NERDFEST 2016 to Unite All Genres of Nerd Comedy This August
Featuring an eclectic line up of shows and events, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene. Nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage, and perhaps worship their favorite genres of nerd-ness. Now in its fourth year, the festival is bigger and better than ever, featuring an expanded schedule of shows, a day of panels and workshops, and exciting events to connect performers, audiences, and artists in nerd comedy central.
Video creator, speaker, transgender advocate Jackson Bird and the online comedy sensation Team StarKid are headlining. Bird, known for his work with the Harry Potter Alliance and production of The Boy Who Vlogged videos, will perform a live version of his popular YouTube series 'Will It Waffle?' His videos have been featured on Buzzfeed, Mashable, Upworthy and more. Team StarKid is pioneering the use of the internet as a new and innovative way to produce theater, blending live performance and quality HD filming. Team StarKid first appeared on the comedy scene with A Very Potter Musical-a fan-made parody that immediately went viral and the group never stopped making people laugh!
"It'd be harder to tell you what isn't new at Nerd Fest this year! 2016 is an exciting year for the festival as it welcomes Jackson Bird, Team StarKid, and several incredible acts to Stage 773 for the first time. This year we wanted to double down on the idea of community," says Producer Aaron Amendola. "If you're a living breathing human being and like to laugh, then you're going to have a fantastic time! Muggles will be able to discover New Groups they've never heard of before, and seasoned geeks and nerds will revel in seeing some of their favorite performers on stage doing what they love."