Speak Easy Comedy Chicago
Speak Easy’s edgy brand of comedy is literally underground. The brainchild of seven local comics—many of whom have sharpened their teeth at Second City, iO, and The Edge Comedy Club—the weekly showcase is held in the basement of Stanley's Kitchen and Tap. Five comedians and one headliner fill the stage with everything from one-liners to oddball storytelling. Drinking is highly encouraged—Goose Island is the sponsor—and burgers and other savory bites are served throughout the show. Though the feel is informal, “the headliners are solid, so don’t write this one off too quickly,” Time Out Chicago noted in its 2012 Student Guide.