WBEZ | Chicago Women’s Funny Festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: a look at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-06/Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. DCASE's DCA Storefront Theater Fall 2012 </strong></span></span>lineup has been announced; they'll bringing stuff from&nbsp;WildClaw Theatre,&nbsp;Sideshow Theatre Company and&nbsp;BackStage Theatre Company, as well as&nbsp;The Ruckus Theatre Company,&nbsp;Route 66 Theatre Company, The Theatre Exchange&nbsp;and Praxis/High Concept Laboratories.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-06/Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 92px; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The full lineup for the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-02/daily-rehearsal-chicago-women-are-funny-96050">Chicago Women’s Funny Festival </a></strong></span></span>won't be announced until Monday, April 16, but those acts that have been revealed thus far are:&nbsp;<em>Messing with a Friend</em>&nbsp;(aka Susan Messing),&nbsp;Off Off Broadzway,&nbsp;Mary Kay Letourneau Players,&nbsp;Ladies of The Cupid Players, the&nbsp;Puterbaugh Sisters,&nbsp;<em>Sherra: Secret of the Ooze&nbsp;</em>(one woman show by Sherra Lasley),&nbsp;<em>The Art of Making Bad Decisions Cabaret</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Feminine Gentlemen. Executive Producer Jill Valentine says,&nbsp;“It has always been a dream of mine to produce a festival featuring the best female comedic talent in Chicago. When I began to talk about this festival, many talented women from around the country showed interest so I widen [sic] the scope to include national and Chicago talent.” Valentine and associate producer Liz McArthur are both members of Off Broadzway and Feminine Gentleman.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3.<em> Hit the Wall </em>from The Inconvenience </strong></span></span>has been extended as part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep; 5 performances have been added and the show will run through April 15.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The National Association of Broadcasters</strong></span></span> is giving Second City a Spirit of Broadcasting Award."For over 50 years, The Second City has been a leader in innovative comedy and theater, and a training ground for some of America's finest comedic performers and writers," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in a statement. "Every day, millions of broadcast TV viewers bear witness to the influence it has had on both comedy and drama. NAB is proud to honor The Second City with this special award for all its contributions to the entertainment industry."</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Porchlight's 2012-13 season</strong></span></span> will launch in September 1 with <em>A Class Act</em>, followed by a new <em>The Gifts of the Magi</em>, <em>Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill</em> and <em>Pal Joey</em>. Perhaps a little more esoteric than this past season (which included Sondheim, Larson and Fierstein), no?&nbsp;</p><p class="xmsoheader"><o:p></o:p></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-06/daily-rehearsal-look-chicago-women%E2%80%99s-funny-festival-97013