"Improv's Next Generation" Performs at 10 PM Thursdays Through June 13th

Our Wednesday Night "Two Dollar Bill" evening of three improv comedy shows for just $2 is now on hiatus until June 20th, but there's no rest for the players of Battle-Prov. Our fearless performers will move from their place in the Wednesday night lineup over to Thursday nights at 10 PM - just after the 8 PM ComedySportz show - starting April 4, 2013.  They'll make their home on Thrusday nights until June 13th, and return to The Two-Dollar Bill on June 19th.

Marvel as 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!  Tickets are just $5.00 -- or FREE to guests of the 8 PM ComedySportz show.

For tickets, call 773-549-8080 or visit www.ticketmaster.com  to reserve.

Creator of viral sensation “What What ” to visit the uncensored weekly talk show - Friday, March 29 at midnight.

Talk Hard, Chicago’s hit late-night, uncensored talk show is proud to welcome Samwell – a bonafide internet star!  Samwell’s video for the song "What What" became a youtube sensation, garnering well-over 50 million views.  The song was licensed by South Park, and featured in their episode “Canada on Strike.”  Samwell has also appeared as a recurring guest on Tosh.0, and was invited to the set of the film Public Enemies to surprise one of his most high-profile fans, Johnny Depp.  He’ll be appearing as an interview guest on Talk Hard – the late-night, uncensored talk show - this Friday at midnight at The ComedySportz Theatre.

This action-packed show will also feature an appearance by Scott Johnston and Ben Brownson of Broken Nose Theatre.  Their world premiere play Beautiful Broken just opened, and they’ll be on hand to talk about this edgy new production.


The evening will be capped with a live musical performance by Maya Kuper!  Maya’s haunting voice can usually be heard fronting the Chicago-based band Safeword.  For her appearance on Talk Hard she will be debuting work from her upcoming solo project. As always, this show is live and uncensored, hosted by the unpredictable Jamie Campbell.  With a writing staff that was hand-picked from Chicago’s world-famous Comedy Scene, this late-night talk show features a topical monologue and desk pieces that are well-worth being up past your bedtime.

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 10p ComedySportz improv show gets audience m


Talk Hard welcomes Lisa Marie Varon - one of pro wrestling's most decorated stars - this Friday, March 1 at midnight

Additional guests to include Kam Kardashian and Danny Black

Talk Hard, Chicago’s hit late-night, uncensored talk show is proud to welcome Lisa Marie Varon to The ComedySportz Theatre this Friday (March 1st) at midnight.  Lisa is one of professional wrestling’s most decorated female competitors, having held the WWE Women’s Championship (under the ring-name Victoria) twice, and the TNA Knockouts Championship (under the ring-name Tara) a record-tying five times!  Lisa Marie will be on-hand to talk about wrestling, life in Chicago, the opening of her new pizza restaurant in Lincoln Park, and more!

This action-packed show will also feature an appearance by internet sensation Kam Kardashian.  Kam’s webseries is about the day-to-day adventures of the long-lost lesbian sister of a very famous family.  She will be visiting Talk Hard to promote the premiere of the show’s second season.  The first season can be viewed at www.kamkardashian.com.

This week’s show will also feature musical guest Danny Black.  Danny’s former band, The Blacks (or, The Black Family), were a cult sensation.  They released two albums with Bloodshot Records.  Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune said “they created a sound and put on a show like nobody else.”  Danny will be performing solo, promoting his live-podcast The God, SEX, & Death Variety Hour that records monthly at The Hideout.

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 10p ComedySportz improv show gets audience members into Talk Hard at half price. Life is short – talk hard.





Who doesn’t miss Live TV? On Sunday nights at 7 pm, two improv groups harken back to that golden age of live TV, where anything could happen and there was no five second delay. Every week, the improv groups Legacy and BattleProv create two new TV shows based on titles suggested by the audience. You might see a police procedural and a soap opera one week, and a hospital drama and a reality show the next. You never know what you’re going to get until you tune in.

The two talented ensembles performing the TV Show are no strangers to the ComedySportz stage. The gifted performers in Legacy all came to Chicago after playing with ComedySportz Theaters across the country, from New Orleans to Philadelphia.  Meanwhile, BattleProv takes the ComedySportz Theatre stage every Wednesday at 9  to challenge the city’s best short-form teams to an improv showdown.

The two teams decided to get together to mix the wacky energy of their regular shows with the kind of TV Show formats everyone knows and loves.  “People are always looking at TV and saying, ‘I could write something better than that,’” says Bruce Phillips of Legacy, “Well, we’re trying to do exactly that.” Rob Grabowski, of BattleProv, agrees, “When I was growing up I watched a lot of TV. It’s fun to play with all those different styles of shows I watched growing up. I love being able to come in and do anything from a Law and Order parody to an Ed Sullivan-esque variety show.” And for at least one performer—Josiah Jenkins of BattleProv—“I like this show because it may be the closest I ever get to being on TV.”

Not only do the performers get in on the TV-style fun—the audience does as well. They provide the titles for every show including recent shows like “Down and Dirty,” “Beach Bums,” and “The Koalas of Sunset Beach.”  And unlike real TV, you won’t want to skip the commercials. Every show features “commercial breaks” made up of world’s worst product pitches, movie trailers, celebrity PSA’s, or just about anything else—all based on suggestions provided by the audience on the spot.

And if you enjoy the performers in the TV show, you can catch both teams at other times on the ComedySportz stage. Both teams regularly perform in the “Two Dollar Bill,” running at 8 pm on Wednesdays through the end of March. And starting in April, you can stick around after the mainstage show to watch BattleProv on Thursdays at 10 pm.

So turn off the tube and get tuned into some live comedy. The TV Show is the best “TV set” in town.   Tickets are only $5.00 and also include admission to the Chicago Improv League show, which follows at 8:30 pm.