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

REVIEW: The Improv Retreat

First Annual Improv Retreat = Success The first annual Improv Retreat was about a month ago. It was incredible. To assist others in making their decision to attend next year, I've put together a brief rundown of what you could expect. One thing's for sure: it's a good time. I was fortunate enough to attend The Improv Retreat about a month ago, which is the latest brainchild of Tara DeFrancisco. If you’ve seen Read More

2014 Chicago Women's Funny Festival Recommendations

Who Said Women Aren't Funny? This Thursday through Sunday, saddle up for a slew of funny ladies. The Chicago Women's Funny Festival will be underway at Stage 773 and they're bringing in acts from coast to coast and beyond. This year you can expect to see sketch, improv, musical improv, puppets and a bit more stand-up that in the past. Turn on the mics and line-up the tutus, the ladies Read More

INTERVIEW: Jill Valentine and Liz McArthur

The Masterminds Behind Chicago Women's Funny Festival Chicago boasts of funny women all day long. However, from June 5th through June 8th there will be an influx of comediennes flowing in and out of the doors to Stage 773 for The 3rd Annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival (CWFF). I spoke with Executive Producer, Jill Valentine, and Associate Producer, Liz McArthur, to learn a bit more about what to expect at this Read More

UPDATE: Welcome Michael Jordan

A True Chicago Comedy Advocate We're very excited to announce that Michael Shepherd Jordan will be joining Life's A Funny Scene as the Shows Page Manager. As LAFS continues to expand both its reach and its breadth of resources available to the Chicago comedy world,  who could be better to manage this initiative than the man who founded Chicago Comedy Tonight? Since Michael has joined the LAFS team, Chicago Comedy Tonight Read More

2014 Chicago Improv Festival Recap

Improv Explosion. The 17th Annual Chicago Improv Festival had 204 ensembles, 95 shows, represented nine different countries at 21 different venues throughout Chicago. It was nuts. But it was grand. A big shout out to Chicago Improv Productions, Jonathan Pitts, Kevin Mullaney, Natasha Bhamla, Lisa Akroush and Jennifer McLaughlin for all their hard work and dedication to the success of this event. And thank you for allowing me to be a Read More

INTERVIEW: Kate Lambert

Student Turned Teacher. Kate Lambert is a well-recognized name around the Chicago comedy community. I was lucky enough to snag some of her time for this interview before she move to Los Angeles this week to pursue the next step in her career. Well Kate, we'll miss you around town and best of luck lady! What prompted you to begin your Chicago comedy career? I moved to River Forest (a suburb of Read More

INTERVIEW: Matt Bryne & The Comedy Exposition

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The Comedy Expo Hits Tonight

The Comedy ExpositionWith 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.

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NEWS: NBC Sketch Pilot Features Chicago Comedians

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Chicago Takes Over NBC

NBC Sketch PilotWe’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?

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NEWS: MCL Chicago Opening in August

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Studio BE Is Now MCL Chicago.

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Studio BE has officially transformed into MCL Chicago – the first venue in the country solely dedicated  to musical improvisation and music comedy. MCL, which stands for Music Comedy Live, has come on to the scene in the middle of musical improv’s rise in Chicago. Since numbers don’t lie, the number of people graduating from The Second City’s Music Improv Training Program has tripled in the last four years.

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NEWS: Jams with Ambs

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A Musical Comedy Fusion

Jams with AmbsAmber Linde didn’t let other people’s doubt distract her from making it as musical improviser. When Linde discovered her preferred style of performing was embraced in the Chicago comedy scene, she took it upon herself to create her own opportunities. Thus, Jams with Ambs was born. Read More

WRITTEN: Poking a Dead Frog

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Top Notch Advice from Your Favorite Comedy Writers

Poking A Dead FrogIn 2009, author Mike Sacks sat down with 21 comedy writers to talk about the industry with his book, And Here’s the Kicker. Now, he’s back at it with Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy WritersSacks recruited a laundry list of A-listers including Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler and Mel Brooks to talk about the world of comedy. Read More

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