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Sep 24-26: Scott Paparcuri with Leine Lenertz and Mike Maxwell

Scott Paparcuri is funny! It’s what he does. Scott Paparcuri has been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years. He hasn’t had a day job in 16 years. Scott’s act revolves around his favorite subject: Himself. “The only regret I have about doing stand-up comedy is that I am not able to watch me” Scott says. You may have seen Scott on HBO, MTV or heard him on “The Howard Stern Show.” What makes scott so funny is his life. Scott is 40 years old and has never been married. He has no children. “Kids would take the focus off of me.” Scott reasons. Scott looks at life this way: “How does this affect me?” Scott on recent events: The Stock market crash: ‘I don’t have a penny invested in the market. It has no effect on me. My weekly stock is the New York Giants” The Presidential Election” I am voting for which party will give me the most comedy material.” The Economy: “It’s about my economy. If I have money then the economy is strong.” What makes Scott so funny and compelling is how many topics he can joke about. Scott is an entertaining and exciting performer who bonds with his audience. Scott is the common man off stage and the “Daddy” on stage. Don’t miss a chance to see this incredible performer!

Sept 17-19: Danny Kallas and Marty DeRosa with Jonah Jurkens

*Two Headliners*

The blue collar Chicago accent of Danny Kallas has been described as “so thick, you don’t even know what hit you.” Raised in Elmwood Park, a tightly-knit community bordering Chicago’s Northwest side, Danny enjoys blending all sorts of comedy. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, if it’s funny, it’s in his act.
Danny has been named on’s list of funniest comedians in Chicago. He was the winner of Snubfest 2009 and has participated in numerous comedy festivals including Just For Laughs in Chicago and the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta.With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of critics, fans, and Twitter followers alike.

As a founding member of “Comedians You Should Know”, the premier independently run stand up showcase in Chicago, Marty DeRosa has had a #1 comedy album on itunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Red Eye, and Chicago Magazine.

September 10-12: JF Harris with Alexis Guerreros and Anthony Bonazzo

JF Harris is a New York City based stand up comic & writer. The Chicago Tribune recently named him one of the “Comics to see before they are famous.” He has preformed in The New York Comedy Festival, Del Close Marathon & The Great Canadian Laugh Off. He has been heard on Comical Radio and seen on MId-Evenings With Jay MIller, where he also wrote for two seasons. J.F. has also been featured in Time Out NY Magazine and has contributed to KONG Magazine.

Sept 3rd – 5th: Dave Landau with Brad Scott and William Krolowitz

Cutting his comedic teeth as a teenager in Detroit in the Second City’s Conservatory, Dave Landau has risen to become one of the most in-demand headliners working today. He’s appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” as well as being featured prominently on two consecutive seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” He’s become a regular on the nationally-syndicated “Bob & Tom” radio show, and was honored as one of the top 21 club comics of today at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

August 27-29: Ken Garr with Jenn Schaal and Steve Breese

Please Note: We are now located at 1033 N Old World 3rd Street!

Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived from growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations.

Ken’s countless life experiences including his recent divorce, a journey to “creepy” baldness and numerous run-ins with the law and
subsequent trips to the hospital make his seemingly never-ending journey to fame and fortune a can’t miss experience.

A graduate of the world famous Second City Conservatory, Ken brings the influential characters of his life to stage with energy and zeal to produce a show that is nothing less than extraordinary.

August 20-22: Rob O’Reilly with Martin Morrow and Jeff Steinbrunner

Please Note: We are now located above Tutto Restaurant 1033 N Old World 3rd Street!

With an appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and on “The Tonight Show” as Jay Leno’s correspondent, Rob O’Reilly is quickly gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming comedian to watch in New York City. It all began in Cleveland, Ohio, where Rob made his stand-up debut at a high school talent show and later won the city’s largest comedy competition. While attending Boston University on an academic scholarship, he became a finalist in the 2005 Boston Comedy Festival and retired any notions of a “normal career.” With his youthful point-of-view making him a favorite at three NACA conferences, Rob now headlines colleges across the country. Residing in New York, he also enjoys playing in a comedian basketball league and performing sketch comedy with his group The Straightmen.

August 13-15: Steve Hartman and Shane Copland with Patrick Tomlinson

Please Note: We are now located above Tutto Restaurant 1033 N Old World 3rd Street!

*Two Headliners for the price of one*

Shane Copland has been in the comedy world for much of his adult life. He started out studying with the legendary Second City Theater, and after being selected for their highly-competitive conservatory program, and completing their comedy writing program, he found himself touring the country performing as a stand-up. In his time on the road he has appeared at clubs, festivals, bars, bowling alleys, and even a state fair once… He’s written for numerous late night and sketch shows, and recently co-wrote and directed the television pilot “Clunker”, about a private investigator who must investigate a murder in the world of Christian Pornography (we made it up).
On stage, Shane combines a relaxed and inclusive manner with imaginative writing to share his apathetic view of the world.

Steve Hartman used to sell fire trucks for a living. Now he is a stand up comedian. His high school guidance counselor didn’t even tell him those were options. She said he’d have a successful career as an underachiever. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Universal yet unique, Steve has been traveling the country leaving great shows in his wake. His special brand of sardonic optimism oozes positive energy while he skewers life’s absurdities. To Steve the glass is always half full and ready to spill. When it does, the result is a memorable performance and a hilarious journey into a world where we are all the punch line.

More and more people are catching the buzz as Steve performs to the rave reviews of diverse audiences at comedy clubs, colleges and corporate events. He can also be seen on

Aug 6-8: Jamie Blanchard with Nate Simmons and Maurice Shaw

Jamie Blanchard is a truly funny comedian with a perspective on life all his own. He is a rising star on the Minneapolis comedy scene, with a personality you can’t help but like.

Get to know Jamie as he brings you down a road of his life experiences. With hilarious observations, there’s a little something for everyone. So open your minds to the comedy of Jamie Blanchard. You laugh because it’s funny! You’ll clap because it’s true!

Opening for the likes of Frank Caliendo and Christopher Titus, Jamie brings his unique brand of comedy to clubs and colleges all over the country. He has also been featured on

Jul 30-Aug1: Tom Daddario with John Consoli and Geoffrey Asmus

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Tom has been a stand up comic, performing in and around New York City, for 15 years now. He uses a unique and refreshing energy on stage, with an interesting twist on his family, friends, and relationships. His ability to win over an audience with his charisma is its own talent. From jokes about his young girlfriend being a vegetarian to text messaging and hypocrisy, he covers something everyone can relate to.

Tom has made appearances at clubs such as Stand Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, Broadway Comedy Club, The Comedy Cellar, Mohegan Sun Casino, The Borgata in Atlantic City, Comics at Foxwoods, Turning Stone Casino and The Laugh Factory.

He has established a reputation in New York City for his reliability, strong writing skills and consistantly strong performances. Tom also performs at private events and corporate functions all over the country. His credits include: Comedy Central and a half hour comedy set on XM Radio. Has been featured in the New York Times and The Daily News.

July 23-25: Emily Galati with Jeff Scheen and Nardos Osterhart

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Not your typical female comedian, Emily Galati does not dwell on the differences between men and women or any of the other cliche topics you have come to expect from female comics. Instead, she offers up intelligent and hilarious material, with impeccable timing and a charm rarely seen on the comedy stage. In 2014, Emily made her television debut and was chosen as a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” She also appeared on Fox’s “Laughs” and “Comics Unleashed” on CBS. In 2013, she was chosen to represent Chicago in the “Best of the Midwest” Competition at Gilda’s LaughFest. She has also been a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity