The Lakeshore Theater’s mission is simplicity
itself: To be an artist-driven theater dedicated to comedy as an
uncompromising form of expression rather than a simple means to force
herds of hapless customers to buy watered-down drinks and scarf down
undercooked chicken wings.
comedic “Art House” if you will, the Lakeshore Theater is, in the world
of comedy, what Kurusawa is to Michael Bay, what Daniel Johnston is to
Britney Spears and yes, what Doug Stanhope is to Dane Cook. Every other
comedy room in the Country plays “top 40” – we play jazz.
The Lakeshore Theater’s artistic director Chris Ritter works year-round with Paul Provenza (director of The Aristocrats) to bring Chicago the very best and most original practitioners of the Art of Comedy from all over the world.
believe the Comedic Arts encompass many forms. While the Art of Comedy
includes stand-up artists, it also includes theater, improv, sketch,
music and forms too original and inventive to even be described.
quick look down the Lakeshore’s schedule for any given week reveals
what we might immodestly call the Best and Most Eclectic Lineup of
Quality Comedy Shows at Any Commercial Theater Anywhere. Our roster has
included established stars like Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black and Julia Sweeney; current cutting-edge standup heroes such as Louis CK, Maria Bamford. Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry and Doug Stanhope; up-and-coming geniuses like Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal and Kumail Nanjiani; and fantastic, envelope-pushing theatrical comedy along the lines of DeanCameron’s Nigerian Spam Scam Scam, Craig Anton & Ron Lynch’s The Idiots and the amazing Billy The Mime. The Lakeshore’s exciting partnership with the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade ensures a monthly influx of superior improv and sketch comedy from the UCB outposts on both coasts.
artists aren’t always appropriate for TV. Great Art isn’t like that. We
encourage you to support Lakeshore’s comic artists whether you’ve heard
of them or not – the one’s that you haven’t heard of are the one’s most
likely to stun and amaze you by showing you things you’ve never seen