18th Annual Chicago Improv Festival


Instead of laughing at our ridiculous weather spend sometime laughing at the 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival.

There are many Chicago staples in food, music, sports, and more, but when it comes to theater one staple is improv comedy. That’s why troupes and performers from around the world come out to perform at the largest improv festival in the world.

With 14 venues and countless acts there is a lot of great shows to see as the festival is tackling different themes and forms of improv. A lot of focus is on women rising to the top of comedy so you wont want to miss Wild Horses, featuring Lauren Lapkus from “Orange is the New Black,” and The Katydids, who just finished their first season of their TV Land show “Teachers.” For some Chicago-style comedy don’t miss Sheldon featuring Jon Barinholtz, who’s been on “New Girl,” and Rob Belushi, son of Jim Belushi who has been on “How I Met Your Mother.”

For a look back at the history of improv don’t miss the tribute to The Compass. This group consisting of greats like Alan Alda, Ed Asner, Del Close, Barbara Harris, Elaine May, and Mike
Nichols are responsible for creating The Second City, and the Chicago Improv Festival will be celebrating their 60th anniversary.

The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival will run until April 26. For tickets and schedule visit chicagoimprovfestival.org.

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