Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Stage 773?

    Stage 773 is located at: 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Click here for a map.
    If travelling by the "El" (Elevated Train), exit at the Belmont stop and walk three blocks west.

What is Sketch Comedy?

    Unlike improvisation, sketch comedy is all original scripted material that is set for the stage. A sketch comedy performance usually consists of short unrelated sketches rooted in satire. Sketch comedy was born in Chicago with the evolution of The Second City Theater in the 1950's. Over the decades, sketch comedy grew to give birth to such shows as, Saturday Night Live, SCTV, Mad TV, In Living Color, and 100's of other entertainment venues.

How do I choose which group to see?

    There will be a brief description of the sketch troupes available as the event nears. Also, when you get to the theatre there will be a staff member ready to refer you to the show that fits your interests best.

Is there parking near the theatre?

    There is street parking available on Belmont Avenue. There is also a valet service available right in front of the theater for $10.

Are the events open to the public?

    Yes all events are open to the public. Click here for event information

How can I donate to the festival?

    Offering a venue for groups to work in a supportive environment free from financial burden, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival covers all production costs, allowing each of the groups to focus on their creative efforts, while offering audiences samplings of the nation's best comedic sketch talent. Because we take care of all operating costs, we need the support of others to help our festival flourish. Click here for more information.