Chicago Underground Comedy continues its tradition of exceptionally strong booking this week, featuring local all-stars Fay Canale, Robert Buscemi, Brendan Mcgowan, Carrie Callahan, Marty DeRosa and national headliner Dwayne Kennedy. Canale and Callahan are the lineup’s femme fatales, but their styles are so different they could be called opposites. Canale is brash, crass and unflinchingly confrontational. Callahan is sweet, subtle and painfully, hilariously, self-deprecating, the perfect foil to the arrogant swagger of Canale’s delivery. Buscemi is one of Chicago’s best known alternative comedians, and his continued success guarantees his time in the city is fleeting. Mcgowan is arguably the best storyteller on the local stand-up scene, and his average-guy delivery and recountings of drunken debauchery give his delivery a “that’s my buddy” vibe. DeRosa helps run equally as-cool stand-up room “The Comedians You Should Know Show” at Fizz, and his hands-in-his-pocket delivery and his affable style of observational humor make him a consistent fan favorite. Headliner Kennedy is pretty much the funniest comic in town, and his appearances on “Conan” and the like prove it. This is a must-see show. (Max Minor)
At Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, (773)281-4444. This production is now closed.