Four Acts To See at the Chicago Improv Festival

By Trupti Rami

Chicago is arguably the improv capital of the world. And the Chicago Improv Festival, an annual weeklong celebration of modern improv, makes a strong case to prove it. This year’s fest (running through April 7) is stacked: 154 acts, 100 shows, 20 stages. The 765 performers hail from 9 countries, and their careers have already taken them to shows like 30 Rock and Community.

Here are a few can’t-miss acts coming up in the festival’s next three days:

Thursday: Mission IMPROVable and Sheldon (Jon Barinholtz & Rob Belushi)

The no. 1 touring improv comedy show, Mission IMPROVable, performs in a two-group event. The second is Barinholtz and Belushi, a Chicago pair who have headlined the festival three times already. 4/4 at 10; $15. The Comedy Bar, 157 W. Ontario.

Friday: 1 Deep, Just Ben and Andy Eninger

Here are three performers each with a different style, two New Yorkers and one Chicagoan. 4/5 at 8:30; $17. Studio One, The Athaeneum Theatre, 2936 N Southport.

Saturday: Geeking Out with Scott Adsit and John Lutz of NBC’s 30 Rock

30 Rock’s Pete Hornberger and J.D. Lutz perform. Enough said. 4/6 at 5:30; $5. The Playground Theater, 3209 N Halsted.

Saturday: Chicago Improv League

This league pits four teams in competition for the next generation of improv. 4/7 at 8:30; $5. ComedySportz, 929 W Belmont.


This article appeared on on April 4, 2013, in the C Notes blog, a roundup of the latest theatre, art, music, literature, pop culture, and dance news from around Chicago.