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Stewart Huff recording next album at 100 Proof Comedy - October 20th!

STEWART HUFF returns to record his next album at The ComedySportz Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Monday, October 20th!

Stewart Huff, who just premiered his five star one-man show at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival, will be appearing for one night only to record his next album at The ComedySportz Theatre on Monday, October 20th for two shows at 8 and 10pm.   He is teaming up with the producers of 100 Proof Comedy (named Chicago’s “Best Venue for Stand-Up” by The Chicago Reader) for an unforgettable evening of laughs.

Huff has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, including the Improv in Los Angeles and New York, the Punchline in Atlanta and the Funny Bone in Omaha, as well as countless others. A finalist in the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival, Huff was also invited to perform in the HBO Las Vegas Festival and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He was also featured in the documentary Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages and recently appeared on Laughs on FOX. He is often considered by other comedians–as well as audiences–as one of the best working comics today.

This recording will be for his third album.  His last album, I Don’t Think I Believe Us, was released last year.

Also appearing are Peter-john Byrnes (featured at Just for Laughs Chicago and Limestone Comedy Festival) and Cody Melcher (Finalist in The Advocate’s National Queer Comedy Search).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling The ComedySportz Theatre’s box office at 773-549-8080 or visiting www.comedysportzchicago.com.

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100 Proof Comedy Macking with Martin Morrow

100 Proof Comedy is back at 8PM Monday (October 13th) at The ComedySportz Theatre with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Martin Morrow!

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Martin Morrow got his start while in college at Auburn University as part of an award winning stand-up/sketch hybrid Tubbi and Martin. After moving to New York in 2010, Martin began to blend his own unique style of comedy which has brought him all over the country from Las Vegas to Austin to Atlanta and beyond. Martin currently lives in Chicago, IL where he is an alumni of the world famous Lincoln Lodge, a cast member at 100 Proof Comedy, and a regular at the Laugh Factory.

Featuring Chris Condren (Just For Laughs Chicago)

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with Alex Kumin (Cole’s Chicago Comedy Cabaret)

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Chris Duffy (NPR)

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the debut of comedy duo Lyons & Campbell

and Krista Atkinson (Just Dickin’ Around)

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100 Proof Cast Member Reena Calm (Hoo Haa Comedy)

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hosted by Kevin Pomeroy (The Stevens Family)

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Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Reena Calm and Jamie Campbell!

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100 Proof Comedy Gets Classy AND Sassy with Adam Burke! (10/6)

100 Proof Comedy is back at 8PM Monday at ComedySportz Chicago with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Adam Burke!

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Adam Burke has appeared on Doug Loves Movies, The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Standup in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014.

Featuring Rebecca O’Neal (Congrats On Your Success)

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with Jason Earl Folks (Cole’s Chicago Comedy Cabaret)

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in from Minneapolis, Lainie Lenertz

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also visiting, Mo Mandel (Chelsea Lately, Conan)

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and Kaitlyn Grissom (Proxy Morons)

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100 Proof Cast Members: Dave Stinton

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and Rachel McCartney

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hosted by Cody Melcher

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Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Cody Melcher and Rachel McCartney!

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100 Proof Comedy Raises Hell with Dave Helem

100 Proof Comedy is back with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Dave Helem!

Dave Helem is a stand-up comedian from Chicago. He attributes his witty sense of humor to the fact that he believes there is something funny in every facet of human life. He has performed at numerous venues in the Midwest such as Jokes and Notes, The Comedy Bar, The Chicago Improv, and the Comedy Café. He participated twice in TBS’s Just For Laughs Chicago Festival. He is also a producer of the critically acclaimed Stand Up Stand Up showcase and Thank You Very Much.

Featuring Matty Ryan (Parlour Car)

with Mike Timlin

in from Los Angeles, Mikey Kampmann

also visiting while on tour, Sally Brooks

and Jerry Tran

100 Proof Cast Members: Prateek Srivastava

and Alexandra Tsarpalas

hosted by Reena Calm

Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Jamie Campbell and Prateek Srivastava!

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100 Proof Brings The Heat with Jay Washington

100 Proof Comedy is back with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Jay Washington!

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Jay Washington has made a major name for himself as he has performed at, created and hosted top-notch monthly events, including “Laughing Insanity“ at the world famous Laugh Factory in Chicago. Jay has traveled the country headlining and featuring at comedy clubs and venues and numerous festivals.

Jay has opened the stage for the likes of Tony Rock, Tommy Davidson, Lil‘ Rel, Robert Kelly, Adam Ferrara, Dante Nero, Leon Rogers, Loni Love, Mark “Skippy” Price, Rodney Perry and Rain Pryor just to name a few. He has also been featured on various podcasts, seen in the NEW TD Bank (Eastern Seaboard) commercials, radio shows and is the co-host of a daily Internet Radio show “Educated Insanity” heard Wednesdays on www.chicagolandsportsradio.com

Featuring Prateek Srivastava

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with Josh Johnson (Proxy Morons)

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in from Atlanta, Olivia Cathcart

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100 Proof Cast Members: Dave Stinton (Scene Missing)

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and Rachel McCartney (The Rainbow Connection Tour)

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hosted by Alexandra Tsarpalas (Shindig!)

