TBS and Just For Laughs today announced that Emmy® Award-winning comedian Sarah Silverman will host two shows at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, June 16. Sarah Silverman and Guests will feature some of her favorite comedians, with line-up details to be revealed shortly.
Among the Fest’s other newly added events, Janeane Garofalo & Kyle Kinane will team up for a double-bill at UP Comedy Club, while the Comedy Bar will welcome the Team Coco Live variety show, the New Faces Of Chicago showcase hosted by Chicago native Lil Rel, and TBS LOL Lounge hosted by Julian McCullough.
For the first time at the Festival, cool indie rock venue The Hideout will host comedy-nerd revelries including The Eric Andre Show, master character-comic and impressionist James Adomian with friends in tow and in character for Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura, and a super-top-secret multi-comic fundraiser presented by The AV Club benefitting the 826Chicago organization all Thursday night; The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show with Jon Glaser and a solo stand-up show for Matt Braunger Friday night; and outspoken comic W. Kamau Bell with The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour along with Pete Holmes’ wildly popular You Made It Weird podcast Saturday night.
Among the Fest’s grassroots programming, improv haven iO will enjoy the return of 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit playing with Adult Swim’s Jon Glaser and CONAN’s Kevin Dorff for four shows and local Jet Eveleth for one; plus the Pet Project Series, Alone: Chicago’s Best Solo Acts and Sean Flannery’s Never Been To Paris at Playground Theater; Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad’s cult favorite Set List and Flannery’s acclaimed Blackout Diaries at Lincoln Lodge; Chris D’Elia from NBC’s Whitney, The Conan Writers Live, Deon Cole and Friends, and comedy vet Tom Dreesen all at the brand new Laugh Factory Comedy Club; Messing with a Friend with Chicago improv veteran Susan Messing and her guest Greg Hess at the Annoyance; an urban spread with Breakout Performers, 5-Star Leading Ladies, Starting 5, Best of the Midwest and Stage Time at Jokes and Notes; real-time sports commentary and shenanigans with Baseball, Hot Dogs & Schadenfreude at Lincoln Hall; and Chicago Underground Comedy presents: Secret Big-Time Local Comedy Showcase + Secreter Short Film Showcase over at the Beat Kitchen.
TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO and the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are collaborating on three nights of the best independent comedic short and feature films from around the world. Screenings will take place Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15, 2012. Additional details are available at www.siskelfilmcenter.org or www.justforlaughschicago.com.
The performances and events added to the TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO roster join a list that already includes stars like Conan O’Brien, Aziz Ansari, Vince Vaughn, Kevin Smith, John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell, John Pinette, Stephen Merchant, Amy Schumer, Jeff Ross, Henson Alternative’s Stuffed and Unstrung, Mike Birbiglia, The Dan Band, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, TJ Miller and Kelly Carlin. A complete rundown of announced performances follows. Schedules and other festival information are available at www.justforlaughschicago.com.