Zanies Comedy Club
We’ve all heard of Second City and their amazing success in breeding the most aspiring and talented comedians, writers and actors. As Chicagoans, we tend to think of it as the staple of Chicago comedy, along with iO Theatre. But, move over Second City, there’s another Old Town comedy hub that refuses to be forgotten.
Zanies Comedy Club is a great place to check out if you’re interested in strictly stand-up comedy. Located just down the block from Second City, Zanies has been delighting audiences with comedic talent since 1978. Chelsea Handler, Sinband, Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few well-known comedians who once stood on stage at Zanies.
The lineup changes from week to week and you can expect to see a lot of local Chicago talent on stage. From time to time you might even see someone unexpected or famous. For example, Steve-O from MTV’s “Jackass” will be performing in September 2011. He’s not a traditional stand-up comic, but I’m sure whatever he has planned will be entertaining.
The tables are laid out in traditional comedy club style (read: very close together!), but it doesn’t interfere with the show or make you uncomfortable. Rather, it gives the venue a more intimate feel, and you’ll find that as a part of the audience, you’re just as much a part of the show as the comedian on stage.
If you’re looking for a unique night out in Chicago guaranteed to provide some laughs, we suggest grabbing a bite in the Old Town neighborhood and then heading into Zanies for a night of stand-up comedy.
A few things you need to know before heading to Zanies:
Tickets are general admission and start at $24.
Seating is first come, first served.
You must be 21 to enter.
There is a two item minimum purchase per person requirement inside the club. This can be met in any food/beverage combination.
Cash, Visa and Mastercard are the only acceptable forms of payment.
Location: 1548 N. Wells St.