Chicago Women's Funny Festival | Stage 773 | Improv/Sketch, Stand-Up, Summer Guide | Chicago Reader

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When: June 5-8 2014

Just like every little girl's backyard clubhouse, the four stages of Stage 773 boast a no boys allowed! sign this weekend: It's time for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival, now in its third year. From June 5 to 8, estrogen flows freely on Belmont, with 70 acts featuring 400 lady performers (and perhaps a few male strays) showing off their skills in improv, stand-up, musical comedy, burlesque, and anything else they feel like. This year the festival is hosting some exciting names, two of whom will offer workshops. Performing twice is Beth Stelling (6/6 and 6/7, 8 PM), a familiar face on Chelsea Lately and Conan O'Brien, who'll also host a "sit-down" on stand-up (6/7, 11 AM-1 PM). Second City alum Katie Rich, now a writer for Saturday Night Live, conducts a class on advanced long-form improv (6/7, 3-6 PM), and Canadian queer comic and improviser Danz Altvater takes the mike Saturday night (6/7, 10 PM). Rounding out the workshop schedule is talent agent Marisa Paonessa, who discusses breaking into the funny business (6/8, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM). Continue reading > >

Price: $12-$15


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