Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest

Just for laughs, come to the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773 January 8-18 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Chicago, one of the theater capitols of the world, is known for comedy improvisational theater (Second City et al) as well as sketch (scripted) comedy. Would-be actors and writers travel from across the country to the Windy City, to train in the fine art of comedy. Small theater venues across the city delight audiences throughout the year.

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the largest comedy festival in the United States, features up to 100 groups ( 800 actors) performing ten evenings of original sketches! Each performing group is given an eight hour project assignment and provided with a director, to prepare the sketches for performance!

There will be comedy writing workshops, featuring guest presenters from the satirical newspaper “The Onion,” Second City and many more organizations! Past presenters have included Conan O’Brian, “Saturday Night Live’s” Tim Kazurinsky and the cast of “Reno 911.”

All shows will be performed in the three theaters of Stage 773, located at 1225 West Belmont Avenue on Chicago’s north side. Stage 773 is accessible by public transportation. For tickets and more information, call (773)327-5252.

Make your Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in Hyde Park. ChicagoLakeShore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet, Friday nights.