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

100% Crazy Fun! A Mental Health Musical: A choreographed musical comedy about sanity or the lack thereof.: through Fri.; 10:30 p.m. Fri.; $13; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

The Absolute Best Friggin' Time of Your Life: The Second City e.t.c.'s 34th revue explores budget surpluses, low unemployment rates, bad fashion trends and other 1990s phenomena.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 11 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8 p.m. Thu.; 8 p.m., 11 p.m. Fri.; $22-$27; The Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992.

Americans in Peril!: Sketch troupe 4 Days Late performs its new sketch revue about the links between comfort and danger.: through Nov. 12; 10 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $12; presented by Red Ink Theatre; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-248-5900.

The Apocalypse: Now In 3D: Quixotic comedy ensemble performs a new LGBT-themed sketch revue about politics, social issues and awkward attempts at spicing up long distance relationships.: through Sat.; 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; $10; Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St.; 312-804-3681.

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Rock Opera: Actors perform an hourlong musical with a live band, based on an audience suggestion.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $15; $6-$7.50 for students; presented by Baby Wants Candy; Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-935-6100.

The Best of the Second City: Humorous highlights from their most popular revues.: through Open End; 4 p.m. Sat.; 8 p.m. Mon.; $16-$22; The Second City, 1616 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992.

Big Fancy Open Mic: Dave Odd hosts performances by local comics. Want to perform? Sign up before 8:15 p.m.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m. Thu.; Free; Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St.; 312-733-6000.

Big Yellow Bus: Ensemble members riff off of audience suggestions. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; $5 for students; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793; 773-871-3793.

Bill Burr: through Sat.; 8 p.m. Sat.; $32.50; Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-472-0449; 773-472-0449.

Blackout presents: Variety: The all-African-American-male comedy troupe hosts performances by a rotating roster of musical acts, stand up comedians and sketch and improv groups.: through Open End; 11:59 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $5; The Second City's De Maat Studio Theater, 1616 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley, 3rd Floor; 312-337-3992.

Bo Burnham: through Nov. 12; 7 p.m. (CANCELED) Sat.; $25; Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-929-5959.

Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play: Features booze-themed sketch comedy and interactive drinking games.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $20; Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-904-8777.

C.J. Toledano: The local comedian performs and hosts a rotating roster of comedians and acts.: through Nov. 13; 11:59 p.m. Sat.; $5; $3 for students; The Second City's De Maat Studio Theater, 1616 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley, 3rd Floor; 312-337-3992.

The Chaser: Emerging comics compete for a spot in the following week's "100 Proof Comedy" lineup.: through Dec. 13; 9:30 p.m. Mon.; Free; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

Cheech and Chong: through Fri.; 8 p.m. Fri.; $39.50-$55; The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.; 312-462-6300; 312-462-6300.

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy: In Chemically Imbalanced Comedy's 10th season, stand-up comics host a rotating line-up of local and national improv and sketch groups. BYOB.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Sat.; 8 p.m. Sun.; $10; Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-865-7731.

Chicago Underground Comedy: A rotating lineup of five or more comics from Second City, I.O. and national clubs. Doors open at 8:45 p.m.: through Open End; 9:30 p.m. Tue.; $5; Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-281-4444; 312-719-5476.

Chicagoland and Fish Nuts: Local comics Sue Gillan, Noah Gregoropolous, Paul Grondy, T.J. Jagodowski, Sue Salvi, Linda Orr, Bill Bungeroth, Tom Blanford and Alex Fendrich perform an improv set as Chicagoland. The three-person improv troupe Fish Nuts opens.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Tue.; $8; The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665.

Clean Halloween at ComedySportz: Two teams of professional comedians compete in this G-rated, Halloween-themed improv show, which includes live musical accompaniment, Halloween decorations and trick-or-treat candy.: through Oct. 30; 8 p.m. Thu.; 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fri.; $22; $17 if dressed in costume; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

Close Quarters: An ensemble cast explores space, time and character through an original improv form.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Wed.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

College Improv Night: DePaul University's Cosby Sweaters and Columbia College Chicago's Droppin' Science teams host performances by a rotating roster of college teams. BYOB.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $5; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5450.

