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: Switch Committee @ Donny’s Skybox

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The Next Cook County Social Club

Switch CommitteeSwitch Committee is my greatest find in the Chicago comedy community in the last two years. I’m thrilled these guys are in the middle of a run at iO because that means many more chances to see them play again. This team is dynamite, fearless and a blazing hot commodity. I would watch these guys every night if I could. Absolutely one of, if not the, best, most consistent long-form improv team out there right now. Read More

REVIEW: Manny Mora @ Donny’s Skybox

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Very Funny Ladies

Manny MoraThe lovely ladies of Manny Mora invited me to check out their show last week at Donny’s Skybox. These ladies are simply hilarious and it’s so refreshing to see females lash out in comedy and make it work. Work it ladies. Read More

REVIEW: #SHOW by 4 Days Late @ Studio BE

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Outrageous Comedy. #ROTFL

4 Days LateAsk and you shall receive. Earlier this year I saw parts of #SHOW at Chicago Sketchfest and in my review, suggested that they put this show back up for a run at Studio BE. Well folks, that’s exactly what happened. Not only did I get to see some of my favorite sketches for a second time, 4 Days Late added in a number of new and hilarious bits too! Read More

REVIEW: Yes Diggity @ The Playground Theater

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Played Like Heroes

Yes DiggityYes Diggity brought a ton of energy to the stage and continued to crack up both the audience and themselves as the show progressed. Many of these players are on teams all over the city and bring years of experience and a ton of talent to this Incubator Playground team. This specific evening, they took us on a journey through intercourse at Jiffy Lube, a movie theater, a lingerie shop, Wolf Lodge in Vail and special appearances were made by Jesus Christ, G.E. Smith and Iron Man, more or less. Read More

REVIEW: 3Peat @ The Playground Theater

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Head Over Heels in Love with 3Peat

3 PeatWatching a great improv show is like realizing you’re in love with boyfriend/girlfriend for the first time. You get all warm and fuzzy inside. You can’t stop smiling. You burst out into little giggles reminiscing about something they said or did. You’re reminded that there’s beauty in the world and that there are really lovely people out there. It feels so good and so right and nothing can bring you down off that natural high. I’m in love with 3Peat. Read More