For the past few months, a friend and I have been exploring the comedy scene throughout Chicago (Congrats on Your Success (COYS) happens to be a favorite). This past week, we stopped by Cole’s (2328 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for the first time for comedy open mic. I’d heard good things about it and felt it would be an ideal show to check out.
The show was scheduled to begin promptly at 9 pm. I arrived to the show around 9:30 pm to see about 15 to 20 people (I was a little late due to our neighborhood meetup. Seriously, you need to come out to one.) By 10, the darkly lit room was nearly full with an audience of 30 to 35 patrons, many of whom were comedians.
In order to keep the comedy night running smoothly, comics were asked to sign up at 5:30 pm on a first-come. first-serve basis. Each aspiring comic had two minutes to deliver their best material to an audience ready to laugh. Although some of the comics had years of experience, others were new to the stand–up scene. Regardless of skill level, each put on a decent set.
We stayed until about 10:45 pm and laughed and cringed through the acts. Some of the comics were familiar as they have presented their set at COYS, albeit with new material. After a few adult beverages, we decided to head home since it was a school night. It was definitely a nice break from the hectic work week!
With no cover, a great selection of beers and a welcoming environment, Cole’s comedy open mic is definitely worth catching. It takes place every Wednesday at 9 pm. Arrive early to reserve your seat. If you are looking to perform, make sure you sign up by 5:30 pm.
Sidenote: If you haven’t been to Cole’s, you’re missing out. Cole’s is a local favorite and was recently voted a top 5 Dive Bar in Chicago.
Photo: Jesse Buendia