Comedians You Should Know: Each week, one member of the seven-man cast hosts a stand-up showcase featuring five local comedians and a visiting national guest. Cast includes Marty DeRosa, Danny Kallas, Joe Kilgallon, Mike Lebovitz, Drew Michael, Michael Sanchez and Junior Stopka.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Wed.; $5-$10; Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.; 800-838-3006.

Comedy Tuesdays: Features sets by local comedians. Drink specials include $4 Lagunitas beers and $5 bombs.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Tue.; No cover; Old Town Pub, 1339 N. Wells St.; 312-266-6789.

ComedySportz: Two teams of professional comedians compete in this improv show. Includes live musical accompaniment.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fri.; 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Sat.; $21; $10 for students; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

Cook County Social Club: The four-man team performs a longform improv show.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Tue.; $12; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships: An original musical sketch comedy show satirizes falling in love.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Sat.; $20; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance: An improv and sketch comedy-horror show in which the audience takes a drink each time an onstage character dies. BYOB.: through Oct. 31; 11 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $10; The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave.; 312-409-6435.

Disappointed Men: The ensemble performs a sketch revue about male inadequacy, awkwardness and sadness. A rotating roster of guest teams opens.: through Nov. 4; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $8; $5 for students; The Second City's De Maat Studio Theater, 1616 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley, 3rd Floor; 312-337-3992.

Donnell Rawlings: Best known as Ashy Larry from Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show," Day-Day Price on HBO's "The Wire" and as a contestant on Comedy Central's "Reality Bites Back.": through Wed.; 8:30 p.m. Mon.; 9:30 p.m. Tue. - Wed.; $25 plus a two-item food or beverage purchase; Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St.; 312-337-4027.

Eat, Pray Lie: Features classic Second City sketches, scenes, musical comedy and improv, performed with an urban, multicultural twist.: through Dec. 18; 9 p.m. Sat.; $13; $10 for students; presented by The Second City Outreach & Diversity Program ; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

The Edge Comedy Club: Performances by local and national comics with a rotating roster of hosts. The first Friday of the month features the "Ha Ha Hotties" all-female lineup. The first Saturday of the month features the "Handsome Bastards of Comedy" all-male lineup.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $15; $12 for students; Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St.; 312-733-6000.

Edison Park Comedy Festival: The second annual neighborhood stand-up festival features 20 local comics at six venues.: through Sun.; 8 p.m. (The venue: The Emerald Isle (6715 N. Olmsted Ave.). Headliner: Joe Kilgallon) , 9 p.m. (The venue: Zia's Trattoria (6699 N. Northwest Hwy.)) , 10 p.m. (The venue: The Emerald Isle (6715 N. Olmsted Ave.). Headliner: Joe Kilgallon) , 11 p.m. (The venue: Zia's Trattoria (6699 N. Northwest Hwy.)) Fri.; 8 p.m. (The venue: Edison Park Inn (6686 N. Northwest Hwy.). Headliner: Tony Valle) , 9 p.m. (The venue: Nonno Pino's (6718 N. Northwest Hwy.)) , 10 p.m. (The venue: Edison Park Inn (6686 N. Northwest Hwy.). Headliner: Tony Valle) , 11 p.m. (The venue: Nonno Pino's (6718 N. Northwest Hwy.)) Sat.; 8 p.m. (The venue: The Snuggery (6733 N. Olmsted Ave.)) Sun.; $10-$12; presented by Yes I Am Show Business and the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce; Various locations, Chicago; 773-631-0063.

Entertaining Julia: Local comics host a music and comedy variety show featuring a rotating roster of established and emerging comedians, sketch troupes and bands. The show's aim is to amuse Julia, the Town Hall Pub bartender.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Sun.; Free; Town Hall Pub, 3340 N. Halsted Ave.; 773-472-4405.

