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Just for Laughs Chicago, Day One

Last night, Chicago Underground Comedy kicked off the 2010 Just for Laughs Chicago Festival. With two concurrent shows on stages upstairs and downstairs, the venue was at raucous capacity with 250 people. Special last-minute guests and Chicago expats Kyle Kinane and John Mulaney joined hosts Mike Bridenstine and Mike Sheehan, and Chicago up-and-comers Adam Burke, Beth Stelling, Brendan McGowan, Cameron Esposito, Dan Telfer, Hey You Millionaires, James Fritz, Junior Stopka, and Sean Flannery. Golden boy-come-home TJ Miller rounded out the evening’s festivities.

 TJ Miller | Photo by Erin Nekervis

Tonight, TJ Miller, along with Mike Bridenstine, James Fritz, and Kyle Kinane, will present Drinking Buddies at the Lincoln Lodge, an informal stand-up showcase followed by a screening of Miller’s film Successful Alcoholics. A second 11 p.m. show has been added; the 9 p.m. show is sold out.

Other JFL shows tonight include:

  • Aziz Ansari - The Dangerously Delicious Tour, The Vic Theatre, 7:00 PM -- SOLD OUT               
  • Lucha VaVOOM, Park West, 7:00 PM -- SOLD OUT        
  • Ellen's Somewhat Special Special, The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 PM -- some tickets available.      
  • Beer Shark Mice, iO Theater, 8:00 PM -- Contact the iO Box Office at 773-880-0199 for possible tickets.
  • Aziz Ansari - The Dangerously Delicious Tour, The Vic Theatre, 9:30 PM -- SOLD OUT
  • Comedy Death-Ray Podcast, Annoyance Theater, 10:00 PM -- SOLD OUT         
  • Lucha VaVOOM, Park West, 10:00 PM -- SOLD OUT     
  • Beer Shark Mice, iO Theater, 10:30 PM -- tickets available through the iO box office.

Can't get into any of the JFL shows but still hankering for some live comedy actions? Check out stand-up showcase Comedians You Should Know downtown, OINK variety show in Boystown, or stand-up showcase Bronzeville Coffee House Comedy Show on the Southside.

Related JFLCHI shenanigans: Aziz Ansari spotted at Logan Square hipster hot-spot the Whistler last night.

--Kristy Mangel

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