Live Pandemic Safe Comedy! Laugh Factory Presents Laughs on The Lake at LakeShore Drive-In (August 13, 2020)

Stand-up comedy shows normally take place in a crowded bar or comedy club. Laughs on the Lake was the exact opposite of that. It was a drive in show where every other parking space was left open. The audience is allowed to remove their masks while in their cars. They were also allowed to set up chairs in front of their cars. If they wanted to sit in these chairs, they were required to wear their masks. This is much more strict than the rules at last weekend’s Local H Drive-In show in Schaumburg where you could set up next to your car without a mask.

You could conveniently order food to your car using your phone. Check out the menu here. Unlike at their club, which is now open on weekends, there is no two drink minimum!

In my opinion, they set up the stage on the wrong side of the parking lot. The lot is basically a triangle. If they had put it in one of the corners, all the cars would have good sight lines to the stage. Instead, they put it in the middle of one of the sides. Thus, the cars towards the front corners can only see the very front of the stage. The comedians stood back from the front, so the side of the stage blocked the view. If you attend a future show, avoid these front corners.

The comedy was full of laughs. A lot of the comedians were parents complaining about having to spend so much time with their kids. Leon Rogers did a long bit about taking Rhino 7, a male sexual enhancement supplement that ended up with him in the hospital because his erection wouldn’t subside. Em Brown asked for people to honk if they lived in the south suburbs. After they honked, he then said “Great, I need a ride home!” Correy Boyd-Bell often complained about the bugs that were attracted to the bright stage lights. She decided to put on her mask to keep them out of her mouth! T-Murph talked about how he likes Trump because he got a stimulus check. The audience did not take that well. He also said he would vote for Kanye. Nobody laughed.

Despite the few downsides, it was still great to get out and go to a show during the pandemic. I expect a concert to work even better in this setup. Buy tickets to future shows here!

Quinn Delaney

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