30-Hour Improv Marathon to benefit Child Literacy program

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The Playground Improv Marathon:

30 Hours of Comedy Benefiting Child Literacy

 

“9 Actors. 30 Hours. No Script. No Sleep. No Sanity.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday, September 10 – Midnight Saturday, September 11
Where: The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.
Cost: $5-$10 per hour-long show, $25 for a full 30-hour pass
Contact: Dave Maher (daphima@gmail.com, 773-706-5890)

On September 10-11 at The Playground Theater, local improv troupe K.C. Redheart will perform 30 straight hours of comedy as part of the inaugural Playground Improv Marathon, a charity event benefiting the Illinois Coalition of Reach Out and Read and the Playground Theater.

The nine members of K.C. Redheart will test their wits, endurance, and sanity as the core group of “Marathoners,” going without sleep while performing for the Marathon’s entire 30 hours. Additionally, each hour will mark the start of a new show, as the Marathoners welcome guests from around the city to improvise with them, including performers from Second City, ComedySportz, the Annoyance Theatre, iO, and K.C. Redheart’s home, the Playground Theater.

With the help of so many different performers, the Playground Improv Marathon will showcase the diversity and vitality of Chicago’s improv scene. There will be short-form games a la “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” experimental and narrative long-form shows, family-friendly shows during the day, and anything-goes sets during the late-night hours. As an added bonus, the audience will witness the Marathoners’ transformation from well-adjusted adults to sleep-deprived comedy nutjobs by the end of it all. And most importantly, all of the proceeds go to a great cause.

The Playground Improv Marathon begins Friday evening, September 10, at 6 p.m. and ends Saturday night, September 11, at midnight. Tickets are available at the door, and prices are as follows: $5 for matinee shows, $10 for prime-time shows, and $25 for passes to the entire Marathon. Tickets to the Marathon include entry in a raffle to win prizes donated by local businesses, with drawings held every hour. Extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

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ComedySportz adds new Winter shows

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WHAT: Celebrating 21 years of making Chicago audiences laugh, The ComedySportz Theatre announces their Winter 2009 show line up.

New Shows Added:

Wednesdays at 8pm: The Chicago Improv Rebellion. Premiere: 1/14/09 The Chicago Improv Rebellion is a hodge podge of some of the best improv shows from ComedySportz, iO, The Annoyance, Second City and The Playground. Each week they present new improv forms, sketches, videos and anything they can imagine! New special guest groups every week! Featuring videos and sketches from Hodge Podge and hosted by musician and comic Nathan Cotter. Tickets: $10. Closing 3/11/09.

Fridays at 12am: Blackout. Premiere: 1/16/09 Blackout is a high energy long form improv show that is quick witted, daring, occasionally raunchy and has a sense of comic timing you can set a watch to. Oh yeah, and the performers are all African-American men…twist that lime in your beverage. Tickets: $10

For more info, go to www.COMEDYSPORTZCHICAGO.com, or call 773-549-3030.