JOHN MULANEY 
UHF  WITH "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC
THE SIMPSONS &  THE ONION WRITERS
VANESSA BAYER
ERIC ANDRE  *  KYLE KINANE
ELLIE KEMPER & FRIENDS
JOE MANDE
 

CABIN BOY with ADAM RESNICK  *  
7 MINUTES IN PURGATORY   *   TOMMY MCNAMARA & FRIENDS
THE UPPERCLASSMEN  *  PRE-FEST PARTY

 
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THURSDAY MAY 28

7 minutes in purgatory

with Giulia Rozzi, Mike Lebovitz, John Eisenrich, Will Miles, Sonia Denis and Special Guest

The Hideout  |  7:00 PM

ERIC ANDRE

with Brian Babylon

Thalia Hall  |  9:00 PM

the upperclassmen

featuring Katie McVay, John Eisenrich, Rebecca O'Neal, Natalie Jose and Danny Kallas

The Hideout  |  10:00 PM

 

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FRIDAY MAY 29

ELLIE KEMPER & FRIENDS

UP Comedy Club  |  8:00 PM

VANESSA BAYER

with Adam Burke

Thalia Hall  |  9:00 PM

ELLIE KEMPER & FRIENDS

UP Comedy Club  |  10:30 PM

 
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SATURDAY MAY 30

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The simpsons &
The onion writers
in-conversation

Athenaeum Theater  |  2:00 PM

john mulaney

Chicago Theater  |  7:30 PM

JOHN MULANEY

Chicago Theater  |  10:30 PM

 

ELLIE KEMPER & FRIENDS

UP Comedy Club  |  8:00 PM

TOMMY & FRIENDS WITH TOMMY MCNAMARA 

with special guests Derek Smith, Jeff Scheen, Alex Kumin, Charlie Bury, and Two Bunnies Eating Flowers

The Hideout  |  7:00 PM

joe mande

with Martin Morrow

The Hideout  |  10:00 PM

 
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ELLIE KEMPER & FRIENDS

UP Comedy Club  |  10:30 PM

 

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JOHN MULANEY

John Mulaney began his career in New York’s East Village as part of the two-man “Oh Hello Show” with comedian Nick Kroll. He was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008—the same year he began working at Saturday Night Live, where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He released his second Comedy Central Special and Album New In Town in 2012, and EW.com hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.” He was recently seen starring in FOX’s new comedy Mulaney, about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level. He also served as creator, writer and executive producer on the series.

UHF WITH "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC

In the late 1980s—and today—“Weird Al” Yankovic was a massive music star, his parodies all over MTV and the radio. He tried his hand at movie stardom, and out came the incredible, sublimely silly UHF. Though it made no splash at the box office, it’s become a cult favorite, with eminently quotable lines and a cast—including Michael Richards—still recognized for it 25 years later. Following each of these screenings, “Weird Al” and UHF director Jay Levey will participate in a Q&A.

THE SIMPSONS & THE ONION WRITERS

This special afternoon event features two comedy institutions for the price of one ticket. First up, we’ll be presenting a panel discussion with writers fromThe Onion, America’s Finest News Source. They’ll discuss their process of picking jokes, and share stories from their nearly three-decade history.

After an intermission, we’ll welcome to the stage a gaggle of writers from The Simpsons, including long-running producer/writer/showrunner Al Jean, Rob LaZebnik, Carolyn Omine, Bill Odenkirk, John Frink, Stewart Burns and Mike Price. They’ll share some anecdotes and answer questions about the show’s long, storied history.

 

ERIC ANDRE

Comedian/actor Eric Andre is the creator and host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, an insane take on the modern talk show co-hosted by Chicago’s own Hannibal Buress. Andre has also appeared on Don’t Trust The B---- In Apt. 23. Brian Babylon is a Chicago-born comic and radio host, who currently hosts and produces The Mornin AMP radio show on Vocalo. He can also be see on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

KYLE KINANE

Kyle Kinane is a Chicago-bred, Los Angeles-based comedian who’s returning to the 26th Annual Comedy Festival after co-headlining with Tig Notaro last year. Kinane just released his latest album, I Liked His Old Stuff Better. He was called "bleak and misanthropic" by the London Evening Standard, which he still feels may be a compliment. We’re pretty sure it means “hilariously pointed.”

ELLIE KEMPER

Ellie Kemper is the star of the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock). She portrayed Erin Hannon on the last 5 seasons of The Office and has a recurring role on The Mindy Project. In film she was most recently seen alongside Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape and Lynn Shelton's film Laggies with Keira Knightley. She co-starred in Bridesmaids and her other credits include 21 Jump Street, Identity Thief, They Came Together and Somewhere.

 

VANESSA BAYER

 

Bayer joined the cast of SNL from Chicago where she studied and performed at iO, The Annoyance, Zanies, and The Second City. Bayer is currently starring in the web series "Sound Advice with Janessa Slater" that she co-created with her brother Jonah for Broadway Video’s Above Average. She has recently appeared as a guest star on television shows including “Portlandia,” and “Man Seeking Woman," and will be appearing in the film "Trainwreck" out this summer.

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CABIN BOY with ADAM RESNICK

Fun fact: 1994’s Cabin Boy was originally going to be directed by Tim Burton, who handed the reins of the ridiculous comedy over to Adam Resnick at the last minute. Though it was a box-office bomb, the movie has gained an incredible cult following over the past two decades. It stars Chris Elliott as a pampered rich kid who ends up aboard a ship filled with rough sailors. Resnick, who recently published a David Sedaris-like essay collection called Will Not Attend, will attend: He’ll do a Q&A after the screening, and he’s got some great stories about the troubled production.

BRODY STEVENS

Brody Stevens was the executive producer and star of the unique Comedy Central TV series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Other credits include Conan, Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, Premium Blend, TMZ, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late World with Zach, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Tosh.0 Fox NFL Sunday, Jesus is Magic, Due Date, and The Hangover parts 1 and 2. He has positive energy. 

 

JOE MANDE

Joe Mande is a comedian and writer who just finished a long run on Parks And Recreation, on which he also occasionally guest-starred. Joe has also written for Comedy Central's Kroll Show, as well as Adult Swim’s Delocated and NTSF: SVU. Joe has performed stand-up all over the country at festivals, colleges and clubs. Joe’s first comedy album, Bitchface, was released last year to stellar reviews.

7 MINUTES IN PURGATORY

Seven Minutes in Purgatory, a stand-up comedy show hailed as an “outrageous experiment” by the Chicago Tribune, returns with a special one-night-only event! Host and co-creator of Seven Minutes In Purgatory, Ian Abramson, will challenge seven comedians to perform their material to a camera alone in a soundproof room. Audience members will watch a live feed of the comics as they awkwardly and hilariously attempt to perform without knowing the crowd’s reaction. Special guests will be announced soon!

THE UPPERCLASSMEN

Chicago is often compared to a four-year university for comedians—a place where you can start out, gain experience, find your voice, and then get the hell out as soon as actual paid opportunities come along. Most of the world only finds out about the students of this unofficial comedy trade school after they graduate, but The Onion and A.V. Club have curated a collection of the most promising and talented students in Chicago’s current class of future comedy greats featuring Katie McVay, John Eisenrich, Rebecca O'Neal, Natalie Jose and Danny Kallas.

 

Tommy & Friends with Tommy McNamara

Before his move to NYC later this Summer, standup comic Tommy McNamara asked some of his favorite comedians in the city to come together for a night of laughs and music. The show will be packed full of Tommy's closest friends, both onstage and in the audience!