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"Happy Baby" COMEDY SHOWCASE - 9PM | $15

  • 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: Doug Smith, Reese Leonard



Doug Smith is a New York comic who just made his late night debut on CONAN. Following his selection as a New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in 2013, he's been featured at the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the NY Comedy Festival where he was chosen to host six sold out shows for Norm Macdonald. Doug co-hosts the stand-up/variety show See You in Hell which The Comedy Bureau listed in the Top 100 Best Things in Comedy. In 2015, Doug was a finalist in both Caroline's March Madness competition and NY's Funniest competition on Seeso. He is also the creator and star of the web series Secret Weapon, a finalist at the Channel 101 festival. In addition to CONAN, Doug's TV appearances include Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, Uproarious on Fuse, and the upcoming season of This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central.


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.


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.