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Seth Meyers, Hannibal Buress come home for 'Just For Laughs Chicago' in June

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

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1:25 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

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Seth Meyers and Hannibal Buress are coming home for the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival in June.

Evanston native Meyers, who runs the "Saturday Night Live" writers' room and "Weekend Update," is one of the festival's anchors--get it?--along with "Arrested Development" co-star David Cross, "Real Time" host Bill Maher and comedy legend Bob Newhart.

Meyers' June 14 show at the Chicago Theatre will feature Buress and Al Madrigal. The festival runs six days from June 11-16 at various venues including the Chicago Theatre, The Vic and Park West. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ticketmaster.com, etix.com and the theaters' box offices.

Here's a look at the schedule so far. Find more information at justforlaughschicago.com.

The Chicago Theatre
Tickets: The Chicago Theatre Box Office, 175 N. State St., and Ticketmaster

David Cross & His Super Duper Pals
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
We're only halfway through 2013, and David Cross has already provided the comedy world with one of this year's singular highlights by slipping himself back into the cutoffs of Never Nude analrapist Dr. Tobias Funke in the hugely anticipated, upcoming "Arrested Development" reboot. The co-creator and co-star of the groundbreaking sketch series "Mr. Show" leads his closest comedy comrades into the Chicago Theatre for a night so funny, you'll feel no need to "blue yourself."

Seth Meyers with special guests Al Madrigal & Hannibal Buress
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14
Master satirist, "SNL" star and "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will perform along with special guests Al Madrigal from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and Chicago's native son and former "30 Rock" writer Hannibal Buress.

Bob Newhart Live
7 p.m. Saturday, June 15
One of the most important, influential and beloved figures in the history of American comedy, Chicago native Bob Newhart has been entertaining English-speaking audiences around the world for the past 52 years. In that time, Newhart's managed to star in two of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart," win Peabody and Emmy awards for "The Bob Newhart Variety Show," release eight comedy albums (including the first to ever hit #1 on the charts), host "The Tonight Show" an astounding 87 times, win 3 Grammys, write a New York Times bestseller, and appear in 14 feature films alongside some of the biggest movie stars in the world.

Bill Maher
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16
For the last 18 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs, first showcased on Comedy Central and ABC's "Politically Incorrect," and for the past seven years on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. In October 2008, Maher applied the same to his uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," which has since become one of the highest-grossing documentary films of all-time. In addition to his television and film exploits, Maher has written four bestselling books, incited the wrath of conservative zealots across the country, and established himself as a preferred guest at the Playboy Mansion. He is every bit as happy as you think he is.

The Vic
Tickets: The Vic box office, , 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., or at etix.com

Anjelah Johnson
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Actress, comedian, and former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Anjelah Johnson took the Internet by storm with her "Nail Salon" standup routine, which has since generated more than 30 million views and counting. After joining the cast of "MADtv," her breakout character, disgruntled fast-food employee Bon Qui Qui, quickly blossomed into an even bigger online sensation, with more than 55 million views, a full-length rap song, and accompanying music video. Since then, she's been cast in NBC's upcoming dramedy "About A Boy" with Minnie Driver, delivered memorable guest performances on shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Shield" and "Ugly Betty," starred in major feature films like "Our Family Wedding," "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "Marmaduke," and recorded her own one-hour comedy special for Comedy Central and Warner Brothers records. What can we say? The lady knows funny.

Nick Swardson
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
The newest full-time member of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison family, Nick Swardson is a man of many talents. In addition to writing and/or co-producing hit films like "Malibu's Most Wanted," "Grandma's Boy," "Benchwarmers" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," Swardson has co-starred such movies as "Blades Of Glory," "The House Bunny," "Just Go With It," "30 Minutes Or Less," as well as the upcoming blockbuster "Grown Ups 2." He will also voice a role in the upcoming R-rated animated feature "Hell & Back" with Mila Kunis and Susan Sarandon. He recently followed his platinum-certified debut standup DVD, "Party," with the comedy special "Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?," and currently co-writes, executive produces, and stars in the hit Comedy Central television series "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time," which he also co-created. Hell, he might even do craft services on the show, for all we know. Nothing would surprise us at this point ... he's that versatile.

