Awards/Show & Gala Benefit
Awards & Show: 9pm-11pm, Saturday, March 31, 2012 / $35
Gala, Awards & Show: 7pm-11pm, Saturday, March 31, 2012 / $75
Comedy Central's Key & Peele
We've got 2 choices for your evening's entertainment. Which ticket to buy? Good question! Here's what option each gets you:
CIF Gala Tickets buys you the entire evening's fun which includes the Gala, the Awards and the show. The Gala has free food; free drinks; silent auctions of some very cool items (including a 30 Rock script signed by the entire cast; a Who's Line Is It Anyway dvd signed by its creator/producer; and a VIP package from Key & Peele); pre-award interactive improv performances; an exclusive Q&A with the Award winners prior to the Awards presentation; a group photo with the Awards winners prior to the awards presentation; VIP seating for both the Awards presentation and the post awards improv performances by the Award winners.
CIF Awards/Show Tickets buys you general admission seats to the Awards presentation and to the post-awards improv show from the Award winners. It's improv's version of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame night where there's awards and speeches in the first half, and great performances in the second half.
Eastbound & Down star & MADtv alum Ike Barinholtz
The CIF award receipents currently scheduled to appear are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from Comedy Central's Key & Peele (CIF Ensemble of the Year); Alan Barinholtz (CIF Spotlight Award); and Whose Line is it Anyways creator/producer Dan Patterson (CIF Lifetime Acheivement Award).
Who's Line is it Anyways' creator/producer Dan Patterson
After the awards, Key & Peele will join forces with HBO's Ike Barinholtz and LA actor/writer Jon Barinholtz to improvise together in an hour-long set. The emcee for the evening will be Chicago Improv Festival's Co-Artistic Director Mark Sutton.
Parks and Recreation guest star Jon Barinholtz
What happens before the Awards/Show?
Prior to the Awards/Show, Gala attendees will get free drinks, free food, and be able to bid on some very cool silent auction items. There's also interactive performances by pimps, psychics, presidents and puppets in the Athenaeum lobby, as improvised by members of Chicago's improv community. For $5, Gala attendees can go on a 90 second speed date with puppets by Brouhaha; or get a pyschic reading from Jimmy Carrane; or engage in a nerf gun duel with Founding Father character Alexander Hamilton; or have an improvised song created about them that they can record on their cell phone from I Made America; or get love advice from Pimprov; or watch close-up magic by Justin Purcell. There will also be a guitarist playing music.
What about parking?
There are two paid lots next to the Athenaeum Theater. One lot is directly to South of the Athenaeum on Southport Ave and the other lot is directly to the West on Oakdale. There is also free parking nearby along the neighborhood's streets.
If I go to the Gala, what do I wear?
Cocktail attire. These are VIP tickets so we want you to feel special by looking good.
Can I buy Awards/Show tickets or Gala tickets at the door?
On Saturday, March 31, from 12pm to 9pm, we will sell both Awards/Show tickets and Gala tickets in the lobby of the Athenauem Theater. Gala tickets will remain $75, and Awards/Show tickets will be $40 at the door.
Did the CIF's Awards/Show get any press from the Chicago media?
Athenaeum Theater's Mainstage
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Gala Co-Chairs: Harlene Ellin, David Fink, Claire Geall-Sutton
Gala Committee: Alan Barinholtz, Ben Capraro, Michael Cramer, Paul Fleishman, Sarah Greene, Jonathan Kurasch, Cheryl Harris, Lynda Shadrake, Chris Tarzon & Sherry Thomas
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Chicago Improv Festival is a not for profit organization, with its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.
The Chicago Improv Festival Production celebrates the present, honors the past, and showcases the future of improvisational theatre, in all of its multi-disciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives; by presenting and producing performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing improvisational theatre artists.
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