UP Comedy Club Announces December/January Line-Up

UP Comedy Club Announces December/January Line-Up

Tickets are currently on sale for UP Comedy Club's roster of stand-up and sketch shows including Loni Love, "The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue," Carlos Mencia, a special one-night event featuring Nick Kroll, Matt Braunger, Donnell Rawlings, Dana Gould, and Dan Harmon. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312-662-4562 or visiting UPComedyClub.com. UP Comedy Club is located at 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley in Chicago.

December 6th – 9th, 2012
Loni Love
From "Chelsea Lately"

Loni Love starred in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central in 2007 and has also been seen on the channel's "Premium Blend," "Weekends at the DL" and "Chocolate News". Her many television appearances include "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "The Best Damn Sports Show Period", VH1's "I Love the 70's/80's/90's," "Vh1's The Great Debate" and "Comics Unleashed" among numerous others. Currently Loni is a regular panelist on E!s hit show "Chelsea Lately" and TruTV's Presents: The World's Dumbest". Loni taped her first one hour special for Comedy Central "America's Sister" which premiered in 2010. Loni's first love is performing for live audiences. She puts it quite simply: "I love to make people laugh!"

Showtimes: Thurs. 8:00 p.m./Fri. & Sat. 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m./Sun. 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17.00 - $20.00

January 4th - 5th, 2013
Carlos Mencia
"Mind of Mencia"

Carlos Mencia is undoubtedly one of today's most popular entertainers and comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, nationwide sold-out tours, or films, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience.

Mencia headlined "The Three Amigos" tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco in 2002, which sold out in record time around the United States. After the success of his solo DVD, "Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended," "Mind of Mencia" went into development. The show was an instant hit and after the first season, Comedy Central signed Mencia back for his own original stand-up special, "Carlos Mencia: No Strings Attached." The special was the first Comedy Central Stand-up Special DVD to achieve Platinum sales status.

"Mind of Mencia" debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network's history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. In 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers' hit feature film, "The Heartbreak Kid". Since then he has headlined nationwide comedy tours, released several new specials and performed for American Troops abroad.

Showtimes: Fri. & Sat. 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30

January 10 - 12, 2013
Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger's television credits include a recurring role on NBC's "Up All Night," a series regular role on "MADtv," and various roles on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "United States of Tara," "Pushing Daisies," "Carpoolers," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Acceptable TV," and "Live At Gotham." He is also a regular guest on the "Chelsea Lately" roundtable. In 2009, he was named to Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch and Comedy Central's Hot 9 in '09 list, his debut album "Soak Up The Night" was released by Comedy Central Records and named to the iTunes REWIND Top 20 Albums of 2009. Along with touring Comedy Clubs across the country he is also a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. Matt won the 2008 "Best Of The Fest" at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen and he co-founded the popular Bridgetown Comedy Festival that takes place annually in Portland.

Showtimes: Thurs.- Sat. 8:00 p.m. and Fri. & Sat. 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

ONE NIGHT ONLY - January 13, 2013
Nick Kroll From Comedy Central

Nick stars as "Ruxin" on FX's critically acclaimed series, "The League." Nick's Comedy Central Series, "Kroll Show," which he created and stars in, will premiere on the network January 2013. Nick has also appeared in "Get Him To The Greek," opposite Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, "Dinner For Schmucks," opposite Paul Rudd, and "Date Night," opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Other feature credits include "Little Fockers," "I Love You Man" and "A Good Old Fashion Orgy." Nick currently lives in Los Angeles and performs stand-up all over the country.

Showtimes: Sun. 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

January 19 - 20, 2013
Donnell Rawlings

Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. He made a splash in the DC Comedy Clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO's Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. Today you can watch Donnell on MTV2's most watched shows "Guy Code" and "Hip Hop Squares." In 2007, Donnell co-created and starred in Heavy.com's hit web series "From Ashy to Classy," which was picked up for a second round of episodes. His movie of the same name screened at the 2011 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. His rise to stardom may not have been "overnight," but the journey itself has kept him edgy and relevant.

