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Author: Kiley Peters

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.

Beth Melewski
Next Friday, the preview shows begin for Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You - a Second City/Goodman Theatre mash-up. Expect the unexpected but prepare for a good time and a new twist on the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. I spoke to Beth Melewski, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Present, about what rehearsal has been like so far and what we can expect. Here's what she had to say...

Holiday Comedy Shows to See

Friday, November 7, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters


Deck the halls with boughs of comedy. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la. 'Tis the season to be jolly. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la. Don we now our gay apparel. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la. Troll the ancient Chi-town carol. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la. See the blazing fools before us. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la la la. Strike the harp and join the audience ... okay, well that one didn't really rhyme, but the point is there are a number of holiday comedies you should add to your naughty or nice list - and make sure to check it twice!

Labor Day Weekend Comedy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Impress These Apes 
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.

Jangleheart Circus Show Recommendations

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters


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 Talks About New iO Opening Tonight

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Charna Halpern_iO

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.

Ben Larrison Wants to Make the CTA Funnier

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Ben Larrison Kickstarter 
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.

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