From the hilarious folks at Living Room Sessions, comes a NEW monthly comedy showcase at aliveOne called: BACK ROOM COMEDY!
Each month we’ll feature six of Chicago’s best up-and-coming live comics in the back room for free. No drink minimum, no cover or sh*t like that – just laughs.
Seating will be limited, but there will also be standing room available.
– Amy Sumpter (Last Comic Standing, Laugh Factory Chicago)
– Scott Duff (Laugh Factory
– Maya May (Laugh Factory)
– Aaaron McDavis (Laugh Factory, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
Produced by Colleen Brennan, Courtney Buckwalter, Lauren Hooberman and Jessica Besser-Rosenberg
Comedy sets followed by dance party DJ sets from Dan Maloney until 2am.
About the Comics:
Amy Sumpter is a comic who performs all over Chicago and the Midwest. She is a cast member of the Kates, was one of the top 100 comics on Last Comic Standing and is a member of Chicago’s all female Beastie Boys tribute band, She’s Crafty.
Scott Duff is a Chicago-based actor, comic, and radio host. He is a regular at Laugh Factory Chicago, where he is the host and producer of The KIKI, and he can be seen at clubs and showcases across the city and the Midwest. Scott is the host/producer of OUT CHICAGO, a live weekly talk show for the LGBT community airing Sundays on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is a founding member of About Face Theatre, Chicago’s award winning queer theatre company, and has performed all over Chicago including work with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, iO, and American Theatre Company.
Maya May – Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Maya May’s commentary on race, gender, parenting and politics often lead audience members to blurt out “omg, is she serious?” Yes, she is. She’s appeared at festivals including the Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and recently headlined the Lady Laughs Comedy tour in Iowa City.
Aaron McDavis: Originally from Dallas, TX, Aaron McDavis joined the Chicago comedy scene in 2014. He has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and currently co-produces the standup showcase, The Comedy Tub.
Colleen Brennan is a stand-up comedian, writer and producer (Waves of Laughter, Momedians of Momedy, Living Room Sessions @ aliveOne). A graduate of the Conservatory Program at The Second City she also received training in stand-up comedy at The Second City and Feminine Comique. Described as a polished performer, Colleen is an expert at zeroing in on the hilarious details of personal stories and cracking up audiences all over the Midwest. You may have seen her at Snubfest 2016 (*Winner – Audience Favorite), Lady Laughs Festival (Madison, WI), Zanies Female Funnies, The Laugh Factory and in her car driving her children all around Chicago.
Courtney Buckwalter (Producer) : Courtney is a desert girl living in the Windy City. She was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and moved to Chicago 4 years ago for bigger and COLDER things! Her father grew up in Peru, and her mother’s side is Mexican, so when she is not looking for laughs, you can catch her eating street tacos in Humboldt.
Lauren Hooberman (Producer/performer) : Lauren is a Midwestern gal who has called Chicago home for over 15 years. She works in education to pay the bills, but loves to perform stand-up comedy. She has performed at Zanies Female Funnies, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival in Madison WI (her Alma Mater), and at the Women’s Funny Festival . In her free time, she plays tennis once a year and rides her bike as much as possible. Lauren just moved to a new neighborhood with her anxious, neurotic cat, Jen. They’re both still adjusting.
Jessica Besser-Rosenberg (Producer/performer) is a writer, improviser, and standup and has performed throughout the Midwest, including at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, the Big Little Comedy Festival, and A Jangleheart Circus. She can also be seen regularly at the iO Theater. Her writing has been featured in the RedEye, MockMoms, The Belladonna Comedy, The Second City Network, and the iO Comedy Network.