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: It’s A Wonderful Pro-Life @ Studio BE

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Dark Holiday Comedy

It's A Wonderful Pro-LifeIt’s A Wonderful Pro-Life is the darkest satirical holiday show I’ve seen so far. However, while this show may not give you the “Whoville” holiday spirit uplift, it does a wonderful job of exploring deeper life themes while still managing to find a happy ending.

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REVIEW: One, Two, Many @ Studio BE

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Brilliant Multiplicity.

One, Two, ManyOne, Two, Many leaves everything to chance and nothing untapped by the imagination. This two-man sketch show is smart, physical, original and always surprising. Alan Linic and Adam Archer pour their souls into this production with such grace and humility it’ll leave you wanting to come back again.

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REVIEW: Dating Incorporated @ The Public House

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White Jumpsuit Dating

Dating IncorporatedDating Incorporated is a play about what dating could look like in a dark world run by an emotionless government. As that dreaded age of 30 approaches, if you are not married, engaged or enrolled in Dating Incorporated to become lawfully wed, you are terminated. Married couples spend money and support the economy. Single 30 somethings don’t or so says Dating Incorporated… Read More

REVIEW: OJ Didn’t Do It: What Really Happened @ The Public House Theatre

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Smart Organized Chaos

OJ Didn't Do ItOJ Didn’t Do It” was one of the most enjoyable hours I’ve had in the last few weeks. This show was set for success from the moment Joe Avella and Greg Ott decided to write the script. With the assistance of great casting, this show not only was educational and purely factual it was also entertaining.

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VIDEO: NYTVF Special Screening

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Chicago Comedy Takes NY By Storm

Date of the Month Club

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is taking place in New York City, October 21-26th and six of the 47 finalists that will be competing in this year’s Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) are from Chicago’s comedy community. The NYTVF is an organization that acts as a bridge, vetting out top pilot contenders and connecting them to networks, studios, digital media companies and brands and fostering relationships that could lead to major network deals, amongst many other opportunities.

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