The Lincoln Lodge is one of the best places to see local stand-up and variety in Chicago, but the problem is that it only runs half the year. The wait is over, however—The Lincoln Lodge takes the stage again at the Lincoln Restaurant this Friday and Saturday to start their eighth season of weekend shows. This is a good one, too: there will be a press conference where producers Thomas Lawler and Mark Geary will reveal their “special programming” for the season, a comfort food buffet, a meet-and-greet and, oh yeah, some people will get up on stage and tell jokes. Matt Dwyer, who’s been seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” will make his first Chicago appearance in three years, and Steve O. Harvey, Ken Barnard and Allison Lieber will perform as well. Mike O’Connell will headline the Hollywood-themed night, and also show excerpts from his festival-bound dark comedy, “The Living Wake.” It’s great to have the Lincoln back in town. (Mike Schramm)
At the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln, (773)251-1539. This show is now over.