The season's best Comedy events
Oops! I Christmassed Again This revisionist offering reimagines Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Britney Spears in the central role. The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W Belmont Ave (773-549-8080). Fridays at midnight through Dec 17. $10.
The Stevens Family Peanuts Christmas Special What happens when you cross hillbilly comedy troupe the Stevens Family with the Peanuts gang? Hmm. The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W Belmont Ave (773-549-8080). Thursdays at 10pm through Dec 30. No show Thu 25. $5.
DING! presents: An End of the Year Musical Extravaganza! This two-woman “musical bamboozle” closes out 2010 with a collection of comic cabaret numbers. Donny’s Skybox, 1616 N Wells St (312-337-3992). Fri 26–Dec 17 at 7:30pm. $13, students $10.
A Klingon Christmas Carol Trekkies rejoice. This Twin Cities import retells A Christmas Carol entirely in the original Klingon language (with English subtitles). Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave (773-404-7336). Fri 26–Dec 19: Thu–Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm. $32.
The Santa Stories: The Naughty One In this R-rated holiday show from pH Productions, citizens of the North Pole try to save Christmas from being rebranded by a clueless corporation. Studio BE, 3110 N Sheffield Ave (773-248-5900). Fri 26–Dec 19 at midnight. $10.
The Santa Stories: The Nice One The pH crew balances out its naughty holiday tale with a kid-friendly offering about a little boy named Santa who became Father Christmas. Studio BE, 3110 N Sheffield Ave (773-248-5900). Opens Fri 26–Dec 19 at 7:30pm. $12, children 12 and under $5.
Southside Christmas Stories Lifelong Southsider Anne Marie Saviano directs this sketch offering about spending the holidays in Chicago’s southern half. Donny’s Skybox, 1616 N Wells St (312-337-3992). Fri 26–Dec 17 at 10:30pm. $13, students $10.
The 2010 Commandments: The Year in Revue Tea partyers, oil spills and Jersey Shore. Sketch troupe Creep Hug tries to make the most of the crappy year that was. Donny’s Skybox, 1616 N Wells St (312-337-3992). Fri 26–Dec 17 at 9pm. $13, students $10.
The Legend of Sinterklaas and Zwarte This Dutch tale tells the story of Saint Nick and his elf Zwarte Piet as they roam the Netherlands filling the good children’s shoes with treats while kidnapping and beating the crap out of the bad ones. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, 1420 W Irving Park Rd (773-865-8934). Dec 2–Jan 16: Thu, Sun at 8pm. $12.
Let it Ho! Proving that the holidays really do bring out the breast in everyone, burlesque-parody group Off Off Broadzway jiggles it in the name of Saint Nick. The Spot, 4437 N Broadway (773-728-7731). Dec 2–23 at 8pm. $12.
The Second City That Never Sleeps Ensemble members past and present gather for 24 nonstop hours of improvisation, music and more to benefit Letters to Santa. Second City, 1616 N Wells St (312-337-3992). Dec 15 at 6pm. $15.
Jerry Seinfeld You got to hand it to Seinfeld. At this point in his career he could do anything. That he still loves stand-up is pretty cool. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St (312-462-6300). Dec 17, 18 at 7, 9:30pm. $48–$78.