Patiently Awaiting the New iO

A New Improv Home With iO closing its Clark Street location two weeks ago, the Chicago comedy community is patiently awaiting the opening of their new improv home. In light of our patience, here's a bit about what the LAFS team is most looking forward in regards to the new iO. CAMERON SCHEETZ Everyone within the comedy community has been talking about iO's big move for months, but I'm thrilled about the press Read More

The Last Harolds

A Heartfelt Goodbye Last Saturday, the Chicago comedy community said farewell to iO's famous 3541 N Clark Street location. It was a send off like no other, but isn't that what we all expected? On a good night at iO, it’s packed. People sitting right up to the stage, a full bar and groups seated in the back corner, all patiently awaiting a night of great improv. Last Saturday night was no Read More

UPDATE: LAFS Announces New Six New Team Members

6 Times the LAFS I am very excited to announce we have brought on six new people to the LAFS team! Please welcome to the team Erin Lann, Dan DeSalva, Fran Hoepfner, Hannah Levy and Kana Felix to the writing team and Dan Schiffmacher will be assisting with video production and photography. Please join us in welcoming them to the team! As LAFS continues to expand we needed more manpower to tend Read More

NEWS: Second City Reveals Cast & Crew for 103rd Mainstage Revue

New Faces Hit Mainstage Today, The Second City announced the new cast and crew for the Mainstage's 103rd Revue. Congratulations to returning ensemble members Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman and Emily Walker as well as new cast members Paul Jurewicz, Daniel Strauss and Christine Tawfik. Jeff Award Winning Director, Ryan Bernier, returns to direct his third resident stage revue. Craig Taylor will be Stage Manager and Jacob Shuda will be making his Musical Directoral debut on a Read More

UPDATE: Welcome Brynne Ramella

Social Media Guru Please join us in welcoming Brynne Ramella to the LAFS team as the Social Media Coordinator! Brynne will be helping to manage LAFS' social media accounts along with assisting in posting news and updates about the Chicago comedy community. Brynne is an essential addition to the LAFS team as we continue to grow and produce more and more content. Brynne has been on my radar since last Fall when she reached Read More

KAYPE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS LAFS RIOT

LAFS TO TAKE OVER PUBLIC HOUSE For the very first time, LAFS is hosting a one-night only comedy event - a theatre takeover, if you will. Thursday, October 2nd LAFS will morph into LAFS RIOT hosting twelve sketch and improv performances, in four shows at The Public House Theatre. LAFS RIOT will also be partnering with Gilda's Club Chicago and that's just the beginning... LAFS RIOT will be a total of twelve sketch/improv Read More

NEWS: NBC Sketch Pilot Features Chicago Comedians

Chicago Takes Over NBC We've been hearing about it for about a year, but Splitsider just reported it, so it's fair game now. NBC is producing a sketch comedy pilot featuring almost a dozen of your favorite Chicago-based comedians. With this kind of talent, how can this not be an amazing show? Former Comedy Central VP, Lou Wallach, is developing a new primetime sketch show for NBC, and the pilot for it was Read More

NEWS: LAFS is Looking For Writers & Reviewers

We Can't Stop. We Won't Stop. Chicago is bustling with comedy updates and an increasing number of shows every day. LAFS is trying to keep up, however, we need some assistance. LAFS is looking for contributing authors, sketch/improv show reviewers and a Social Media Coordinator. Continue reading for details. LAFS is looking to expand, however, in order to do that, we need more hands on deck. We also need to make sure we are Read More

REVIEW: Dating: Adults Embracing Failure @ The Royal George Theatre

The Trials & Errors of Romance. We place a lot of value on romantic relationships, so it always hurts to have them crumble. The simple truth is: not all couples are going to last. Though the thought may be disheartening, Dating: Adults Embracing Failure highlights the moments of hilarity and happiness in all relationships and proves that success is impossible without a little trial and error along the way.   Comedy duo Read More

NEWS: The Shock T’s Releases Their Pilot

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Funny Tunes

The Shock T'sWonder what good stuff we have in store for you at LAFS RIOT in October? Here’s a taste. One of our scheduled performers, comedy band The Shock T’s, has just released their debut pilot. Loosely based off their own experience, the pilot is the story of a music comedy band trying to make it in Chicago. It’s got all the fun of a live Shock T’s show neatly compressed into a 23 minute video for your viewing convenience.

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Patiently Awaiting the New iO

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A New Improv Home

New iOWith iO closing its Clark Street location two weeks ago, the Chicago comedy community is patiently awaiting the opening of their new improv home. In light of our patience, here’s a bit about what the LAFS team is most looking forward in regards to the new iO.

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NEWS: All Comedy Welcome at The Kickback

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Anything Goes

The KickbackIf you can’t decide what kind of comedy you’re in the mood for, The Kickback might just be your thing. This Thursday, July 31st, The Kickback takes on a talk show/showcase/variety show format, welcoming all types of comedy — improv, sketch, standup, you name it. Host, Chris Redd, welcomes the best of Chicago comedy to perform new material as Redd throws surprise challenges at them throughout the show. Redd is developing the show to eventually be a touring production. Read More

INTERVIEW: Tara DeFrancisco

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The Biggest Heart in Improv

Tara DeFrancisco

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Last January, as in January of 2013, I finally found a chance to sit down and chat with Miss Tara DeFrancisco — which turned into a three hour interview about life, improv and how the world goes ’round. As time has flown by, it is with my sincerest apologies that this is just now being posted for the first time. However, it is a Thursday…so we can say #TBT — LAFS’ interview with Tara DeFrancisco.
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The Last Harolds

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A Heartfelt Goodbye

iO Closing NightLast Saturday, the Chicago comedy community said farewell to iO‘s famous 3541 N Clark Street location. It was a send off like no other, but isn’t that what we all expected? Read More

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