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Blind Date is a backstage glimpse of one of the 20th century's landmark historical events. In an era before Twitter and eHarmony, two of history's oddest couples seek to thaw the seemingly intractable relationship between the United States and Soviet Russia. Despite their advisors' efforts to keep them on track, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev eschew conventional protocols to discuss pop culture and old movies — while their wives mirror their husbands' negotiations in a passive-aggressive tango over tea and fashion choices. Blind Date is a compelling and edgy comic journey through the intricacies of statesmanship.
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
Bull in a China Shop is a play about Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks. The two of them reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the 20th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. Bull in a China Shop examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave, and feel less at odds with the world.
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them…or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups we've all had when we had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
The Chicago Magic Lounge is a close-up magic show inspired by the long lost "magic bars" of Chicago. Schulien's, New York Lounge, Little Bit O' Magic, and many more clubs were once at the forefront of Chicago's nightlife scene. The Magic Lounge takes the best elements of these lost venues, and brings close-up magic to the tables, the bar, and the stage at the Uptown Underground. We recreate the wonder of a style of magic that dates back to the 1920's, simply known as "Chicago-Style" Magic.
Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a comedy of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
Defending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. It has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Lots of affectionate nudging goes on during the performance as audience members recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage.
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
Now in its second smash year at the Greenhouse Theater Center, EL Stories stages the real life experiences of CTA commuters from across the city. Adapted verbatim from hundreds of first-person interviews, the Waltzing Mechanics perform a kaleidoscope of the commuting public's most memorable and hilarious encounters. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best of the Fringe in 2011," EL Stories also gives you a chance each week to have your own transit tale played back live. Don't miss our train!
Second City is proud to present this in-your-face indictment of the modern condition. Millennial social media dilemmas, d-bags on dates, and auto-tuned relationships are just a few of the targets this amazingly talented ensemble takes on. The struggle is fake, folks, but the comedy is oh so real. Buy tickets and chill.
It starts with an audience suggestion. Then the players create a full-length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music, and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high-class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar, and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense, and the actors might not be able to stand at all.
The show will also feature a live jazz band and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the "refreshments."
With the tagline, "Action so tense, you'll have to get tight," how can you go wrong?
Under The Gun Theater is proud to announce an open run for our show "Horrible Fun" (previously titled Comedy Against Humanity, a live show for horrible people). Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.
When the audience arrives they get three white cards from Cards Against Humanity or Crabs Adjust Humidity. The "Card Czar" host and two teams of Improvisers will take the stage. The Czar pulls a black card from the deck and if an audience member has a good white card they think will match they raise there hand and are brought on stage to present the card combination. Each team will then do Improv based on the audience member they brought up. The Card Czar awards points to the winning team and that audience member goes home with a prize.
From Adam and Eve to Kim and Kanye all the way to Conway and Spicer, The Idiot's Guide to Fixing Stooopid will uncover human daffiness in a colorful multimedia presentation and describe how being a dimwit or a dolt affects life around us. The show provides self-testing and analysis to help prevent "us" from entering the stupid portion of society. Whether it is Stooopidity in your neighborhood, in your office, in public office, or in your Social Media Friends, the show supplies awareness and quick fixes on how you can help stop the spread of Stooopid.
Comedian Tim Benker is a veteran of Chicago stand-up comedy, having performed in 35 states opening for many well-known acts such as Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Lewis, Drew Carey, and Walt Willey. Tim has also made himself useful in daylight hours by hosting morning radio in Las Vegas and Houston and produced a variety show around his alter ego, "The Very Famous Lance Vegas."
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Midnight Blue is 60 minute show where, late at night, the ComedySportz Ensemble gathers to do improv with no fouls, no rules, and no subject matter too taboo. We invite you to ditch the kids and hang out after the 10:00pm ComedySportz match. We'll keep the bar open and tear this place apart.
The Minutes, by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, the author of August: Osage County, comes a scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power that exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
There's a laugh a second in Neil Simon's hit Broadway play when two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a compulsively tidy news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates and driving each other crazy! A foolproof comic situation with some of the funniest dialogue ever written.
Based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical has original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance. The musical's book is by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter, J.F. Lawton. Multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs.
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to midlife challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
With the holiday season comes those time-honored traditions of setting up a six-foot fire hazard in the living room, placing your kids on the lap of an elderly alcoholic at the local mall, and gaining a solid 12 pounds from stress and seasonal lattes. Thankfully, the Second City has a holiday tradition that you can actually look forward to! With a sack full of all-new sketches, the Second City's Holidazed & Confused Revue continues to be the holiday season's most time-honored, riotous send-up of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and everything in between.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season.
Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery is a magical memory play featuring songs and stories that follow a young black girl as she grows up in the civil rights-era South. The narrator, 25-year-old "Daughter," shares memories of being raised by a community of women — some related, many not — after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming-of-age tale explores passage into womanhood, race, and rituals in the 1960s South. Be uplifted by Shay Youngblood's stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery when the play comes to the stage of Chicago Dramatists Theatre courtesy of Pegasus.
Jordan Berman is a single gay man in New York City. Mr. Right is nowhere on the horizon. As Jordan approaches his 30s, his close group of female friends get married, one of them after another. What happens when you feel like life is leaving you behind but you're still expected to be at the forefront cheering on your friends on their perfect wedding day? Significant Other is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood, and hoping you're not the one choking on car exhaust as the "Just Married" sign disappears from view.
From the creators of Talk Hard (named Chicago's "Best Sketch Troupe" of 2013 by The Chicago Reader), Spiked Punch is one part gameshow, ALL parts PARTY! The show features two teams of Chicago's sharpest comedians who are forced to make you laugh or suffer the hilarious consequences. We provide the set-ups, and it's up to them to deliver the punchlines . . . or pay the price! No preparation. No hesitation. And plenty of libations!
Support Group for Men is a hilarious exploration of what happens when society's new normal doesn't seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball, they've formed a support group — with its "no ladies" policy strictly enforced — in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers, and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys' traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today's culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.
Vamp is a twice-weekly showcase of some of the top musical comedy talent in Chicago. Each week, cast member Key Holders and house band the Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, but everyone is Wayne Brady.
Kathy and Tobin were the winners of WNYC Studios' Podcast Accelerator in 2015, a competition for up-and-coming storytellers and audio producers. They won the judges over with their infectious and hilarious rapport, their ability to get people to open up to them, and their pitch: a podcast that puts people across the LGBTQ spectrum at the center of their own stories. Nancy is inclusive, with tales of how we all define and redefine ourselves, and the weird, funny, and poignant journeys we take to get there.
Returning for its fourth and final year at MCL Chicago, this hilarious musical parody of the holiday classic Die Hard invites audiences to the annual Nakatomi Christmas Eve party on the 30th floor of Nakatomi Plaza. Grizzled New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between his estranged wife and '80s businesswoman Holly Generic. Everything is going swimmingly until fashion-obsessed Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone hostage...everyone except McClane.
Filled with hysterical musical numbers, farcical fight sequences, explosions, machine guns, and more Christmas snow than Los Angeles ever gets, there is a reason Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christmas Musical has quickly become a Chicago holiday tradition.