WBEZ | Stage 773 http://www.wbez.org/venues/stage-773 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 13th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival http://www.wbez.org/13th-annual-chicago-sketch-comedy-festival-109153 <p><p>Stage 773 Creative Director <strong>Brian Posen</strong> is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated line-up for the <strong>13<sup>th</sup> Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival</strong>. Over the past 13 years, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has garnered international attention, attracting &nbsp;performers and audiences annually from around the world.&nbsp; In the two weekends from January 9 through 19, 2014, audiences will enjoy the largest ever Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival &ndash; and the largest sketch comedy festival ever seen in America.&nbsp;</p><p>Highlights of the 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival includes Siblings of Doctors (Los Angeles) featuring Danny Pudi from &ldquo;Community&rdquo;, the return of festival favorites FUCT (New York), Boat (NYC), Kerpatty (Chicago), Virgin Daquiri (Chicago), as well as two local groups who have been a part of the festival for all 13 years- The Cupid Players (Chicago) and Stir Friday Night (Chicago). Some new groups from around the world this year include Foil Arms &amp; Hog (London), Echo Sunyata Sibley (Italy) and Fratwurst (Toronto).&nbsp; Patrons will additionally enjoy numerous other past Sketch Fest favorites, exciting new talent and family programming. &nbsp;</p><p>The entire schedule for the 13th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival may be viewed at: <a href="http://www.chicagosketchfest.com/2011-schedule/">ChicagoSketchfest.com.</a>&nbsp; Tickets go on sale December 1.</p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/13th-annual-chicago-sketch-comedy-festival-109153 Porchlight Music Theatre presents "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" http://www.wbez.org/porchlight-music-theatre-presents-lady-day-emersons-bar-grill-105000 <p><p><em>Lady Day at Emerson&#39;s Bar &amp; Grill by&nbsp;</em>Lanie Robertson&rsquo;s&nbsp;starring&nbsp;Alexis Rogers&nbsp;as Billie Holiday and directed by&nbsp;Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley&nbsp;with music direction by&nbsp;Jaret Landon takes the audience to&nbsp;1959 in a small bar in Philadelphia. Around midnight, the lights go down and the show of a lifetime begins. Witness one of last performances of the world&rsquo;s greatest chanteuse, Miss Billie Holiday, intimately given four months before the passing of this tragic musical superstar. With her stellar jazz trio, she revisits her life, loves and losses in more than a dozen quintessential, thrilling and gut-wrenching numbers. It&rsquo;s a salty, sensual, often humorous, and always riveting portrait of the legendary lady and her legacy of music.</p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/porchlight-music-theatre-presents-lady-day-emersons-bar-grill-105000 The 12th Annual Chicago Comedy Sketch Festival http://www.wbez.org/12th-annual-chicago-comedy-sketch-festival-104372 <p><p>Celebrating its 12th year in Chicago as the nation&#39;s largest sketch comedy festival, the <a href="http://www.chicagosketchfest.com/">Chicago Comedy Sketch Festival</a> welcomes more than 1000 artists in 169 performances over eight days. Performances include local, national and international talents performing in solo, group and children&#39;s productions.&nbsp;</p><p>Performances take place Thursday - Sunday with multiple performances taking place at one time all at Stage 773. &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/12th-annual-chicago-comedy-sketch-festival-104372