Extended Play: Three local teams selected from a rotating roster perform 30-minute improv sets each. BYOB.: through Open End; 9:30 p.m. Sun.; $5 suggested donation; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

Extra! Extra! Tweet All About It!: A new sketch comedy show explores the truths behind the avalanche of suspect "information" available through technology and the effects of social media on relationships.: through Nov. 19; 10:30 p.m. Fri.; $12; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Felt: A cast of nine Jim Henson-inspired puppets demonstrates improv forms created at I.O. over its 25-year history.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Wed.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199; 773-880-0199.

Found: Comedy troupe Reunited connects seemingly unrelated characters and situations in an improv show.: through Nov. 20; 11:59 p.m. Sat.; $10; $8 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

The Free for All: Features improv sets by a rotating roster of three local teams, including Koleno, The Panty Filers, Hair Club for Men and others. BYOB.: through Open End; 7:30 p.m. Sun.; Free; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Free Improv Show ($5): Features original comedic short videos and faux commercials along with a long-form improv set inspired by audience prompts.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Tue.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

Ginger Snaps; Goodbye, Monster; and Oh, Real Mature: A triple bill of improv.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Tue.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Guest Team Night and pH Duos: A pair of guest teams precedes a set by a weekly changing pair of pH Productions cast members. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5450.

Happy Hour: Local actors Jeff Madden, Wendy Mateo and Paul Thomas--plus one special guest per week--perform comedic character monologues. BYOB.: through Open End; 6 p.m. Thu.; Free; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

High Five and the Feel Goods: The troupe performs an improv show.: through Wed.; 8 p.m. Wed.; $10; Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-598-4549.

High Jinxed: In his solo show, local comedian Prescott Tolk relates his adolescent experiences and shares how bad ideas can lead to terrible outcomes.: through Nov. 5; 10 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $10; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Hill presents 'Give Me Five': A variety show includes five-minute stand-up, improv, sketch, video and musical comedy acts by solo performers or duos.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Wed.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Hot Karl: The Hot Karl improv troupe performs a scripted musical in which a desperate Adolf Hitler kidnaps Santa Claus in an attempt to steal Santa's magical secrets.: through Open End; 11:59 p.m. Sat.; $10; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

The Improv Jam: Volunteer audience members perform improv scenes with veteran I.O. comics. Local funnymen Brett Lyons and Nathan Jensen host.: through Open End; 11:59 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $3; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Improvised Shakespeare: An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features the bard's themes and Old English language.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $14; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199; 773-880-0199.

In-Concert: Audience suggestions inspire the cast to create an arena concert featuring music, backstage action, lawn seat antics, front row shenanigans and more. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Tue.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Harold: Improv teams explore an audience suggestion using scenes, games and monologues. The 8 p.m. Saturday shows also feature "The Deltones," an improv musical starring members from "The Improvised Shakespeare Show" and other teams.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Fri.; 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Sat.; 8 p.m. Wed. - Thu.; 10:30 p.m. Fri.; $12-$14; free on Wednesdays; 773-880-0199Whirled News Tonight: Audience members select news articles to inspire this satirical improv show.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Sat.; $15; The Armando Diaz Experience: Performers are frequently joined by celebrity guests from "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and The Second City.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m. Mon.; $12; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199; 773-880-9993.

It Takes a Village, People!: Salsation Theatre Company performs its first LGBT-themed sketch show, which explores dating, family relationships and gay life in the Latino community.: through Nov. 6; 5:30 p.m. Sat.; $12; Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-598-4549.

Jokes and Notes Comedy Night: Features sets by national acts. Baldhead PHillips hosts Fridays and Saturdays and Marlon Mitchell hosts Sundays.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 9 p.m. Sun.; 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.; $10-$20 plus a two-drink minimum; Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Drive; 773-373-3390.

Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern: As seen on Logo's "Big Gay Sketch Show.": through Thu.; 9 p.m. Thu.; $5-$10; Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St.; 773-281-3355.

The Jump: Audience suggestions fuel three sets performed by a rotating roster of member and guest teams. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $10; $5 for students; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Kates: Features performances by a rotating roster of local female comics.: through Dec. 10; 7 p.m. Sat.; $10 suggested donation; The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-293-2665.

