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

CABIN BOY with ADAM RESNICK  *  THE KATYDIDS   *   JOE MANDE   *  
7 MINUTES IN PURGATORY   *   THE UPPERCLASSMEN  *  and more!

 
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TUESDAY MAY 26

cabin boy screening with director ADAM RESNICK

Lincoln Hall  |  8:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY MAY 27

UHF Screening with special guests weird al & Director jay levey

Music Box  |  7:00 PM

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kyle kinane

Thalia Hall  |  9:30 PM

UHF Screening with special guests weird al & Director jay levey

Music Box  |  10:00 PM

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THURSDAY MAY 28

7 minutes in purgatory with sPECIAL guest

The Hideout  |  7:00 PM

ERIC ANDRE

Thalia Hall  |  9:00 PM

the upperclassmen

The Hideout  |  10:00 PM


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FRIDAY MAY 29

VANESSA BAYER

Thalia Hall  |  9:00 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

 

the katydiDS

The Hideout  |  7:00 PM

joe mande

The Hideout  |  10:00 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.

 

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.”

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.

 
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VANESSA BAYER

Vanessa Bayer is currently shooting her fifth season of “Saturday Night Live.” Bayer burst onto the scene during her debut season with her impersonation of Miley Cyrus in the wildly popular sketch, “The Miley Cyrus Show.” She has continued to wow audiences with her impressions of Diane Keaton, Hillary Clinton, Kourtney Kardashian and “Fox and Friends” host Gretchen Carlson, as well as her recurring characters Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy and the ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring- pitchwoman Brecky. Bayer joined the SNL cast from Chicago where she studied and performed at iO, The Annoyance, and The Second City.

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.

THE KATYDIDS

The Katydids are a six member ensemble of some of Chicago’s best up and coming performers whose names all happen to be derived from Katherine.  In addition to improvisation and sketch comedy, they are known for creating and producing successful short videos, some of which have been featured on such sites as The Huffington Post, MTV, Perez Hilton, Smosh, Cosmopolitan, Italy's Vanity Fair, College Humor, and The Chicago Sun Times.  They are also actors, writers, and executive producers of the popular web series, TEACHERS which makes its television debut this summer on TV Land.

 

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 A.V. Club has curated a collection of the most promising and talented students in Chicago’s current class of future comedy greats. Come and see these upperclassmen and -women now, before they leave, come back, and start charging five times as much for their shows.