The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is nerd comedy: Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Burlesque, and so much more. This year, we’re coming to you, so you can stay safe at home!

We will be streaming October 15th - 17th, 2020, and have nerdy comedy acts from all over the country. Please sign up for Sched and build your schedule of all the events and shows you want to see. For those that register, the streaming links will be e-mailed out the morning of the shows.

Please contact us with any questions, concerns, memes, or jokes at NerdFest@Stage773.com and/or Tech@Stage773.com. We’d love to hear from you!


50/50 Donations
Welcome, nerds! 2020 has been a year. From the slide further and further into fascism and white supremacy to the continued Covid-19 pandemic, it's been a trying time. We here at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and coping as best you can. 

However, there are plenty of folks who aren't as fortunate as the rest of us. With that in mind, we're accepting donations that will be split 50/50 between the Brave Space Alliance and Stage 773. 

If you would like to donate, you can do so by sending funds via Venmo to @Tech773. (Please include a note that it's for CNCF.)

Brave Space Alliance

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples.

Health and Wellness – We view health and wellness as broad concepts, reaching far beyond getting tested or focusing on medical services. Queer and trans people face unique barriers to living full, healthy lives. We break down these barriers by offering programs that focus on the needs in our community, such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, and economic justice.

Visibility and Expansion – We want Black and Brown queer and trans people to be seen, wherever and however they want to be seen. And we know our community deserves services that are accessible to them, in the neighborhoods in which they live. Brave Space is striving to expand our programming to all parts of the South and West sides; if you are located there and want to partner with us, please reach out!

Bravery and Solidarity – We step away from the language of safety, because we know that queer and trans people can never truly be safe in spaces and communities that are not of our own making. We instead emphasize bravery-- living one’s fullest, truest, and best life in the face of oppression-- and solidarity as ideals for the longevity of our communities and the best hopes for queer and trans liberation.

Stage 773
Stage 773 is a Non-Profit Organization. When you make your tax-deductible donation, you directly impact our ongoing work to support artists in Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. Thank you!

Program Support & Sponsorship Opportunities

Stage 773’s programming, festivals, productions, and artist care are funded in part by sponsorships and advertising partners.

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