Never heard of Secondy City? Ha, yes you have. The classic improv place packs the seats & delivers laughs to the masses. This is the establishment that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many distinguished comics including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. 1616 N. Wells Street.
Check out I.O Theater in always lively Wrigleyville. Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Meyers and Amy Poehler among others, but it consistently puts the art of improv first, most noticeably via the Harold, its signature long-form. The shows are generally cheap and the classes a must for budding improvisers. Don’t miss weekly cult faves like TJ & Dave or Cook County Social Club. 3541 N. Clark St.
Annoyance put itself on the map with its famously distasteful gross-out musical Co-Ed Prison Sluts. Twenty years later, it still cranks out bizarre, unconventional comedy. Check it out in Uptown, at Broadway & Lawrence.
The Playground Theater is a comfortable up & coming venue at 3209 N. Halsted (very close to our hostel). Their new production Homey Loves Reality Tv is an exceedingly funny production, and is only $10.
***Here’s some more theaters to help get your laugh on.