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

REVIEW: Messing With A Friend @ Chicago Improv Festival

Legendary. Susan Messing and Mark Sutton have rightfully earned their spots in the improv hall of fame. Susan Messing is a natural guide. She sees openings where others may not and Sutton is a great supporter. He excels at gifting, callbacks, heightening and makes strong choices. They bounce off each other so well and that's why this show was such an improvised delight. Messing opened by thanking the audience and casually Read More

INTERVIEW: Matt Besser

Focus on the Game. Matt Besser is one of the founding members of Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). UCB started as a Chicago-based improv team composed of Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler and has transformed into a well-known comedy establishment in New York City and Los Angeles. These folks not only formed UCB but Besser, Roberts, Walsh and friends regularly perform together as ASSSSCAT. ASSSSCAT will be performing, with a Read More

2014 Chicago Improv Festival Workshops

CIF Workshops Up For Grabs Calling all comedy nerds, this is a great opportunity to get some one-on-one face time with eleven huge names in comedy. The 17th Annual Chicago Improv Festival is right around the corner and some of your favorite comedy icons will be in town both performing and teaching workshops. The workshops are held on Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th. These tend to sell out, Read More

VIDEO: Young Couple by Brandon Ogborn, Brianna Baker & Michael Malarkey

Artistic Grounded Chicago Romantic Comedy Brandon Ogborn, Brianna Baker and Michael Malarkey combine forces for "Young Couple," my new favorite web series. Ogborn and Baker previously worked together on The TomKat Project and knowing how brilliant that production was, only adds to my anticipation for the launch of this series.  The story centers around the marriage of Ogborn and Baker’s characters, Chris and Niccole (Nic). It is the second marriage for both of them Read More

VIDEO: Teachers by The Katydids

"Teachers" is Turning Into a TV Pilot It was announced today that "Teachers" web series has been picked up as a pilot for TV Land. The Chicago female comedy group, The Katydids, are the ones behind this masterpiece. The Chicago community couldn't be more excited for these ladies. Not only representing females in comedy, but representing Chicago in a big way. Congratulations, can't wait to see what's Read More

Chicago Comedy's Secret Admirers

Because We All Secretly Love Each Other. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! In a community that always "has each others' backs" we sometimes forget to say how much we value and admire one another. So in celebration of this "day of love," I have gathered over 50 submissions naming people who are admired in this community and not one name was repeated. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. To Read More

ANNOUNCEMENT: Welcome Cameron Scheetz

Help is here! I'm very excited to announce that Cameron Scheetz will be joining Life's A Funny Scene as Marketing Coordinator. As we are looking to expand LAFS and continue to add new features, Cameron will be an incredible help in bringing these new initiatives to fruition. He has already made a huge impact on LAFS, as he is the powerhouse behind the Festivals page that many of you are already Read More

REVIEW: To Kill An Angry Bird @ Stage 773

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Everything I Ever Wanted.

How To Kill An Angry BirdTo Kill An Angry Bird was everything I’d ever want in a sketch show. Annie Goodson (Writer/Director) and Willie Opper (Writer/Producer) hit the nail on the head with this intricate portrayal of human evolution and unfortunate flaws in our modern culture.

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Chicago’s Matt Miller Signs on with Cap Gun Collective

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Chicago Director Recognized

Matt MillerToday it was announced that Matt Miller, Second City Training Center faculty and director of the Chicago-based “Teachers” web series, has signed on with Cap Gun Collective for U.S. representation. Miller joins Abteen Bagheri, Docter Twins, Alex Fendrich, Tom Haines, Tomas Mankovsky, Jeppe Rønde, Michael Sewandono and Spooner/Bonde on the U.S. roster.

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Just For Laughs Hits Up Chicago For New Talent

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‘Cause they know what’s up.

Just For LaughsJust For Laughs (JFL) will be scouring Chicago for comedy talent all of next week. Including character and stand-up sets at multiple different venues throughout the city. Every year JFL holds showcases for comedians to audition for a spot in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, so don’t miss this. Most of the tickets are FREE. So check out the details below to see which nights you want to get in on the action.

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VIDEO: Exquisite Corpse TV Pilot Premiere

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Tim Burton Meets Wes Anderson

Exquisite CorpseThe gentlemen of Claymore Productions have decided to premiere their TV pilot online this Wednesday, April 16th. I had the privilege to see this pilot last fall at the NYTVF screening in Chicago and this pilot is something special. It’s a crazy collage of visual mastery. In my opinion, this would be the pilot offspring of Tim Burton and Wes Anderson.

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2014 Chicago Improv Festival Recap

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Improv Explosion.

HOME: An Improvised PlayThe 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.  Read More

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