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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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100 Proof Comedy Gets Silly with Sherman Edwards

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

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SHERMAN EDWARDS was recently named ‘Best Stand Up Comic in Chicago’ by the Chicago Reader and has been lucky enough to perform at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago, The Del Close Marathon in New York, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and a few other notable places which has given him his cool, comfortable, laid-back style. Born and raised in Virginia but currently residing in Chicago, he can be found doing stand up, plays, improv and you can currently see him on the new series Single Long airing exclusively on HBO GO. He really likes cheese and hopes you do too. It’s okay if you don’t though. More for him. 



Featuring Natalie Jose (Chicago Underground Comedy)

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with special guest Erin Lane (Proxy Morons)

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in from Los Angeles, C.J. Toledano (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)

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100 Proof Cast Member: David Drake (Three Dead Moose)



and making his 100 Proof Comedy debut - Drew Anderson!



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 Jamie Campbell!

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100 Proof Comedy Gets Merry and Mirthful with Mikey Manker

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

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Mikey Manker was born in St. Louis, Mo and currently resides in Chicago. He started doing comedy in 2001. In 2004 he debuted his one man show which went on a year and a half run. He has performed all over the country and overseas in Singapore. In Chicago he has performed at such prestige venues as Chicago Underground Comedy, Lincoln Lodge, and Zanies Comedy Club. He prefers warm weather and loves the band Oasis.

 

Featuring Kristin Clifford



with Andy Boyle (Funny Talk with Andy Boyle)

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100 Proof Cast Member: Prateek Srivastava (Batman & Robin)



and making is 100 Proof Debut - Samuel Priest (Malort Mondays)

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hosted by Cody Melcher



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 Jake McKenzie!

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100 Proof Comedy Gets RAW with Jamie Campbell

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

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Jamie Campbell is a Chicago-based actor, stand-up comedian, improviser, and playwright.  He is one of the stars of the upcoming feature-film Dirtbags, he improvises professionally with the ensemble of The ComedySportz Theatre and The Annoyance Theatre’s house ensemble, and is the founder of the stand-up collective 100 Proof Comedy.

Last year, he released his debut EP Black Panther.

 

Featuring Bill Santiago

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with Barbara Gray from Los Angeles

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in from New York, Brian Frange

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also from New York, Nate Fridson

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from New York as well, Andrea Bartunek

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and from Chicago, Jacob Williams

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hosted by Jake McKenzie

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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 Jake McKenzie!

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100 Proof Comedy Gets Some Pedantic Pageantry with Cody Melcher

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

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Cody Melcher is a witwanton and literary gentleman who weaves a tapestry of obscure observations and personal proclivities designed to delight and enlighten.

Cody co-hosts the podcast Tomefoolery, co-produced the critically-acclaimed panel show Just the FAQs, and is Creative Director of House Bravura Productions. He has performed all over the country and in festivals such as The Milwaukee Comedy Festival, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Black Box Comedy Festival, The New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival, headlined The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and in 2013 was a finalist in Outloud Chicago and The Advocate’s National Queer Comedy Search.

The Chicago Tribune has called him “ridiculously zesty”.



Featuring Abbaria

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with special guest Mark Toland, Mind Reader (NBC, Disney World)

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in from New York, Jono Zalay

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in from Los Angeles, Harry Moroz

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100 Proof Cast Member: Alexandra Tsarpalas (Stardust Showcase)

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and making her 100 Proof Comedy debut - Kris McDermott!

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hosted by Ian Abramson (7 Minutes in Purgatory)

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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 Reena Calm!

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100 Proof Comedy Will Put You in a Comedy Sleeperhold with Marty DeRosa

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

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With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of critics, fans, and Twitter followers alike. 

As a founding member of “Comedians You Should Know”, the premier independently run stand up showcase in Chicago, DeRosa has had a #1 comedy album on itunes and has been recognized as an emerging talent by Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Red Eye, and Chicago Magazine. He performs stand up all over the country which lead him to a partnership with pro wrestler Colt Cabana. 

"Wrestling With Depression", DeRosa’s critically acclaimed podcast, is an honest and humorous series of interviews with fellow comedians, wrestlers, and performers, reconciling the creative process with the daily struggle of depression. It has been profiled by Comedy of Chicago and The Onion’s AV Club. 

Featuring Reena Calm (Hoo Haa Comedy)

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with special guest Tom Brady (Girls’ Night with Tom Brady)

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100 Proof Cast Member: Kevin Pomeroy (Stevens Family)

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and making his 100 Proof Comedy debut - John Eide!

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hosted by Martin Morrow (Bridgetown Comedy Festival)

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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 Alexandra Tsarpalas and Jake McKenzie!

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