Showtimes: Fri. Sat. & Sun. 8:00 p.m. & Fri. & Sat. 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

January 22, 2013
Dan Harmon

Creator, writer and producer of hit comedy series such as NBC's "Community" and Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program," Dan Harmon, is one funny dude. Harmon, along with fellow funny man, Jeff Davis ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?"), can currently be heard on their comedy podcast "Harmontown." The podcast fulfills Harmon's dream to found a colony for like-minded misfits where he serves as mayor and has appointed the suit-clad Davis as his trusty comptroller (i.e. co-host). The show is deeply confessional in nature, with Harmon sharing off the cuff anecdotes with brazen honesty, bravado and enthusiasm. This format gives him the ability to go anywhere, say anything and tell any story, matched only by Davis' candor, sharpness and strangely insightful, quizzical eye. The podcast is a chart-topper on iTunes and after doing some live shows in Los Angeles, the guys are ready to take their show on the road. The show is part stand-up comedy and part traditional podcast, featuring anecdotes from Harmon's storied life, classic tweets, rambling thoughts, musical interludes and so much more.

Showtime: Tues. 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

January 25 - 26, 2013
Dana Gould

Dana started performing stand-up comedy at the tender age of 17 and moved to Los Angeles in the halcyon days of "The Comedy Boom." In quick succession, Dana performed in several HBO specials, and numerous appearances on Conan and Letterman. He recorded the CD Funhouse, which was called "a comedy CD" by Billboard magazine, and an actor, appeared on Seinfeld, The Ben Stiller Show and the series "Working" (which wasn't, and was soon cancelled). After writing the pilot "World On A String" (with Jay Kogen), Dana co-created MTV's late, lamented, Super Adventure Team (with Rob Cohen). He then joined the staff of The Simpsons. Stand up remains a big part of his career, and he continues to perform regularly. He recently appeared in the film "The Aristocrats," and is preparing to record his next stand-up CD. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a bunch of kids and dogs, several of them ours.

Showtimes: Fri and Sat. 8:00 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

November 22nd – December 31th
"The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue"

"The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue" features a seasonal blend of hilarious scenes, songs and our trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief for a night of spirited fun. Funny, bright and completely original, "The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue" is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows. From uneven gift exchanges with your clueless boyfriend to couples therapy with Joseph and Mary, Second City has your ticket to all that's ridiculous about this magical season. Suggested Rating: R.

Showtimes: Thurs. 8:00 p.m./Fri. and Sat 8:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m./Sun. 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 2:00 p.m. Dec 12 and 19
Thur. 2:00 p.m. Dec 20
Fri. 2:00 p.m. Dec 7, 14 and 21
Sun. 4:00 p.m. Dec 9, 16 and 23
All Tickets: $25.00.
NYE Shows 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. Tickets: $79

Check out UP's ongoing shows & improv revues:

What the Tour Guide Didn't Tell You: A Chicago Revue
The Second City does The Second City in this hilarious hometown revue that pulls from 52 years of classic scenes and songs thaT Lovingly make fun of the city we call home. Whether it's wholesale political corruption or a hapless ball club on the north side of town, "What the Tour Guide Didn't Tell You" is a great way to get a laugh-filled look at the Windy City.
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and Sundays. 1:00 p.m. (through Dec 30). New show time Sundays at 4:00 p.m. starting Jan 6. Open run. All Tickets: $28

The Second City's Improv All-Stars
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, unpredictable and thoroughly original which makes for a high energy, hilarious "edge of your seat" show.
Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Suggested rating R. Open run. Tickets: $16
Added January Shows: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. January 3, 17 and 24. Tickets: $25. Sunday January 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $16

Improv Extravaganza Explosion!
"Improv Extravaganza Explosion!" is a hilarious action-packed hour of family-friendly, interactive improvisation where we pull ideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on the spot. The best part is that you never know what might happen! Great for ages 5 - 12.
Saturdays at 12 p.m. Rated G. Tickets: $11