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WELCOME TO "CNCF GOES DIGITAL",
THE FIRST EVER VIRTUAL CHICAGO NERD COMEDY FESTIVAL!


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!

STAY SAFE, AND LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!
#CNCF2020

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Thursday, October 15
 

7:00pm CDT

You Simply Must

You Simply Must, a Chicago-based comedy podcast, has been releasing weekly episodes since 2016. Hosts Landree Fleming and Drew Johnson alternate episodes forcing each other to try something new. Vegetarian-hot-wing-eating, toenail-painting, reality-television-watching, sporting-event-attending, virtual reality-experiencing, architectural-tour-taking-- the intrepid You Simply Must hosts will try anything once.

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Landree Fleming

Landree Fleming

Landree Fleming is a Chicago-based actor and comedian who loves harrassing her co-host, Drew Johnson, on a weekly basis. She’s been everywhere from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage to the set of Chicago P.D. She’s also a member of the podcast Encounter Party!, a Dungeons... Read More →
avatar for Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

Co-Host/Producer, You Simply Must Podcast
Drew Johnson is an Alabama-bred Chicago-based actor and podcaster.You may have seen Drew in appearances on NBC's Chicago PD and Chicago Fire, national commercials for companies such as GE, KFC, and Alamo, or on stages across the US.He has co-hosted and produced the comedy podcast... Read More →

Sponsors
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Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Thursday October 15, 2020 7:00pm - 7:55pm CDT
Zoom

8:00pm CDT

Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment

Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment (or LIVE) is a theatre company in Chicago, IL that performs brand new comedy in the style of Old Time Radio with live music, live Foley, and live actors! Once a month we perform at Stage 773 on Chicago’s North Side. We then podcast the shows on our website, on iTunes, or on any podcasting app.

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Shane Hill

Shane Hill

Locked into Vacancy Entertainment
avatar for Jennifer Walden

Jennifer Walden

Managing Director/Owner/Performer, Locked into Vacancy Entertainment
After being an actor, singer, and vocal performer for over 30 years I've recently stepped into a behind the scenes role as well and staked claim to a Chicago theatre/production company, Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment (LIVE for short). As the Managing Director I'm currently looking... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Huttel

Andrew Huttel

Owner/Head Writer/Artistic Director, Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Thursday October 15, 2020 8:00pm - 8:55pm CDT
Zoom

9:00pm CDT

The Thursday Stand Up Showcase, Featuring: Mark Rosenthal, Lauren Harsh, Meegan Kelleher, and Mike Hover!

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Mark Rosenthal

Mark Rosenthal

Admiral, AggroHat
Mark Rosenthal is a 2-time award winning karaoke singer and 0-time award winning comedian based in Chicago. He’s not so much a stand up as he is a man teetering on the edge of madness (and yelling) about his life experiences with hyperbolic absurdity. His writing/producing credits... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Harsh

Lauren Harsh

Lauren Harsh is a Chicago-based comedian, writer, cat lover, and train enthusiast. They host a monthly zoom open mic called Cabin Fever. Their humor writing has appeared in Points in Case, Slackjaw Humor, The Belladonna, and more.
avatar for Mike Hover

Mike Hover

Stand Up Comic
Mike Hover is a comedian based out of Chicago, IL. Nerd credits included meeting LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn WITHOUT ending in a restraining order and being eaten by a dinosaur in the film Age of Dinosaurs (Syfy, Netflix).A set from Mike Hover is a fun roller-coaster... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Thursday October 15, 2020 9:00pm - 9:55pm CDT
Zoom

10:00pm CDT

PS... Burlesque

PS...Burlesque is a nerdlesque based burlesque troupe from Chicago. They use pretty much anything from nerd culture and make it sexy...kind of? If you've ever wondered how your favorite characters might bare it all, this is the show for you!

