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Improv Mon Jan 03 2011
If laughter is on your agenda for the New Year, then you should definitely check out the Chicago SketchFest. Now in its 10th year, this funny festival, also the nation's largest of its kind, features the best in the world of sketch comedy with over 150 performances by over 100 comedy groups from all over the world.
For Brian Posen, Artistic Director of Stage773, this year's festival brings with it a lot of exciting changes--even though it has always been held at 1225 W. Belmont since its inception nine years ago, this time out marks the first year of the building's management under Stage773. "We are not going to have some of the restrictions that we had in earlier years," said Posen. "It's incredible to be doing the festival in our home, and we think both the performers and audience will experience some fun changes." In addition to a record-breaking number of performers this year, other changes include extra timeslots to accommodate the increase in the number of festival participants.
A few highlights of the 10th annual Chicago SketchFest include performances by fan favorites, Blaire, Dark Eyed Strangers and Maximum Party Zone. The line-up also features "Chicago SketchFest Kids, Teens and Family" day, with family-friendly programs performed by kids and teens.
The Chicago SketchFest runs January 6 - 16, 2011, at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont (formerly the Theatre Building Chicago). Show dates and times vary; tickets are $14 and are available online, by phone at 773-327-5252, or at the box office. For the full festival schedule and other information, visit Chicago SketchFest.