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Comic Jake Johannsen at Zanies Night Club

You gotta laugh when you come to Zanies Comedy Club to see comic Jake Johannsen November 5-6, and you gotta smile when you stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

If comedy was politics, Jake Johannsen would be president. He is the master of the inane, finding humor in common household items, domestic life and yes, extraterrestrials. Go on YouTube and watch him do six minutes on toasters. David Letterman was so taken by Jake Johannsen’s comedy he booked the comic forty-six times!

Jake Johannsen got his start in West Coast comedy clubs alongside Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Carvey. In 1986, he won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-up Comedian Competition. Critics have compared him to “The Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson.

Jake Johannsen was named Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 1994 American Comedy Awards. He has appeared at or hosted “HBO’s Young Comedian’s Special,” “Comedy Tonight,” and “Two Drink Minimum.” He starred with Mathew Broderick and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the film “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.”

Zanies Night Club is located at 1548 North Wells Street in the heart of Chicago’s Old Town. For tickets, call (312) 337-4027 or go online to

Make your Zanies Night Club experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.