6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

Step away from the Netflix marathon and find your way into one of these local theaters for a belly laugh this week. Your guide to Chicago’s affordable and under-the-radar comedy scene awaits.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12

100 Proof Comedy: Kristen Toomey

CSZ Theater Chicago

929 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-8080

Having recently debuted her first album, comic Kristen Toomey headlines this week’s stand-up showcase. 10 p.m. $8. Tickets: cszchicago.com

FRIDAY, JAN. 13

Women

The Pentagon Theater at Collaboraction Studios

1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-882-8201

Think of this show as a mashup of "Little Women" and "Girls." The Cuckoo’s Theater Project presents a twist on the classic story of the March sisters through the lens of the modern HBO series. 8 p.m. $20. Tickets: women2017.brownpapertickets.com

Strip Joker: F#ck Resolutions

Uptown Underground

4707 N. Broadway 773-867-1946

Inclusive and uncensored as ever, this edition of the burlesque-comedy hybrid celebrates the New Year with headliner Scott Duff, host Whitney Wasson and featured comics such as Radcliff Browniepoint and Jessica Besser-Rosenberg. 9:30 p.m. $15. Tickets: uptownunderground.tix.com

SATURDAY, JAN. 14

Rory Scovel

Up Comedy Club

230 W. North Ave. 312-662-4562

Rory Scovel has been making a name for himself with appearances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Conan" and Just For Laughs Montreal. He headlines here with Chicago native Liza Treyger and MC Chris Redd. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. Tickets: upcomedyclub.com

TUESDAY, JAN. 17

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

The Elbo Room

2871 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-549-5549

In honor of its first birthday, this monthly improvised stand-up game show is inviting all past winners back to compete in the ultimate comedy showdown featuring Reena Calm, Kristen Lundberg, David Phillips, Ben Banach and more, plus music by Chore Boy. 8 p.m. $10. Tickets: elboroomlive.com

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18

Funeral for a Fictional Friend: Han Solo

The iO Theater

1501 N. Kingsbury St. 312-929-2401

Past subjects of this series that aims to grieve dearly departed fictional characters include Jenny Gump and Albus Dumbledore. This week’s variety show is devoted to the one and only Han Solo. 8:30 p.m. $12. Tickets: ioimprov.com

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