Seth Meyers performs at The Vic Theater during the 2011 TBS Just for Laughs… (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago…)
Seth Meyers and Hannibal Buress are coming home for the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival in June.
Evanston native Meyers, who runs the "Saturday Night Live" writers' room and "Weekend Update," is one of the festival's anchors--get it?--along with "Arrested Development" co-star David Cross, "Real Time" host Bill Maher and comedy legend Bob Newhart.
Meyers' June 14 show at the Chicago Theatre will feature Buress and Al Madrigal. The festival runs six days from June 11-16 at various venues including the Chicago Theatre, The Vic and Park West. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ticketmaster.com, etix.com and the theaters' box offices.
Here's a look at the schedule so far. Find more information at justforlaughschicago.com.
The Chicago Theatre
Tickets: The Chicago Theatre Box Office, 175 N. State St., and Ticketmaster
David Cross & His Super Duper Pals
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13
We're only halfway through 2013, and David Cross has already provided the comedy world with one of this year's singular highlights by slipping himself back into the cutoffs of Never Nude analrapist Dr. Tobias Funke in the hugely anticipated, upcoming "Arrested Development" reboot. The co-creator and co-star of the groundbreaking sketch series "Mr. Show" leads his closest comedy comrades into the Chicago Theatre for a night so funny, you'll feel no need to "blue yourself."
Seth Meyers with special guests Al Madrigal & Hannibal Buress
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14
Master satirist, "SNL" star and "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers will perform along with special guests Al Madrigal from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and Chicago's native son and former "30 Rock" writer Hannibal Buress.
Bob Newhart Live
7 p.m. Saturday, June 15
One of the most important, influential and beloved figures in the history of American comedy, Chicago native Bob Newhart has been entertaining English-speaking audiences around the world for the past 52 years. In that time, Newhart's managed to star in two of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart," win Peabody and Emmy awards for "The Bob Newhart Variety Show," release eight comedy albums (including the first to ever hit #1 on the charts), host "The Tonight Show" an astounding 87 times, win 3 Grammys, write a New York Times bestseller, and appear in 14 feature films alongside some of the biggest movie stars in the world.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16
For the last 18 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs, first showcased on Comedy Central and ABC's "Politically Incorrect," and for the past seven years on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. In October 2008, Maher applied the same to his uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," which has since become one of the highest-grossing documentary films of all-time. In addition to his television and film exploits, Maher has written four bestselling books, incited the wrath of conservative zealots across the country, and established himself as a preferred guest at the Playboy Mansion. He is every bit as happy as you think he is.
Tickets: The Vic box office, , 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., or at etix.com
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Actress, comedian, and former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Anjelah Johnson took the Internet by storm with her "Nail Salon" standup routine, which has since generated more than 30 million views and counting. After joining the cast of "MADtv," her breakout character, disgruntled fast-food employee Bon Qui Qui, quickly blossomed into an even bigger online sensation, with more than 55 million views, a full-length rap song, and accompanying music video. Since then, she's been cast in NBC's upcoming dramedy "About A Boy" with Minnie Driver, delivered memorable guest performances on shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Shield" and "Ugly Betty," starred in major feature films like "Our Family Wedding," "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "Marmaduke," and recorded her own one-hour comedy special for Comedy Central and Warner Brothers records. What can we say? The lady knows funny.