Pretty cool! Hope you’ll join us tonight.
How about a drink and some comedy networking? Tonight from 7-9:30 at Nisei Louge (3439 N. Sheffield, probably the most normal bar in Wrigleyville), have some fun meeting fellow funny ladies at all different stages in their comedy careers. Check out the event page on Facebook. As an added bonus, CLiC gets a percentage of the tips made during that time to fund our efforts! Hope to see you there!
Chicago Ladies in Comedy, NFP (CLiC) is working to change the face of comedy, in Chicago and beyond!
All you ladies in comedy out there, we’re here for you! Let us know you’re out there. If you’re interested in getting involved in the comedy scene in Chicago, check out our “Breaking the Mold” workshop series or our Jills @ Jack’s Comedy Night and Open Mic. Have an event that’s commedienne-centric? Drop us a line and we can post it on Facebook or on our blog.
Funny girls: We Exist. Go tell the masses!
On September 10, 2011 CliC produced their first forum, “Chicago Ladies in Comedy Presents Ladies…in Comedy.”
At this forum, a panel of female comediennes, performers and teachers discussed the contemporary struggles women face as artists today. Panelists shared their personal
experiences and engaged the audience through a Q&A. This event was free to the public and hosted at the Comedy Sportz Theater. The panelists included: Kelsie Huff, Anne Libera, Rachael Mason, Katie Rich, Jet Eveleth, Tara Difrancisco, and Susan Messing. This event was moderated by Deanna Moffitt.
Audio for this event is now online!
Did you miss our forum this fall, or have you been longing to relive the magical experience? Panelist Tara DiFrancisco hosts the ComedyLab Podcast. Divided into three parts, the CLiC Ladies…in Comedy Forum is now available to listen to online! Just click the links below.
Here are some (fuzzy) photos of the first-ever Jills @ Jack’s Comedy Night! Thanks to all who came out and those who continue to make this the best room in the city!
Thanks to everyone who helped make our February 24 fundraiser such a success! “The Extremely Luxurious Night of Fancy, Fancy Luxury” was fancy indeed. Special thanks to our generous hosts at Lincoln Park’s The Poison Cup.
Working with Deanna is such a pleasure and a joy. No one can believe this was her first Storytelling workshop. We are quite sure it will be one of many. She is brilliant, funny, communicative, and exuberant. Now just remember we had her first!
Thanks to all of the ladies, and some kind men, who helped make Lady Tales 2012 a wonderful success.
Lady Tales: A 4 week workshop and performance by women
September 7- September 28 2012
Something about being in a room filled with women sharing the same goal is both intimidating and inspiring. I look forward to seeing what comes out of it. Deanna is amazing and really it would be quite easy to just make this post look like a yearbook, with hundreds of scribblings of “K.I.T.” and “You’re the best! Don’t ever Change.” However, the class has just begun and I must pace myself. On the train ride home I told myself that I am a terrible writer and that is okay, because I’m learning. Then, I had this thought, what if I don’t put any judgements on it and just claim myself as a writer. Deanna encouraged us to claim our own titles and what ever we don’t measure up to, we will grow into it. So this is me growing into it. Next step: write a 100 word autobiography. Do ellipses count?
The first meeting of this class has helped me generate so many new ideas for stories, and develop a deeper confidence in just putting pen to paper. We all agree that sitting in a chic city work space, hanging with Deanna, and being creative is much more fun on a Friday night than the bar scene. Her energy and positive outlook on creativity help make an environment that has already made so many of us comfortable. I was also in awe of the spontaneous wit and candid sensitivity of everyone in the room. I love a well-crafted tale, and we’ll get there, but I adored hearing the impromptu pieces of so many thoughtful women. This is going to be a fun month and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better! One hundred word autobiographies this Friday. It won’t take long to learn a lot about this group of awesome women.
The space is not what I expected for a downtown conference room. It is light, airy and pretty bad ass. And bad ass is what it should be for this incredible group of women. There are times when you start a new workshop and you feel that you will only get as much as you put in. It’s just a deadline for your work. But this is different. This is a place where the energy of the room brings your most sacred words and stories out of hiding and gives them wings. So, yes, I will have to do some homework. And I will get out at least what I put in. But unlike any other workshop, I feel confident that my story will emerge with a dusting of magic fairy dust and the perfect glaze of bad assery.
Chicago Ladies in Comedy has partnered with SKALD Storytelling Competition winner, Deanna Moffitt, to present Lady Tales: A Workshop and Performance of Stories by Women.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT:
http://clicwithladytales.brownpapertickets.com/ Fridays in September: 7pm to 9pm Final Performance September 28, 2012. We can’t wait to hear your story.
WORKSHOP: IMPROV TO VIDEO MARKETING
Friday, August 17 from 7-9 at
Second City 1616 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60614 in Rm 403
Cate Freedman is probably best known for her work with the award winning, all female comedy group, the Katydids, which currently performs at iO. Some of Freedman’s favorite theatrical credits include the long running two woman show “Omelet” seen at the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York for five consecutive years alongside Frances McKearn, “Dinner for Six” at iO Chicago and The Second City National Touring Company (where she is currently the youngest performer). She has also acted in a number of films and shorts that have been screened at festivals all over the world, including the Vimeo award winning improvised series, “Break-ups”, for which Freedman received a Best Actress nomination at the 2011 Midwest Independent Film Festival.
In this month’s workshop participants will learn the secrets to take their Improv from the stage to the web, and target a broader audience.The first half of the workshop will bring attendees up to improvise and create scene material. During the second half, Cate will help you take that improvisation and solidify it into a workable scene for the camera. Learn the best ways to get your video seen and the best places to use it.
Suggested Donation $10.00 cash, check or credit card accepted at the door.
Participants must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line, “BTM Cate Freedman”.
We’re thrilled to announce that our fun, gal-centric, preposterously un-awkward open mic is BACK after a summer hiatus!
Starting August 1 and continuing on the first Wednesday of every month, we now have a happy new home at Wishbone on Lincoln. Come to stand up, come to watch, come to eat and drink. $4 draft beer specials and delicious food will stand second only to the hilarious antics of Chicago’s funny ladies (and gentleman are welcome too, on stage and off).
Note the new time!!
In summation, you’re invited:
CLiC Open Mic @ Wishbone
August 1 (and the first Wednesday of every month)
7:00-9:00PM (sign-up starts at 6:45)
3300 N. Lincoln Ave. (map)
Hosted by the hilarious and lovely Marlena Rodriguez. Sets should be 3-5 minutes long.
Questions? Shoot us an email: email@example.com
There’s a little interview in today’s RedEye with Sarah Silverman (p. 24), who’s performing in a showcase of some of her favorite comics this Saturday (Chicago Theater, 7:30 and 10:30, justforlaughschicago.com). Thought I’d highlight a quote that stood out:
“I think I’m great for women. I think I’m a better role model for little girls than white-wine-drunk housewives being [bleep]-y to each other. Or the behavior of grownups judging people for who they love. What’s more offensive?”
At 8PM on June 2, CLiC and The Gogo Show (Lincoln Loft, 3036 N. Lincoln, #2) are hosting a free screening of the very cool documentary Miss Representation. Take a look at the film’s website to learn more about this bold movie, which forces us to examine the way women are depicted in all kinds of media. Then come by and see the film! Admission is free, and an open-forum discussion will follow the screening. Any donations will help support CLiC and The Gogo Show, two lady-advancing organizations here in Chicago.