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Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart coming to Just for Laughs

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Updated: April 24, 2013 11:16PM

Chicago’s ever-growing TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival is back for another year, June 11-16, and the line-up includes a batch of well-known performers. A handful: Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart, David Cross, Nick Swardson, John Hodgman, Artie Lange, Hannibal Buress, Al Madrigal and Maria Bamford.

Some of the biggest names — Maher, Meyers, Newhart, Buress and Cross — will hold forth at the Chicago Theatre. The Vic and Park West host Swardson, Hodgman, Lange and Bamford, among others.

If you’ve never caught veteran stand-up, TV star and Chicago native Newhart live, now’s your chance when the award-winning comedy revolutionary and former accountant appears June 15 at 7 p.m.

Among the younger set of comics, Buress is quickly rising in the ranks. The former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” writer started out working small joints in Chicago (his hometown) and elsewhere. The expansive Chicago Theatre, where he’ll share the bill with headliner Meyers (a Northwestern grad and Evanston native) and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” correspondent Madrigal, seats approximately 3,600. It’s not as massive as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, where Buress did a short set last year, but it’s cavernous for comedy. Buress seems undaunted, though; he’s played there twice before during prior JFL fests and is pumped to return.

“I’m really excited to come back home and perform there again,” he wrote in an email. “It’s a beautiful and historic venue.”

Festival tickets go on sale April 27 at 10 a.m. at

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