Up to 34 people will have five minutes on stage. No reservations are needed for audience members. Open mic performers can arrive at 7 p.m. to sign up to appear, and the fun begins at 7:30 p.m.
"Comedians are very supportive of the room," he said, noting they are traveling from Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Joliet and beyond. They like to see … a comedian's room – a room that's [designed] by a comic for comics."
Martino said a lot of the talent in the club has been featured on television, ranging from NBC to Comedy Central.
One may sign up for the newsletter on the club website and check out the upcoming acts.
It's taken a lot of hard work to open the club doors, and Martino credits the assistance of his wife, Angelina, in making the dream a reality.
Keeping other comedians' families in mind, Martino said he focused on booking talent from the local region for the holidays, so the artists won't have to be on the road and away from home.
He's cooked up something special for Thanksgiving weekend, booking Chicago all-stars shows – "the best of the best that Chicago has to offer," he said.