The Katydids and Maria: A double bill of all-female improv features The Katydids--comprised of members whose real names are a variation of Katherine--and the all-Latina troupe Maria.: through Dec. 2; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Kinky Comedy Tuesdays: Features R-rated sets by local comedians. The Kinky Llama online shop offers sex toy giveaways the first Tuesday of the month. Drink specials include $4 Lagunitas beers and $5 bombs.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Tue.; No cover; Old Town Pub, 1339 N. Wells St.; 312-266-6789.

Laugh Track: Chicago comics Adam Guerino and Bradley Thomas host a rotating roster of local comedians representing an array of sexual orientations, ages and ethnic backgrounds.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Thu.; Free; Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St.; 773-477-9189.

The Lincoln Lodge: A weekly comedy show features a rotating cast of comedians, hosts, musicians and variety acts, as well as video segments and an audience contest.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Fri., Thu. - Fri.; $10 and a one-drink minimum (18+); presented by Tight Five Productions ; Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-251-1539.

Michael Pizza: The winning team from iO's 2009 "$800 Cage Match" performs an improv set.: through Dec. 2; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Middle Age Comeback and 3033: This double bill of longform improv features two all-male teams. Each has more than a decade of experience together.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Sun.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

The Mixer: A rotating cast of ensemble members perform and lead a workshop exercise. Audience members can sign up to perform with the cast that night. BYOB.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Thu.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

Modern Men: All-male troupe Think Tank Comedy--which also hosts the ongoing "Pistol Party" series at Town Hall Pub--debuts its fourth sketch revue.: through Thu.; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-327-5252.

Monster Mash: Chemically Imbalanced Comedy ensemble members perform a Halloween-themed, interactive improv show dressed as Dracula, Frankenstein, mummies, zombies witches and more. BYOB.: through Oct. 31; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; presented by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy; Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park Rd.; 800-838-3006.

A Night of Comedy: See sets by Dov Davidoff (as seen on Comedy Central, E-TV's "Chelsea Lately" and more), Bryan Callen (best known as an original cast member of "MADtv," as Eddie Palermo in "The Hangover" and more) and "Chappelle's Show" co-creator Neal Brennan.: through Thu.; 7 p.m. Thu.; $15; two-for-one for students; Congress Theatre, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-276-1235.

A Night of Comedy with Dov Davidoff, Bryan Callen, Neal Brennan: through Thu.; 6:30 p.m. Thu.; $13-$18; Congress Theatre, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-276-1235.

A Nightmare on Wells Street: A sketch show explores Halloween themes and horror flicks.: through Nov. 12; 11:59 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $10; $8 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Nightmares on Lincoln Ave. Too--Totally Tubular Tales of Terror: A parody of '90s scary kids' shows features humorous and creepy vignettes. BYOB.: through Oct. 31; 8 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Wed. - Fri.; $7-$15; The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave.; 312-409-6435.

Normal is the New Ugly* (Margin of Error 100%): A new sketch revue satirizes reckless drivers, lesbian moms, presidential hopefuls and more.: through Nov. 19; 9 p.m. Fri.; $12; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Octavarius: So Nefarious: Local troupe Octavarius performs an improv show based on audience suggestions and a weekly changing theme. Check the troupe's website podcast for the theme, arrive dressed in related gear and get a $3 discount on your ticket.: through Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Sun.; $10; $7 if dressed in themed clothing; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 312-278-3627.

OINK!: Local comic Othy Schwering hosts sets by a featured stand-up comic and improv actors and troupes.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Wed.; $7-$10; $7 for students; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-248-5900.

Open Mic Night: Local funnyman Marlon Mitchell hosts.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m. Wed.; $5 plus a two-drink minimum; Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Drive; 773-373-3390.

Pardon Me, I'm Not Sorry: A sketch show exposes humorous ugly truths veiled by good manners.: through Nov. 5; 7:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $13; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

pHamily the Musical: Improv artists create a family based on audience suggestion then develop and perform a musical that incorporates the new characters. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Sat.; $10; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5450.

pHrenzy: A fast-paced, family-friendly show in which eight improv artists compete for audience votes and suffer arbitrary eliminations.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $10; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5450.

pHrenzy pHucked: pH Productions performs an R-rated improv competition and the audience votes players out of the show. A new character hosts each week. BYOB.: through Open End; 11:59 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; $10; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5450.

