New Show/Comedy Contest

I want to ask for your love and support and not for me but for comedy! There’s a very cool show coming up that I want to tell you about. Introducing “Casting Couch,” A comedy contest for newbies and vets that is open to everyone (21+) with feedback from experts.

Comedians perform 3 minutes of material followed by 3 minutes of feedback. Our feedback and judges for the show are Timeout Chicago’s comedy editor Jason Heidemann, Chicago Reader’s Best Stand-up Comic 2010 Beth Stelling and Laugh Track booker Adam Guerino. We’ll try to get as many comedians as possible to perform. Sign up starts at 7:00, and we raffle off the list at 7:45. When you sign up, you put your name and how many months/years you’ve been doing comedy.

Show starts at 8pm, hosted by Laugh Track house MC Bradley Thomas and will be tentatively going until 10 30pm. Before the awards are announced, audience is treated to a special comedy workshop with The Puterbaugh Sisterz about life in the comedy biz! At 10 30pm, the winners will be announced by category–opener, mid and headliner. Think of the opener award as “best new talent,” the mid award as “up and coming” and headliner as “Chicago’s best.”

Every comedian performing will receive: feedback from judges and a performance picture that will be posted to the Laugh Track facebook page by photographer Archer Coe. And in addition to respective prizes, each winner will have a paid slot in one of May’s Laugh Track line-ups.

The “opener” award includes a class donated by premier comedy coach Cameron Esposito. Cameron has taught stand-up workshops at the university and festival level and for Second City, the Laugh Out Loud Theatre, and the Lincoln Lodge.

The “mid” award includes a PR package redesign including new bio and resume and a month of press releases donated from publicist Adam Guerino and a $25 gift certificate donated from Threadless!

The “headliner” award includes a National Public Radio/Vocalo interview feature by Brian Babylon and headshots by photographer Linda Guillu, studio donated by Ruben Burgos with

Casting Couch, Wednesday March 16th, 7:30pm is sign-up and 8pm is the show. All comedians are eligible 21+ to enter bar. Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted.

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