Just as “SNL” and Second City populated the last generation of stand-up comics, Web sites like Chicago’s blerds.com (short for blogs plus nerds) are cultivating a new generation of comedians, a class of comics that’s getting popular not in nightclubs and on late-night talk shows, but on YouTube and MySpace. Already, Blerds alum TJ Miller is shooting pilots in Los Angeles, and it’s a good bet that the other writers and filmmakers whose work is all over the site are soon to follow. This Friday, they take the stage at Lakeshore, showing the videos that garner the views online. Plus, sets by Jared Logan, Sean Flannery, CJ Sullivan and Prescott Tolk. (Mike Schramm)
At the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, (773)472-3492. This production is now closed.