Pimprov: Five actors portray pimps attempting to perform an improv comedy show. BYOB.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $15; Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park Rd.; 800-838-3006.

The Pre-Party: Audience suggestions for a late-night event inspire the cast to create an improv show about the hours leading up to that event--group planning, preparations, gossip, hidden agendas and more. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Wed.; $10; $5 for students; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Reckoning: A rotating roster of house team members perform experimental longform improv.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Tue.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

The Red Bar Comedy Club: Local comedian Kyle Lane and Red Bar Radio creator and host Mike David present a Las Vegas-style stand-up revue with a rotating roster of comics.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 8 p.m. (Halloween-themed show) Fri.; $10; Ontourage, 157 W. Ontario St.; 773-387-8412.

Riot Comedy: A stand-up showcase features local and national comics. Specials include $2 PBRs and Miller Lites and $4 cheeseburgers with fries.: through Open End; 9:30 p.m. Thu.; $8; bring a friend and get two-for-one admission; Chicago Joe's, 2256 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-478-7000.

Ross Bennett: As seen on Comedy Central's "Stand-Up.": through Oct. 31; 8:30 p.m. Tue. - Thu.; 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.; $22 plus a two-item food or beverage minimum; Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St.; 312-337-4027.

Rotten Comedy: See stand-up sets by a rotating roster of local comedians.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Thu.; $5 suggested donation; Oakwood 83, 1959 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-327-2785.

The Sandbox: Local improv team Bella performs and hosts sets by emerging and established troupes. BYOB.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Mon.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

The Scene: Ensemble members Tim Baltz, Rush Howell, TJ Jagodowski, Brad Morris and Brian Wilson perform an improv show.: through Dec. 2; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

The Show Below: The Crocodile Players and a rotating roster of three local sketch and improv troupes perform a comedy show. Specials include a free personal pizza with drink purchase.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat., Fri.; Free; Crocodile Lounge, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 888-864-4924.

Sketch Comedy Cage Match: Thirty-six teams compete in an elimination tournament (three per week) and the audience votes to see who moves forward.: through Dec. 10; 11:59 p.m. Fri., Fri.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Sketch Test: A rotating roster of sketch comedians and troupes debut new material for audience feedback.: through Open End; 7:30 p.m. Tue.; Free; Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-348-6088.

Skinprov: A shirtless, all-male troupe performs a racy improv set.: through Nov. 6; 11:59 p.m. Sat.; $7; The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665.

Sout'side Stories: A sketch comedy revue about the White Sox, perfect lawns, boxed wine, living with your parents until you're 50 and other facets of growing up on Chicago's South Side.: through Fri.; 9 p.m. Fri.; $13; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Special Event Thursdays: Chicago comedians including Marlon Mitchell, Brian Babylon and Kendall Peterson host a rotating roster of local and national guest comics, stand-up contests and more.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m. Thu.; $5-$15 plus a two-drink minimum; Jokes and Notes, 4641 S. King Drive; 773-373-3390.

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies: The 98th sketch comedy revue takes a look at how we approach global and everyday aspects of life.: through Open End; 8 p.m., 11 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 8 p.m. Tue. - Thu.; 8 p.m., 11 p.m. Fri.; $22-$27; The Second City, 1616 N. Wells St.; 312-337-3992.

Steve White: As seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET and Fox-TV programs.: through Sun.; 8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Fri.; 7 p.m., 9 p.m., 11:15 p.m. Sat.; 8:30 p.m. Sun.; $22 plus a two-item food or beverage minimum; Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St.; 312-337-4027.

The Stevens Family: A redneck-themed, short-form improv and sketch comedy show. Drink specials include $4 shots.: through Nov. 4; 10 p.m. Thu.; $5; ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-8080.

Student Graduation Show: Students from the iO Training Center perform improv sets using original forms.: through Open End; 7 p.m. Sun.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

The Stuntmen: The all-male troupe performs a movie and mythology-themed sketch show followed by an improv action "movie" based on audience suggestions.: through Oct. 30; 9:30 p.m. Sat.; $10; Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-598-4549.

