Patton Oswalt Among Line-Up for TBS's 4th Annual JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL
TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO, the nation's biggest comedy festival, kicks off its fourth year by announcing some very big names, with more surprises still to come. From June 12-17, an astonishing array of comedians, sketch shows, specialty acts and films will keep Chicago in stitches from some of its finest and most iconic venues.
Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari headlines two sold-out performances at the Chicago Theatre, before megastar and Chicago native Vince Vaughn hosts a special evening of surprises and hilarity that'll see him perform alongside a group of his funniest friends.
Over at the Park West, English superstar Stephen Merchant, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the U.K. version of The Office, will give a rare stand-up performance for three nights, while peerless comedic genius Patton Oswalt, star of Jason Reitman's recent feature Young Adult, and Emmy(R) Award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent John Oliver, headline shows at The Vic.
A trio of fan favorites, Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall, Billy Gardell of Mike and Molly, and the always hilarious John Pinette join forces to offer fans a night of triple-threat comedy at the Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theatre), while the critically-acclaimed Mike Birbiglia brings his hit show "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," fresh off its 15-week run in New York City, to Chicago for an extended stay at the Victory Gardens Theatre.
The festivities continue with film icon Kevin Smith treating fans to a special evening and Q&A, and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross returning to the Festival for a second time to give the people of Chicago our yearly reckoning. Meanwhile, Amy Schumer, breakout star of this year's Roast of Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central, headlines her own night of comedic reckoning at the Park West.
Rounding out the announcement, The Dan Band takes up residence at the House of Blues for a night of comedy and music, while Henson Alternative's Stuffed & Unstrung (Puppets Behaving Badly) will perform a live, uncensored improv show at The Bank Of America Theatre. Featuring the Miskreant Puppets and The Jim Henson Company's renowned puppeteers, Stuffed & Unstrung is an unpredictable and irreverent show that's never the same twice.
Tickets go on-sale Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. (CT).
For the past three summers, the TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival has been a landmark event for Chicago, which is home to a rich comedy heritage, from improv and sketch troupes to some of the most familiar names in the business. TBS and Just For Laughs are also working with one of the largest independent promoters in the United States, Chicago-based Jam Productions, LTD, as well as Outback Concerts.
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Festival Venue and Ticket Information
The 2012 edition of TBS Just For Laughs Chicago will take place across 15 locations, including such high-profile Chicago venues as The Chicago Theatre, Akoo Theatre (formerly The Rosemont Theatre), Bank of America Theatre, Park West, The Vic Theatre and Victory Gardens plus many more. Tickets for the shows announced above go on sale Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. (CT). Additional shows and venues will be announced soon. Festival information is available at www.justforlaughschicago.com.
· Tickets for The Chicago Theatre, Bank of America and Akoo Theatre will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
· Tickets for The Vic Theatre and Park West will be available at etix.com or by phone at 800-514-etix.
· Tickets for the Victory Gardens will be available at victorygardens.org or 773-871-3000.
· Tickets for most festival events will also be available at respective venue box offices.
TBS Just For Laughs Chicago
Tuesday, June 12 - Sunday, June 17
Newly Announced Shows and Talent
The Chicago Theatre
An Evening with Kevin Smith - Thursday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.
The creative genius responsible for the films Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, the Characters Jay and Silent Bob and more... Kevin Smith is a talented writer, director, producer, actor and all-around cool guy who will host a no-holds-barred Q&A where the audience is the catalyst to the hilarious and insightful look into the life of this independent spirit. Questions often lead the audience on a gut-busting ride for an evening not to be missed.
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive - Friday, June 15 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
After selling out four shows at the Vic Theatre at TBS Just For Laughs Chicago two years ago, Aziz Ansari returns to the Festival this summer with Buried Alive. Ansari currently stars in NBC's Emmy(R)-nominated Parks & Recreation and just released his second stand-up album, Dangerously Delicious, on his website- a worthy follow-up to 2010's debut Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening. His credits include the cult classic sketch show Human Giant, films like Get Him To The Greek, 30 Minutes or Less and the upcoming animated feature Ice Age 3: Continental Drift, as well as hosting duties on the MTV Music Awards. He is also developing three films for Judd Apatow and Universal with director Jason Woliner, a collaboration that began on Funny People where Ansari created the popular stand-up virtuoso Raaaaaaaandy.
Vince Vaughn's Comedy Showcase - Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Actor-producer Vince Vaughn, executive producer of TBS's upcoming sitcom Sullivan & Son, is bringing it back to sweet home Chicago. Vince Vaughn's Comedy Showcase comes to the downtown Chicago Theatre for one hilarious night of comedy. Join Vince as he hosts and performs with a group of his comic friends for a special night of surprises and hilarity not to be missed. Catch Vince as he comes home to reveal the talented comedians with whom he is currently developing TV projects. Also performing on the bill will be one of the TBS Just For Laughs Chicago rising stars who will be handpicked by Vince himself to join the show.
Tickets for the Chicago Theatre shows are available:
· At the Chicago Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets
· Online at ticketmaster.com
· By phone at 800-745-3000
Bank of America Theatre
Stuffed and Unstrung by Henson Alternative - Tuesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 17 - ADULTS ONLY
Stuffed and Unstrung is a live uncensored improv show with the Miskreant Puppets and The Jim Henson Company's renowned puppeteers. Unpredictable and irreverent, it's never the same show twice. Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly with live musical accompaniment, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage. This production delivers "two shows in one" as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below displaying their skills in full view of the audience. Stuffed and Unstrung appeared alongside Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy(R) Awards and was featured on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice in 2012.
Tickets for the Bank of America Theatre show are available:
· At the Bank of America Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and all Broadway In Chicago box offices