The boys of Bassprov welcome a special guest this week.
Everyone laughs in the same language. That's the general premise behind the 12th annual Chicago Improv Festival, which starts tonight at the Lakeshore Theater. This year's event is the most diverse ever, with 90 ensembles from six countries (Canada, Israel, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the U.S.) performing on 11 stages over the next week.
But you won't pay $20 per show (less, for some) for a glorified Benetton ad. You'll get lots of comedy, too. Some highlights (check the festival site for the full schedule and ticket info):
- FACEBOOK, with Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel ("30 Rock"), headlines Tuesday night at the Lakeshore, along with Siblings of Doctors and Mission IMPROVable
- Boom Chicago alumni, including MAD TV's Ike Barinholtz and Jordan Peele, bring a taste of Amsterdam to the Lakeshore stage on Friday
- Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame, will receive a Lifetime Achievement award on Wednesday at Second City ETC, then show why he got it by performing with Impromptu Splendor (Saturday at Second City Skybox) and Bassprov (Sunday at Lakeshore Theater)
One internationally infamous comedian who won't be performing: Andy Dick, whose Saturday-night show was cancelled.