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Comedy to Keep You Warm

The largest sketch comedy festival in the nation returns to Chicago for its 18th edition. With shows every hour, on the hour, 180 groups will perform 200 shows over 8 days. This year’s Sketchfest is the largest yet. 

Among note this year are headliners Parv and Pudi, a two-man troop comprised of Community’s Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena. Chicago natives including The Cupid Players, Rehner and Nixon, and Off Off Broadway represent the Windy City itself. International groups include Sketchersons, who’ve won multiple awards for best Canadian comedy act. Sketchfest newcomer Welcome to Anhedonia has created a buzz on the Internet for their surreal use of puppetry.

Almost 11,000 people braved the cold last year to catch a show. This is a once-a-year opportunity to laugh your socks off. Just don’t lose your socks—it’s cold out there.