Chicago comedian Dwayne Kennedy is smiling — no, really — behind that mask outside Zanies comedy club in Old Town.

Chicago comedian Dwayne Kennedy is smiling — no, really — behind that mask outside Zanies comedy club in Old Town.

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Need a laugh amid coronavirus blues? We enlisted these Chicago comics to give you one.

VIDEO: We’re all cooped up at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So the Sun-Times asked these comedians to share a joke to give us all a little lift.

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They say tragedy plus time equals comedy. Well, it hasn’t taken long for some lighter sides to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The radical lifestyle changes brought on by social distancing have provided ample fodder for humor, as anyone who follows memes or watches late-night TV comics knows. And every laugh is a welcome break from the boredom, or the fear, or the grief.

That’s why the Sun-Times asked 10 Chicago comedians to tell us their best jokes from this bizarre moment of sheltering-in-place.

Don’t worry: They’re pretty much safe for the workplace — not that many of us are at a workplace anyway.

So here’s our cavalcade of quarantined comedians. Please give them a nice — and thoroughly washed — hand.

The comics

Dwayne Kennedy

Dwayne Kennedy’s first album — “Who the Hell is Dwayne Kennedy?” — is coming out May 1 and available for preorder at oakheadrecords.bandcamp.com.

Katie Meiners

Katie Meiners.

Katie Meiners.

Andrew Massih

Katie Meiners’ daily vlog “Cell Block Z” is on Instagram at @ZaniesRosemont. Her own IG is @katielmeiners.

Marz Timms

Marz Timms.

Marz Timms.

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Marz Timms posts more videos at @MarzTimms on Instagram and Twitter and @comedianmarz on Facebook.

Kevin Bozeman

Kevin Bozeman.

Kevin Bozeman.

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See more comedy from Kevin Bozeman at www.youtube.com/user/TheKevinbozeman

Steven Haas

Steven Haas.

Steven Haas.

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Steven Haas posts sketches on Instagram at @StevenHaasInsta and on Twitter at @StevenHaasTwit.

Rocky LaPorte

Rocky LaPorte.

Rocky LaPorte.

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Follow Rocky LaPorte on Facebook @comedianrockylaporte,Twitter @RockyLaporte and Instagram @rockylaporte.

Vik Pandya

Vik Pandya.

Vik Pandya.

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Vik Pandya is releasing clips each week from his album “Friends With 401(k) Benefits” on the Team US Comedy YouTube channel.

Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem.

Greg Schwem.

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Greg Schwem is performing a virtual presentation “You Can’t Quarantine Laughter” for corporate clients and is online at www.gregschwem.com.

Patti Vasquez

Patti Vasquez.

Patti Vasquez.

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Patti Vasquez provides consulting and keynote addresses on Zoom and is online at withkindwords.com.

Kelsie Huff

Follow Kelsie Huff at https://twitter.com/KelsieHuff?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Kelsie Huff.

Kelsie Huff.

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