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Nov 19-21: Lawrence Thomas with Trevor Anderson and TBA

Large and loud, alternately topical and goofy, Lawrence Thomas loves to make people laugh. He hurls hurricane lines out of a frenzied onstage storm that is little more than his own personality focused in a single direction. He lives for the moment, but at full throttle! He is your goofy cousin, the frustrated guy behind you in line, a divorcee looking for love, and a single dad trying to raise a daughter in a world that sells thong panties to 9 year old girls! He’s fast paced, brutally honest and breaks down the troubles between men and women like no one else. A definite date night or a sure thing for Ladies Night Out. You have seen him on HBO, Showtime, A&E and NBC!

Nov 12-14: Tim Harmston with Jeff Pfoser and Shawn Shelnutt

Tim Harmston was only a year into his career when he won Acme Comedy Company’s 2003 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. After winning, a well known headliner said to him “You’re kind of like an idiot, but with smart material”. That winning combination has led Tim to appearances on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the Bob and Tom radio show, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Tim has performed at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta.!about-time-harmston/cihc

Nov 5-7: John Roy with David Drake and Greg Bach

He has appeared on numerous television programs including @Midnight, Conan, The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, and CBS’ Star Search, where he was the first comedy champion.
John is a regular performer on the most prestigious independent shows in comedy, including Meltdown, Hot Tub, Comedy at The Knitting Factory, Night Train, and Whiplash, as well as the best comedy clubs in North America, such as the Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, and the Comedy Attic.

John has performed in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, The Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Limestone Festival in Bloomington, The High Plains Festival in Denver, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Together with James Adomian, John wrote and performed in the web series “Maron in Space” for Funny Or Die and IFC as well as the Funny Or Die videos “Jesse Ventura Maybe 16” and “Hardball Canada,” which was shown on MSNBC.

John is frequently heard on satellite radio, and his AST Records release “Alexander Hamilton” was named one of the Ten Best Comedy Releases of 2013 by the LA Weekly. John’s Feral Audio podcast “Don’t Ever Change,” where comedians talk about their high school years, has featured guests like Pete Holmes, Dan Harmon, and Kumail Nanjiani.

John has appeared on popular episodes of Harmontown, Getting Doug With High, and Who Charted.

John has been a staff writer on projects for Comedy Central and MTV. He is also known for his “Entirely Free Comedy Class,” a 12 week online comedy class which is, as the title suggests, entirely free.

Oct 29-31: Russ Williamson with Eric Pennell and Antonio Aguilar

New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. Since then, he’s played some of Chicago’s biggest rooms and has worked with some of comedy’s biggest names. This month, you can see him in the NBC show Chicago Fire. You may also have seen Russ in the Starz series BOSS or the major motion picture Contagion. Russ Williamson is well on his way to becoming a household name and, once you see him perform, you’ll know why.
Russ Williamson: New Jersey native Russ Williamson moved to Chicago in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. During that time he has played Chicago’s biggest rooms ans has worked with comedy’s biggest names. This month you can see him in the NBC show Chicago fire.You may also have seen Russ in the Starz series BOSS or the major motion picture Contagion. Russ Williamson is well on his way to becoming a household name, and once you see him perform you’ll know why.

Oct 22-24: Steve Gillespie with Roy Haber and Turner Barrowman

Hailing from Minneapolis, where after receiving a degree in something or other Steve became really bored and started telling jokes into a microphone. He first began honing his craft at the Acme Comedy Club, and has quickly emerged as a fast-rising talent in one of the strongest and most competitive comedy scenes in the country. Metromix magazine named Steve one of the top comedians in the Twin Cities.

Steve has been on the road non-stop for the past 6 years, appearing in some of the best comedy clubs in the country, including opening appearances for Kyle Kinnane, Rory Scovel, Dave Attel, Tom Green, Harland Williams, Jim Breuer, Gilbert Gottfried, and Doug Benson.

In 2010 he performed at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and in 2011 he appeared in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival. In 2012, Steve was named a finalist in CMT’s Next Big Comic Award. His first comedy album Stever Fever, produced by Rooftop Records, came out in 2013 and was named one of the top ten albums of 2013 by He was also named runner-up for Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest 2013. This year he will be appearing at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR.

Oct 15-17: Michael Harrison with Ron Lamprecht and Nola J

Utilizing a clever, honest, and outrageous style, Michael Harrison is comfortable in any environment. Whether performing at a college, corporate meeting, private party, or a bar, he always delivers a hysterical comedy show that keep his audiences wanting more.

Michael’s natural talent and infectious energy has supplied him with a strong following all over North America. He has earned glowing reviews for his festival appearances in New York, Las Vegas, Sudbury and Calgary. Michael came in 1st place at the Hamilton Great Canadian Laugh Off and was featured in his own national comedy special on the Comedy Network!

Besides touring extensively, Michael has also found time to develop a solid acting resume with appearances on NBC’s “The Bridge”, “Queer as Folk”, the TBS movie “The Jazzman”, and a co-hosting spot on “E-West”.

Charming, likeable, and laugh out loud funny, Michael Harrison is one act you don’t want to miss!

Oct 8-10: Tom Clark with Jeff Schouela and William Krolowitz

Tom Clark was born and raised, in that order. He has appeared on such shows as CBS’s ‘Late Late Show,’ NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing,’ The Bob & Tom Radio Show, and Comedy Central’s ‘Premium Blend’. Clark has traveled coast to coast doing stand up and has performed internationally as part of New Faces at the prestigious ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Festival’ in Montreal and on The Main Stage at ‘The Capetown Comedy Festival’ in South Africa. Clark is also an actor and has appeared on such shows as NBC’s ‘Outsourced’, TNT’s ‘The Closer’, and the Hallmark made for TV movie ‘The Wish List’. After landing the role on ‘Outsourced,’ director Ken Kwapis invited Clark to be in the Drew Barrymore movie, ‘Big Miracle’. You can also see Clark in Columbia Pictures ‘Kitchen Sink.’

Oct 1-3: Mike Merryfield with Carmen Morales and Phil Davidson

Mike Merryfield is refreshingly original. His act never feels fake or forced. By simply being himself, he’s become a comic on the verge of stardom.

Featured performer at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas as one of the original “Lucky 21″. The show was filmed and aired on TBS. Mike has two different one-hour comedy specials on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and his latest album “Cupcakes and Potpourri” is on the Rooftop Comedy Records label (all available on iTunes).

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.