FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, CHICAGO --- Chicago is known as the Windy City, the Second City and the Third Coast, but we all know it's always been a Mecca for Comedy.
“The first time the comedy festival came to Chicago, we thought it would spotlight some of the brightest and talented comedians in Chicago," said Chicago's native son and Laugh Factory Chicago partner, comedian Tom Dreesen. "Instead, it became a venue for big business to charge high prices by bringing in outside names, taking advantage of Chicagoan money, but not its talent," Dreesen added.
In a few weeks, a comedy festival will be rolling through town, claiming to have assembled the best stand-up comedians from across the nation. While "the best" is always open to debate, there is no debate about the fact that this festival had neglected the talent in the host city yet again! The original touting of the festival presented 27 comics from Los Angeles, 18 from New York and 0 from Chicago. Irate rumors forced them to add some shows at Stage 773, but the insult was clear.
"A majority of the out of town comics listed for this "festival" got their start in Chicago for crying out loud," says Jamie Masada, the Laugh Factory's founder and owner. "Ask anybody who knows anything about comedy and they'll tell you that Chicago stand-up comics are the most passionate, hardest working in the business. When the Laugh Factory came to town in 2012, our mission was to find local talent, give them a break, and grow with them."
From June 11-16, Laugh Factory Chicago will be showcasing Chicago's best and brightest in a week of stellar shows every evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. We will kick things off by crowning "Chicago's Funniest Media Personality" June 11 at 6:30 p.m. The week will culminate with a party in honor of the comics on Saturday June 15th.
In an effort to encourage industry members to attend the week's events, there will be a no-charge and a free-drink-ticket for agents, managers, producers, and network executives, who show affiliation. For non-industry attendees, there is a suggested $10 donation that will go to the Red Cross.
Chicago is known for its generous and charitable residents and there will be Red Cross representatives at the show to receive tax deductible contributions to help victims of the recent devastating tornado in Oklahoma. This is a great opportunity to support local artists and help those in need at the same time.
Masada will be on hand to watch every show. He adds that, "while other cities may claim to have the greatest standup comics, I think we all know exactly which restaurant has the best pizza."
Laugh Factory Chicago is located 3175 N. Broadway at Broadway and Belmont. All shows are 18 and over. For details and reservations please go to www.LaughFactory.com or call(773) 327-3175.
About Laugh Factory Chicago:
Located at 3175 N. Broadway, following a $5 million renovation of the former Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago's new Laugh Factory features a flashy new video marquee, 311 seats in an intimate, dinner theater-like setting, high ceilings to accommodate balcony seating, plus a full bar with table service and a selection of appetizers. The Chicago stage and backdrop is a replica of the familiar Laugh Factory stage now so famous in L.A.
Founder Jamie Masada - the driving force behind Laugh Factory - is revered as a pioneer and innovator and is an iconic name on the comedy scene, instrumental in launching the careers of many of today's biggest comics. The New York Daily News called him the "Real King of Comedy." His knowledge and expertise have made him a leading authority on all things comedy and his advice is highly regarded by the entertainment industry's top power brokers.
Among the comedians who have performed at Laugh Factory are Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Roseanne Barr, Milton Berle, David Brenner, Nick Cannon, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Rodney Dangerfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Phyllis Diller, Tom Dreesen, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Redd Foxx, Brad Garrett, Eddie Griffin, Kathy Griffin, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, Andy Kaufman, Sam Kinison, Martin Lawrence, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Lopez, Bernie Mac, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Carlos Mencia, Larry Miller, Mo'Nique, Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Pollack, Richard Pryor, Paul Reiser, Chris Rock, Paul Rodriguez, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Mort Sahl, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfield, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Flip Wilson, Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Steven Wright, Henry Youngman and many, many more.
For more information about the Laugh Factory and to learn about upcoming shows at the new Chicago location, visit www.LaughFactory.com.
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