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Layla Byrd

Layla Byrd

Company Member, PS...Burlesque
Layla Byrd is the literary manager of PS... Burlesque. She’ll guide you from Isla Nubar to Middle Earth with her curves. She has performed Beast Women, Harlequin Girls, and Crescent Moon Nerdlesque. Let this bird ease your worried mind, Layla Byrd. 🦅
avatar for Phaedra Black

Phaedra Black

PS...Burlesque
Phaedra Black is a burlesque performer and producer who enjoys bringing her smart ass attitude and body-positive aesthetic to the stage. This powerhouse owns whatever space she is in-  she is poised and polished while internally giving the middle finger when necessary. Her cheeky... Read More →
avatar for Bailey Irish

Bailey Irish

Artistic Associate, Unpopular Hottie, PS...Burlesque
Bailey Irish is a sassy little lassie who may not be from the Emerald Isle, but they sure have the luck of the Irish on their side. Bailey has performed all over Chicago, coining their signature style of "half sexy, half WHAAAAT?" Bailey loves tequila, tacos, and the other burly babes... Read More →
avatar for Jean LeFaun

Jean LeFaun

Jean LeFaun graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre, where he also performed in his first burlesque show! You can catch many of his burlesque acts on YouTube (username Jean LeFaun), where he also posts anime music videos set to RuPaul's discography. He is an... Read More →
avatar for Coco Sho-Nell

Coco Sho-Nell

Coco Sho-Nell was born in a small town outside of Gary, Indiana.... And that town was called Chicago! She began working the mean streets of Jeffrey manor before she decided to pack her bags and move out of the hood to the other side of the tracks. There she met the Lovely Ashley Morgan... Read More →
avatar for Cyn S Tease

Cyn S Tease

Burlesque performer, Independent
Afflicted with an irrepressible wiggle, Cyn S Tease Ta was swept off a gogo dancing platform and onto the burlesque stage in 2013, where she developed a severe glitter addiction. She now spends most of her time sparkly, naked, and questioning her life choices. She hopes to someday... Read More →
avatar for Nitty Gritty

Nitty Gritty

Performer, PS Burlesque
IT ME. Chicago Burlesque's own NITTY GRITTY!

Sponsors
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Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Thursday October 15, 2020 10:00pm - 10:55pm CDT
Zoom
 
Friday, October 16
 

8:00pm CDT

Raks Geek

"Never seen a Wookiee bellydance? This can be remedied." - MSN A Time Out Chicago Critics' Pick, Raks Geek is the premiere bellydance, flow arts, and fire performance company by geeks for geeks - they broke the internet's collective brain with a viral video of a Wookiee bellydancing to a four-piece Klingon band playing an original song in Shyriiwook. Raks Geek is based in Chicago, but they've made waves nationally and internationally on MSN, The Daily Mail, and WGN-TV through their commitment to blend a high degree of artistic and technical mastery with fun, creativity, and themes from nerd culture. They were featured on UK Channel 4 TV's "50 Funniest Moments of the Year" and voted runner up for "Best Dance Troupe" by the Chicago Reader.

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Raks Geek

Raks Geek

Geek + Bellydance + Fire, Raks Geek
"Never seen a sexy Wookiee bellydance? This can be remedied." - MSN.comA Time Out Chicago Critics' Pick, Raks Geek is the premiere bellydance, flow arts, and fire performance company by geeks for geeks - they broke the internet's collective brain with a viral video of a Wookiee bellydancing... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Xiana Moon

Dawn Xiana Moon

Founder & Producer/Director, Raks Geek
Dawn Xiana Moon is the Founder/Director of Raks Geek, a bellydance and fire performance company that was voted the Chicago Reader's "Best Dance Troupe" (runner up). Raks Geek has garnered international accolades through their commitment to blend a high degree of artistic and technical... Read More →
avatar for Gaea Lady

Gaea Lady

dancer, Raks Geek
firehoopsveilslightnerd thingsburlesqueand more! !www.patreon.com/gaealady
avatar for Kamrah

