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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.
The Declaration Of Independence states that every American has an unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. From John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald to Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and John Hinckley, Jr., the assassins of Stephen Sondheim's five-time Tony Award winning musical couldn't agree more.
Glitteringly dark, unflinchingly funny, and completely unapologetic, ASSASSINS bends time to bring together America's most notorious presidential assassins (some successful, some failed) for a rollicking journey through the underbelly of The American Dream, and asks us to consider what separates those who resort to violence from those who don't... After all, "Everybody's got the right to be happy."
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.
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.
Eat Your Heart Out, the hit of the 2012 Humana Festival of New Plays, intertwines the stories of six people and delves into the complexities of family, body image and hearts and minds consumed by longing. Alice (Mary Cross*) and Gabe (Michael Szeles) are desperate to adopt a child and create a family. Single mom Nance (Katherine Keberlein) is eager to connect with her overweight teenage daughter Evie (Anne Joy). Evie is trying to get her geeky best friend (Andrew Goetten) to like her as much as she likes him. Woven through these stories is Nance's attempt to find love on Match.com with Tom (Charlie Strater) as all six characters dance around their own loneliness.
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!
The professionals at ComedySportz have been playing games since 1988, but House Team Zephyr is giving you the chance to see those games made in an instant! The scientists of Anderson, Anderson, and Yes Anderson will create games using your suggestions, play those games, and give you the chance to decide what games stick around for the next show!
It starts with an audience suggestion then the players create a full length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense and the actors might not be able to stand at all.
The show will also feature a live jazz band and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the "refreshments."
"With the tagline, 'Action so tense, you'll have to get tight," how can you go wrong?
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.
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.
It's 1953 and the writers of The Max Prince Show are hard at work creating comedy gold for NBC. With pressure from the network to make changes and budget cuts, amongst the political tensions of communism and a volatile tempered Max Prince, the writers have quite a task ahead of them. This diverse group of writers provides endless laughs with constant one-upmanship, mayhem, and individual neuroses.
Based on Neil Simon's early television career working with Sid Caesar, this group of social misfits will have you laughing from start to finish as they navigate through the changing world of TV in the 50's. Come see this laugh out loud comedy New York Times calls "undeniably funny".
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.
Borogravia is at war. Again. When Polly Perks' brother goes missing in action, she cuts off her hair, stuffs a sock down her breeches, and enlists, hoping to find him. Passing successfully as a young man, she soon discovers that she's not alone in protecting a secret and that nothing in the improbable war is as it seems. Scrambling to survive both the enemy and their untried officer, Polly's misfit company makes its way to the front, where it might just prove to be the least likely regiment to ever win a battle. A wickedly funny look at the absurdities of war and ambiguities of identity.
Midsommer Flight's outdoors Much Ado About Nothing features a cast of 20 and tells a tale of love winning out despite any obstacles. One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Much Ado takes the audience to an Italian villa, where two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, and Claudio and Hero, navigate through deceptions ranging from sinister to hilarious on their journey toward happily ever after.
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.
Rapture is a blend of freestyle and improv comedy, and features twelve of the funniest folks with flow you will find in Chicago. Watch them cut and scratch scenes together in a narrative, mixing hiphop with all genres. Rapture culminates in a massive freestyle session, calling back themes, characters, and story in a big mic dropping ending.
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.