Friday, December 2, 2011

Next UP! Chicago's Best Stand-Up Comic Search

The UP Comedy Club is proud to announce our first ever stand-up comedy search: Next UP! Chicago is full of stand-up talent and we want to find the best local comics and have them perform on our new stage. There are 2 ways to enter and everyone who wins will receive a performance slot in our Next UP! Comedy Showcase on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7pm. The best stand-up in the January 12 showcase will receive an opening slot performing for one of our headline stand-up comics. The UP Comedy Club is located at 230 W. North Avenue on the 3rd floor of Piper's Alley.

Enter Online:
Enter a video of your best 3 minutes of stand-up in the content tab hosted on our Facebook page at

Submissions begin on December 5 and close at the end of the day on December 18. Voting begins on December 19 and closes at the end of the day on December 29.

The top eight videos with the most 'votes' by the end of the day on Friday, December 29, 2011 win a slot in our Next UP Chicago Showcase Show on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in UP!

Audition Live:
Come to the UP Comedy Club on January 3, 2012 at 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley and audition live. The sign up starts at 2:30pm, and we'll see comics from 3pm to 6pm. Judges will cast their votes and the top eight will get a slot in the Next UP Chicago Showcase Show on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in UP.

Contestants in the online and the live auditions are competing to win a slot in the Thursday, January 12 show and the winner of that showcase gets an opening slot for future headlining comic here at UP. There will be 8 separate winners in the online contest and 8 separate winners from the live auditions. Comedians who are not selected in the online competition are encouraged to audition live.

For more information, contestants can log onto or e-mail:

UP Comedy Club is Chicago's new premier comedy club. Featuring the best in headline stand-up comedy and a variety of original full length shows and improv revues created and presented by Second City Theatricals, UP Comedy Club is Chicago's hot new destination for comedy with shows 7 nights a week.

In addition to a diverse slate of original programming, UP Comedy Club also features a full service restaurant and bar with a Chicago-style menu that includes Lou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizza, Vienna Beef and Eli's Cheesecake.

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