Second City Outreach & Diversity Presents: R.E.A.C.H., Beginning Today


Second City Outreach & Diversity Presents: R.E.A.C.H., Beginning Today

The Second City Outreach & Diversity will present the inaugural performance of "R.E.A.C.H." (Risky Eclectic Artists Comedy Hour) in UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Ave., 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley) beginning today, February 10, 2013 and continuing on the 2nd Sunday of each month through December 8, 2013 at 9:30PM.

Bringing together some of the city's most diverse voices in comedy and performance each month, each performance of "R.E.A.C.H." showcases diverse material representing a specific theme. Themes include:

• History and Race (February)
• Women (March)
• Sex and Violence (April)
• Latin Culture (May)
• LGBTQ (June)

A portion of ticket sales will be used to fund scholarships for emerging talent through The Second City Outreach & Diversity program.

"R.E.A.C.H." is hosted by local stand-up and host on WBEZ's Vocalo Radio, Brian Babylon, with featured acts including a Latino female duo, Dominizuelan, Paul Thomas of Comedogenic, Martin Morrow of Lincoln Lodge, Lookingglass artistic associate and stand-up Kevin Douglas, burlesque performer Tamale Sepp, Congo Square actor, Anthony Irons and Second City performers Punam Patel, Sarah Shook, Chris Redd, and BriAnna Baker. Additional performers to be announced throughout the year.

Director of Outreach & Diversity and curator Dionna Griffin-Irons states, "This collective is an urban melting pot of Chicago's newest and established voices in theatre and comedy addressing real social issues in a humorous and performance context. It's exciting to see and hear these voices together on one stage no matter their race, sexual orientation or social economic status."

Tickets for "R.E.A.C.H." are $13 and can be purchased by phone at 312-662-4562 and online at For more information, visit

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