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WORLD FAMOUS LAUGH FACTORY ANNOUNCES ‘DIVIDE & CONQUER: A MONTHLY STANDUP SHOWCASE ABOUT RACE, RELIGION, AND POLITICS

WORLD FAMOUS LAUGH FACTORY ANNOUNCES
‘DIVIDE & CONQUER: A MONTHLY STANDUP SHOWCASE ABOUT RACE, RELIGION, AND POLITICS’

 

“Good comedy unites. Great comedy divides.”

 

May 30th, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - (CHICAGO, ILLINOIS): Chicago’s Laugh Factory is pleased to announce a new standup show for the Zeitgeist, the edgiest political comedy show in years: ‘DIVIDE & CONQUER.’ The show features the city’s best standup talent exploring perennially divisive topics––such as race, religion, and politics––against the backdrop of Trump’s America. DIVIDE & CONQUER is the brainchild of globally touring standup comedian and Chicago native Azhar Usman, who hosts the show, and describes it this way: “Good comedy unites. Great comedy divides.” The show will be held every second Thursday of the month, with the inaugural show at 8pm on Thursday evening, June 8th, 2017, at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657. Tickets are $20 each.

 

DIVIDE & CONQUER is where the Chicago’s hardest-hitting comedians come to make audiences laugh and think. The aim of the show is to get the best comedians to step outside their comfort zones, with thought-provoking stand-up material, to spur real dialogue about current events and issues in the world.

 

Azhar is world-renowned, having toured over 25 countries on 5 continents. He's worked with political and racially-charged comedy superstars like Hari Kondabolu, Aamer Rahman, Russell Peters, Hasan Minhaj, and the legendary Dave Chappelle–for whom Usman has opened over 50 times–who said: “Azhar Usman is UNTOUCHABLE, he’s like a comedian from the future.” Usman is having a breakout year, serving as a writer for Hasan Minhaj’s performance at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner, as well as a creative consultant on Hasan’s new Netflix special, “Homecoming King.” Last year, he served as a creative consultant on Hannibal Buress’ Netflix special “Comedy Camisado,” and debuted his own one-man show “ULTRA AMERICAN: A PATRIOT ACT,” a political comedy show which was recommended for a Jeff Award. He guest stars in Amazon Studios’ big-budget, 2017 original series “PATRIOT,” a dark political comedy created, written, and directed by Chicago native Steven Conrad.

 

DIVIDE & CONQUER is co-created and co-produced by Chicago-based standup comic and satirist Tucker Millett, along with Washington D.C. native and current Laugh Factory Chicago house emcee, David Carter. Millett says of the show: “We invite audiences to come ready to laugh at comedic commentary that challenges the status quo.” Carter adds: “The best joke doesn't divide a crowd at once, it divides a person first. You might reject a joke because the subject matter is untouchable. Now imagine a comedian that can take something dark, something you may disagree with, argue it in a way that reveals some absurdity or hypocrisy, and make you laugh at something you once considered taboo or off-limits. In this way, comedy can overcome divides we draw within ourselves.” Laugh Factory Chicago’s manager, Curtis Shaw Flagg, shares the producers’ enthusiasm for the show: “There is no other comedy show like DIVIDE & CONQUER in the city of Chicago. The Laugh Factory is so excited to be working with such a talented team to build and grow this ‘divisive’ comedy show!”

 

 

ABOUT THE LAUGH FACTORY

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. and recognizable worldwide.

 

ABOUT JAMIE MASADA

Founder and CEO Jamie Masada - the driving force behind The 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.

 

 

For more information about The World Famous Laugh Factory or to learn about upcoming shows at the Chicago location, visit www.LaughFactory.com.

 

Contact Name: Curtis Shaw Flagg

Phone: 773-327-3175

Email: curtis@laughfactory.com

Contact Info Name: Curtis Shaw Flagg

Phone: 7733273175

Email: curtis@laughfactory.com