If you are in need a few laughs, the 5th Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, onstage at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont) June 16-19, promises 400 funny ladies and 80+ shows that will have your sides splitting from laughter. This is a 4-day event that combines both fresh and familiar faces performing everything from stand up to sketch.
Jill Valentine and Liz McArthur founded the festival in 2012.Their goal was to create an event where women could come together and celebrate all art forms of comedy under one roof. "We are extremely excited to be celebrating the fifth year of the festival and to host some of the best in female comedy in the nation," shared Valentine. "Having women from all different comedic art forms come together and celebrate under one roof in Chicago is something that is very special to us and the community."
Highlights for 2016 include the return of SNL writer Katie Rich with former SC Mainstage veteran, Holly Laurent, in their sketch duo Joan and Ro; Chicago Sketchfest veteran groups Off Off Broadzway and The Cupid Players (developing all new works for the festival); Improv veterans Susan Messing and Rachel Mason in The Boys; Comedic dance troupe Matter Dance; Transgender comic and writer Dina Martinez; Stand Up comedienne from Detroit Simply Shanell; Improv group from Kansas City, 5'10"; and much more.
All Chicago Women's Funny Festival performances will take place at Stage 773, a vibrant anchor of the Belmont Theatre District and home to Chicago's finest off-Loop talent, located at 1225 W. Belmont. The festival runs June 16 - June 19, 2016. Performances are Thursday, June 16th at 8 - 10 p.m., Friday, June 17th at 8 - 11 p.m., Saturday, June 18th at 4:30 - 11 p.m., and Sunday, June 19th at 2 - 8 p.m.
Individual ticket prices are $15, and festival passes are available for $37.50 (Thursday), $47.50 (Friday), $57.50 (Sunday) or $100 for an all festival pass. New this year is a Sunday three show flex pass for $33. All tickets and festival passes may be purchased at www.Stage773.com, by phone at 773.327.5252, and in-person at the Stage 773 box office.
Photos courtesy of Chicago Women's Funny Festival.