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

REVIEW: A Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue @ Second City

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Charming and Well Organized.

I admit that I haven’t been to my fair share of Second City shows. I’ll also admit that one of the biggest reasons why is because, in general, I have a hard time enjoying sketch comedy. Lastly, I will admit that, to my delighted surprise, this revue was very well received by this lady.

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Improv Hip-Hop Magic.

A&R ShotIf anyone has seen Improvised Shakespeare, The Beatbox or HATERADE, it should be no surprise then that Andy Carey and Ross Bryant have come together again to put on a rap show for your viewing pleasure. (And if you haven’t seen the previously mentioned shows, might I recommend that you do so.) I personally am a sucker for hip-hop and then you tell me it’s improvised hip-hop, honey, you just made my day. These two pull suggestions out of the crowd throughout the performance to fuel their raps and then they’re off.

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REVIEW: Four Star Comedy Fest @ Navy Pier

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Baby Wants Candy, Cook County, Shakespeare & Tim Meadows


I spent my Saturday at Chicago School of Comedy’s “Four Star Comedy Fest” at Navy Pier. They advertised free workshops during the day, along with a free live podcast with Charna Halpern and sold tickets to a show with three of the best improv acts in Chicago along with Uncle’s Brother, (Tim Meadow’s improv group) hosted by Tim Kazurinsky. In short, I will say the following: when there are free improv workshops open to the public, do not assume to learn anything from them. In fact, skip them and go get a drink and discuss the beauties of life, improv and comedy with a good friend. (Thank you, Ayala.) Baby Wants Candy, Cook County Social Club and Improvised Shakespeare are incredible. This is not news, but it needs to be said once again; they are all mind blowing and all for different reasons.

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Give me more Timmy Mayse.

TIM Poster

I am on cloud nine. So many Tims just made my world complete this evening. I have had the pleasure of seeing this show one other time, but tonight was a pleasure all unto it’s own. Tim Whetham, Tim Chidester, Tim Stoltenberg, Tim Ryder, Tim Paul and Timmy Mayse all made an appearance tonight.

Timmy Mayse is one of my favorite improvisers. Period. He owns his shit from the moment he steps on stage. Every time, without fail. From a sexually distraught woman pining for a spicy lover to an attorney role-playing southern prostitution with his wife to a soloist handicap kid singing about how RoboCop has had a hand in all major events throughout American history, Timmy Mayse, my friends, does it all. This guy absolutely kills me. I would watch every show he’s in if I could. It’s like indulging in a great desert. Timmy Mayse is my improv decadence.
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REVIEW: The Improvised Shakespeare Company @ iO

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Improvised Shakespeare CompanyThey’ve done it again, as they do every Friday night.

I saw The Improvised Shakespeare Company last night at iO and the night led off with the suggestion of “Funky Monkey.” I watched as the story began with a shipwrecked crew getting washed ashore and the Captain and his daughter end up meeting Abraxas, a creature on the island who was under the obedience of the master, Megaphon. Meanwhile, lost men, Antonio and Rodrigo, find one another and together search for Rodrigo’s long lost love, Gwendolyn, who happens to be the Captain’s daughter. A tricky creature Storio appears throughout the show flinging poo wherever he goes and transforming into various characters and causing mischief. As their journey continues to connect the Captain with Megaphon and for Rodrigo and Gwendolyn to find one another, Rodrigo and Antonio end up kissing and “hugging like bugs,” a centaur ends up entering the story and fires roar on stage.

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