The Last LAF

All Good Things Must Come to an End This is the most difficult post I've had to write and coincidentally, it will also be my last. Today marks a day I was never convinced would come. Today, LAFS is two years old. It has been an incredible two years, absolutely incredible filled with more excitement, laughter, awe and humility than I could have ever dreamed. However, today is bittersweet, because today is Read More

INTERVIEW: Charna Halpern

The Mother of Improv Comedy 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 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

INTERVIEW: Dan Bakkedahl

Just make a choice. Dan Bakkedahl has made his mark on Chicago's comedy scene. Coming up in the late 90s and early 2000s, Dan spent a lot of time at iO and Second City. Since his departure, you may have seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Community, Veep, Legit or a number of other television appearances. He was also in The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa Read More

INTERVIEW: Carisa Barreca

Do everything, because you’re going to need all of it. I am declaring Carisa Barreca Second City's sweetheart. One of the most beautiful, talented, kind and humble ladies I have ever met, Carisa has a heart of gold and nothing but good intentions. With a lifetime of performance background, she can do just about anything you throw at her. I was so lucky to be able to sit down with Read More

INTERVIEW: Scott Adsit and John Lutz

Hitting Your Mark in Hollywood Thanks to Aren Zolninger from Chicago Improv Productions, I was able to sneak in a few minutes to interview Scott Adsit and John Lutz before they took the stage for their "Super Secret" midnight show at Stage 773. As we were waiting for the show ahead of us to clear out, Scott, John and I stepped into a back hallway with CIP staff and a Read More


If you’re not listening, you’re going to miss the joke. After months of trying to nail down both of our schedules after Tim left Second City's Mainstage, I was finally able to meet up with him to talk life and comedy. I had the pleasure of meeting Tim last Fall at Jimmy Carrane's Improv Nerd and for obvious reasons, I was dead set on interviewing him. Tim is extremely passionate Read More

INTERVIEW: Ted Tremper

Just love what you love and let that be the work that you do. It was a true pleasure interviewing Ted, as I have an incredible amount of respect for him as a person, performer and filmmaker. He's so talented and is such a genuinely kind human being. We met at iO on a late November morning and, truth be told, divulged a great deal of personal details, some of which Read More

INTERVIEW: TJ Jagodowski

I am truly the luckiest person I know. TJ Jagodowski is not only one of the most brilliant improvisers I have ever seen, he's also one of the nicest guys I've ever met. I've bumped into TJ a number of times around iO, but it wasn't until the end of October where I had the pleasure of taking a class taught by him. This man is a poet and every Read More

INTERVIEW: Jet Eveleth

Dream big and then do it. I met Jet at her apartment where she lives with her improviser beau, Brett Elam and his sister Erica. We chatted about where her name came from, some of life’s big questions, drinking sake before bed to live longer and then she told me the details of the secret she’s been keeping from everyone for the last two years… Alright Jet, the first thing I Read More

NEWS: Help The Annoyance Build Their New Home

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In Need of a Kickstart to Build New Home

The Annoyance TheatreThe Annoyance Theatre is a staple in the Chicago comedy community. They celebrated their 25 year anniversary this past summer and have contributed to the success of many of your favorite funny folks. Long story short, The Annoyance was all set up to make this new theatre on Belmont Avenue a reality and then some funding fell through. They are now up against a tight deadline to raise this money. Not meeting this dollar amount is not an option. The Second City CEO, Andrew Alexander has agreed to match all contributions  up to the $50,000 they are trying to raise with their Kickstarter campaign. Read more about The Annoyance and their mission on their Kickstarter page. Please contribute what you can. The Annoyance offers something to this comedy community that no other theatre does. Let’s help keep this ball rolling!

“Yes And” Life. You Never Know What’s Going To Happen.

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I had no idea the doors that would open.

Kiley Peters HeadshotAbout a year and a half ago I came up with the idea to create a blog that could serve as a resource for the Chicago comedy community and would help people see the parallels of life and comedy.

A year ago, today, I launched Life’s A Funny Scene. I had my fingers crossed that a few people might find it useful or entertaining and maybe some of my favorite improvisers might trust me enough to allow me to share their words of wisdom with the community at large. Read More

The TomKat Project

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Chicago Takes TomKat To A Whole New Level


The TomKat Project has been sweeping Chicago for the better part this past year. Now it is off to New York City to hold its own at the New York Fringe Festival, but not without a few last performances in Chicago. Ok, now we all know who “TomKat” is, but do we know what “The TomKat Project” is? No? Allow me to shed some light on this two-act comedic play that dives into the love lives of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and The Church of Scientology. Don’t worry, my sources aren’t People Magazine, I got the skinny on this play from those who actually created it. Read More

Nine Major Players In Chicago Comedy to Watch Out for in 2013

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Some of Chicago’s Finest Improvisers

LifesAFunnyScene_9MajorPlayersCollageIt’s that time of year again – Saturday Night Live auditions are taking place, people are tightening up their “5 minutes” and putting up some of the best work of the year. Over the past 18 months I’ve been watching dozens of improvisers and I have hand picked nine that I think you should keep your eye out for and asked them to share a little more information about themselves. Take a look, there’s a good chance a future SNL cast member or comedy show writer might come out of this list. So now it’s in writing…I called it. (Originally appeared on Read More

CIF’s Super Secret Show for Improvisers

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Adsit and Lutz Surprise Improvisers with Secret Show

Adsit and LutzNot only was this year’s CIF bigger and better than every year before it, they also did a little something special for the performers. Many of Chicago’s improv stages were vacant last night as many of the improvisers in the city gathered for a “super secret” show at Stage 773. CIF was kind enough to arrange a private midnight soiree with Scott Adsit and John Lutz that was only open to performers in CIF this year. Read More