Top moments that cracked us up-and changed Chicago comedy
12/30/2009, Time Out Chicago, by Jason Heidemann
2004 A group of Chicago writers and comics forms Blewt! Productions, which creates long-running comic faves Don’t Spit the Water and Impress These Apes.
2005 Chicago Underground Comedy debuts as a showcase for the city’s best alt comics.
2006 After roaming for the first half of the decade, the Annoyance Theatre finds a home in Uptown.
2006 After South Side staple All Jokes Aside closes in the late ’90s, Mary Lindsey opens Jokes and Notes in Bronzeville as a showcase for black comics.
2007 At the end of its first season, 30 Rock, written by and starring a number of iO and Second City alumni including Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Rachel Dratch, Kay Cannon, Tami Sagher and Scott Adsit, wins the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
2007 The Lakeshore Theater reopens as the city’s best place to see touring and local comics.
2008 Hometown stand-up T.J. Miller breaks out with a role in Cloverfield.
2009 TOC’s 2007 “Funniest Person in Chicago,” Hannibal Buress, is hired to write for SNL.