Kamrah

Belly Dancer, Raks Geek
Kamrah is Chicago’s first trans masculine belly dancer. They have been dancing since 2001, and have traveled all over the country to teach and perform in multiple styles of belly dance. Kamrah is known for their killer isolations, creativity, and theatrical pieces, and for being... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Friday October 16, 2020 8:00pm - 8:55pm CDT
Zoom

9:00pm CDT

Anna Elizabeth

Anna Elizabeth's comedy is one part farm girl, one part nerdy gamer, and a heaping spoonful of boy crazy. An ex once described her as "So pretty she could be a model, for like, Target or Walmart or something." She also thinks Ocarina of Time was great, but you need to move on.

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Friday October 16, 2020 9:00pm - 9:55pm CDT
Zoom

10:00pm CDT

The Patti Vasquez Experience: Featuring Elliott Serrano

Interactive comedy show exploring our nerdy childhoods featuring storytellelling and games with prizes!

Moderators
avatar for John Craig

John Craig

Production Manager, Stage 773
John was bitten by a radioactive Phil Collins at a young age and has been spending his time split between filling out online forms, fanboying over The Aquabats, and stage managing a variety of shows ever since. John Craig began working with the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in 2009... Read More →

Performers
avatar for Patti Vasquez

Patti Vasquez

Patti Vasquez, long time host of WGN’s Pretty Late radio show shares stories of growing up in Norwood Park as the only Latina, and her use of fantasy to escape from the challenges of being “other.” It’s something we’ve found to be at the heart of what the Nerd Comedy Festival... Read More →
avatar for Elliott Serrano

Elliott Serrano

Chicago's King Of Geeks, Geek To Me
As an infant, Elliott Serrano was rocketed to Earth from a dying planet. Upon arrival, he was subsequently exposed to cosmic rays, bitten by a radioactive spider and raised by apes.His tenuous mastery of the language you humans call 'English' came from years of watching Saturday morning... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Friday October 16, 2020 10:00pm - 10:55pm CDT
Zoom

11:00pm CDT

Cosplay Comedy / Insane Ian

Stand-Up Comics performing in costume and In-Character! See your favorite heroes and villains hit the stage and take the mic! Featuring some of the geekiest comics from the LA and SF scenes



Insane Ian is a comedy musician, originally from Baltimore MD. He takes nerdy pop culture and makes it more musical in a variety of styles. A member of the Funny Music Project (theFuMP.com) his music has been heard on the Dr Demento show, The Onion's AV Club, and Wired's GeekDad.


Performers
avatar for Kyle Chrise

Kyle Chrise

Stand-Up Comedian, Cosplay Comedy
avatar for PJ Baio

PJ Baio

Stand Up Comedian, Cosplay Comedy
Originally from Chicago, PJ is an avid horror movie fan and a stand up comedian. He started out as an improv comedian where he received training from The Second City Conservatory, Improv Olympic and The Annoyance in Chicago. He still performs improv with the Comedy Ala Carte team... Read More →
avatar for K Cheng

K Cheng

K. Cheng has appeared at the Comedy Cellar, the Comedy Store, and Gotham’s Comedy Club… not to perform, he’s just appeared there.He has, however, performed at NBC Stand Up for Diversity, EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), and San Francisco Comedy Day. He produces Joke Drive, Cosplay... Read More →
avatar for Jason Cole

Jason Cole

Comedian, Standup Broadway Presents
Oakland California comedian Jason Cole had a productive 2019, performing at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival and the Oakland Comedy Festival as well as Gotham Comedy Club and Greenwich Comedy Club in New York. His quick-witted, self-deprecating style finds humor and laughs in all... Read More →
avatar for April Cowgur

April Cowgur

Stand-Up Comic, Cosplay Comedy
April Cowgur has performed Cosplay Comedy at Long Beach Comic Expo, MagWest Festival San Fran, Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest, Black Cat Comics Burbank, Timewarp Records Santa Monica, and lots more! She has also performed regular Stand-Up Comedy at many clubs around LA, Chicago, and now... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Hopkins

