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Upcoming shows give Chicagoland something to laugh about

After launching the careers of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Cecily Strong, and Jason Sudeikis, The Second City presents Happily Every Laughter at Theatre at the Center (June 13-14). The show combines classic material from The Second City's 53-year history with recent news of today. Tickets are $40 or $61 with dinner. To order, call 219-836-3255. For more information, visit

Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich and Chelsea Lately contributor Beth Stelling will head workshops at the third annual 3rd Annual Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773 on 1225 W. Belmont in Chicago. The multi-day-event (June 5-8) includes improv, sketches and standup. For a full schedule, visit

Trevor Dawkins combines kung fu, action heroes and nazis in Haymaker directed by Kurt Chiang. The show previews on May 22 and runs through June 28 at Chicago’s Neo-Futurarium on 5153 N. Ashland Avenue. Visit or call 773-275-5255 for tickets.

New content has been added to the summer run of That’s Weird, Grandma which Barrel of Monkeys performs at 8 p.m. on Mondays from June 9 to September 1 at the Neo-Futurist Theater on 5153 N. Ashland Avenue in Chicago. Directed by Molly Brennan, the show lineup changes weekly according to the audience. For tickets, visit or call 312-409-1954.

Barrel of Monkeys joins The University of Chicago Department of Theatre and Performance Studies for Celebration of Authors featuring performances of student-written stories at 7:30 p.m. on June 3. The free event includes a free reception at 6:30 p.m. at the university’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on 915 E 60th Street. Reservations will be accepted starting on May 3 at 312-409-1954.

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