The Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” Poll for 2013 is out and our own Jamie Campbell came out on top in the “Best Stand-up” category. Not only that, his weekly live, uncensored talk show, Talk Hard, was named Best Sketch/Improv Group.
Jamie can be seen at The ComedySportz Theatre most any day of the week. When he’s not performing as an improv player in our regular ComedySportz shows, he’s often performing or hosting our Monday night stand-up showcase, 100 Proof Comedy. Or, he might be on his way teaching stand-up comedy to students of The ComedySportz Training Center. And on Fridays, he and his team of writers and performers are spending a full day putting together the final touches on their Talk Hard show, performed every Friday at midnight.
Each week Talk Hard features an original monologue and an original comedy video created by a team of Chicago’s top comedy writers, a musical guest and guests whose talents might include anything from stand-up comedy to magic, wrestling or burlesque!
Talk Hard Lineup for Friday, June 22
Friday, June 22 at midnight, Talk Hard welcomes Chicago’s Nick Roy – the magical heartthrob who appeared on this season of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Nick is an accomplished magician who has also performed on the hit radio program Mancow, and will be bringing a jaw-dropping, magical performance to Talk Hard that will leave the audience both amazed and in-love!
This week’s show will also be joined by special guest Patrick O’Rourke, creator and host of the wonderfully hilarious podcast, web series and live show, Making New Friends. On Making New Friends, Patrick invites a guest and a friend each week in hopes of forging a new friendship. Hear about the tales live on the Talk Hard stage. He is also the founder of the digital comedy production company, Peaches & Hot Sauce.
Rounding out the evening, Crassus will be performing live. Crassus is a comedy power duo that plans to ravish you with laughter, hopefully while amassing great wealth but avoiding their own messy decapitations. You know: comedy. Crassus is Geoff Crump and Nat Topping. Crassus has performed at Chicago SketchFest, The Big Little Comedy Festival, and a multitude of friendly venues around the city of Chicago. Oh yeah, and Rockford. They headlined in Rockford once.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at The ComedySportz Theatre box office. Call 773.549.8080 in advance or buy them at the door. Attendance to the 10 p.m. ComedySportz improv show gets audience members into Talk Hard at half price.
Our popular house team, The Stevens Family, most recently seen as the leaders of the FUN-derdome improv jam on Wednesday nights, will be performing in a show of their very own Thursdays at 10PM, starting June 20th. The self-proclaimed "first family of Chicago improv" (who hails from Indiana) promises to “punch comedy in its stupid face.”
The Stevens Family cast includes (as pictured left-to-right in the photo at left): Abram Rabinowitz (Kocaine Stevens), Ryan Williams (Baller Stevens), Kevin Pomeroy (Pretty Ricky Ray Stevens), Alex Mack (Bowflex Stevens), Andrew Thorpe (Mustang Stevens), Matt Castellvi (D.R. Stevens), Jamie Campbell (Hulkhogan Stevens) and (not pictured) Nathan Jansen (Six Flags Stevens).
Tickets are just $5, or even free to guests of the 8 PM ComedySportz show. Reservations aren’t required, but call 773-549-8080 for more info. The show is recommended for adults 18 and up.
The ComedySportz Theatre’s wildly popular night of comedy offering three improv shows for just $2 will return Wednesday, June 19 and run weekly until next Spring. It will feature a brand new concept for the 10 PM open mic improv jam – The After Party. The After Party is an improvised party with a new “party” theme every week (a birthday party, a bar-b-que, a quinceanera, a cocktail party) where both audience and players, led by members of ComedySportz’ main ensemble, are encouraged to try out improv in a fun and supportive environment.
Returning to open up the evening at 8 PM is Genesis League – with a new cast playing new, ground-breaking short-form improv games. After that, Battle-Prov moves from its late night Thursday slot to takes the stage at 9 pm. Improv comedy's next generation takes on challengers from the Chicago comedy world. Each show features a rotating cast, a special guest team, and plenty of laughs!
After seeing all that great improv, you may be inspired to take the stage and give improv a try yourself in The After Party, or just enjoy the party while others perform.
As before, the whole night is just $2! Come when you can and stay as long as you like. Our doors and our full service bar open at 7:30 pm! Reservations are not necessary, call 773-549-8080 if you have any questions.
A visit to ComedySportz makes a Father's Day present that's neither socks, an ash tray nor a tie!
And one you can enjoy as much as he does. The all-age appropriate improv of ComedySportz will be a great family gathering to get the Father's Day festivities started.
Showtimes are Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 8 & 10 pm, and Saturday at 6, 8 & 10 pm.
Call 773-549-8080 to reserve your tickets Just mention this DADS AND GRADS promotion to get your free ticket.