Jeff Hopkins

Retro Batman, Cosplay Comedy
Instragram: Retrobatman66TikTok:RetroBatman66https://www.facebook.com/RetroBatman/
avatar for Ian Bonds

Ian Bonds

Comedy Musician, Insane Ian
Insane Ian is an active member of the comedy musician collective known as The Funny Music Project (aka The FuMP) as both a performer and fan of comedy music. As a comedy musician, II loves video games. He plays them, he reviews them, he collects them, he even writes comedy songs about... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Friday October 16, 2020 11:00pm - 11:55pm CDT
Zoom
 
Saturday, October 17
 

12:00am CDT

CNCF Digital Afterparty

The Friday after-party here!

Saturday October 17, 2020 12:00am - 1:30am CDT
TheOnline.Town

7:00pm CDT

Improvised Jane Austen / The Stuntmen

Improvised Jane Austen will take an audience suggestion to create a full length tale in the style of the beloved 19th century author. You'll be properly introduced to headstrong heroines, meddling mothers, snooty suitors, and charming cads. They will all emerge to navigate romance and Regency-era misadventure, to eventually reach a proper British conclusion!



Performers
avatar for Matthew Reiss

Matthew Reiss

Performer, The Stuntmen
Stuntmen are go for Nerdfest! We're so happy to be back with the nerdliest of all festivals.
avatar for Chris Terry

Chris Terry

Performer, The Stuntmen
Comics. definitely comics. Or replacing a mailbox lock because I can do that now.

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Saturday October 17, 2020 7:00pm - 7:55pm CDT
Zoom

8:00pm CDT

Hardwood / Clown Car

Hardwood are a comedy band and duo of writers from Rochester, NY. They have been playing songs and writing funny shit since 2014, and there seems to be no end to the madness. Hardwood was featured by NPR in the 2019 Tiny Desk Community video, in the NY Comedy Music Fest in 2015 and 2019, Women in Comedy Fest in 2017, and has performed with the likes of The Trailer Park Boys, Creed from The Office, Turquoise Jeep, and David Liebe Hart. With 5 years of performance experience, and a lifetime of pooping experience, Hardwood is ready to take your stage by storm!

Clown Car is a musical sketch comedy group in Chicago, IL. We write and perform original songs and sketches, hoping to reach the inner nerd in everyone! Come see what these nerds have to sing and say about the current nerd culture!

Performers
avatar for Kara Maillie

Kara Maillie

My name is Kara, and I am a member of the comedy band Hardwood.  Hardwood was my first step in my comedy journey, beginning in 2013 in Rochester, NY.  Since then, I've stepped into stand up, sketch writing, and show producing.  I formerly helped produce a comedy variety show on... Read More →
avatar for Greg Gonzales

Greg Gonzales

Writer / Performer, Clown Car
Greg is a member of Clown Car, he has contributed to Clown Car as a writer and a performer. He is from San Antonio but has lived in Chicago the last 6 years performing comedy. He has also contributed to many other productions across the city of Chicago, more recently this past summer... Read More →
avatar for Ben Linville

Ben Linville

Ben Linville has been doing sketch comedy since 2015. Taking improv and writing classes at Second City, while performing in multiple sketch shows. He has also done theatre and works with his brother making ridiculous shorts films. When he's off stage, he's continuously writing and... Read More →
avatar for Emma Luttrell

Emma Luttrell

Clown Car
Emma is a half-woman-half-baby from Washington, IL that has been singing, making weird voices and playing in the Chicago theatre scene since 2017. When she's not working with her beloved Clown Car family, she is a swing for various roles in the Tony and Tina's Wedding touring cast... Read More →
avatar for Meme Matteson

Meme Matteson

Meme Matteson is a Chicago-based performer and Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She earned her bachelor's in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago in 2018. Her most recent work has been with Clown Car, writing and performing musical sketch... Read More →
avatar for Willie Opper