Impractical Jokers
7:30 & 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15
If there's one thing best friends know how to do, it's pranking and embarrassing the hell out of each other for the amusement of others. But while most people get that sort of thing out of their systems by the end of high school, childhood pals Joseph "Joe" Gatto, James "Murr" Murray, Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano and Brian "Q" Quinn have turned it into a life's calling. Their smash hit hidden-camera show Impractical Jokers on truTV averaged 2.2 million viewers in 2012 and consistently ranked among the top 5 shows in its timeslot. The guys will bring their hysterical hijinks to The Vic for a night of never-before-seen hidden camera challenges, stories from set that you won't believe, a live Q&A, and real, outrageous messages from fans!

Park West
Tickets: Park West box office, 322 W. Armitage Ave., or etix.com

The Whitest Kids U' Know
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Since they began performing sketch comedy shows on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 2003, The Whitest Kids U' Know have won the award for Best Sketch Group at the 2006 Aspen Comedy Festival, been watched by more than 50 million viewers on YouTube, and completed five seasons of their self-titled comedy show on the IFC Network. They recently finished their first film "The Civil War on Drugs" and are working on their second. And: yes, they really are astoundingly white.

John Hodgman, Performing as Celebrated Humorist John Hodgman in: JOHN HODGMAN TONIGHT!
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Before finding fame as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's" beloved Resident Expert, John Hodgman was a simple writer, humorist, expert, and former professional literary agent living in New York City (where he served as the Humor Editor for New York Times Magazine and frequent contributor to "This American Life"). This would have been enough of a career for any human. But then he went on to write a book of invented trivia and completely fake facts entitled "The Area Of My Expertise" and exploded to unexpected stardom as the "PC" in a series of television ads for Apple brand computers, guest roles as "the person wearing glasses" in a variety of films and TV shows, including "Community," "Battlestar Galactica" and of course, as Jason Schwartzman's nemesis, Louis Greene on all three seasons of HBO's "Bored to Death."

Dylan Moran: "Yeah, Yeah"
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14
Award-winning Irish comedian Dylan Moran brings his critically acclaimed new show "Yeah, Yeah" to Park West! Moran's perspective is unashamedly unique and utterly fresh. He watches us all through the tinted hue of a glass of fine full-bodied red and then paints what he sees onto a deliciously sarcastic and rich life canvas. Blisteringly funny, painfully accurate "Yeah, Yeah" is like looking at a Canaletto painting while someone simultaneously punches you in the stomach and tickles you breathless. Or, as LA Weekly puts it, "He'll have you clutching your sides, and begging for more."

The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour
10 p.m. Friday, June 14
See the stars of TBS's new hit comedy series live in Chicago! The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour features headliners Steve Byrne (Four Christmases, Couples Retreat), Owen Benjamin (The House Bunny, Jack And Jill), Roy Wood Jr. (Chelsea Lately, Def Comedy Jam) and Ahmed Ahmed (Axis Of Evil, Iron Man) teaming up for one hilarious stand-up show.

Maria Bamford
7 p.m. Saturday, June 15
One of the original Comedians of Comedy, Maria Bamford is the first female standup to ever record two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. Recently named one of Rolling Stone's 50 Funniest People, Bamford's 2009 album "Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome" was named one of The AV Club's best comedy albums of the decade, and her cult web series "The Maria Bamford Show" is currently screening at the New York Museum of Art and Design. She has guest starred on "Louie" and "The Sarah Silverman Program," has recurring roles on the re-booted "Arrested Development," "Tim & Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job!" as well as "Check It Out," and made multiple appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." She also voices a role in the upcoming R-rated stop-motion animated comedy "Hell & Back" with Mila Kunis and Susan Sarandon.

Artie Lange
9:30 & 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 15
From stand-up to sketch comedy to movies, TV and the biggest radio show in the world, Artie Lange has done it all in the comedy world. A popular character on "The Howard Stern Show" for almost a decade, Artie currently hosts "The Artie Lange Show" podcast. His television credits include "MADtv," Comedy Central Roasts of Hugh Hefner and William Shatner, "Rescue Me" with Denis Leary, "Entourage" and "Dave's Old Porn" with Dave Attell. On the big screen, he has had supporting roles in "Old School" and "Elf," and he co-wrote, produced and starred in his own feature film "Beer League." Artie also published his memoir, "Too Fat To Fish," that was a New York Times bestseller, and produced his concert DVD, "Artie Lange: It's The Whiskey Talkin'."

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