The Team: In its new sketch revue, "If You Can't Have the Job You Love, Love the Job You're With," comedy troupe The Team explores characters who perform some of Chicago's most terrible jobs with a good attitude.: through Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Fri.; $13; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Thirsty: The Premiere Improv Drinking Party: Comedy team Strippers' Picnic takes on a rotating roster of visiting troupes in a drinking and improv competition.: through Dec. 18; 10:30 p.m. Sat.; $15; Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-935-6100.

TJ & Dave: T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi portray multiple male and female characters in a longform improv play.: through Open End; 11 p.m. Wed.; $5; iO, 3541 N. Clark St.; 773-880-0199.

Tomato/Tomatoe: The Next Episode: through Dec. 2; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; The Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway; 773-561-4665.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: The longest-running show in Chicago, it's a one-hour blitz of 30 extremely brief plays.: through Open End; 11:30 p.m. Fri. - Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 11:30 p.m. Fri.; $9 plus the roll of one die ($10-$15); presented by The Neo-Futurists; The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-275-5255.

The Tweet Life: Improv actors create scenes based on an audience member's Twitter posts. Want to be considered as a given week's muse? Sign up at twitter.com/the_playground and send a message saying "I want in on #THETWEETLIFE." Subjects win two tickets to that week's show.: through Open End; 8 p.m. Fri., Fri.; 10 p.m. Wed.; $5-$10; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

Twisty: The Second City Training Center House Ensemble: The house ensemble perfoms an evolving show that incorporates improv, sketch comedy, music and puppets. Also features weekly guest improvisers, magicians and occasional celebrity guests.: through Open End; 10:30 p.m. Sat.; $12; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

Two Black Dudes and an Open Mic: Local comics Will Miles and Clark Jones host aspiring performers. Want to get onstage? Sign-up begins at 8 p.m.: through Open End; 9 p.m. Tue.; Free; Town Hall Pub, 3340 N. Halsted Ave.; 773-472-4405.

The Two-Hour Comedy Hour: Local comedian Trey Mowder hosts sets by a rotating roster of Chicago comics.: through Open End; 7 p.m. Sat.; $5 suggested donation; Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave.; 773-489-5471.

Under Pressure Improv Showcase: Local comic Bubba Muski hosts an all-ages show with performances by a rotating line-up of local improv troupes and stand-up comics.: through Open End; 8:30 p.m. Fri., Fri.; No cover; Pressure Billiards & Cafe, 6318 N. Clark St.; 773-743-7665.

Valid Hysteria and Sketch & Sniff: A double bill of improv and sketch features all-female troupe Valid Hysteria with a fast-paced, character-driven improv show; and a Halloween-themed show from Sketch & Sniff which incorporates zombies and real-life super-villains.: through Nov. 18; 10:30 p.m. Thu.; $12; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

White Rainbows: The LGBT troupe performs its third sketch comedy revue, "Big Gay Pudding.": through Fri.; 8 p.m. Fri.; $10; The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.; 773-334-2525.

Williams and Martinez: Lindsay Williams and Claudia Martinez perform a longform improv set with a rotating roster of guest opening teams each week. BYOB.: through Open End; 10 p.m. Mon.; $5; The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-3793.

Women on Top: The ladies of pH Productions share humorous details about their personal lives through improvised music, monologues and comedy. A rotating roster of female guest comedians joins in each week.: through Nov. 4; 8 p.m. Thu.; $10; $5 for students; presented by pH Productions; Studio BE, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-732-5540.

Writing Six Performance: Mark Vannier directs an original sketch comedy revue by students from the Advanced Comedy Writing Six Program.: through Nov. 19; 7:30 p.m. Fri.; $12; $10 for students; Donny's Skybox Theatre, 1608 N. Wells St. Piper's Alley; 312-337-3992.

You, Me, Them, Everybody: A live podcast recording hosted by YMTE founder Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Guests include author Anne Elizabeth Moore, stand-up comedian Sean Flannery and pianist Jeremy Tromburg.: through Mon.; 9 p.m. Mon.; Free; Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-709-1401.

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