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See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original. Suggested rating: R.
Professional grade stand-up comes to The ComedySportz Theatre. Featuring comedy talent from around the city, 100 Proof Comedy will make you laugh. Among our lineups you'll see comics who have performed on HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, The TBS Just For Laughs Festival, and more!
Al Madrigal's unique and lyrical delivery makes him more than just a stand-up comedian, but an expert storyteller. A fan-favorite on the Emmy® Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Madrigal's regular contributions as correspondent have led to numerous scripted television guest spots, including Welcome to the Captain (CBS), Gary Unmarried (CBS), The Ortegas (FOX), and The Tax Man (FOX). Most recently Al can be seen co-starring on NBCs About a Boy with Minnie Driver and David Walton.
Come see where it all began! The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from their fifty-two year history performed by The Second City Touring Company. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more, comes the next generation of the comedy world's best and brightest performing hilarious sketch comedy and The Second City's trademark improvisation.
The Blue Show is comedy for the 18+ crowd. Join us after the Friday 8pm ComedySportz match to see the players shed their uniforms and play dirty. No audience suggestion will be turned away, and nothing will hold these players back from the bawdy, the outrageous, the downright hilarious. This is pure, unfiltered, late-night improv.
There is no age limit for this show - but enter at your own risk! 18+ recommended.
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them…or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups we've all had when we had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
Totally free open mike standup comedy.
Join the limber and handsome cast of A Clown Car Named Desire for a spectacular night of illusion featuring brave, multitasking mothers expressing themselves; hyper hipsters competing for the ultimate in cool; and long term monogamous couples desperately trying to remember how they got that way. It's a night to remember and the perfect antidote to that mundane and troublesome state called reality.
A hilarious 90-minute improv comedy show in which two teams create comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice! It's clean, smart comedy for families and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz book - and nobody knows what will be played next!
#DateMe is a hilarious romp through the world of online dating made up of actual dialogue from interactions on OKCupid. The writers posted 38 fake #DateMe character profiles on the country's most popular dating website and encountered a host of hilarious and strange singles all looking to find love in a virtual landscape. The result is fast and funny, interactive comedy that will delight anyone who has ever looked for love - in person or online. Date night? Girls' night out? Bromance hang? #DateMe is the perfect show for people searching for love, already in love, or who want to laugh at love. Featuring multimedia, original music, improvisation, and real life characters transferred from the online world to the stage.
Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in Film and Television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry - as a waiter. At night he would hit the "open mic" circuit in Manhattan. After many years, Attell worked his way up through the club scene onto the road, touring across America as a national headliner and developing a huge following among fans and the industry alike.
A nod to the Jazz Age American musical, this fun show is a musical within a comedy. Follow a musical theatre lover as he takes the audience through the score of one of his favorite musicals. Centering around a fictional late 20's musical in which a stage star, Janet Van De Graaff, plans to leave her life in the spotlight to marry a man that she just met. There are plenty of laughs in this bright musical The Associated Press hailed as "Delightful, Sparkling Entertainment!" With a frantic best man, snarky butler, ditsy showgirl, undercover gangsters and a romancing foreigner, this cast of characters is a delight.
Now in its second smash year at the Greenhouse Theater Center, EL Stories stages the real life experiences of CTA commuters from across the city. Adapted verbatim from hundreds of first-person interviews, the Waltzing Mechanics perform a kaleidoscope of the commuting public's most memorable and hilarious encounters. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best of the Fringe in 2011," EL Stories also gives you a chance each week to have your own transit tale played back live. Don't miss our train!
Come see the up-and-coming generation of improv comedians create some of the most fun, inventive and entertaining game-based improv Chicago has to offer! Each night, see three of our talented House Teams showcase a variety of improv that will only leave you wanting more.
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and the author of the book, "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself," which became an instant New York Times Bestseller when it was released in April 2013.
You've seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central's @midnight. She's done stand up on many late night shows: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately. Jen is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of the web-turned-TV series "Drunk History" which aired on Comedy Central. Jen also voiced many characters on the Cartoon Network cult classic "Home Movies."
New York, 1880s. Hoping to find a new wife, wealthy yet prickly widower Horace Vandergelder recruits the services of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Little does Horace know that Dolly is plotting to become the next Mrs. Vandergelder herself! As Horace and Dolly set out to Manhattan to commence the search, a madcap mix of mistaken identity, outrageous misbehavior and spontaneous romance ensues. The inspiration for Hello, Dolly!, The Matchmaker is an uproarious romp that reminds us to embrace the unexpected in our lives.
Hometown hero Matt Braunger returns to the UP Comedy Club this September. Perhaps best known as a MadTV alum, Matt has gone on to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman, @midnight, and Garfunkel & Oates. His recently-released album, Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal, earned largely positive reviews and was broadcast as an hour special on Comedy Central.
