- Admission to see The Shorties
- When: any show of your choice from January 3 through March 29. Shows are held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
- Where: Blacktop Comedy
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click to view the performance schedule.
- $10 for two tickets (up to $20 value)
- $20 for four tickets (up to $40 value)
Taking their comedic cues from such game-based improv showcases as Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Trust Us with Your Life, the skilled players of The Shorties dive head-first into extemporized performances. Short sketches intermingle with off-the-cuff contests, all fueled by a steady stream of audience suggestions and well-rounded meals.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell, and Paul Burke. That last name might not sound familiar just yet, but it's worth remembering. Burke began his improv training in 2004, learning at Chicago's iO and Second City—theaters that helped kickstart the careers of the aforementioned comedy luminaries. And even after returning home to his native California, Chicago's unique brand of honest improv stayed with him. So, in 2010, Burke founded Blacktop Improv to share that distinctive, deep dish theatrical style with a wider audience.
Today, the company's performers pack the calendar with side-splitting shows. The Shorties entertain audiences with quick-witted short-form sets, while Yadda Yadda Yadda takes the stage for improvised a cappella concerts. And, in homage to the venue's Windy City roots, the Chicago-style True Story show uses guest monologists' stories as the inspiration for scenes that are simultaneously edgy, affecting, and hilarious.