Second Sketchfest 2013 Slot Added for Chicago's Oh Theodora, 1/4 & 11

Oh Theodora, a Chicago-based sketch comedy troupe, has announced its acceptance of an additional performance slot in the 2013 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773, and will now perform both on Friday, January 4th @ 9:00PM and Friday, January 11th @ 8:00PM.

Oh Theodora performs silly, story-driven sketches that take what you know about comedy and twist it. The troupe is comprised of the funny foursome of Lisa Dellagiarino, Buck LePard, Trevor Martin and Conor Sullivan, who describe their style as "dumb comedy for smart people." A.V. Club Philadelphia described their comedy as "smart, astute scenes that slowly escalate into calculated insanity... a master class in artful sarcasm, which permeates the group's hilariously specific lines." They celebrate the absurd, shun the traditional, and have one simple goal: to put on the most fun show their audiences have ever seen.

2013 marks the troupe's third year performing in Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Last year, they performed in the same time slot as their arch-rivals The Late Live Show, which led to attempted sabotage, and culminated in a Billy Joel sing-off in the Stage 773 lobby. This year, Oh Theodora is planning another multi-group stunt, but on a much bigger scale!

As the resident sketch group of Chicago's esteemed Lincoln Lodge showcase, Oh Theodora has opened for Hannibal Buress, Chelsea Peretti, and James Adomian. Meanwhile they continue to build a rabid fanbase with their monthly variety show at the Pub Theater, Show Theodora, which each month features brand new sketches, along with special guests, music, dance, and more.

Oh Theodora has been performing in Chicago since 2009, appearing at a number of Chicago comedy spots, including iO, the Second City, the Playground Theater, and Schuba's (as the opening act for Julia Nunes). Elsewhere, Oh Theodora has been featured at the San Francisco Comedy Festival, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, Austin's Out of Bounds Festival, and the Philadelphia SketchFest.

Oh Theodora will appear at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival on Friday, January 4th, 2013 @ 9:00PM and Friday, January 11th, 2013 @ 8:00PM. Stage 773 is located at 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Ill. $14 tickets are available at 773.327.5252 or ChicagoSketchfest.com. For more information, visit Facebook.com/OhTheodora.

About Lisa Dellagiarino
Originally from Washington, D.C., Lisa Dellagiarino studied screenwriting and playwriting at NYU's film school and is a member of of the Dramatists Guild. Several of her plays have been performed Off-Off-Broadway, and she helped found Arts for All, a NYC-based arts outreach nonprofit. She is a graduate of the Second City Writing Program and has had a few plays produced in the Chicago area, most recently The Brothers Kassel.

About Buck LePard
Massachusetts-born actor and writer Buck LePard is a graduate of the Comedy Studies program at the Second City. He is a frequent guest on The Telethon at the Playground Theater, and a member of FutureShow which has appeared at the de Maat Studio Theatre. You can see the back of his head on film in The Dilemma, Shutter Island, Contagion, and in the television series Boss.<


About Trevor Martin
Originally from Massachusetts, Trevor Martin has performed in a number of comedic and dramatic projects in Chicago over the last three years, including The Graduation, The OK Cupid Project, The Telethon, Cold Basement Dramatics' Thirst, and Ex-Pats Theater Company's The Fourth Part of the World. You can currently see him in his filmed sketch group Planet Town (planettownfilms.com) and his iO Harold team Echo.

About Conor Sullivan
In addition to making up 1/4 of Oh Theodora, Massachusetts-born Conor Sullivan makes up 1/3 of Collectors Edition, a live music essay show at The Upstairs Gallery. He is also an aspiring screenwriter, and his first screenplay, Sandkicker, was a semi-finalist in the PAGE Screenwriting Awards, as well as the Chicago Screenwriters Network Contest.

About the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
Affectionately known as Sketchfest, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is returning for its 12th year and will once again host the best in local, national and international performers at the world's largest festival exclusively dedicated to the art of sketch comedy. The 2013 Festival is scheduled for January 3 - 13 and will showcase over 100 sketch comedy groups performing 150 shows over two weekends. In addition to these performances, the Festival will feature children's programming, workshops, networking opportunities, and other special events. The Chicago Tribune calls Sketchfest "a raging comedic beast" and "a well-organized and immensely likeable event...a rollicking good time." Last year's Festival welcomed over 10,000 audience members and more than 800 artists during 8 jam-packed days of performances. For more information, visit ChicagoSketchfest.com.

About Stage 773
Once known as Theatre Building Chicago, the completely remodeled Stage 773 is one of the hottest off-loop multi-complex theaters in Chicago and is home to hundreds of itinerant artistic companies. The historic venue is now redesigned to include four different performance spaces of varying sizes and styles: the Thrust (mainstage), the Pro (proscenium mainstage), the Box (black box), and the Cab (cabaret). Striving to offer support to artists as they develop their voices and talents, Stage 773 provides rehearsal and performance space, professional knowledge and experience, and a nurturing environment to help actors, directors, designers, writers and other artists reach their potential. For more, visit Stage773.com.

Pictured: Conor Sullivan, Trevor Martin, Lisa Dellagiarino, Buck LePard. Photo by Krystle Gemnich.