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"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)

“HAPPY BABY” Comedy Showcase

An intimate dinner performance at Uncommon Ground, hosted by Aaron Putnam

FEATURING: Mike Szar, Reese Leonard, Diego Attanasio, Louis D. Michael



Mike Szar has survived dating, dead-end jobs and a questionable college career in the wilds of Ohio.  He's distilled what he's seen and learned into a dark, smart and quirky comedic vision that finds the universal humor in everyday angst. One of the hardest-working comics in the Midwest, he's opened for Brad Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait and toured regionally.  His exasperated but hopeful observations have made him a comedic talent to watch from the fertile rust belt comedy underground.


Reese Leonard dreamed of doing comedy is whole young life. He got slightly derailed during his high school years when he went to Rogers and had to learn to beat people up (Reese practiced MMA for a long time which means he's not only really funny but he also has a hot body) and be a little hood. He travels around the upper Midwest doing shows and is sincerely dedicated, passionate and good at what he does, which is: Comedy, MMA, correcting grammar and hand fishing (which he somehow manages to do while being a gigantic germaphobe). He is continuing to build his resume/credits, and will not be stopping any time soon. Look out for him, he's the going to be the Julia Roberts of comedy.


Diego Attanasio is a Detroit based comedian originally from Peru who quickly wins over crowds with his quick wit, likability, and sarcastic observations. His rapid-fire delivery and onstage charisma make Diego one of the most notable acts in the Midwest.

Diego has performed stand-up in Alaska, Hawaii, and everywhere in between. He was a semi-finalist in the San Diego Comedy Festival and a finalist in the Laugh Your Bluegrass Off Comedy Festival. Additionally he has performed at the Baltimore Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Memphis Comedy Fest, North Carolina Comedy Festival, Idaho Laugh Fest, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, Beast Village Comedy Festival, Motor City Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, Border City Comedy Fest, Windsor Comedy Festival, Let’s Fest, and Fairbanks Funny Festival. Diego has opened for Joe List and Matt Braunger.


Louis D. Michael is from Michigan and is a child at heart and playfully wanders through life and reminds us how strange and absurd it really is. With a unique goofy confidence, his edgy and not entirely well thought out jokes, and whimsical stories will surprise and grab audience's attention, cutting like a butter knife with an edge. 


Aaron Putnam got his start in comedy while taking classes at UCB NY. He is also a graduate of David Mamet Atlantic Theatre Company’s two year program. He found out quickly that the only drama he likes is his own, so he quit doing plays and auditioning and dove fully into improv. This is where he learned his most important lesson to this day, and that is: to BOMB! NIGHT AFTER NIGHT! Being the real ass dude he is, he thought it was rude to take all those innocent improvisers with him, so he started doing open mic stand up all over NYC. That was 2011 — flash forward to today: Aaron Putnam is a Chicago-based comic and the founder of Stand Up in Recovery where comics put on shows at recovery centers across the country. He has opened for Doug Stanhope, Erik Griffin, Robert Kelly, and many more. At this point you might be saying “I wanna know about the DRAMA, the RECOVERY, etc.” The truth is on paper and it’s downright scary, but when told on stage, through a mic — hilarious.