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Chicago’s Just for Laughs

by Linzy 30th Mar 2011 | 77 comments

There have been quite a few requests from you Americans for Tim to come to Chicago, which would make today your lucky day!

Tim has been confirmed as part of the line up of this year’s Just for Laughs festival in Chicago! He’ll be playing a huge five nights at the Lincoln Hall between 14th and 18th June, with each show starting at 10pm. This will be the longest run of shows Tim has done in America apart from his off-broadway run in New York in early 2008, just in case you’re the type of person who likes useless trivia.

The shows look to go on sale on Saturday at 10am via eTix on the venue’s website.

I won’t add any more razzle dazzle or all that jazz, but suffice to say, you’ll definitely be wanting to getting your bear paws on these tickets! (… sorry)

UPDATE: We’ve just heard there’s an Internet pre-sale, Friday April 1st at 10am for one day only. You can access this advance ticketing goodness via the Just For Laughs, Chicago website here and the password is “laughs”.
Shell x

Re: Pre-sale problems: In case you have not seen the comments by Linzy or me here or on Facebook – they are aware of the problem and are working on fixing it. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything helpful. Sx

They seem to be on sale here ok.
Some are finding ‘laughs’ works, others ‘witty’. We suggest you try both.
Shell x

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TONICK on 16th of June 2011

Just got in the door from seeing Tim in Chicago tonight. He was absolutely in top form and had us all eating out of his hands. What an amazing voice and what a pianist! We met three Minchin fans who were wearing custom tee shirts about G*ngers and Popes. Turns out they had driven 8 hours from Missouri in a teeny Ford Focus just to see Tim tonight. Another couple we met were on holiday from the U.K. and had just seen him with a full orchestra in Albert Hall. Best of all, he actually came out afterwards and generously took photos and met some of us. My husband and I are still floating on air — he was so kind to geeky old us :) Thanks Tim, you are Awesome!

TONICK on 15th of June 2011

Thanks Calvin for the heads up on etix. Must say they seem to have tickets for sale for tonight – 6/15 (when we’re going) for $15 and still have tickets for Friday for $25. Not sure why everything was “sold out” when we went to buy thru the scalper at $125 each but since we paid the big bucks for this, we’ll just have to go and laugh twice as loud! Cheers!

Calvin Broadhurst on 10th of June 2011

I just noticed the comments on here saying that all the shows are sold out (and have been that way for some time)… however etix are still selling tickets and I just purchased two. Either I just got ripped off by them or they have a stock of tickets they’re not telling anyone about.

TONICK on 28th of April 2011

OMG! Just found out about this today (4/28). Frantic searches online showed every show was sold out. So I desperately got online with a ticket scalper who may have two tickets for $120 each. What a testament to Tim that we’d be relieved to get the darned things even for that price! Yes, Tim is Totally worth it! Husband and I look at it this way; cheaper than flying to NY (which is what we were thinking we’d have to do). Sadly, our friends in Michigan who turned us on to Tim can’t afford those prices right now. Great thing is that it’s a good opportunity for peeps in the MW to become Tim Fans and that should bring him back! We’ve ended up purchasing his cds, etc. through Australia (and then having to transcode the dvds so we can watch them here in Chi-town on a Region 1 player). My husband was saying “wouldn’t it be great if Tim came to America and then got to be on Saturday Night Live” — that would sure bring him many more deserving fans! Just a wish but hope it all works out for him!

Lisa on 21st of April 2011

Cry….cannot go. will be on vacation that’s already paid for. Please come back. Chicago theater next time, some place easier for old people to do that’s not standing only. Please come back. Love you Tim.

Nicole on 5th of April 2011

I inquired about the change from “Sold Out” to “Buy” that just happened and found out more tickets have been released! Get ’em while they’re hot!

Beth on 4th of April 2011

All show are already sold out except the Wednesday night show. Way to go Tim!!

sophie on 3rd of April 2011

Are you the devil

bob on 1st of April 2011


Tracy on 1st of April 2011

Thanks for those who posted phone numbers. It was the only way I could get my tickets. Thankfully I got mine for Friday. They are going fast. Can’t wait!

Suzie on 1st of April 2011

yay!!! thanks for coming Tim! Can’t wait to see you

James on 1st of April 2011

just purchased tickets over the phone. Got sick of the website stuffing me around.

