“That’s the beauty of stand-up,” comedian Dwayne Kennedy says casually, his glasses, goatee and all-black outfit mixing with his contemplative tone to give him the vibe of a philosophy professor discussing a classic text. “You can talk about anything you want to talk about in the world as long as it ends in funny.“ It’s Sunday night, a few hours before the first of seven shows he’ll be performing at Zanies (the Wells Street location) over the next week, and the iconic venue is empty, framed faces of famous comedians staring at us from all sides as we chat. The weeklong stint at Zanies, which culminates with two shows Friday, is a comedic homecoming of sorts for Chicago native Kennedy, who performed his very first set at Zanies in the ’80s. “I saw Zanies had an open mic so I came in, signed up, went on,” he says. He did five or six minutes that first time up but thought performers had to bring completely new material to every open mic. “So the first time it went well. The second time was kind of dicey. The third time it was horrible, so then I didn’t do it again for a year and a half.” After letting his ego recover, Kennedy gave comedy another shot and has been at it ever since, with appearances on “Late Show With ,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” He consistently opens for friend and former Chicagoan W. Kamau Bell (the two recently appeared at the Park West) and was instrumental to Bell’s short-lived, Chris Rock-executive produced show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” But despite his ties to the coasts and the occasional pull of a next level of career success and opportunity, Kennedy has continued to call Chicago home. “I love it,” he says. “Compared to LA there are a lot more places to work in Chicago. Chicago is a great place to get good. It’s not a place to get famous.” It’s true Kennedy doesn’t have the type of notoriety that an average audience member (or “civilian” as he calls noncomedy people) will recognize or geek out over; his Sunday night show at Zanies played to a house at half capacity. But among his fellow comedians it’s a different story. Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron described him as “mythic” while Chris Rock