Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule
Tue 9/23-Wed 9/24, 8 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 773-935-6860, athenaeumtheatre.com, 16+, sold out.
Dinguses everywhere rejoice: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are hitting the road for another live tour, and this time around they’re bringing along John C. Reilly in character as TV personality/adult infant Dr. Steve Brule, the lovable, horrifying, and altogether hilarious host of Adult Swim’s Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule. We know what we’re getting with Tim and Eric (their live performances, which tend to be rougher and significantly more bizarre than their already bizarre Adult Swim show, offer characteristically impudent song-and-dance routines, skits, and video segments), but Brule is sort of a wild card. It’s probably safe to assume Reilly and company will stick close to Check It Out!‘s general structure, but the show is never better than when it deviates from its talk-show formula and plumbs the depths of Brule’s twisted psyche (remember the “pruppet” episode?). Considering how abstract and conceptual the latest season is, pretty much anything is possible. One thing’s for certain, though: shit’s gonna get weird. —Drew Hunt
Polaris + The Adventures of Danny & Mike
Sun 10/26, 8 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com, $20, 21+
The Adventures of Pete & Pete helped prepare the children of the 90s for the rise of cult television in the aughts. It was a well-written, outside-of-the-box comedy that tapped a deep vein of outright strangeness—it just happened to be targeted at kids. It’s been more than 20 years since the first of its three seasons aired on Nickelodeon, but Big and Little Pete Wrigley have resurfaced. All grown up, Michael Maronna, 36, and Danny Tamberelli, 32, now cohost a podcast, The Adventures of Danny & Mike. Each month, joined by a guest comedian, the beloved gingers tell stories about the time a Portland stripper recognized them, say, or about all the fans they’ve met with Petunia tattoos. Tonight they record the podcast live before a performance by Polaris, the band behind much of the music in Pete & Pete, including the show’s theme. —Brianna Wellen
Thu 11/13-Sat 11/15. Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM: Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, upcomedyclub.com, $20.
“I’ve decided, fuck it, I don’t care anymore. Because if it’s between me and your fucking friendship and that fucking chicken sandwich, then I’m choosing the chicken sandwich every time.” Never mind the F-bombs—and his unabashed love for the simmering controversy that is Chick-fil-A—Jerrod Carmichael delivers his lines with an easy confidence that screams with a shrug, What do you want from me? It’s his peculiar charm. The rising stand-up (he landed a role in this year’s solid Rogen-Efron vehicle Neighbors, and his Spike Lee-directed HBO special airs October 4) mills about the stage with a swagger, never reaching a fever pitch because that would give away the straight flush he’s holding. His jokes come smooth and with a wink, drawing predictable comparisons to the elocution of Dave Chappelle. In a characteristic Carmichael moment that’s well worth YouTubing, the comedian recognizes Pharcyde’s Fatlip in the crowd, invites the hip-hop hero to the stage to deliver a joke, then basks in the hubbub when the MC’s “joke” falls flat. —Kevin Warwick