Don’t miss out as some of Chicago's top comedians take the stage on WCIU, The U's upcoming "Chicago's One Night Stand-Up" comedy special!

Hosted by comedian and Chicago native Rebecca O'Neal, the showcase was taped in front of a live studio audience at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont, Illinois, and features hilariously funny stand-up routines from local comedic giants.

Check out their bios, social links and exclusive videos from our last comedy showcase below.

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  • Rebecca O'Neal

    Rebecca O’Neal - Host

    Rebecca O'Neal is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian, writer and editor. Since she began stand-up comedy in early 2012, O'Neal has performed at numerous festivals across the country. She has also opened for Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, The Daily Show's Al Madrigal, Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata and Hannibal Buress. O'Neal is a former cast member of the 14th season of the Lincoln Lodge and a regular at Laugh Factory Chicago. She currently produces a monthly free, BYOB comedy showcase in Chicago called Congrats on Your Success.
  • Josh Ejnes

    Josh Ejnes

    Josh Ejnes grew up in Rhode Island where nothing funny ever happened. Then he went to school in Missouri where some funny things happened and he started doing stand-up. Josh lives in Chicago now, where he produces the independent showcases 'Colleen: A Comedy Show' in Wrigleyville and 'Undergrad Underground' at the Playground Theater, as well as the hip-hop comedy game show 'What the Hipnonics' at the Laugh Factory.
  • Dwayne Kennedy

    Dwayne Kennedy

    Dwayne Kennedy is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer whose TV writing credits include The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS), The Orlando Jones Show (FX), and the critically acclaimed FX/FXX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Dwayne got his start in comedy in his native Chicago at Zanies Comedy Club, and has since evolved into one of the funniest and most thought-provoking comedians of our time. His satirical diversions and piercing perspective on social and world issues showcase a comedic genius heralded by the likes of Chris Rock and Marc Maron.
  • Rachel McCartney

    Rachel McCartney

    Rachel McCartney is no fun at all, but she's pretty damn funny. Her weird, obsessive brain fixates on topics like God, death, mental illness, electoral reform, and the pointlessness of trying to be right about any of those things. The Chicago Tribune once called her "wise beyond her years," so go see her before her youth runs out. She is a regular at the Laugh Factory and has performed several times at Comedians You Should Know, including as an opener for Drew Michael at his album recording.
  • Abi Sanchez

    Abi Sanchez

    Abi Sanchez hit the stage in 2010 and hasn’t stopped since. His views on family life, relationships, social media and life's vices have all been formed by a childhood of too much TV and not enough guidance. His mellow demeanor and stage presence keep audiences captivated, which has allowed Abi to form a category all his own.

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  • Schmitty B

    Schmitty B.

    Schmitty B. is an actor turned comic who found his calling when he was convinced to hit the stage and speak for himself. Turns out, he received standing ovations night after night. Schmitty B. always possessed a natural talent of entertaining others and he lights up the comedy circuit touring colleges and clubs nationally. His style of comedy is one that hits hard with quick one-liners and creative truth. Schmitty B. is focused on making it to bigger stages and now, the screen.
  • Reena Calm

    Reena Calm

    Reena Calm is an East Coast Jew turned Chicago favorite and one of the most sought after comics in the Midwest. She is a regular at the Laugh Factory and she tours all over the country on her #CalmedyTours. Reena has featured in the RiOT LA Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition and Just For Laughs Chicago. Enough about her, let's talk about you! When are you coming to a show? Dates are listed at www.reenacalm.com.
  • Calvin Evans

    Calvin Evans

    Calvin Evans is a Chicago native and has been seen on Kevin Harts' Hart of the City on Comedy Central and Acting Out on MTV. He made his acting debut on Showtime's Shameless and followed up with a co-star role on Chicago PD. Evans graduated from the famed Second City and is a recipient of the Bob Curry Fellowship. 2017 is looking very promising for this rising star out of Chicago.
  • Steven Haas

