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Comedy

Chicago's comedy scene descends from late 19th/early 20th century vaudeville and the Second City enterprise has served as a veritable pipeline for television's Saturday Night Live: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Eugene Levy, Jack McBrayer, Steve Carell, Chris Farley... Today, improv comedy graces several stages, from open mic nights to tourist-heavy shrines. Publications such as the Chicago Reader or TimeOut Chicago provide current listings. Below are some of our staff favorites: