Sarah Silverman Hosts TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS Chicago Shows Tonight, 6/16


TBS and Just For Laughs are thrilled to announce that Emmy(R) Award-winning comedian Sarah Silverman will host two shows at The Chicago Theatre tonight, June 16. Sarah Silverman and Guests will feature some of her favorite comedians, with line-up details to be revealed shortly.

Among the Fest's other newly added events, Janeane Garofalo & Kyle Kinane will team up for a double-bill at UP Comedy Club, while the Comedy Bar will welcome the Team Coco Live variety show, the New Faces Of Chicago showcase hosted by Chicago native Lil Rel, and TBS LOL Lounge hosted by Julian McCullough.

For the first time at the Festival, cool indie rock venue The Hideout will host comedy-nerd revelries including The Eric Andre Show, master character-comic and impressionist James Adomian with friends in tow and in character for Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura, and a super-top-secret multi-comic fundraiser presented by The AV Club benefitting the 826Chicago organization all Thursday night; The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show with Jon Glaser and a solo stand-up show for Matt Braunger Friday night; and outspoken comic W. Kamau Bell with The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour along with Pete Holmes' wildly popular You Made It Weird podcast Saturday night.

But wait... there's more!

Among the Fest's grassroots programming, improv haven iO will enjoy the return of 30 Rock's Scott Adsit playing with Adult Swim's Jon Glaserand CONAN's Kevin Dorff for four shows and local Jet Eveleth for one; plus the Pet Project Series, Alone: Chicago's Best Solo Acts and Sean Flannery's Never Been To Paris at Playground Theater; Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad's cult favorite Set List and Flannery's acclaimed Blackout Diaries at Lincoln Lodge; Chris D'Elia from NBC's Whitney, The Conan Writers Live, Deon Cole and Friends, and comedy vet Tom Dreesen all at the brand new Laugh Factory Comedy Club; Messing with a Friend with Chicago improv veteran Susan Messing and her guest Greg Hess at the Annoyance; an urban spread with Breakout Performers, 5-Star Leading Ladies, Starting 5, Best of the Midwest and Stage Time at Jokes and Notes; real-time sports commentary and shenanigans with Baseball, Hot Dogs & Schadenfreude at Lincoln Hall; and Chicago Underground Comedy presents: Secret Big-Time Local Comedy Showcase + Secreter Short Film Showcase over at the Beat Kitchen.

TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO and the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are collaborating on three nights of the best independent comedic short and feature films from around the world. Screenings will take place Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15, 2012. Additional details are available at or

The performances and events added to the TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO roster join a list that already includes stars like Conan O'Brien, Aziz Ansari, Vince Vaughn, Kevin Smith, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell, John Pinette, Stephen Merchant, Amy Schumer, Jeff Ross, Henson Alternative's Stuffed and Unstrung, Mike Birbiglia, The Dan Band, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, TJ Miller and Kelly Carlin. A complete rundown of announced performances follows. Schedules and other festival information are available at

Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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For the past three summers, the TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival has been a landmark event for Chicago, which is home to a rich comedy heritage, from improv and sketch troupes to some of the most familiar names in the business. TBS and Just For Laughs are also working with one of the largest independent promoters in the United States - Chicago-based Jam Productions LTD, as well as Outback Concerts.

Festival Venue and Ticket Information

The 2012 edition of TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO will take place across 19 locations, including such high-profile Chicago venues as The Chicago Theatre, Akoo Theatre (formerly The Rosemont Theatre), Bank of America Theatre, Park West, The Vic Theatre and Victory Gardens. Festival information is available at

· Tickets for The Chicago Theatre, Bank of America and Akoo Theatre will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by phone at 800-745-3000
· Tickets for The Vic Theatre and Park West will be available at or by phone at 800-514-etix
· Tickets for the Victory Gardens will be available at or 773-871-3000
· Tickets for the UP Comedy Club will be available at or 312-662-4562
· Tickets for most festival events will also be available at respective venue box offices
· Tickets for The Comedy Bar are available at or at 773-387-8412
· Tickets for The Hideout are available at or at 773-227-4433
· Tickets for iO Theater are available at iO Box Office or via TicketWeb at or 866-468-3401
· Tickets for the Playground Theatre are available at or 773-871-3793
· Tickets for Lincoln Lodge are available at or 773-251-1539
· Tickets for Laugh Factory are available at or at 773-327-3175 ext. 1
· Tickets for the Annoyance are available at or 773-561-4665
· Tickets for Lincoln Hall are available at or 773-525-2501
· Tickets for the Beat Kitchen are available at or 866-468-3401
· Tickets for Jokes and Notes available at venue Box Office (Wednesday through Sunday as of 6:00 PM) or at 773-373-3390
· Tickets for Gene Siskel are available at venue Box Office or via Ticketmaster at or 800-982-2787


Tuesday, June 12, to Sunday, June 17, 2012



Sarah Silverman and Guests - Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.

Sarah Silverman hosts a line-up of some of her favorite comedians, to be announced soon.

UP Comedy Club

Janeane Garofalo & Kyle Kinane - Wednesday, June 13 at 11:00 p.m.

Both opinionated and outspoken, Janeane Garofalo and Kyle Kinane present a double-bill you're not soon to forget. Their sets effortlessly weave politics, personal stories and social commentary into sets that make you feel like you're spending a night out with friends.


Team Coco Live - Wednesday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Join the folks from Conan O'Brien's website,, for Team Coco Live. This one-night-only event will be a hilarious evening of stand-up hosted by CONAN opening act Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny podcast), and will feature performances by writers Deon Cole, Andres du Bouchet, Brian Stack, Dan Cronin, Jesse Popp, Matt O'Brien, and Todd Levin, some behind-the-scenes goodness and other typical CONAN-flavored weirdness.

New Faces of Chicago - Thursday, June 14 at 9:00 p.m.

Chicago's very own Lil Rel hosts New Faces of Chicago - a show where managers, reps, casting agents and industry members will come to find the next big thing. This is a showcase of Chicago's newest and freshest comics, all wrapped up in a neat little show for the rest of the world to enjoy. They even have that new comedian smell! Come see which one of our New Faces will make you look really cool at parties for years to come when you can say "I saw them when..." Line-up includes Adam Burke, Cameron Esposito, Chastity Washington, CJ Toledano, Drew Michael, James Fritz, Mark Henderson, Mike Lebovitz, Mike Stanley and Russ Williamson.

TBS LOL Lounge - Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

The Comedy Bar will serve as home to the TBS LOL Lounge, with Julian McCullough from TBS's Very Funny News as host. Rising comedians will take to the stage over four shows. Each show will open with a finalist from the fifth annual TBS veryfunny presents: Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition . The performances will be filmed live and air on and


The Eric Andre Show - Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

On Adult Swim, Eric Andre (Don't Trust The B- in Apartment 23) hosts a dingy, late-night public-access style talk show, creating a distorted pop culture universe by conducting interviews with an unpredictable mix of actual celebrities, 'fake' celebrities and real-life weirdos.

Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura - Thursday, June 14 at 9:00 p.m.

Former Governor and wrestling legend Jesse Ventura is on the ground in Chicago and he's assembled a team of investigative experts to uncover some explosive information that will unravel the biggest conspiracy yet. A hit show at festivals around the country, Conspiracy Theory Live is heading for JFL Chicago in June. Featuring James Adomian as Jesse Ventura, and a panel of comedians in character as inside experts, you'll want to be at ringside for the action.

The AV Club/Hideout present: [REDACTED] - Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 p.m.

The A.V. Club and The Hideout will present SECRET SHOW, a stand-up showcase that will feature [REDACTED], [REDACTED], and a special appearance by [REDACTED]. So that should be pretty awesome, right? All proceeds will benefit 826Chicago. Tickets are probably gone already.

The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show - Friday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Join "Jon" from Adult Swim's Delocated as he hosts a night of anonymous and non-anonymous entertainment.

Matt Braunger - Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m.

An actor since childhood, Matt Braunger studied theatre in New York and improvisation in Chicago under such luminaries as Susan Messing and Del Close. His television credits include Chelsea Lately, NBC's Up All Night, John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show, MADtv, The United States of Tara, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2009, he was named one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch. His debut album Soak Up The Night was released by Comedy Central Records and named to the iTunes REWIND Top 20 Albums of 2009. In 2010, he recorded his half-hour Comedy Central special, and in 2011 recorded an hour-long special entitled Shovel Fighter. Braunger has also performed at a variety of prestigious comedy festivals including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the TBS Comedy Festival Las Vegas and Austin's South By Southwest.