The Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, Hosted by Brian Babylon, Begins Tonight

The Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, Hosted by Brian Babylon, Begins Tonight

The annual summer Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, presented by Vocalo and emceed by comedian Brian Babylon, returns for year seven. An outdoor summer tradition where comedians try out new sets in front of great audiences, the Bronzeville Comedy Showcase is a local comedy hub that brings together diverse comedians from across Chicagoland. The once weekly showcase will now take place every other Wednesday beginning today, July 16 at Bronzeville's Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. Martin Luther King Drive. 773-373-4320. Admission is free.

The Bronzeville Comedy Showcase is emceed and curated by Brian Babylon, host of Vocalo's Morning AMp and panelist on WBEZ Chicago's and NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

"I have been doing this show for seven years now, and it's always one of the best places to see comedy," says Babylon. "We decided last year to move the show to a bigger venue to accommodate the large crowd that has made this the best summertime comedy showcase. The Blanc Gallery is a swanky art space with a large outdoor area that takes this comedy show to the next level. This is gearing up to be the best summer to date."

Shows are at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday, July 16-August 27, rain or shine. Performances will be held in the outside courtyard at Blanc. In inclement weather, the showcase is moved indoors. Cash bar.

Bronzeville Comedy Showcase Performance Dates:

Wednesday, July 16

Wednesday, July 30

Wednesday, August 13

Wednesday, August 27

About WBEZ Chicago

WBEZ is operated by Chicago Public Media, an institution that creates award-winning content for people seeking to learn more about the issues and ideas that affect our community, our nation and our world. Chicago Public Media produces programs such as This American Life, Sound Opinions, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR), The Morning Shift, The Afternoon Shift, Worldview and Radio M. In addition to WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Media also operates Vocalo 89.5 FM and 90.7 FM, a next generation service that seeks to expand the reach of public media. For more information, visit

About Blanc

Cliff Rome, proprietor of Bronzeville's Parkway Ballroom, introduces Blanc, a fine art gallery, to Bronzeville. Blanc's bold mission is to engage African Americans and all Chicagoans through the arts and to ignite dialogue on issues of spiritual, political and social significance. For more information on Blanc Gallery, visit

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