Willie Opper

Producer, Clown Car
Willie is a member and producer of the musical sketch comedy group Clown Car, based in Chicago, IL, which writes and performs original songs and sketches, hoping to reach the inner nerd in everyone! Come see what these nerds have to sing and say about the current nerd culture! Willie... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan Pelissier

Meaghan Pelissier

Meaghan Pelissier has been doing Improv/Comedy Sketch for the last 6 years! She has been doing Musical Theater her entire life! Some of her favorite past shows include RENT, Aida, CHICAGO, and all her Clown Car shows. She is working on her one woman show, which should happened some... Read More →
avatar for Katie Foster

Katie Foster

Katie Foster is a Musical Director, Composer and Teacher from the Chicagoland area. She received a Bachelors Degree from DePaul University in Music Education with a focus in voice, and is currently in her 8th year of teaching. Katie has performed for such groups as Stir Friday Night... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Saturday October 17, 2020 8:00pm - 8:55pm CDT
Zoom

9:00pm CDT

The Saturday Stand Up Showcase, Featuring: Vikram Pandya, Derek Minto, Amanda Averell, and Zach Funk!

Performers
avatar for Derek Minto

Derek Minto

Burning Bridges Comedy Club
Derek Minto is a stand-up comedian currently residing on the top of a mountain in  Pittsburgh PA. Derek been a featured comic for the WDVE comedy festival as well as being voted best comic in the City Paper Best of the Burgh in 2016. In 2018, Derek co-founded the Burning Bridges... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Averell

Amanda Averell

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amanda Averell is a stand up comedian, writer, producer, co-owner of the Burning Bridges Comedy Club, actor, educator, coach & improviser.
avatar for Zach Funk

Zach Funk

Comedian and storyteller
Zach Funk wants you to know it is ok to be human. He brings to the stage jokes and stories about topics like mental health, navigating life and being an over active thinker in an under thinking world. Combining equal parts heart and nerdiness Funk hopes that after seeing him perform... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Empiral Brewery

Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
avatar for I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
avatar for Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Saturday October 17, 2020 9:00pm - 9:55pm CDT
Zoom

10:00pm CDT

Dan & Ryan / Cosplay Comedy

Dan & Ryan have been performing together for the past 9 years, slowly melding their minds into a third, more powerful consciousness. This sentient entity is now calling the shots. Join this Chicago based trio in absurd delights, ambient chaos, and heartfelt insanity. Spotify: Dan & Ryan Instagram: itsdanandryan


Stand-Up Comics performing in costume and In-Character! See your favorite heroes and villains hit the stage and take the mic! Featuring some of the geekiest comics from the LA and SF scenes

Performers
avatar for Ryan Doyle

Ryan Doyle

Ryan, Dan & Ryan
Ryan Doyle is a Chicago based writer and performer who operates as one half of the comedy duo Dan & Ryan, one third of the Chicago Poetry Ensemble, and one whole of Ryan Doyle. 
avatar for Dan Sonenberg

Dan Sonenberg

Dan, Dan & Ryan
Dan Sonenberg sends his sympathy to Ben Quadinaros' loss at the Boonta Eve Podrace. You can learn more about this fateful day in his thrice-rejected musical "Now THIS is Podracing! A rock Opera". Dan is a writer, performer, and 1/2 of the comedy duo Dan & Ryan. He's very excited to... Read More →
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Kyle Chrise

Stand-Up Comedian, Cosplay Comedy
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PJ Baio

Stand Up Comedian, Cosplay Comedy
Originally from Chicago, PJ is an avid horror movie fan and a stand up comedian. He started out as an improv comedian where he received training from The Second City Conservatory, Improv Olympic and The Annoyance in Chicago. He still performs improv with the Comedy Ala Carte team... Read More →
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K Cheng

