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Murder She Joked at NYTVF

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Murder She Joked, a pilot I created and produced with Phil Meister and Morgan Lord will screen at the New York Television Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29th.
The show follows standup-detective Gina Palamano as she uses her skill at early-90’s-style observational humor to solve murders. We’re very excited for the pilot to be part of such an amazing festival.

Tickets available HERE

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Critics love Exquisite Corpse at the Annoyance

The Chicago Reader: In the 1920s, surrealists had a theory that stripping everyday associations of their context could imbue them with the unnerving hyperreality of dreams. The “exquisite corpse” method puts that into practice. In this sketch-comedy application, a cascade of non sequiturs are loosely connected by artifacts from prior bits. Rampant babbling, slurring, bizarre mouthing, and near-verbal jibberjabber make the show a technically exhilarating spectacle, and ingenious lighting adds fuel to the fantasy. Individual scenes can be anemic, or unrestrained—the setup hauls a corpselike figure onstage, for instance, and temporarily spoils the fun by naming the game. Yet these early missteps are redeemed by gripping juxtapositions.
—Jena Cutie

Chicagoist: “Exquisite Corpse” is an intensely tangential sketch comedy show from the Chicago-based comedy collective Claymore Productions. With this series of interrelated scenes of “pure, uncut sketch,” Claymore and company have come up with one of the most surreal and memorably weird comedy shows you’ll see this summer. The historically subversive Annoyance Theater is a perfect home for this idea-stuffed gut buster, which repeatedly and lovingly pulls the rug out from underneath the audience, with a handful of fourth wall-breaking gags that aim to both please and challenge. The extended cast, which effectively expands Claymore’s bleakly bizarre universe, features a number of favorites from the Chicago underground sketch and improv scene, including the perpetually put-upon Paul Jurewicz and two-man sketch duo Be Good Boys (Mike Brunlieb and Andrew Tisher), who dexterously toy with the reality of the entire show. To explain much more would be to spoil the fun — hoof it up to Uptown to catch this nugget of silliness while there’s still time.
-Matt Byrne

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Creature Feature at CIC Theater

Set in 1938 on a radio station, it’s Creature Feature Radio Hour. As the show goes live from coast-to-coast for the first time to bring “The Wolfman of Mummy Island” to life before the audience’s ears, the studio is intruded upon by a strange and malevolent extraterrestrial force with the ability to change shape. No one is safe, and everyone is a suspect. The cast may be killing each other, but “the show must go on!”

Directed by Mark Logsdon
Written by Jared Jeffries, Phil Meister, Mike Klasek, Morgan Lord
Featuring Jared Jeffries, Phil Meister, Mike Klasek, Morgan Lord, Emma Pope, Brian Biancardi and Bill Stern
Stage Managed by Sarah Borer

Fridays & Saturdays, October 4th – November 2nd @ 8pm at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy

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Exqusite Corpse (the stage show) at Annoyance

Exquisite Corpse is pure, uncut sketch that takes the audience through a mixed salad of overlapping and intermingling realities, worlds within worlds, and tangents of other tangents. People and places range from the real and logical to the mythological and bizarre. Some have likened the experience to “watching a dream.”

This version of the show features the Be Good Boys!

Sundays | July 7- August 18 |8:00PM | $10 ($5 students)

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KAC at Just for Laughs Chicago

I’ll be performing with Kill All Comedy as part of the Chicago branch of the Just For Laughs festival! The show is on Saturday, June 15, at Stage 773 at 8:30pm.