For the first time in its 19 year history, the Chicago Improv Festival opens tonight’s main stage show with an all-Female line-up staring three great ensembles of strong, smart, talented, and super funny women.
Opening the show is Virgin Daiquiri, this veteran group has been playing to great acclaim in Chicago for years, and every cast member is an experienced comedic improv alumni of the Annoyance Theater, iO Comedy Theater, and The Second City.
The middle act is Woke AF! a collection of five African-American funny women who are all graduates of The Second City’s Bob Curry Fellowship and perform around town individually with groups such as 3Peat, iO Comedy Theater, and The Second City Touring Company.
The headlining act is the amazing and awesome Children of a Lesser God (see photo), featuring Comedy Central’s Emily Candini, Kate Duffy, Rachael Mason, and Susan Messing. This fearless foursome use to play together in Chicago for years but stopped when Emily and Kate moved to LA and they are reuniting for CIF 2016. All four women are improvisers, writers, directors, and teachers, as well as alumni of the Annoyance Theater, iO Comedy Theater, and The Second City, as well as being inspirations to many improvisers.
The funny women take over the opening night of CIF, and isn’t about time? In Chicago, during the 1940’s and 1950’s Viola Spolin created and invented the 200 theatre games that are the elemental alphabet of improvisational theater. Tonight, come see the show you will remember for years as the night Viola’s many artistic grand-daughters knocked out everyone in the room with their hilarious and fierce talents!