Posts Tagged ‘improv’

TBS Just for Laughs 2011: Wednesday Picks

June 15, 2011

If last night’s sold out Chicago Underground Comedy show that kicked off the festival is any indication, you need to buy your tickets in advance and show up early. A full, appreciative crowd was treated to some some of the best local and not-so-local-anymore stand-up comedy.

Also, expect the unexpected—last night Nick Vatterott performed a surprise set to close out the night (or at least until a band started).

Here are my picks for Wednesday night.

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Let’s Get Serious with Carisa & Kevin

May 9, 2011

Carisa and Kevin are a sketch comedy and improv performing couple of live-together lovers.

They’ve both performed with The Second City’s Boat Co on Norwegian Cruise Lines and are immersed in so many comedy-related activities in Chicago that we talked for close to two hours.

We discuss hunting the most dangerous game, dramatic juggling and why The Second City is a good place to go on a date.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 020: Carisa Barreca & Kevin Sciretta
Running time: 114 minutes

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Let’s Get Serious with Bryan Craig Applegate

February 28, 2011

Bryan Craig Applegate joins me to discuss stand-up comedy, his relocation to New York, owl stuffing and (briefly) the Oscars (pre-show).

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 013: Bryan Craig Applegate
Running time: 98 minutes

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Let’s Get Serious with Batterymouth

January 25, 2011

Dave Urlakis and Zack Whittington are Batterymouth, a two-person group that does long-form improv.

They just began a run of shows at Second City’s de Maat Theatre in Chicago, IL.

We discuss the high stakes of doing long-form improv, question iO’s name and see how well they really know each other.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 010: Dave Urlakis and Zack Whittington of Batterymouth
Running time: 87 minutes

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Let’s Get Serious with Drew Current

December 19, 2010

Drew Current joins me to discuss The Santa Stories: The Naughty Story, which he directed. Drew is a member of pH Productions, a company that’s puts together improv and scripted shows.

The Santa Stories just ended a run of performances at Studio Be that featured a closeted homosexual elf, drug-addicted Rudolph and sex-starved Mrs. Claus.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 003: Drew Current of pH Productions
Running time: 87 minutes

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