March Is For Nerds: Stage 773 Hosts Second Annual 'Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival'
By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 21, 2014 3:00PM
Photo credit: Tom Tian
The event runs from March 19-22 and was born out of the popularity of “HEY, I’M A BIG FAN,” which is a free monthly fan fiction event also put on by the company. This is a comedy festival at heart and has such interesting events as a stand-up showcase, Improvised Star Trek, WHO-prov and an event called Jack and the Nerds: A Nerdy Cabaret, which will tackle the “non-hit” songs from such favorites as Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog and Lord of the Rings.
Since the event stems from a free show, the organizers have set up 3 different free events- Thursday March 20 at 11 p.m. it’s “The Nerdologues Presents Your Stories: Chicago Nerd First Edition," a sort of open mic for stories, songs or sketches. March 21 at midnight, the lobby will be set up for a tabletop game night and Saturday March 22 at midnight, festival goers will experience Once More, With Whedon! and be able to participate in cosplay contests and Dr. Horrible’s Drink-a-long Blog, which is exactly what it sounds like.
The event sounds like a great time and it’s relatively inexpensive, with individual shows at $10 apiece and an all festival-pass only putting you out $50. Furthermore, the people at Stage 773 seem to have an appropriate awareness and appreciation for their audience (something other Chicago establishments could bear to take note of) and a varied line-up to satisfy a variety of interests. For more information check out the festival’s website and to grab tickets call (773) 327-5252 or visit Stage 773’s site.