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Just For Laughs Chicago adds Russell Brand, Scott Adsit, more

TBS Just For Laughs Chicago has added Russell Brand, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Todd Glass, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff, Jon Glaser, TJ & Dave, Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh, Brad Morris and Joe Nunez to its festival line-up.

Touted as America’s biggest comedy festival, Just For Laughs will celebrate it 5th anniversary in Chicago June 11-16 all over Chicago.

The festival had previously announced performances by Bob Newhart, Seth Meyers, Hannibal Buress, David Cross and others. Now the fest has added a second Nick Swardson show at The Vic, and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig will make a special appearance to introduce an advance screening of his new movie “The Heat,” starring Chicago area native Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.

Tickets for newly announced shows on sale at 11 a.m. May 11. Here’s the schedule so far by venue. For more details visit justforlaughschicago.com.

Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Russell Brand: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
David Cross & His Super Duper Pals: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Seth Meyers with special guests Al Madrigal & Hannibal Buress: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14
Bob Newhart Live: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15
Bill Maher: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Tickets for The Chicago Theatre shows are available:

  • In person at The Chicago Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets
  • Online at ticketmaster.com
  • By phone at (312) 902-1500 or (800) 745-3000

The Vic
3145 N. Sheffield Ave.
Anjelah Johnson: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Nick Swardson: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14
Impractical Jokers: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Tickets for The Vic shows are available:

  • In person at The Vic or Park West Box Offices
  • Online at etix.com.
  • By phone at (800) 514-ETIX

Park West
322 W. Armitage Ave.
The Whitest Kids U’ Know: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
John Hodgman, performing as celebrated humorist John Hodgman in: JOHN HODGMAN TONIGHT!: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Dylan Moran--“Yeah, Yeah”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14
The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour: 10 p.m. Friday, June 14
Maria Bamford: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15
Artie Lange: 9:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Tickets for the Park West shows are available:

  • In person at the Park West or the Vic Box Offices
  • Online at etix.com.
  • By phone at (800) 514-ETIX

UP Comedy Club
230 W. North Ave.
Pete Holmes: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11; 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Bear Down Podcast: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Second City Alumni: 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Knuckleheads: 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15

Tickets for the UP Comedy Club shows are available:

  • At the UP Comedy Club Box Office
  • Online at upcomedyclub.com
  • By phone at 312-662-4562


Kerasotes Showplace ICON
150 W. Roosevelt Road
"The Heat" (special advance screening): 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 11
For free tickets to The Heat at the Kerasotes Showplace ICON, go to justforlaughschicago.com.

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