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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.
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, Apes of Wrath embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
Strawdog Artistic Associate Matt Hawkins (Red Noses, Big Love) returns to Strawdog to helm The Arsonists, a parable about society's capacity to accommodate the very thing that destroys it. Bidemann (Rob Kauzlaric), a prominent businessman, is living in a city that has been the scene of mysterious fires. When two strangers ask him for shelter on a rainy evening, Bidemann does what all good citizens should do and offers them his home. As the evidence begins to mount indicating his guests are the men setting the fires, Bidemann must choose what to do, turn out his guests or help them light the match.
The Arsonists, originally called the The Firebugs (was first published in German as Herr Biedermann und die Brandstifter, and sometimes translated in English as Biedermann and the Firebugs), is one of Frisch's most enduring plays and written in the years following World War II. It was first conceived of in a short entry in one of Frisch's diaries and the devised for a
We live in an age of cinema where a movie's post-credits scene means more than the movie itself. The pH Comedy Theater's newest installment in their superhero satire series, Assemblers 3: Countdown to Assemblers 4!, features all new sketches that attacks superheroes, superhero movies and the people who love them. Love, death, sex, violence, codependency and devotion to hype are all part of this action-adventure-comedy spectacle. Assemblers 3 is intended for both comic geeks and people who have never read a comic in their life.
Comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader put on a hilarious show that all baby boomers can relate to. They cover a wide range of topics from work to dieting and aging. It's a night filled with clean relatable comedy for the generation born before seatbelts and safety helmets. See this funny show that has become a Metropolis favorite.
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.
For over thirty years Bob Stromberg has been entertaining audiences with his clean comedy. Bob travels the world performing his very unique and perfect blend of standup, story and shtick. He's the co-author and an original star of the megahit theatrical comedy Triple Espresso (A Highly Caffeinated Comedy), which has been seen by nearly two million people from San Diego to the West End of London. See this uplifting comedian that the Chicago Sun Times calls "...a mesmerizing physical comedian."
Based on Neil Simon's memoirs of growing up in Brooklyn, this coming-of-age comedy recounts life in 1937 through the eyes of a young teenage boy. Eugene Jerome, dreaming of baseball and girls, must cope with the mundane existence of his cramped, Jewish-American family life: an over-worked father, under-appreciated mother, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his asthmatic Aunt Blanche, her two pampered daughters and Grandpa the Socialist, and you have a recipe for true hilarity. This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor.
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.
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.
Two teams of improvisers compete against each other for the audience's approval and a trophy by performing an array of scenes, songs and games based on audience suggestions.
Death by Evening is a mixed-format variety show featuring unique, dark, and unusual standup, sketch, improv and music showcasing some of Chicago's most intriguing performers.
Ever wonder what people are really thinking? Maybe it's positive and sweet. Maybe its weird and dirty. From musical orgies, blind dates and the innocent beginning of an international email scam, Depraved New World takes you on a wild ride to see what's happening behind the eyes of the beholder.
Inspired by the world's most popular board game, Don't Pass Go! introduces audiences to the world beyond what's on the surface.The exploring seven interconnected characters and where they are in life, aka the game board. Don't Pass Go! is comprised of four different musicals and the audience and cast won't know which musical they are doing until an audience member rolls the dice. One night audiences could see the poor side of the board, Baltic Avenue, and those sad purple locations; the next could be the fancy, high class Park Place and Boardwalk. It is all the same characters but different songs, dances and stories depending on the dice.
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!
- Chicago's South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America's involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior and his wife Lena are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Genesis is a play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.
This tribute chronicles Williams' rise from humble beginnings in Louisiana to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry stage and becoming one of the great innovators of American music to his self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Hank Williams: Lost Highway includes more than 20 Williams' classics, including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Jambalaya."
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.
