- $10 for two general admission tickets (up to $20 value)
KAPOW! The Superhero Comedy Adventure
- It’s a bird! No, it’s an adrenaline-pumping, belly laugh-eliciting superhero story, improvised on the fly by skilled comedians.
- It’s a plane!: Actually, it’s a brave protagonist, a dastardly villain, and a narrative bursting with surprising, edge-of-your seat adventures.
- It’s . . . a superhero whose name we don’t yet know! Exactly. Audience members toss out imaginative suggestions throughout the show, and the improvisers use them as a launchpad for a hilarious play. There’s no telling what’s in store.
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.