K. Cheng has appeared at the Comedy Cellar, the Comedy Store, and Gotham’s Comedy Club… not to perform, he’s just appeared there.He has, however, performed at NBC Stand Up for Diversity, EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), and San Francisco Comedy Day. He produces Joke Drive, Cosplay... Read More →
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Jason Cole

Comedian, Standup Broadway Presents
Oakland California comedian Jason Cole had a productive 2019, performing at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival and the Oakland Comedy Festival as well as Gotham Comedy Club and Greenwich Comedy Club in New York. His quick-witted, self-deprecating style finds humor and laughs in all... Read More →
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April Cowgur

Stand-Up Comic, Cosplay Comedy
April Cowgur has performed Cosplay Comedy at Long Beach Comic Expo, MagWest Festival San Fran, Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest, Black Cat Comics Burbank, Timewarp Records Santa Monica, and lots more! She has also performed regular Stand-Up Comedy at many clubs around LA, Chicago, and now... Read More →
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Jeff Hopkins

Retro Batman, Cosplay Comedy
Instragram: Retrobatman66TikTok:RetroBatman66https://www.facebook.com/RetroBatman/

Sponsors
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Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
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I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
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Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Saturday October 17, 2020 10:00pm - 10:55pm CDT
Zoom

11:00pm CDT

Plan-9 Burlesque

Plan 9 Burlesque was founded in 2012 by a rag tag group of nerds with an affinity for nudity. They wanted to create a space where burlesque and fandom come together to produce innovative, creative, and bonkers performance art. Since then they have perverted comic book heroes, sci-fi super stars, beloved children's cartoons, and fantastical fairy tales. Plan 9 Burlesque - ruining your childhood since 2012.

Performers
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Stella Cheeks

Producer, Plan 9 Burlesque
Stella Cheeks was born tantalizingly naked, yet uncoordinated and screaming into a family of intellectuals and indulgence. As an only child Stella grew up dancing around her bedroom and performing original plays for her parents on the fireplace. Naturally, she found the theatre at... Read More →
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Jenna Dalgety

Emcee, Plan 9 Burlesque
Jenna Dalgety has over 15 years of performance experience in cabaret shows and is so, so pleased to be involved with the fellow nerds of Plan 9.  She DMs D&D games, can be seen (when not in the midst of a pandemic) cavorting through the floors of C2E2, and so many other nerdy things... Read More →
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Sio Bast

Known as the GothPinupChola, this fiery chicana has brought Salvadorian and Mexican heat to some of the most renowned stages across the nation. Sio's eclectic performance styles range from classic burlesque acts, to nerdlesque, “llorona” tributes, and everything in between!
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Hot Tawdry

Hot Tawdry is a member of Plan 9 Burlesque.
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Helena Handbasket

Asstronaut, Plan 9 Burlesque
Helena Handbasket was born in the Great American Southwest to a science-loving doctor and a bibliophilic nurse. In 5th grade, Helena received the award for Biggest Ham and from there, her career began to blossom. A classically trained actor and dancer, Helena made her burlesque debut... Read More →

Sponsors
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Empiral Brewery

Empirical is named after our process: we use empirical observations to improve our beer. Our brewers test new recipes on a custom 1-barrel pilot system on a regular basis with two goals in mind: explore new styles, or refine previously created recipes. Our brewery is our laboratory... Read More →
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I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →
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Toy de Jour

Toy de Jour - Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts' is Chicago's best spot for all things vintage toys & collectibles and local artists' pieces. They also sell fart machines.



Saturday October 17, 2020 11:00pm - 11:55pm CDT
Zoom
 
Sunday, October 18
 

12:00am CDT

I Play Games: Jack Box

Password: 101720

Performers
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I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →

Sponsors
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I Play Games

I Play Games! at its core is a combination of passionate Video Gamers who professionally bring unique solutions for all of your Video Game needs. We are a national company that brings the fun of video game entertainment to your event or activation through equipment rentals, staffing... Read More →



Sunday October 18, 2020 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Zoom
 
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