What not to miss in stand-up around Chicago.

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - A+E - By Zach Free­man

From Jan­uary to March, here are our picks for stand-up com­edy in Chicago.

To­mor­row Never Knows: Some of the best, fun­ni­est and weird­est for­mer Chicagoans are re­turn­ing from both coasts for this uber-im­pres­sive com­edy lineup that’s a part of the To­mor­row Never Knows mu­sic fes­ti­val. With four nights of stel­lar stand-up in a row at the Hide­out, it’s hard to choose, but you can’t go wrong with stand­outs like Liza Treyger (from Net­flix’s “The De­gen­er­ates”), Sarah Sher­man (and her twisted “Hell­trap Night­mare,” re­turn­ing for one night) and Me­gan Stal­ter (the star of the on­line, inim­itable “Me­gan Stal­ter Show”). Jan. 16-19 at the Hide­out, 1354 W. Wa­ban­sia Ave.; tnk­fest.com

Ms. Pat: As she deftly show­cased in her mov­ing page-turner of an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “Rab­bit,” Ms. Pat has lived an ex­cep­tional life, from young mother to drug dealer to stand-up comic. A sto­ry­teller with a cap­ti­vat­ing style, Ms. Pat has ap­peared on “Last Comic Stand­ing” and Jeff Ross’ “Roast Bat­tle.” Za­nies of­fers seven chances to see her over three nights in Jan­uary. Jan. 22-25 at Za­nies

Chicago, 1548 N. Wells St.; chicago.za­nies.com

Drew Michael: This Chicago na­tive has two ful­l­length com­edy al­bums, a Com­edy Cen­tral half-hour and a self-ti­tled HBO spe­cial re­leased in 2018. Di­rected by Jer­rod Carmichael, the spe­cial gar­nered a lot of (po­lar­iz­ing) at­ten­tion for its lack of a live au­di­ence. An acer­bic ob­ser­va­tion­al­ist with a di­rect and pierc­ing per­for­mance style, here’s a chance to find out what Michael’s act is like when he has an au­di­ence. Jan. 25 at the Den The­atre, 1331 N. Mil­wau­kee Ave.; the­den the­atre.com

Todd Barry: One of the best — if not the best — crowd-work comics of all time, Barry even put out a spe­cial called “The Crowd Work Tour” con­sist­ing en­tirely of off-the-cuff au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tions. But as all of his com­edy spe­cials demon­strate, his writ­ten ma­te­rial is top-notch as well, de­liv­ered with a dry, self-aware dead­pan. He’s also a pod­caster, au­thor and ac­tor. Feb. 22 at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. All­port St.; thalia hallchicag­o.com

Tim and Eric: 2020 Manda­tory At­ten­dance World Tour: One of the weird­est live shows you could hope to see com­ing to one of the nicest venues you could hope to see it in. Com­edy duo Tim Hei­decker and Eric Ware­heim, the cre­ators of the off­beat hit “Tim and Eric Awe­some Show, Great Job!,” re­turn to Chicago de­mand­ing at­ten­dance at their sure-tobe-wild night of com­edy. Ex­pect plenty of laughs, groans and un­com­fort­able si­lences, and that’s just from the per­form­ers. Feb. 22 at the Chicago The­atre, 175 N. State St.; thechicago­the­atre.com

APiff the Magic Dragon: comic/ma­gi­cian/dragon hy­brid who ap­peared on “Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent” and has his own on­go­ing show at the Flamingo Ho­tel in Las Ve­gas, Piff also tours the coun­try. He’s stop­ping in Skokie to give Mid­west­ern­ers a chance to see a real live dragon magic act, com­plete with his caus­tic wit, glit­ter­ing dragon cos­tume and un­flap­pable as­sis­tant, Mr. Pif­fles, de­scribed as “The World’s Only Magic Per­form­ing Chi­huahua.” Feb. 28 at the North Shore Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; northshore­cen­ter.org

Gabriel Igle­sias: Be­yond the Fluffy: One of the most pop­u­lar co­me­di­ans in the world, Gabriel Igle­sias fre­quently makes Forbes’ list of high­est paid comics. But he’s not just highly paid, he’s also highly hi­lar­i­ous, with an overly ex­citable over­sized per­sona that can draw laughs from the sim­plest of sto­ries. Igle­sias has long been an arena comic, and with this tour (ti­tled “Be­yond the Fluffy”) he tack­les the United Cen­ter. If any co­me­dian has a style meant to be seen with 20,000 of your clos­est friends, it’s Igle­sias. March 14 at the United Cen­ter, 1901 W Madi­son St.; www.ticket mas­ter.com

Nikki Glaser: An ac­tress, writer, pod­caster, TV and ra­dio show host and to­tal roast mas­ter, Nikki Glaser is a comic who knows how to de­liver the harsh­est burns and most ex­pertly crafted punch­lines with a per­fectly jux­ta­posed smile and a glim­mer in her eye. Her most re­cent Net­flix spe­cial, “Ban­gin’,” showed that Glaser is on the top of her game, and this tour prom­ises to show­case all new ma­te­rial. March 21 at The Vic, 3145 N. Sh­effield Ave.; victhe­atre.com

Fes­ti­val of Laughs 2020: The Fes­ti­val of Laughs re­turns to the ex­pan­sive Arie Crown Theater with a solid lineup of na­tion­ally head­lin­ing comics all shar­ing the same stage. This time the ros­ter in­cludes Som­more, Gary Owen, Tony Rock, Tommy David­son and Tony Sco. March 28 at Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive; arie crown.com

Gary Gul­man: Peace of Mind: Ac­tor/co­me­dian Gary Gul­man’s 2019 HBO spe­cial “The Great Depresh” com­bined doc­u­men­tary and stand-up footage to present a mov­ing, frank and, yes, still very funny dis­cus­sion about his own bat­tle with de­pres­sion. With a wave of new­found ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his comedic stylings, Gul­man is on a coun­try­wide tour. March 28 at The Vic, 3145 N. Sh­effield Ave.; victhe­atre.com

Zach Free­man is a free­lance writer.

TRI­BUNE IL­LUS­TRA­TION

Stand-up comics to watch for this win­ter in Chicago in­clude Gabriel Igle­sias, Ms. Pat and Nikki Glaser.

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