Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Chemically Imbalanced Comedy is a collection of Chicago based artists that focus on producing scripted and improvised work. On November 1st of 2007 they opened their own black box theater in Chicago: The Chemically Imbalanced Theater
From Executive Producer & Founder Angie McMahon: "For seven years CIC has been a leader in the underground movement to cultivate Chicago comedy for the masses, creating a unique performance environment that includes every aspect of comedy. Throughout that time our weekly showcase has highlighted sketch, improvisation and stand-up comedy giving our audience the opportunity to experience multiple forms of comedy in one evening. The showcase also provides artists with a professional environment in which to perform that includes a production staff and promotions at no cost to the artist. CIC also produces and performs multiple comedic plays per season, both original and previously produced
It is this mixture of the various forms of comedy that makes CIC unique. Gaps between the various styles of comedy are bridged for performer and audience member alike. Performers from within CIC’s ranks and from the community at large have the rare opportunity to stretch their talents across multiple forms of entertainment in a nurturing environment while audiences are challenged to expand their horizons and educated in forms of comedy they may be less familiar with.
As part of our mission to create performance opportunities we initiated Snubfest, a new breed of comedy festival. In January 2008 the fourth annual Snubfest will continue to provide a venue for artists who have been rejected from other festivals. Sketch, improvisation and stand-up performers also have the chance to compete for performance slots in major comedy festivals throughout the country. Giving an entrance opportunity to up and coming artists who have talent but have not been able to connect with these larger institutions. This festival also empowers the performers to believe in their abilities and push forward to achieve their goals in comedy." Source
Current House Teams performing at CIC as of September 2008
Members: Mike Devine, Jay Gish, Angie McMahon, Nathan Petts, Tom McMahon, Cynthia Shur
Members: Farrell Walsh, Sean Keith, ....
Members: Eric Bays, Ben Cannon, Lindsey Fisher, Lauren Hearter, Adam HIggins, Susie Kaster, Leslie Nesbit, Anthony Oderbeck, Freddie Sulit
Director: Ferrel Walsh
Members:Bryan Beckwith, Kyle Bethea, Karisa Bruin, Anthony Ellison, Dan Gordon, Letitia Guillaud, Sean Keith, Scott Morehead, Peter Robards, Amy Speckien
Director: Jorin Garguillo
Members: Emily Harpe, Madeline Wager, Jo Scott, Kathryn Premo, Paul Whitehouse, Sammy Tamimi, Mark Vannier, Steve Konet, Jared Jeffries
Director: Mike Johnson
Festival (sponsored by CIC) featuring Improv, Sketch, Stand Up, Solo Performance, and Short Film that have been over looked by other Comedy Festivals.
- Address: 1420 W Irving Park Rd Chicago, Il 60613
- Box Office: 773-865-7731
- Website: http://cicomedy.com