Improv and Sketch Comedy at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
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Featured review from kayemm
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For the cost, this is a great event. Overall, it's a good event. It personally doesn't bother me, but be prepared that this is a tiny venue and very homespun. I very much appreciate that it's a collective group of improv artists who are just trying to share their love and talent with everyone. You're really there for the words.
The first group wasn't very funny. I wanted to love them because I find their name hysterical -- Fart City. The topic thrown out by the audience was "goulashes," which they never even addressed. They just talked about rain, but rain wasn't the topic. Aside from that, it just wasn't funny. I hope it was an off night for them.
Roboctopus was distinctively better than the first group. They definitely had my friends and I laughing. The topic was babies balls, and that started off their skit hysterically discussion circumcisions. We really liked them and definitely would like to see them again.
The last group was Cyclops Baby, and it was obvious why they were the closers. There was barely a second that they were performing that we weren't laughing. The situation thrown out was Cirque du Soleil at McDonald's, which ended up being hysterical. Their "interpretive" acting was just as funny as their verbal discourse. They were fantastic, and I look forward to seeing them again!
Small sidenote -- the bathroom is cool as hell. The walls are wallpapered with the pages out of plays and musicals. It's very creative and super cool.
Overall, the experience was definitely worth it and funny. It's easy to get to from public transportation, and it's BYOB! We didn't know that before hand but wish we had!
* Shows are recommended for ages 13 and older.
January 11 & 18 at 8:00pm: Law Dog, Stranger & Yellow Belly
For two Saturdays in January, three indie groups take over the CIC stage, each featuring members of CIC house ensembles plus a few of their idiot friends.
Law Dog is: Zack Mast, John Patrick Coan, Alex Nichols, and Luke Null
Stranger is: T.C. Matherne, Peter Kim, Brian Byrne, Brian Holden, Alex Bellisle, and Stephanie Anderson
Yellow Belly is: Kyle Miller, Gina DeLuca, Mike Jimerson, Jen Burns, Damian Anaya, and Kyle Chorpening
Saturdays at 8:00pm (Except Jan. 11 & 18): Moral Hazard
Written and performed by local comedians Walt Delaney and Chandler Goodman, Moral Hazard is a new scripted comedy performance that weaves together elements of Chicago's emerging solo sketch, storytelling, and political satire forms to explore the roots and consequences of America's "Great Recession." Audiences will follow Walt Delaney on his sudden and sobering path from naive college graduate to 'Account Manager' at a local auto finance company, collecting payments from customers struggling to keep their heads above water. Goodman takes a step back to look at some of the issues from outsourcing, to misguided government policies, to the explosion of financial innovation that together led America to the brink of financial collapse.
Saturdays at 10:30pm: Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Showcases
Each week, one headlining comedy troupe will be joined by a rotating line-up of teams comprised of some of the funniest people in Chicago.
Currently featuring Rainbow Deli as the headlining team. Rainbow Deli takes a suggestion and turns it into poetry. They then take that poetry and turn it into thirty blistering minutes of improv. The eight person cast has performed in such stalwart Chicago improv groups as Revolver, Close Quarters, Felt, Big Yellow Bus, Mrs Dad, and Rick.
Sundays at 8:00pm: Lancer Hosts the Blender
CIC house team, Lancer, takes the lead in hosting the night where you can play too. Lancer will be joined by a guest team, and closing out the night will be a blender of CIC veteran improvisors and you, the audience. Come out and play!
About the Ticket Supplier: Chemically Imbalanced ComedyChemically Imbalanced Comedy is a non profit theater which has been producing the best and brightest comedy in Chicago for years. The Chicago Tribune called their show "simple, funny, and perceptive."
The Chicago Arts and Entertainment Magazine said, "I was astounded by the intelligence of that improvisation."
The Chicago Reader said CIC was "tight and funny."
The Chicago Redeye named CIC "Best Bet."