Nicole on 1st of April 2011

I was able to get my tickets for Friday and Saturday pretty easily. Thought it was at 10am Central, but it didn’t work til almost 11. Hope all the rest of you can get tix if you’re having issues! Excited to come back to Chicago for this! :D

Melissa on 1st of April 2011

I got Wednesday to work with witty. I closed my browser, went to the etix website, searched for Tim, picked Wednesday and purchased without a problem this time. I wonder if the link on the update to this post is a cached session…

Jeff Wagg on 1st of April 2011

Trying a different browser worked for me. Saturday seems to be sold out though.

Liza (wickedlibrarian) on 1st of April 2011

I finally got it to work by clearing out my shopping cart and starting all over again (and refreshing the window). I also used ‘witty’ instead of ‘laughs’ and it worked!

suzie on 1st of April 2011

i got them for thursday-use witty and make sure you do not have a dash in your phone number…that was my problem…

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

Etix also says that if you’re still trying to buy online, you need to refresh your browser. You’re probably stuck on a cached page.

James on 1st of April 2011

can’t get tickets for thursday no subscription code. Frustration

suzie on 1st of April 2011

what about wednesday?

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

I’m on the phone with etx: 1-800-514-ETIX, press 2. They say that Jam Productions screwed the pooch for the online sale, so they’re selling me the tickets on the phone.

Jeff Wagg on 1st of April 2011

Tuesday – works with “witty”
Thursday – “No Subscription Found”
Friday – works with “witty”
Saturday – “Not enough tickets available at that price code.”

suzie on 1st of April 2011


Michael on 1st of April 2011

i finally got my purchase to go through for friday’s show ‘witty’.

i am so excited, for this.

Melissa on 1st of April 2011

I’m also getting the subscription code error for Wednesday night. Tried witty, Witty, laughs.

Jeff Wagg on 1st of April 2011

New error message – not enough tickets available at that price code.

suzie on 1st of April 2011

i put in witty and it is saying no subscription code…i have no idea what i am doing wrong

Kevin on 1st of April 2011

yep, that’s the right place. I got my tix for Friday night that way.

suzie on 1st of April 2011

i am putting in witty in the subscription code…is that the right place or what is it?

Kevin on 1st of April 2011

make sure ‘witty’ is all lower case.

Jeremy on 1st of April 2011

I just got mine for Saturday night and ‘witty’ worked just fine. YEEEEE!

James on 1st of April 2011

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are not for pre-sale.

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

Oh, this is driving me crazy. “Witty” isn’t working for the membership code for me. Neither does “laughs”. Perhaps because I’m buying Wednesday night instead of Tuesday?

Sheesh. Ideas?

suzie on 1st of April 2011

now it is saying there is an error and to contact them……null….what is going on..

suzie on 1st of April 2011

it says i need a subscription code or something..what is that

RobS on 1st of April 2011

Witty… both to get in AND as the “purchase code” on the payment page.

I got mine!! YES!!

Jeff Wagg on 1st of April 2011

I was able to buy tickets for Tuesday by entering “witty” as the member code (not the password).

When I tried to buy for other nights, it says Off Sale.

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

Got to purchase screen and they want a member code. Required. ??????

Kevin on 1st of April 2011

Looks like the Friday/Saturday shows aren’t getting prompts but the Tuesday show is.

The password ‘witty’ works.

RobS on 1st of April 2011

Quid Pro Quo, Clarice!! Quid Pro QUO!!!!!

Kevin on 1st of April 2011

I’m not even getting prompted for a password. I followed the link via this site. Is there a different URL people are using who are actually getting prompted? I have a different password that I’ve been given by etix via email. I’ll post it if someone gives me a working link.

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

For what it’s worth, I just called Etix. They don’t know why it isn’t working, but they can’t override because it’s a private presale, so they’re trying to contact the people in charge of the venue. She says keep refreshing.

In the meantime, I haven’t even found a password prompt. I used the link in Tim’s blog post, then clicked “buy tickets.” Is there another path that gets you to the password prompt?

RobS on 1st of April 2011

I tried Angry(feet)… didn’t work.

suzie on 1st of April 2011

why will the password not work?!?!?!?

