Sarah Silverman, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Just like that, the third annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival has come to a close. It was a wild five nights of comedy and a rousing success by all accounts. Thanks so much for coming out to the various shows and helping us celebrate —we hope to continue the fun next year, so keep your calendars wide open. In the meantime, we’ve got a ton of fantastic photos from the week’s events, and you can check some of them out below. Except where noted, they were shot by Matt Lief Anderson.

Thanks also to everyone who has performed, all the venues that have hosted shows, and all of our sponsors: truTV, Lyft, Lagunitas, Don Q, Virgin Hotels, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Sarah Silverman, Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Sarah Silverman welcomes the packed house to the final night of the 26th Annual Comedy Festival.

Sarah Silverman, Lyric Oepra Of Chicago

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We caught Sarah Silverman and friends hanging out backstage at the massive Lyric Opera Of Chicago.

Toddy Barry, Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Todd Glass, Lyric Opera Of Chicago

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Dwayne Kennedy, Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Reggie Watts, Thalia Hall
Reggie Watts and his band Karen, Thalia Hall

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Reggie Watts rocking out with Karen at Thalia Hall.

Reggie Watts, Thalia Hall

The magic of Reggie.

Ian Abramson, The Hideout

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Ian Abramson preparing the audience for 7 Minutes In Purgatory.

Joel Kim Booster, The Hideout
Lainie Lenertz, The Hideout

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The Chicago skyline was the perfect backdrop for 7 Minutes In Purgatory.

Jo Firestone, The Hideout

Jo Firestone hanging out behind The Hideout

Jo Firestone,The Hideout

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Jo Firestone and her mom, The Hideout

Jo Firestone brought out a special guest (her dear, sweet mom) at The Hideout.

ClickHole

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All of our favorite ClickHole pals outside of The Hideout.

The Hideout

ClickHole packed the house at The Hideout.

Brendan O’Hare, The Hideout

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Everyone went wild for the surprise guest appearance from Mr. Peanut at the live ClickHole show.

Cameron Esposito, Lincoln Hall

Cameron Esposito poses backstage at Lincoln Hall.

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We caught Damien Lemon in a moment of reflection at Lincoln Hall.

Cameron Esposito, Lincoln Hall

Chicago loves hometown hero Cameron Esposito.

Damien Lemon, Lincoln Hall

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Reggie Watts, the Virgin Hotel’s Cerise Rooftop (Credit: Cerise Rooftop)

Reggie Watts was all aglow, DJing our after party at the Cerise Rooftop.

Chris Getahrd, Thalia Hall

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We caught Chris Gethard backstage at Thalia Hall.

Michael Che, Lincoln Hall

Michael Che brought down the house during his sold-out show at Lincoln Hall.

Brian Babylon, Lincoln Hall

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Chris Gethard, Thalia Hall

Chris Gethard’s “Career Suicide” was a show unlike any other.

Chris Gethard, Thalia Hall

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Gethard, Che, and Abramson, Virgin Hotels Chicago (Credit: Virgin Hotels)

A fun after party candid shot of Che and Abramson egging Gethard on.

Che and Abramson, Virgin Hotels Chicago

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Ian Abramson welcomes Michael Che to the Virgin Hotel stage.

Tracy Morgan, Lyric Opera Of Chicago

The audience jumped to their feet to welcome Tracy Morgan to Chicago as he wrapped up his comeback tour, Picking Up The Pieces.

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Marc Theobald and Tracy Ashley, Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Tracy’s openers, Marc Theobald and Tracy Ashley, hug it out on stage.

Lyric Opera Of Chicago

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The majesty of Chicago’s Lyric Opera, enhanced by our comedy fest banner.

Michelle Wolf, Virgin Hotels Chicago

Late Show With Seth Meyers writer and performer Michelle Wolf was our surprise guest at the first Virgin Hotel after party.

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Ian Abramson, Virgin Hotels Chicago
Marty DeRosa, Virgin Hotels Chicago
Lyric Opera Of Chicago

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