The women of the ComedySportz Theatre will be well represented in Chicago's second annual festival celebrating women in comedy, with members of our main ensemble and 100 Proof Comedy appearing in many of the festival’s more than 60 shows over four days. The second annual edition of the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival will be held June 6- 9th at Stage 773 at 1225 West Belmont Avenue just down the street from The ComedySportz Theatre.
Contributing to the collection of stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, musical-comedy, solo shows and one acts to be featured in the festival will be ComedySportz players Tara DeFrancisco (DeFrancisCO), Mel Evans (Improvised Jane Austen), Meg Grunewald (Just the Tip), Liz Reuss (Claudia & Liz, ‘90’s Girl Band, The Solo Bunch) and Jen Staben (Improvised Baby Sitters Club). There's even one male ComedySportz player contributing to the on-stage effort - Peter Kremidas, who is directing Lets Watch TV, a solo show by ComedySportz alum Leslie Nesbit.
Performing stand-up at the Festival will be 100 Proof Comedy cast members Kristin Clifford, Kelsie Huff and Alexandra Tsarpalas along with Talk Hard writer Monique Madrid, and former Training Center stand-up student, Grace Lusk.
For the complete schedules of shows and ticket information, visit http://www.chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com
Every year, tens of thousands of people attend our show, ComedySportz, for recreation. Many of them never know that we use many of the same elements of our namesake show to help people in their workday as well! On Thursday, May 16th, ComedySportz President and CEO, Matt Elwell will address the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development on how improvisation can be used to develop soft-skills in the incoming workforce.
Although not as fun as an evening of comedy, Matt promises that participants will actually get to try some of the same improv exercises ComedySportz uses to build Chicago’s next generation of improv comedy talent. If you work in the Learning and Development or HRD departments of your company, this is a great way to see how the emerging field of “Applied Improvisation” can benefit your employees and your bottom line.
For more information on this event: http://goo.gl/Slsi1
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Friday, April 26 at midnight, Talk Hard, Chicago’s hit late-night, uncensored talk show is proud to welcome Jimmy Carrane, the host of Improv Nerd! While hosting the live show and podcast, Jimmy has interviewed celebrities including Andy Richter, Key & Peele, Rachel Dratch, Tim Meadows and more. He is also the co-author of Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser. He is an award-winning improv teacher with new classes including the Art of Slow Comedy starting in May. He was the former host of Studio 312 on Chicago Public Radio and was recently seen in the films LOL and Public Enemies with Johnny Depp.
The show will also feature Michael Lippert, the co-writer/producer/director of the web series Funemployed. Funemployed outlines the lives of five twenty-somethings trying to figure out what to do with life after college; weighing out the stress of not having jobs, while maintaining a sense of worth and enjoying life in dire straits all in a humorous manner.
Rounding out the evening is a live musical performance by Gabe Liebowitz! Gabe is the lead singer of the Chicago band Dastardly and recently released a solo album. Talk Hard likes Gabe so much we invited him back for a “threepeat.”
As always, this show is live and uncensored, hosted by the unpredictable Jamie Campbell, and written by a staff that was hand-picked from Chicago’s world famous comedy scene. 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. Life is short – talk hard.