The wait is over.
Chicago has been giddy with anticipation of the opening of the World Famous Laugh Factory, and that time has arrived. Chicago is known for comedy , but much of it focuses on sketch and improv (I outlined some of my **burp** favs previously), so it is just perfect that our city is getting some diversification with the help of the L.A. original Laugh Factory opening their doors in Chicago last week. At the heart of PPM’s own Lakeview East neighborhood, the club is housed in the space left by the now defunct Lakeshore Theater at 3175 N. Broadway (Broadway and Belmont). The buzz in the neighborhood has been intense; I knew I had to check it out for myself and decided to grace the Friday show.
Before the show, the club had lines wrapping out the door and around the block. I expected this, because even with doing a “soft” opening with lesser-known acts, the name Laugh Factory itself carries a lot of weight. Reason being – The list of laugh until you pee your pants talent that have graced the California locations is astounding, including Robin Williams, Dane Cook, Sarah Silverman, Carlos Mencia and many, many, more.
I’ve been to stand-up clubs before, and was honestly surprised to see that everything was well lit. It felt good being able to enjoy myself without worrying if my table needed disinfecting. As far as the décor – it’s minimal, yet laden with comedic artifacts and paraphernalia of yesteryear, a setup similar to a Hard Rock Café, but with less Steven Tyler and more Steve Martin.
The show I saw was called The Best of the Midwest. With the exception of Pat Tomasulo from television’s WGN 9, I had no familiarity with the comics. Going in cold, I expected it not to be very good. But what I found was the show was not only funny, but hit home as the comics weaved in jokes Chicago specific that included nuances only a true Chicagoan would pick up. After the show I had a chance to meet the host and house comic, Scott King, who was warm, welcoming, and even hung out in the lobby to give free tickets to patrons for use at a later date.
Would I go back? Absolutely. The space was inviting, the show was funny, and bonus – drink prices were reasonable. Not to mention, it’s walking distance from my PPM Chicago apartment. 😉
The wait is over.