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Oct 04-
Oct 06

Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest

Other Comedy Storytelling

DAY ONE October 4th
The Magalen

7:30pm
The first day of Mass Hysteria - Comedy Fest kicks off with performances from River Side Valley Players & Casually Late Stampede! Following will be an open jam where we play games with audience & improvisers alike!

DAY TWO
October 5th
Forest City Brewery

7:30pm
This Improvised Life is what happens when you mix live storytelling with improv comedy! The results will entertain you! With special guest from The Nest Theatre Tara DeFrancisco & many more! Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show with featured performers and open mic slots hosted by Dana Norris!

9:30
Share-apy is a comedy advice show that makes light of your problems in front of everyone! The audience will enjoy getting a turn at the mic expressing their concerns anonymously with a written question or joining the hosts on stage for one on one help! Hosted by Mass Hysteria co-creator Sam Dee Asking for a Friend is a long-form improv troupe that base our sets off of a randomly-selected entry from one of our childhood diaries.

DAY THREE
October 6th
Forest City Brewery


7:30pm
Mental Illness and Friends! is a live comedy talk show that entertains with a goal of helping to destigmatize mental illness hosted by Deena Nyer Mendlowitz with Tara DeFrancisco, improv & Special Guests!

9:30pm
Here the Improvised Musical with Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto. Veteran Chicago improvisers Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto have been performing together for well over a thousand shows and well over a decade. HERE is one of Chicago’s most lauded shows presenting the original two-person improvised musical. Chicago Tribune Critic-Recommended and called “Nothing Short of Genius” by NPR, this show has been brought to 14 countries and 40 cities worldwide. In HERE, Tara and Rance get one suggestion to create theme through an opening number, design characters and storylines inspired by that theme, and effortlessly weave the strings together to discover one piece. Funny, beautiful, and charming, HERE “has shown something new and amazing is possible in improvisation” and has been called groundbreaking by audiences around the globe.

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What Time? Various
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