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Kiley Peters is the Online Marketing Manager for The Second City, the world's premier
comedy theatre and school of improvisation. Hailing from the great state of
Wisconsin, she has found her voice in the Chicago blogging and comedy
communities. Follow her on Twitter @kileypeters.
There are so many great comedy shows coming up in the next few weeks it's almost overwhelming. I've pulled out a few that I think you should add to your list of shows to check out. Take a peek below for more details.
The one and only "Roastmaster General," Jeff Ross is coming to UP Comedy Club this weekend with local comedian Adam Burke and LA-roaster, Tony Hinchcliffe. I shared a few words with Jeff and really wanted to figure out if he is as tough as he seems or if there's a softer side ... find out what he says below.
Once upon a time there were twins who both fell in love with comedy and decided who better to pursue it with than one another. They were named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2014 and they were right. Ladies and gentlemen, they are coming to Chicago, so get ready, here is a lil' chat wit The Lucas Brothers: Keith and Kenny.
There are a number of comedy shows flying under the radar. First and foremost, iO Chicago is having their grand opening this weekend, so that almost trumps just about any other event this weekend. However, tickets are a little pricey, so if your wallet be more comfortable at a lower-priced ticket, then I have a few shows I think you should check out.
This weekend Jangleheart Circus takes over The Den Theatre for
the second time with over 80 shows scheduled. The team from Upstairs
Gallery has put together a knock-out festival and every show looks
amazing. I pulled out a few shows I'm recommending below, but I know I'm
leaving out a number of must-sees. Take these recommendations as you
may, but definitely go to this festival -- a ton of great shows.
Charna Halpern is the owner of iO and one of the most influential people in improv. After 19 years at iO's Clark Street location, tonight iO opens at its new home of 1541 N Kingsbury. Please join Charna and the rest of the Chicago improv community at iO both tonight and on August 29th and 30th for their grand opening. Here's a bit about the new space and the journey it took to get there.
There's the saying that laughter is the best medicine. There's another saying that says laughter heals. There's another saying that ... people just like to laugh. We live in a city chock-full of comedians and there's one in particular who is going out of his way to brighten people's day. Ladies and gentlemen, Ben Larrison wants to brighten visitors' travels on the El with his Kickstarter campaign to create funny CTA ads.
There's a lot happening this weekend. Friday night alone there are at least four shows I recommend you try to see. If you can't make it to all of them, plan out your Friday night activities for the next few weeks to see how many you can attend. But you'd better plan well, some of these shows won't be available for much longer ...
With the absence of Just For Laughs in Chicago, this city was left with a gapping wide hole for standups. But fear not, The Comedy Exposition starts tonight and lasts throughout this weekend. I spoke with Matt Byrne, one of the producers of the festival, to get a few more details.