Laugh for a Good Cause
A key rule of improv is agreeing with the situation your fellow improvisers present. In light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, this Friday, The Playground Theater is putting on a benefit show with no disagreements or fighting allowed on stage. Please join in on promoting the peace this weekend as The Playground hosts Keeping the Peace: An Improv Benefit.
Joking. Singing. Drinking.
VAMP is a new improvised musical comedy show playing on Thursday nights at 10:00pm at MCL Chicago (formerly Studio BE). It just opened on July 31st and is playing through the end of September. VAMP is a fun, laid-back and interactive show, featuring a slightly different cast each week and is definitely not to be missed.
Another Chicago Theater gets a new home
Add one more to the list of Chicago comedy theaters on the move. Under the Gun Theater owners Angie McMahon and Kevin Mullaney have just announced their theater will be relocating to the historic Links Hall Building at 956 W Newport in Chicago. McMahon and Mullaney will be working with the firm Webster Powell and the theatrical design team at Crosstown Scenic to renovate the space and create 100 seat auditorium and bar. Renovations will take place next month, with the hopes that the theater can open in October.
Listen. Apologize. Sympathize. Apologize.
Most people work at least one job in their life that they can’t stand. For Jessie Stegner, that was being a customer service representative. The only way that Jessie was able to get through the day was by writing down the outrageous things that clients said to her over the phone. While she did not enjoy her job, she did enjoy looking back at all the ridiculous things customers said. This became the inspiration for Support, a show about a group of friends working together at a call center.
The Mother of Improv Comedy
Photo from the Chicago Sun-Times
I first fell in love with improv at iO‘s Clark Street location. iO changed my life, but my story is not unlike many others. Charna created a world at iO that many call “home” and it has become the center of their universe. Charna Halpern is one of the most influential people in improv, has paved the path for hundreds of comedians over the last few decades and has assisted in world peace — literally. It was more than a pleasure and more than an honor to speak with her; it was inspirational.