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Break Out Comedy Festival 2017
Break Out Comedy Festival 2017

About The Show

This 3rd annual comedy smorgasbord features a dynamic partnership between NBCUniversal and Second City showcasing some of the hottest, emerging and seasoned comedic acts in stand-up, sketch and improv.

Listen to WGN interview on Break Out and Diversity in Comedy HERE.

"Recommended!" - Chicago Reader 2017
"Must see!" - Chicago Red Eye 2017

June 8 - 7:30pm Hosted by Ramon Rivas
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Ramon Rivas, one of Comedy's Central new comics selected in 2016 for a half hour special, kicks off Thursday night with some of Chicago's favorite comics.

Scheduled To Appear:
Defiant Thomas Brothers, Joey Villagomez, Bob Curry Fellows, Erica Clark, Becca Brown, Jonathan Giles, Brandi Denise, Basel Farag, Matty Ryan, Alex Kumin and Felonious Munk


June 9 - 7:30pm & 10pm Hosted by Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena

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Danny Pudi of Community (NBC/Yahoo) and the upcoming animated series Duck Tales (Disney XD) and independent film The Tiger Hunter (in theaters this fall) hosts this year's  Break Out Festival (June 9) joined by actor Parvesh Cheena of the hit  NBC comedy Outsourced for an unforgettable night of comedy and fun non-stop acts to follow.

Scheduled To Appear:
Aisha Alfa, Aaron Branch, Jonathan Shaboo, Max Thomas, Bob Curry Fellows, Aliya Kanani, Evan & Jane Duo, Timothy Blair, Tam White (7:30pm) Sam Ike and Irene Tu


June 10 - 7:30pm & 10pm Hosted by Chris Redd
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Chris Redd is an exciting actor, writer, standup, sketch and improv performer. In film, Chris can currently be seen in a very flashy role opposite Andy Samberg in the Universal Feature POP STAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING produced by Judd Apatow. Next up, he will be seen in fun roles opposite Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell in the New Line/Gary Sanchez film THE HOUSE, the Netflix film A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE opposite Will Forte, and he is the lead of the independent comedy FAT CAMP.  In TV, Chris is shooting a recurring role in Season 2 of the Netflix series LOVE and appears in Jake & Amir’s new digital series LONELY AND HORNY on Vimeo . Originally from Chicago Chris was a frequent performer at Second City, iO, The Annoyance and The Playground.

Scheduled To Appear:
Calvin Evans, T Murph, Irene Tu, Jayson Acevedo, Franco Nguyen, Becca Brown, Dewayne Perkins, Sandrell Ross (7:30PM) Kelly Howard (10pm), Ann Pornel, Ramon Rivas and Martin Morrow


June 10 - Added Midnight show!

Scheduled To Appear:
Sam Ike, Irene Tu, Ramy Youseff, Calvin Evans, Martin Morrow, Dewayne Perkins and Erica Clark


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The level of talent was incredible!