Jeff Ross aka "The Roastmaster General" is an actor, writer, director, producer and comedian originally from Newark, New Jersey. He is the creator and star of The Burn With Jeff Ross on Comedy Central as well as a producer and star of that network's wildly popular celebrity roast franchise. He also debuted his new comedy special on Comedy Central, Jeff Ross Roasts America, which takes Jeff across the United States and into Canada speed roasting the people, places and things that make this country so unique. Recent writing credits include the screenplay The Comedian (co-written with Art Linson) and the book, I Only Roast The Ones I Love published by Simon & Schuster.
Jerrod Carmichael is an LA based standup and performer originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was featured as one of Variety's "Top Ten Comics to Watch" last year and was also one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He recurred on Fox's The Goodwin Games and can be seen in Neighbors with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Jerrod is working on his first hour-long stand-up special with HBO, producted by Funny or Die and is directed by Spike Lee. Jerrod is a regular around some of LA's favorite standup shows, including Meltdown, The Improv, Laugh Factory and many alternative rooms.
From Creators of Tony n' Tina's Wedding comes Johnny Boy's Graduation and Interactive Mob Comedy. Johnny Boy's Graduation is an interactive comedy like Tony n' Tina's Wedding where the audience are the guests at the event - Johnny's getting out of jail and the Boss is throwing a surprise party. Tensions are high because of missing loot and who will be the next boss. These gangsters have more issues than National Geographic.
Kyle Kinane has been performing stand-up for almost half his life. He has performed at comedy festivals across the United States, Canada, and England. His nights are now occupied with performances at popular venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles, the national chain of Improv comedy clubs and he is a regular opener for headliners such as Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn.
This Chicago native is also the voice of Comedy Central and has appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History. He has also appeared on TV shows such as Last Call with Carson Daly, The Very Funny Show on TBS, The World Stands Up on the BBC and the Judd Apatow production Funny People.
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.
Moshe Kasher returns to UP Comedy club, because according to East Bay Express, he's "Everything you want in a comedian." He's a child genius, Jewish comedian and a beefcake to top it off. Earlier this year, Aziz Ansari named Moshe as one of his five favorite comedians right now, so that's saying something.
Moshe is also a writer on NBC's The New Normal, the co-host of The Champs podcast and the author of the acclaimed memoir Kasher In The Rye on Grand Central Publishing. He has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, Conan, Carson Daly, and Showtime's Shameless. He was selected as one of Variety Magazine's Ten Comics to Watch and LA Times', Faces to Watch.
If you've done it, there's probably a story behind it. Whether it was love or lust, shy or sexy, awkward or awesome or somewhere in between, chances are you remember your first sexual experience. It's one of the few things almost every person on the planet has in common, yet we rarely talk about it. Until now.
In My First Time, four actors perform stories ranging from heartwarming to hysterical, every one of them true and written by real people just like you. Featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial, Broken Nose Theatre is titillated to present the remount of their inaugural late-night smash. Whatever your story, My First Time will have you laughing and reminiscing about your own first time…and thinking about your next one.
Nick Thune, comedian / actor, hails from the Great Northwest (Seattle), where he spent his early years growing up. Nick's absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show 8 times, and on each occasion, he won. Nick has also appeared on Conan, The Late Show w/ Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central Special.
Thick Noon, Nick's debut album, was released on Comedy Central Records in 2010 and was included in amazon.com's "Best of 2010 Comedy Albums". Nick can be seen in Mike Judge's movie "Extract" and the independent film "Highway 61 Re: Revisited" opposite Tobin Bell. Thune's other film credits include "Spring Breakdown" and "Unaccompanied Minors". Nick has created two web series for Comedy Central, "iThunes" and "NicksBigShow.com". Currently, Nick is touring the country changing lives one joke at a time.
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.
What will your mind reveal? Join your host, Eric Lindberg, as he combines his life-long passions of improvisational comedy and old school Mentalism to create a one of a kind evening of mind imploding comedy! Using highly unorthodox psychological techniques combined with razor sharp wit, you'll watch him sweat and strain as he navigates the untapped power of the human mind. Enter the theater with an open mind and prepare to have the totally impossible, become the highly probable.