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Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Kevin Pomeroy and Martin Morrow!

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Join the 100 Proof Comedy Team - Seeking Production and Marketing Interns!

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The 100 Proof Comedy show is looking for some fantastic interns to join our production and marketing teams!  Our show has been running in Chicago for four years, was named the city’s “Best Venue for Stand-Up” by The Chicago Reader, and features the area’s top stand-up performers, with big-name drop-ins from all over the nation!   College credit is available where applicable, but we don’t require that you’re in college.  

To inquire about joining the team and working hands-on with one of Chicago’s top comedy productions, send an email to 100proofcomedy@gmail.com.

Production Internship

Working as a production intern for 100 Proof Comedy will allow you to experience what it’s like behind-the-scenes running one of Chicago’s longest-running independent stand-up showcases at one of The Windy City’s top comedy venues - The ComedySportz Theatre.  You’ll work directly with comedians, and will gain hands-on experience running the technical aspects of our acclaimed showcase and open mic.  You’ll also get to see a ton of top-notch comedy from some of the nation’s top stand-up comedians.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

  • Running lights and sound during our weekly stand-up showcase and/or open mic (training provided)

  • Setting our stage to ensure that our venue looks great for the show

  • Closing down our venue once performances are complete

  • Being a liason to performers ensuring they feel welcome and their technical needs are met

  • Working directly with show producers to ensure the show runs smoothly

  • Taking photos

  • Answering Audience Questions

Qualifications/Criteria:

  • Basic Computer Knowledge

  • Punctuality/Reliability is a Must

  • Availability Late on Monday Evenings (8pm - 2am)

  • Knowledge on how to operate a digital camera

Timeframe for internship position:

Minimum 3 months commitment with the opportunity for an extension

Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship, but college credit is available where applicable.  There is also the opportunity to take improv and/or stand-up classes through The ComedySportz Training Center in exchange for your work.

If you are a stand-up comedian, you’ll also receive a preferred spot performing in our Chaser open mic, and will be considered for the possibility as a guest-host.

Learning Objectives

You will have learned the following upon the completion of your internship:

  • How to run the production-end of a professional stand-up showcase and open mic

  • How to run a sound and light board

  • How to manage guest and in-residence talent at a live production

Marketing Internship

Working as a marketing intern for 100 Proof Comedy will allow you to have hands-on experience marketing one of Chicago’s longest-running independent stand-up showcases at one of The Windy City’s top comedy venues - The ComedySportz Theatre.  You’ll work directly with the show’s producers to create and implement a marketing campaign for the show’s 2014/2015 season.   You’ll also get to watch top notch comedy from some of the nation’s top stand-up comedians.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

  • Contributing creative content to our 100 Proof Comedy marketing campaign

  • Implementing our marketing campaign through live remote promotions and viral/online presence

  • Creating/implementing social media marketing

  • Working directly with the show’s producers via a weekly Marketing Team Meeting.

Qualifications/Criteria:

  • Above-average knowledge of current social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.)

  • Must work well as a member of a creative team

  • Must follow-through on weekly tasks without direct supervision

  • Availability for a weekly marketing meeting on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30pm

  • Availability to attend one 100 Proof Comedy show per month (Mondays at 8pm)

  • Reliable transportation (CTA is acceptable)

Timeframe for internship position:

Minimum 3 months commitment with the opportunity for an extension

Compensation:

This is an unpaid internship, but college credit is available where applicable.  There is also the opportunity to take improv and/or stand-up classes through The ComedySportz Training Center in exchange for your work.

Learning Objectives

You will have learned the following upon the completion of your internship:

  • How to successfully market a live, independent comedy production.

  • How to increase brand-name recognition through social media, live events, and follow-up campaigns.

  • How to contribute and follow-through as a member of a creative marketing team.

To inquire about an internship, contact 100proofcomedy@gmail.com.

 

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100 Proof Comedy Gets Right with Reena Calm

100 Proof Comedy is BACK with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Reena Calm!

Reena Calm was made in Israel, raised near Boston, and is now thrilled to be a part of Chicago’s amazing Comedy scene. She’s a regular at the Laugh factory, has performed in SO many different bars, and has only been asked to leave a few of them. Her parents are proud. Reena was featured in TBS Just For Laughs, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival and right now there’s a hilarious festival going on in her pants. Reena currently produces and hosts the Three Dead Moose Open Mic on Sundays, she’s a proud cast member at 100 Proof Comedy on Mondays, and Hoo HA Comedy every Tuesday.


