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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!
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.
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!
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!
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully the Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed and Confused bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of traditional holiday fare. Put away your turkey baster and bring the whole fam to laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
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.
Folk humorist and comedian Mary Mack is a favorite on radio shows and podcasts around the country, including Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, The Bob and Tom Show, and American Public Media's WITS live show and podcast. Her comedy (spotted with occasional mandolin or clarinet outbursts) has been seen in the Vancouver Comedy Fest, The Andy Kaufman Awards, Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, Last Comic Standing and the San Francisco Sketch Fest as one of "The Dozen" up and coming headliners designated by the festival. Mack plays the part of Dylan, a main voice on Fox's new late night ADHD cartoon "Golan the Insatiable," and when she isn't in Los Angeles recording that, you can find her cleaning her house in Minnesota, or mouse-proofing her rad 1977 camper in Northern Wisconsin.
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.
Nikki Glaser is coming to UP Comedy Club! Nikki is a comedian and writer based in NYC. She has appeared on shows such as The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, Conan and hosts a popular podcast, You Had To Be There. On any given night, you can find her performing at New York comedy clubs such as The Stand and The Comedy Cellar, but don't fret: she frequently tours across the country.
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.
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.
On January 16, 1919 Prohibition was signed into law - ushering in an era of gangsters, bootleggers, and scoundrels that have influenced our nations culture. This January, ComedySportz Chicago plans to celebrate. Join us all weekend long as we turn the ComedySportz Theatre into a speakeasy, complete with an old-timey photo station, whiskey tastings, tommy guns, specialty cocktails and, to celebrate Al Capone's Birthday on January 17: Live Prohibition-era music by the Chi-Town Hotshots.
It's the 150 year celebration of Blaine, Missouri. The "Lunts of Blaine" have gathered together to create an homage celebrating the rich history of the "Stool Capital of the World". Featuring songs and scenes never seen before.
What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as host, Joey Bland, segues seamlessly from one game to the next. Have a special talent? Think your linguistic skills are better than most? Have something bizarre in your purse? Get on stage and change the game! Audiences participate at every turn, taking the show a different direction each night as the whip-smart cast toes the line between absurdity and genius in a way that only game shows and improv can achieve.
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv.
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.
As a recently hired contributor for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah showcases his comedic and cultural flare in everything he does. As a South African native, Trevor has hosted several awards shows and comedy festivals as well as his own late night talk show. Noah had his American debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which eventually lead to a tour with comedian Gabriel Inglesias. He presented his sold out one-man show That's Racist at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. He is also the subject of David Paul Meyer's award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It's True which highlights Trevor's career in post-apartheid South Africa. Trevor has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and has been featured in Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR's Talk of the Nation and in this past October's GQ. Lastly, Trevor is also a polyglot. He speaks eight different languages, including six different dialects of African.
After sold-out runs in Los Angeles and Portland, The Second City brings their irreverent and interactive seasonal satire Twist Your Dickens home to Chicago. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, three ridiculous ghosts and a cast of Second City's funniest members take the Owen stage by storm, as wicked parody, daring improv and a host of guest celebs run rampant. Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and featuring nods to beloved yuletide specials, Twist Your Dickens makes for a heaping host of holiday hilarity.
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.
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.