Just for Laughs Chicago Comes to Chicago for the 4th Year in a Row.


About Just for Laughs Chicago
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago); television production (most notably Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family Guy Live!); and talent management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival 30 years ago is now the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and in
a dark alley at the end of the street.

The Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival hitted the Windy City on June 12-17 this summer, and line up  included Vince Vaughn, Aziz Ansari, Stephen Merchant, Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell, John Pinette, Patton Oswalt, John Oliver, Kevin Smith, Mike Birbiglia, Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer, The Dan Band and Henson Alternative’s Stuffed and Unstrung.

TBS Just For Laughs Chicago, the nation’s biggest comedy festival, kicked off its fourth year with an astonishing array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films will keep Chicago in stitches from some of its finest and most iconic venues.

Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari headlined two sold-out performances at the Chicago Theatre, before megastar and Chicago native Vince Vaughn hosted a special evening of surprises and hilarity that seen him perform alongside a group of his funniest friends.

Over at the Park West, English superstar Stephen Merchant, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the U.K. version of The Office, gave a rare stand-up performance for three nights, while peerless comedic genius Patton Oswalt, star of Jason Reitman’s recent feature Young Adult, and Emmy Award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent John Oliver, who headlined shows at The Vic.

A trio of fan favorites, Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell of Mike and Molly, and the always hilarious John Pinette joined forces to offer fans a night of triple-threat comedy at the Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theatre), while the critically-acclaimed Mike Birbiglia had his hit show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” fresh off its 15-week run in New York City, to Chicago for an extended stay at the Victory Gardens Theatre.

The festivities continue with film icon Kevin Smith treated fans to a special evening and Q&A, and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross returned to the Festival for a second time to give the people of Chicago our yearly reckoning. Meanwhile, Amy Schumer, breakout star of this year’s Roast of Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central, headlined her own night of comedic reckoning at the Park West.

Rounding out the announcement, The Dan Band took up residence at the House of Blues for a night of comedy and music, while Henson Alternative’s Stuffed & Unstrung (Puppets Behaving Badly)  performed a live, uncensored improv show at The Bank Of America Theatre. Featuring the Miskreant Puppets and The Jim Henson Company's renowned puppeteers, Stuffed & Unstrung whch was very unpredictable and irreverent show that’s never the same twice.



One of the biggest surprises were Sarah Silverman who was schedule to performed only at the Chicago Theater.  But she did a few television appears including Windy City Live along with two live appears at Up Comedy and the Park West.

For the past three summers, the TBS 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--- Read more at UnRatedMagazine.com
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