This two-month showcase of Chicago sketch comedy features more than 30 local ensembles–some well established, some new to the scene–representing a remarkable range of styles and viewpoints, with two to four groups sharing the bill at each performance. Participating troupes include Annoyance Productions, Weaselicious, Brick, ÁSalsation!, GayCo Productions, the WNEP Theater, and many others; the festival is presented by Posin’ at the Bar.

Sketch Fest runs through March 2 at the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont. Performances are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays-Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 PM, and Sundays at 6 PM. Admission is $18 per show, $26 for a Friday or Saturday double bill, and $75 for a festival pass. For reservations, call 773-327-5252.


Wrap the Chair Productions, Eclectic Muse Productions, and Weaselicious

Wrap the Chair Productions presents Hey Love, Where You At?, a set of comic monologues. Eclectic Muse Productions seeks to present character-driven comedy from a female perspective in Explosive Diary. Also on the bill is Weaselicious in Weaselicious V: Anti-Kamadie. 7 PM.


Ruling Theatre Company and Brick

The Ruling Theatre Company presents Super Punk, a two-man effort directed by John Lutz. “Inflecting straightforward scene work with clever inversions and non sequiturs, writer-performers Mike Betette and Phillip Mottaz gently confound expectations, steering clear of blue, shock, and idiot humor. Onstage they have a wry, relaxed rapport, garnering laughs strictly from the internal logic of the pieces; and while there are quite a few misfires, the tweaks needed to correct them are generally just steps away,” says Reader critic Brian Nemtusak. Also on the program is Brick, which says it’s “dedicated to the fusion of sketch comedy and theatrical presentation.” 7 PM.

Broad Comedy and Teenage Sports Parade

Teenage Sports Parade, an all-male ensemble presented by Annoyance Productions, shares the bill with the all-female troupe Broad Comedy, which performs its show Gynecology. 9:30 PM.


Salsation! and Galileo Players

The all-Latino ensemble ÁSalsation! presents Crouching Wetback, Hidden Migrant. The Galileo Players’ An Evening With Galileo features comedy on themes of science and philosophy. 7 PM.

Cupid Productions and GayCo Productions

Cupid Productions, which presents Homilies and Insecurities, claims to be “Chicago’s only group dedicated to musical sketch comedy.” The gay- and lesbian-oriented GayCo Productions presents a program of favorite selections from the past five years. 9:30 PM.


Bootlicking Toady Productions, Harris & Harris, El Salat Dubioso, and 4 Letter Productions

Harris & Harris presents Mistakes Were Made, described as “an examination of the pain and humiliation of adolescence.” Also on the bill are Bootlicking Toady Productions in Cubicle Wars, a satire on corporate culture; 4 Letter Productions in Thirty-Percent Fate; and El Salat Dubioso in Wickerwork Instantaneous. 6 PM.


Eclectic Muse Productions, Weaselicious, and Giants in the Sky

Giants in the Sky performs Ass Junkie Moneys; see listing for Thursday, February 7, for information on Eclectic Muse Productions and Weaselicious.

7 PM.