Door No. 3 Comedy Presents: What's Behind Door Number 3?

Double Door in Wicker Park (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.), the historic rock venue that has hosted acts such as The Rolling Stones and Smashing Pumpkins is now home to Chicago’s most exciting new comedy show. They’ve renovated their downstairs space, and will host a FREE weekly comedy show featuring the best of Chicago’s burgeoning alternative comedy scene. What’s Behind Door Number 3 occurs each Tuesday at 7pm, and is already becoming a “must-see” staple of Chicago’s vibrant comedy scene. Each week the show features Chicago’s foremost stand-up comedians, alongside the city’s top-rated variety acts, and a topical news segment from the writers of the cult-favorite satire site The Whiskey Journal. Hosted by the powerhouse team of Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell, with a live house-band, and the folks of ¡Awesomonster! recording the show for their podcast, this show is far from your typical comedy fare.
The impressive lineups for the remaider of 2013 are as follows:

November 19: Bill Cruz headlines! Considered Chicago’s premier queer comedian, Bill Cruz has been a staple of the city’s stand-up comedy scene for the past 8 years. The Denver native and self-proclaimed “flaming Broncos Fan” performs regularly at the Lincoln Lodge, Zanies Comedy Club, Chicago Underground, Laugh Factory Chicago, and several Mikey-O Comedy Shows, as well as at colleges and clubs across the Midwest, New York, and Los Angeles. He can currently be seen in OUTLAUGH: The Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival on Netflix.
He is joined by Mikey Manker (Zanies), musical-guest Sayjal Joshi (Second City TourCo.), and Tim Barnes (Double Feature) with news from The Whiskey Journal and hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell.

November 26: Marty DeRosa headlines! Marty has had a #1 comedy album on iTunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Red Eye and Chicago Magazine. In addition to performing stand-up across the country, Marty hosts the critically acclaimed podcast Wrestling with Depression and, alongside pro wrestler Colt Cabana, produces and performs Worst Promo Ever a weekly series poking fun of the world of professional wrestling.
He is joined by Stephanie Hasz (NC Comedy Arts Festival), the anarchistic improv of The Stevens Family (Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival), and Emily Lake (Laugh Factory, Two Hour Comedy Hour) with news from The Whiskey Journal and hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell.

December 3: Megan Gailey headlines! In the past year, Megan was selected as one of Comedy Central’s “Chicago Comics to Watch”. She has performed alongside the likes of Brad Garrett, Kevin Nealon, Amy Schumer, Paul Reiser, Doug Benson, April Macie and TJ and co-hosts the popular podcast Naked Sports Live.
She is joined by stand-up Matty Ryan (TBS Just For Laughs, Parlour Car Comedy), musical guest Abbaria (Laughingstock Music Festival), and Jeff Steinbrunner (Chicago Underground Comedy), with news from The Whiskey Journal and hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell.

December 10: Kellye Howard headlines! Kellye destroys audiences with her hilarious dissections of stereotypes of societal expectations. With television appearances on Comedy Central, OWN’s My Life is a Joke, and Nickelodeon, it’s only a matter of time until Kellye establishes herself as a true monster of comedy.
She is joined by Ricky Gonzalez (Lincoln Lodge), magician John Sturk, and Kevin Pomeroy (100 Proof Comedy) with news from The Whiskey Journal and hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell.

December 17: Sherman Edwards headlines! Sherman Edwards has been named ‘Best Stand Up Comic in Chicago by the "Chicago Reader" and has been lucky enough to perform at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago, The Del Close Marathon in New York, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He currently tours nationally with the critically acclaimed MISSION: Improvable.
He is joined by Kristen Toomey (Hoo Ha Comedy), Mar’son & the FYF Crew (Up Comedy Club), and Calvin Evans (Jokes & Notes) with news from The Whiskey Journal and hosted by Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell.
With Chicago being a hub for the nation’s top touring comics, you never know who will stop by to do a guest set on any given night!
Door Number 3 Comedy presents What’s Behind Door Number 3 every Tuesday night at Double Door (1574 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL). The show is FREE and starts at 7pm. For more information, visit

Bill tackles numerous issues from the political to the mundane, but with a tact and humor that resonates with the basic human experience. Never on to shy away from being fiercely honored of his heritage and his upbringing, Bill uses his unique perspective not to preach, but to comment on life’s foibles and celebrate not only diversity, but universalities.

Bill has headlined, featured, and hosted in numerous venues and has appeared with some of the best talents in Standup comedy including Sandra Valls (The Original Latin Divas of Comedy) Patti Vasquez (TBS), Joey Villagomez (HBO Latino), Alex Ortiz (BET), Gilbert Gottfired (SNL), Bill Burr (Comedy Central), T.J. Miller (Yogi Bear), Chris Fonseca (HBO) James Adomian (Last Comic Standing) and numerous others.

Bill’s huggable likeability is palpable once he hits the stage inviting audiences to enjoy what life has to offer, and to share his passion for comedy and laughter, which he believes, is nature’s reward for living.

Mikey Manker

Mikey Manker's honest and conversational approach to stand-up, which takes personal tragedies, family dysfunction, substance abuse, sex and other life experiences, has won over audiences all over the country. A veteran of the comedy scene for over a decade, this St Louis native has headlined at Zanies Chicago, performed at the prestigious Chicago Underground Comedy, and even opened up his own one man show to rave reviews.

Sayjal Joshi

Sayjal grew up in the beautiful, flat North Carolina Piedmont and has lived in Greensboro, Philadelphia, and several hotels and motels across the US. She currently resides in sunny Chicago, Illinois where she writes and performs both scripted and unscripted material and works as a voice-over artist. She is not on Facebook but remembers when Friendster was a thing.

I was born a poor black child.

In 2012, I moved from California to Chicago, because I decided it’d be best to pursue my comedy career in reverse.

I’m also a firm believer that failure is 90% inspiration.



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