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  • Jan 24 2012

    UP Comedy Club Hosts Series of Grand Opening Events

    UP Comedy Club is proud to announce a full schedule of Grand Opening events in February celebrating their brand new theater at Piper's Alley (230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley). Featuring new and familiar faces, UP Comedy Club celebrates the eclectic comedy landscape of Chicago with stand-up, improvisation, new theatrical productions and family programming. This hybrid club will feature an eclectic assortment of comedy 7 days a week with over 14 performances a week featuring headliner and alternative stand-up comedians on the weekends, with improvised and scripted comedies offered as matinees and midweek performances.

    UP Comedy Club is located at the corner of North & Wells on the third floor of Piper's Alley which also houses The Second City e.t.c. Theatre and The Second City Training Center campus. Designed by Ryan Nestor of Barker & Nestor, the premier 285 seat space is a classic cabaret-style theatre featuring leather upholstered seats, cocktail service and full menu. UP Comedy Club is a fresh new addition to the Chicago comedy scene and boasts a warm and intimate space to enjoy comedy 7 days a week and features a delicious lunch and dinner menu with Windy City culinary favorites like Lou Malnati's Pizza, Vienna Beef sandwiches, and Eli's Cheesecake along with full service bar and no drink minimums.

    "We see this space as a great opportunity to showcase and incubate new theatrical works as well as feature some of Chicago's and the country's funniest stand-up comedians," said Andrew Alexander, CEO & Executive Producer of The Second City and UP Comedy Club. "This eclectic approach to programming is unique to Chicago and we look forward to continuing our philosophy of nurturing young talent."

    Listed below is a complete schedule of Grand Opening Events in February 2012 for UP Comedy Club:

    Up Comedy Club Presents
    Grand Opening - Friday, February 17 at 8:00pm

    Cash Cab's Emmy Award-winning host Ben Bailey headlines the Grand Opening of Up Comedy Club Presents... with a host of Special Guests including Second City alum Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Maribeth Monroe (Workaholics) and The Second City's Improv All-Stars cast directed by Mick Napier.

    Sex, Love & The Second City
    Press Opening - Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm

    Join us for the Chicago Premier of Sex, Love and The Second City! The Second City delivers a new romp about the search for love in the digital age. Relationships. The Internet. Two of the funniest subjects in the history of the universe. Whether you've been poked, winked or tweeted - or even found love (gasp) the old-fashioned way - you'll LOL at this hilarious look at the technology that was supposed to make our love lives so much easier, but only made it that much more complicated. This new comedy also features some unpredictable and hilarious audience-fueled improv scenes and audience interaction that is guaranteed to make you :-) and a virtual appearance by Fred Willard! This is the perfect date night show or Girls Night Out! Its way funnier than anything you'll find on TV, but if you miss this, you won't find it on Hulu later. Weekend, midweek and matinee performances available.

    The Second City's History of Chicago
    Press Opening - Sunday, February 19 at 1:00pm

    For over 50 years The Second City has been making fun of all things Chicago. From Ditka to Daley, Blago to the Bean - we have a civic history that is filled with characters and comedy. Featuring a mix of archival and original material as well as classic Chicago video moments, The Second City's History of Chicago gives audiences a hilarious and unorthodox history lesson of the Windy City. The Second City's History of Chicago is not just for tourists - Chicagoans will love the inside perspective on some of our favorite Chicagoisms. Weekend, midweek and matinee performances available.

    The Second City's Improv All-Stars
    Press Opening - Monday, February 13 at 8:30pm

    See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, unpredictable and thoroughly original which makes for a high energy, hilarious "edge of your seat" show.

    Improv Extravaganza Explosion!
    Press Opening - Saturday, February 11 at 11:00am

    Improv Extravaganza Explosion! is a hilarious action-packed hour of family-friendly, interactive improvisation where we pull ideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on the spot. The best part is that you never know what might happen! Second City is thrilled to now offer school groups and youth groups the chance to see creativity and imagination celebrated at its best with matinee performances perfect for school and youth groups. Great for ages 8 - 80.

    Tickets are now on sale for all events at UPComedyClub.com.

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