The Onion And A.V. Club Present The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival in Chicago


It’s that time of year again. Time for The 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival in Chicago presented by the Onion and the A.V. Club. Anytime something is presented by the Onion, you have to wonder if it’s real. This is a real comedy festival coming to Chicago from May 26th through May 30th. The festival will include stand up, special movie screenings as well as sketch and improv comedy.

cabin boyThings kick off on Tuesday, May 26th with a screening of Chris Elliott’s 1994 masterwork “Cabin Boy”. Director Adam Resnick will be part of the screening at 8pm at Lincoln Hall.

On Wednesday, May 27th, there’s comedy from Kyle Kinane at 9:30pm at Thalia Hall as well as two screenings of Weird Al Yankovic’s film “UHF” with the Weird One himself and the director Jay Levey at the Music Box.

The Hideout hosts two shows on Thursday, May 28th including “7 Minutes in Purgatory” which features comedians going in a small room and performing directly into a camera while the audience watches on monitors. “7 Minutes” will feature a special guest at 7pm. Then at 10pm, it’s The Upperclassman which will showcase some of Chicago’s fastest rising comedians. Also on Thursday at Thalia Hall, it’s Eric Andre performing at 9pm.

The only thing being revealed about the 2nd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival for Friday, May 29th is that a special guest will be performing. Time and venue to be announced later.

mulaneyThings wrap up at the festival on Saturday, May 30th. There will be a special event featuring “The Simpsons and Onion Writers In-Conversation” at the Athenaeum Theater at 2:00pm. John Mulaney will be performing at the Chicago Theater at 7:30pm. Joe Mande has a 10pm show at The Hideout. And before Joe, the Katydids, improv and sketch group will perform at The Hideout at 7pm.

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