Shell on 1st of April 2011

We are trying to find out what the problem is for you all and will post information as soon as we have it.
Update: Apparently they are ‘aware of the problem and are working on fixing it’.
Shell x

Jeff Wagg on 1st of April 2011

Password won’t work for me either.. :(

Carrie on 1st of April 2011

I followed the link and tried the password, but it keeps coming back as the wrong password. Any clue what’s up?

Liza (wickedlibrarian) on 1st of April 2011

Presale is not working. :( Won’t accept the password “laughs”…. any news?

Danielle on 1st of April 2011

Argh! Internet presale started 20 mins ago, and it’s still saying “off sale.” Haven’t been prompted for a password, and can’t find another link for buying presale tix. Anyone have any tips?

James on 1st of April 2011

The advance sale may be an April fools day “joke”. Not working for me either. Is the 10AM supposed to be CT or Mountain or Pacific for some reason?

SarniaSkeptic on 1st of April 2011

Has anyone been able to get to order presale tickets?

Jennifer on 1st of April 2011

If you call the venue, they will allow teenagers. You just need to have a parent with you. I’m taking my teens. We are looking so forward to it! Oh, but the ticket presale (for April 1st) isn’t working. Is the pre-sale an April Fool’s Day joke?

Kristy on 1st of April 2011

Correction to my previous comment (if it goes through) Both the website for the venue and the presale site are showing the age limit as *18*+, not 21.

Kristy on 1st of April 2011

Not that it applies to me, but possibly to help out the age-impaired…

The presale site is saying 18+, while the venue page is saying 21+. Is there a definitive answer to that?

Roxana on 1st of April 2011

So so happy! Such great news! Thank you. Buying tix today!

Kat on 1st of April 2011

I’m going to try so hard to make it. Come hell or high waters, I will make it to at least one of your performances.

Nicole on 1st of April 2011

I moved from Chicago to Tennessee last year. Now I shall be driving back to Chicago for the weekend for this! Tim, Lou Malnati’s, and the el. THAT will be my dream weekend! :D

Evil Roda on 1st of April 2011

You need to do something in Pittsburgh or Morgantown, man. Or something near Dayton. Whenever you do a live show, I can never get to it! :(

Matt on 1st of April 2011

Whoo hoo! I am soo there.

Replaced Yank on 1st of April 2011

You beauty…can’t wait

Samantha Tindall on 1st of April 2011

HELL YES! I wasn’t going to be in town Saturday (ironically I’ll be in Chicago) so this is perfect!

Reality-based on 31st of March 2011

Hey Danielle – it was ours first! :P

Stumptown – Land of VooDoo Donuts and the original 24-Hour Church of Elvis

Maraude on 31st of March 2011

Perfect, our anniversary is right around that time. We can’t wait. :P

Danielle on 31st of March 2011

Hey, Reality-based! Portland stole Austin’s motto!

Hmmm….. 1200 miles away, but still in my time zone. You can expect a Texan in your audience. I am so happy inside.

Libby on 31st of March 2011

WOOHOO!!! I will be there.

Bruce on 31st of March 2011

I can’t wait!!! A great birthday present for me!

John on 30th of March 2011

Whoo!!!! I can’t wait!

Iain Wark on 30th of March 2011

Arse! On holiday in Chicago a mere 3 days earlier. Will be back in London by then! Seen him here, but would have loved to have seen him Stateside…

hh on 30th of March 2011

I don’t even know what state I will be living in in June, but I WILL be at one of these shows

Ella on 30th of March 2011

Ditto, Ali Marie. 21+? I’ll be over here sobbing in the corner.

Liza (wickedlibrarian) on 30th of March 2011

Yes! At last! Tim in my backyard!
(so to speak)

Reality-based on 30th of March 2011

Portland, dammit!

Our motto is ‘Keep Portland Weird’ so it’s fate ;)

Ali Marie on 30th of March 2011

Man… darn 21+. I so want to go to this. You have no bloody idea.

Fluffy... Just kidding, Brian on 30th of March 2011

I am so going to this! I’ve already missed out on like 4 concerts and stuff like that from other people this year, there is NO WAY I am missing this!!!

Shell on 30th of March 2011

*jazz hands*
(couldn’t help it…)

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