The team behind Improv Nerd are introducing a new festival to the Chicago landscape next week.
Saturday October 6th will be the inaugural “Four Star Comedy Fest.” The name is accurate. A bit more of a fest than a festival, the event intends to focus on Chicago improv and Chicago performers while giving a downtown audience a chance to experience improv and improv training.
The most unique element of the event will be the set of 4 FREE workshops hosted by the fest and featuring teachers and curriculum from iO, Annoyance, Comedysportz and ACT (which will be doing improv for kids). Workshops are 1p-4p on the 6th and you can reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312-595-5022. Each class has only 20 spots, so if you are interested contact them ASAP. For full details on it, check here.
The meat of the fest’s performances start at 7p (doors open at 6p). Hosting the evening will be Chicago native and SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky. The lineup is as follows:
A ticket gets you in for four hours of improv in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. Carrane and his team will be building a secondary stage on the dance floor to recreate the intimate cabaret space that improv is best known for.
Tickets aren’t cheap but it is four hours and it is in a pretty magnificent space. The two upper tiers of tickets also come with a free drink ticket.
- Standing Room on Balcony (No drink ticket) $48
- Main Floor Seating $81
- Cabaret Table Seating $112
There will be a total of about 400 seats on the main floor.
Carrane also has two sessions of “The Art of Slow Comedy” running this Fall.
Sat 1-3p 10/13 – 11/17 at Stage 773
Mon 6:30p-8:30p 10/15 – 11/15 at Green Shirt Studio
Mention Inside Joke Chicago and get $30 off.
Register at http://www.jimmycarrane.com/index.php/classes