Steve Martin, Martin Short, Seth Meyers, Ron White, Rodney Carrington and Jo Koy are among the comedy heavyweights joining the spectacular lineup for the third annual edition of “TBS Just for Laughs Chicago,” June 14-19.
Taking place June 14-19, the festival will be packed with a wide array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films guaranteed to keep Chicago in stitches in some of the city’s best venues. In addition to the newly announced shows and talent, “Just for Laughs” will also feature previously announced comedy giants Louis C.K., George Lopez, Russell Peters, Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, Tim Minchin and Jim Jefferies, as well as The Anti-Social Network, the Chicago Theatre’s opening show featuring Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr and host Jim Norton.
For the first time ever, two of the funniest Martins – Steve Martin and Martin Short – perform on stage together, taking to The Chicago Theatre for a historical event on June 19 with their special show Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation. Blue Collar Comedy Tour charter member Ron White and comedian/country singer Rodney Carrington will team up for an evening of good ol’ boy comedy at the Rosemont Theatre on June 15. Seth Meyers, the current head writer of Saturday Night Live and anchor of the show’s Weekend Update, will take the stage at The Vic on Saturday, June 18. Jo Koy, one of a select few comedians to have received a standing ovation after a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will perform a solo show at The Vic on June 15. Finally, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins will join Demetri Martin for the appropriately titled Demetri Martin & Special Guests, Who are Also Comedians and are Friends of His, slated for June 16 at The Chicago Theatre.
Tickets for the newly added shows are on sale now. In addition, TBS and Just For Laughs recently announced a second performance of Louis C.K. and Three Very Special Guests, on June 18 at 10:30 p.m. (CT), with tickets on sale now.
For the past two summers, the TBS and Just For Laughs comedy festival has been a landmark event for Chicago, which is home to a rich comedy heritage, from improv and sketch troupes to some of the most familiar names in the business. TBS and Just For Laughs are also working with one of the largest independent promoters in the United States, Chicago-based Jam Productions, LTD, as well as Outback Concerts.