"Maybe Baby, It's You." Or maybe...it isn't?! From the very first kiss to the not-so-golden years of marriage, "Maybe Baby" is a wild ride through the search for that most elusive relationship— the soul mate. What starts as a laundry list of must-have soul mate qualities swiftly dwindles down to a desperate plea of finding someone who is simply "warm and breathing" in this comical quest for compatibility. From "Mr. Right" who hilariously becomes "Mr. Wrong" the minute he steps onto the dance floor, to an elderly couple who considers remarriage at their grandson's soccer game, this series of eleven vignettes is sure to warm the hearts of lovers everywhere!
Midnight Blue is 60 minute show where, late at night, the ComedySportz Ensemble gathers to do improv with no fouls, no rules, and no subject matter too taboo. We invite you to ditch the kids and hang out after the 10:00pm ComedySportz match. We'll keep the bar open and tear this place apart.
Nate Bargatze</b has had an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, two late night appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, four appearances on Conan, two appearances on Comedy Central's "@ Midnight", and had his own Comedy Central Presents in 2011. He has written for Spike TV's Video Game Awards and received critical acclaim at the Montreal Comedy Festival multiple years. When he isn't winning comedy festivals in both New York and Boston, or performing at Bonnaroo or on tour with Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour, he might just be performing for troops in Iraq, which he has done five times. His debut comedy album "Yelled at by a Clown" reached #1 on the iTunes comedy charts.
The Second City and NBCUniversal are proud to announce the first annual NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Comedy Festival at UP Comedy Club (230 W. North, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley) on Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.
The NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Comedy Festival is a new comedy fest spotlighting some of the country's best emerging talent in sketch, improvisation and stand-up.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway, One Man, Two Guv'nors transforms Goldini's 18th century Commedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into a modern comedy full of satire and slapstick.
MCL Chicago is proud to announce the inaugural Premier Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies. This new festival is designed to celebrate new original musical comedies for Chicago's vibrant comedy scene. Six full-length musicals that have never been produced before will premiere over a weekend at MCL Chicago. One will be selected "Premier Premiere" by a panel of three adjudicators from the Chicago Theater Community and win a six performance run at MCL.
MCL Chicago is proud to announce the debut of its inaugural Musical Comedy Festival, Premiere Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies. The festival celebrates original musical comedies, with its mission being the ability to produce great works for Chicago's vibrant comedy and theater communities. We are looking for full-length, original musical comedies that have never been produced before.
Ron Funches is a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor. You just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear. His easy going, inventive style sounds the way fresh chocolate chip cookies taste. Ron performs stand up all over the United States impressing audiences everywhere.
UP Comedy Club presents The Second City's Life Hacks. Pulling from over half a century of hilarious scenes and songs, Second City experiments with tweaking the little things to make life easier... or at least tries to. Always seeming to lose the phone charger down the back of your desk? Can't seem to make round sandwich meat fit onto square bread ? Trying to get up the courage to ask the big question? Watch as The Second City uses comedy to shell a hard boiled egg and keep an open bag of chips freshand other clever solutions to the little snags of everyday life and love.
UP Comedy Club has combined two of Chicago's favorite things, brunch & comedy, for the ultimate Sunday-Funday. Join us every Sunday at 11:00am for a delicious brunch followed by our hilarious improv comedy show at 12pm. Your belly will thank you.
From the creators of Talk Hard (named Chicago's "Best Sketch Troupe" of 2013 by The Chicago Reader), Spiked Punch is one part gameshow, ALL parts PARTY! The show features two teams of Chicago's sharpest comedians who are forced to make you laugh or suffer the hilarious consequences. We provide the set-ups, and it's up to them to deliver the punchlines . . . or pay the price! No preparation. No hesitation. And plenty of libations!
Solidly ensconced in the 30-40 demographic, comedian Todd Glass may now be considered ineligible to be labeled a wunderkind -- but he certainly was one, having launched his career in comedy at age 16. Since that precocious start, the Philadelphia native has developed into a polished performer with a bent for inventive material that often mocks the conventions of standup. Todd's first CD "Thin Pig" with Comedy Central Records was recorded in Tempe, AZ, and features an hour of Glass' fantastic observations and stories. Todd is no stranger to television, however.
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
Set in the techno-heavy modern day, ZIG: EDM Suicide introduces audiences to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) superstar ZIG who craves to make any type of real connection with the youth of this generation, not with their cell phones. While ZIG searches for the song that will connect his millennial fans to rock 'n' roll music, his label only wants him to be trending no matter the cost. Drawing inspiration from rock legends of the 1970s, particularly David Bowie and his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, ZIG ventures on a drug fueled fantasia receiving help from cosmic characters such as Space Jesus Neil Degrasse Tyson, Sarah from Labyrinth and Major Tom. Join ZIG on his odyssey into 1970s arena rock and roll.