CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL IS NOW BIENNIAL

For Immediate Release   CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL IS NOW BIENNIAL Chicago, August 25, 2017 – 21 years ago, when Frances Callier and Jonathan Pitts co-founded the Chicago Improv Festival, there were maybe 3 or 4 other ongoing improv festivals they were aware of in North America. Now, there’s currently approximately 140 improv festivals worldwide. In light of this current festival environment, Chicago Improv Productions’ Board of Directors has been exploring different ways to best highlight and position Chicago Improv Festival as a festival locally, nationally and internationally. Continue reading →

CIF Awards for 2017

The Chicago Improv Festival is proud to present 6 improv awards during this year’s festival. CIF Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Fabjance CIF Spotlight Award: Scott Adsit CIF Ensemble of the Year Award: 3Peat CIF Builder’s Award: Becky Caldwell; Don Hall; Zach Ward CIF Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Fabjance The 2017 Chicago Improv Festival is dedicated to the memory of improviser-actor-writer-teacher Judy Fabjance, who spent all of her life performing and teaching improvisation from her teen-age years until she passed away in 2016. Judy connected with, Continue reading →

Jonathan Pitts Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune

March 21, 2017 The first years of his life spent in the company of an ice-skating chimpanzee named Spanky, Jonathan Pitts has spent the last two decades of his 57 years in the company of a vast array of talented human beings walking that creative tightrope that is improvisational comedy. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Chicago Improv Festival, opening March 27 and now into its 20th year. It will be Pitts’ last and he says, without regret and with palpable pride, Continue reading →

Dan Harmon, Scott Adsit to headline Chicago Improv Fest

From the Chicago Tribune:   Dan Harmon and Scott Adsit will headline the 20th annual Chicago Improv Festival, coming up March 27 to April 2. Harmon, creator of the TV show “Community,” will perform a live version of his podcast “Harmontown” April 1. Adsit, a Northbrook native and Second City-alum known for playing Pete Hornberger on “30 Rock,” will be receiving a Spotlight Award at the festival and performing in two shows: Susan Messing’s “Messing with a Friend” with Kevin Dorff on March 30 and Continue reading →

UPDATE: Tickets for All Shows and Workshops are Available! (Open this post to access ticket links)

UPDATE: Tickets for all shows and workshops in the 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival are now available. The Athenaeum Theatre is located at 2936 N Southport AVE Chicago, IL 60657. To purchase tickets for all of the shows and workshops taking place there, click on this link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32915… Stage 773 is located at 1225 W Belmont AVE Chicago, IL 60657. To purchase tickets for all of the shows playing at Stage 773, PLEASE CLICK HERE. To purchase tickets for all of the workshops being offered at Continue reading →

CIF 2017 Gets Its First Press!

From February 17, 2017 Chicago Tribune The Chicago Improv Festival will enter its 20th year of laughter this spring, it was announced Friday. Slated for March 27 to April 2 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., and Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., this year’s festival will be themed “No Ban on Fun! Everyone Welcome! With Liberty and Laughter for All!”, said co-founder and executive producer Jonathan Pitts. The fest will include original co-founder Frances Callier with Angela Shelton in their improv duo Frangela. Continue reading →

20th Anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival!

20th ANNIVERSARY OF CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 27-APRIL 2 Executive Producer Jonathan Pitts stepping down from festival at the end of the year Chicago, Ill. – Chicago Improv Festival Productions is proud to announce that the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Improv Festival will be taking place from March 27-April 2 @ Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave; and Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. As it does every year, the Chicago Improv Festival will present diverse improvisers on its stages regardless of Continue reading →