Featuring Derek Smith (Lincoln Lodge)

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with Sean White (upcoming CD “Dead & Gone”)

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making his 100 Proof debut: Dane Arden

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in from Los Angeles, Sammy Obeid (1,000 Days of Comedy)

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100 Proof Cast Members: Dave Stinton (Scene Missing)

and Jamie Campbell (Spiked Punch)

hosted by Kevin Pomeroy (Stevens Family)

Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Jamie Campbell and Rachel McCartney!

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9 Reasons You Don’t Want To Miss Mark Normand on September 8th!

Mondays suck!  For most people, the weekend is over, and the work-week has reared it’s ugly head again, with no end in sight!  Well, thanks to the folks at 100 Proof Comedy, Mondays just got awesome!

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Starting September 8th, 100 Proof Comedy (named the city’s “Best Venue for Stand-Up” by The Chicago Reader) returns to The ComedySportz Theatre (929 W. Belmont) every Monday night at 8, and they’re delivering lineups packed with top shelf comedians so funny, you won’t believe it’s a weeknight!  The season opens with a bang, as they are bringing in national sensation Mark Normand!

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In case you’re one of the few souls who don’t know Mark Normand, here are 9 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss his headlining set this Monday, September 8th!

1.  Comedy Central - Mark recently filmed his very own half-hour special on the network that sets the benchmark for laughs - Comedy Central!

2.  Last Comic Standing - Mark was a semifinalist on the most recent season of NBC’s hit show Last Comic Standing!

3.  Conan - This summer, Mark was selected to perform stand-up on Conan O’Brien’s show on TBS! 

4.  Esquire’s Best New Comedians 2012 - In 2012, Esquire Magazine asked big-name guest panelists to name their favorite up-and-coming comedians.  Amy Schumer submitted Mark’s name to the list!

5.  He’s Been Inside Amy Schumer - well, he’s been ON Inside Amy Schumer, the hilarious sketch comedy series on Comedy Central!

6.  He’s Still Got It! - This summer, Mark released his album Still Got It! on Comedy Central Records.  The album has received rave reviews and is available for download here!

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7.  Best Week Ever - Remember VH1’s show Best Week Ever!? - The show featured comedians as panelists, delivering big laughs as they discussed that week in pop culture.  The popular show was rebooted in 2012, featuring several of the nation’s favorite comedians, including Mark Normand!

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8.  MTV’s Inside Joke - Mark has also appeared on the MTV show Inside Joke!  

MTV Shows

9.  John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show - Mark was specially selected by John Oliver to perform on his stand-up series on Comedy Central!

Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows

Mark Normand is in Chicago for ONE NIGHT ONLY - this Monday, September 8th at The ComedySportz Theatre at 8pm.  

Also appearing are Jamie Campbell (recently named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader), Martin Morrow (TBS Just for Laughs), and Cody Melcher (Finalist in The Advocate’s National Queer Comedy Search).

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling The ComedySportz Theatre’s box office at 773-549-8080 or visiting www.comedysportzchicago.com.

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100 Proof Comedy Goes Out In Style!

100 Proof Comedy is back with top shelf comedy and it’s our last show of the summer, so we’re bringing you ALL THE CAST MEMBERS (who were available)!

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We’re taking a break for the summer—DON’T WORRY, WE’LL BE BACK SEPTEMBER 8TH—but, as a big sendoff for summer, we wanted to do this right. So, we bring you the CAST OF 100 PROOF COMEDY!

Jamie Campbell

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Cody Melcher

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Alexandra Tsarpalas

Prateek Srivastava

Kevin Pomeroy

David Drake

Jake McKenzie

Reena Calm

Sherman Edwards

And introducing our NEWEST cast member: Rachel McCartney!



Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  

All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by the whole cast!

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100 Proof Comedy Kicks It with Kelsie Huff

100 Proof Comedy is back with top shelf comedy and a strong kicker of a headliner: Kelsie Huff!

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Kelsie Huff is a Chicago-based comedian who performs all over the city and country, including comedy festivals like the Women in Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Chicago Funny Female Festival. Kelsie has written and produced two one woman shows, Huffs, Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy, which have received numerous awards and acclaim.


Featuring Goodrich Gevaart (Comedy Exposition of 2014)

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with Abby Stassen (Proxy Morons)

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Dylan Scott (Atomic Comic)

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Adam Robinson

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Dylan Farr

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in from New York, Brendan McLaughlin (Best Week Ever)

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100 Proof Cast Member: Alexandra Tsarpalas (Stardust Showcase)

hosted by Jamie Campbell (Spiked Punch)



Tickets are only $10, and can be reserved by calling The ComedySportz Theatre  box office at 773 549-8080.  All the action starts at 8PM! 

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Stick around after for The Chaser open mic, hosted by Abby Stassen, Dylan Scott, Dylan Farr, and Adam Robinson!

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