    Steven Haas

    Steven Haas is a stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and author. Steven's brand of comedy is based on his life, covering topics from student loan debt to dating to searching for jobs. He performs at comedy clubs and colleges across the country and is a house MC at Zanies Comedy Club. Steven competed in TBS' College Comedy Competition and was a finalist in the 2015 Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest.
  • Kellye Howard

    Kellye Howard

    Kellye Howard is what the Chicago Sun-Times calls "Chicago's boldest comedian." Kellye has been featured on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, ABC, FOX Laughs, as well as several other media outlets. Howard recently made her acting debut in the new hit series Chicago Justice. She is a Harvey, IL native and can be seen locally at the Laugh Factory and Second City's twisty team beginning in March 2017.
  • Michael Issac

    Michael Issac

    Michael Issac is committed to Making it Happen in Chicago with his entertainment career. He has appeared on several television commercials as well as co-starring roles on Chicago Fire and Empire. He has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1999 and serves on the Chicago Local board. Issac performs stand-up comedy locally at Zanies Chicago where he headlines regularly. He has also performed on forty college campuses across the country. This past March, he was awarded the 2016 College Comedian of the Year.
  • Alex Kumin

    Alex Kumin

    Alex Kumin's bold and socially conscious standup delights crowds across the city of Chicago and around the US. She is a cast member of the longest running independent standup comedy showcase in the country, The Lincoln Lodge, and has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, and Todd Barry, among others. Kumin has appeared in the Limestone Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, The Chicago Comedy Exposition, and in 2016 was invited to perform at the NBC Universal Breakout Comedy Festival. She was recently featured in Timeout Chicago as a comic to watch, and tackles heavy hitting social issues, ranging from gender inequality to thigh chaffing.
  • Michael Larimer

    Michael Larimer

    Michael Larimer reigns from the cornfields of Iowa. He has written and acted in numerous films, commercials, pilots, sketch comedy reviews, and plays. His true passion, stand-up comedy, started nine years ago when he was hit in the head with a golf ball – no seriously – and lost a little vision. Mr. Larimer found a new light in stand-up and strives to produce smart, crazy, original, and highly energetic comedy.
  • Kristen Lundberg

    Kristen Lundberg

    Kristen Lundberg is a Chicago-based Second City comedian, writer, actor, producer, violinist, and former toy sculptor from Dayton, Ohio. Lundberg won the 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' award in the 2013 48hr Film Project. She also brought home an Orchid Award in Cincinnati for best comedic actress in the production of "The Curious Savage." Lundberg has completed both the Second City writing and conservatory programs. She was recently named one of Chicago's "Comedians You Should Know," which featured shows in Chicago, LA, and NY.
  • Pat McGann

    Pat McGann

    Pat McGann is a stand up comedian and television host from Chicago. In 2015, he made his second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Pat created and hosted the Emmy-nominated television show The Chicago Stand Up Project. He has been invited to The Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and has been heard on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show as well as seen on AXS-TV's Gotham Comedy Live. His debut comedy album "Sounds Good" can be heard on Sirius/XM radio.
  • Martin Morrow

    Martin Morrow

    Martin Morrow is originally from Birmingham, AL where he began his start in comedy. He is an actor on The Second City Mainstage in their current 105th revue, "The Winner...of Our Discontent." He has worked clubs, colleges, and festivals all over the country and with some of the top names including Tim Allen, Amy Schumer, and Katt Williams. Morrow is a producer of "Comedians You Should Know" and has been featured on "NBC's Last Comic Standing," The Huffington Post, and more.
  • T. Murph

    T. Murph

    T. Murph is an internationally known comedian who has been featured on nationally syndicated shows such as Chicago Fire, Comedy Centrals Key & Peele, and the 2014 ReBoot of BET ComicView. You can catch Murph producing his own show FADED by T. Murph every third Saturday of the month in Chicago.