Join the cast of The Second City's Deep Cuts as they navigate the daily apocalypse of the internet age, where the end of the world is simply fodder for top ten lists and worldwide politics are boiled down to philosophical T-Rex memes. Too busy googling your ex-boyfriend to make a new memory at prom? Too many Big Macs ruining your profile smile? It's easy to go to the hit single, but the deep cuts are where it really gets rewarding.
The polar vortex is ancient history, beaches are open, tourists are swarming Navy Pier: it's time for a legendary Chicago summer, and The Second City's Summer Blockbuster is this year's can't-miss show. Break out your flip-flops and relax with a margarita as childhood friends relive uproarious misadventures on a basketball court, a female wrestler learns the finer points of smack-talking, and the world's most epic rundown erupts at a White Sox game. After a day of fun in the sun, enjoy a few hours of Chicago-style air-conditioned hilarity...now in 4D!
Based on the novel An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw
A millionaire socialist vanishes from his bride, fearing his passion for her will prevent his plan to overthrow the British government. Disguised as a laborer, he infiltrates the all girls' school Alton College, planting the seeds of socialism in the minds of future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Yet it is he who receives a progressive education from a sixth-form student with an agenda of her own. Equal parts political comedy and comedy of manners complete with love triangles, mistaken identities, pistols and position – this stylish and cunning hybrid sparkles with wit and wiles, making even the reddest socialist blush with laughter.
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!
This uncensored late night talk show will feature a topical monologue, remote video segments, off-the-wall characters and bizarre special guests. Together with a crack team of writers hand-picked from Chicago's world famous comedy scene, Jamie Campbell will put on a cutting edge show open to guests of all shapes and sizes over the age of 18.
Todd Glass is a Los Angeles-based comedian who has appeared on numerous television series including "Last Comic Standing," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Louie," and many more. His podcast, The Todd Glass show, is available on the Nerdist network.
8 p.m. - Genesis League Five farm teams working tirelessly to hone their improvisational skills. Night and day these comedic athletes are training to be play smart, fast, improv for the admiration of their fans.
9 p.m. - The People's Improv, House Team CALIBER Throughout the history of Improvisational Comedy, Chicago audiences have set the standard of what is a truly great performance. Now you will be rewarded for your expertise. This is a show for you, about you and the outcome is decided by you. It's the People's Improv!
The After Party
The After Party is an improv jam led by the ComedySportz ensemble while providing a fun and supportive environment to try your hand at a variety of improv games each week. Whether you've never done improv or are a seasoned veteran, this improv open mic is a great way to take the stage and play the same improv games we play in the ComedySportz show.
On the comedy stage, Judah Friedlander is The World Champion. He is the best athlete in the world, greatest martial artist, the sexual desire of every woman, and a role model to children. Let's face it, Judah is the greatest comedian in the world… And the most humble. Judah is an extra-dark blackbelt in karate.
Judah is known to comics & audiences as one of the funniest and most original stand-up comedians. Seeing Judah perform live is always a unique experience. He always has new jokes & he plays off the audience making up jokes on the spot. You will never see Judah do the same show twice. Because Judah is so awesome, he's also one of the most copied comedians. But a copy is never as good as the original. And no one can top The World Champion.
You can watch Judah as "Frank Rossitano" on the Emmy-winning "30 Rock" every night in syndication & on Comedy Central.
The jukebox inside the Yankee Tavern stopped in the middle of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie" as the first hijacked plane impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in conversations of what happened that day and who is telling the truth. Dietz's acclaimed and dramatic thriller is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips the audience until the final word. Creative team to be announced.
Yannis Pappas is currently the co-anchor of "Fusion Live," a one-hour news magazine program on Fusion Network, which focuses on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis' Half Hour Comedy Central Special is available on Amazon, iTunes and whenever Comedy Central re-runs it.
He has also been featured on AXS TV, VH1′s "Best Week Ever", CBS and Good Morning America on ABC. He was the first comedian to do stand up ever on the New Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon - it was a test show and didn't air, but that's kind of a cool thing. He tours the world as a stand-up comedian and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. He has also been on TV in Canada a few times and Denmark and Greece. All his comedy shorts with Ditch Films can be found on YouTube. Go watch them, they are there.