George Wendt to appear on Improv Nerd July 13

george-wendtGeorge Wendt, star of TV’s “Cheers” and a native of Chicago, will be the guest on Improv Nerd, the well-known comedy podcast hosted by improv veteran Jimmy Carrane, on July 13 at 5 p.m. at Stage 773.

Wendt will be one of four guests appearing on Improv Nerd this summer. Others include Mike Kosinski of the Second City Mainstage (July 6); Paul Grondy, a veteran improviser and teacher at iO Chicago (July 20); and Punam Patel of the Second City e.t.c. (July 27).

In each interview, which is recorded as a podcast, Jimmy talks with an improv icon about his or her creative process and personal life. Then laugh along as Jimmy performs a totally unscripted scene with each of his guests and learn how they created the scene in a revealing interview and question-and-answer session.

Since the live show and podcast began in September 2011, Jimmy has interviewed such guests as Jeff Garlin, Andy Richter, David Koechner, Rachel Dratch, Tim Meadows, Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Scott Adsit and others. In December 2012, the podcast was picked up by, a Los Angeles-based podcast collective that hosts shows by comedians such as Matt Dwyer, Chelsea Peretti, Dan Harmon and more.

Whether you’re a casual comedy fan or a full-on improv geek, you’ll love this show!

All shows at 5 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago

July 6 – Mike Kosinski
July 13 – George Wendt
July 20 – Paul Grondy
July 27 – Punam Patel

General admission: $10, $8 for improv students

To purchase tickets, call Stage 773 at 773.327.5252 or purchase online at

jimmy-carrane-pic-glassesAbout Jimmy Carrane
Raised on the North Shore in Kenilworth, IL, Jimmy Carrane learned at a young age that fat kids in big families are required to be funny.

After studying at Second City in his late teens, he went on to perform with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Mike Myers, David Koechner, Tim Meadows, Andy Richter and more. An original member of The Annoyance Theater and Armando at The IO-Chicago, Jimmy wrote and starred in several acclaimed one-man shows including “I’m 27, I Still Live at Home and Sell Office Supplies” and “Living in a Dwarf’s House,” and also performed in groundbreaking shows such as “Godshow” and “Naked” with MadTV’s Stephanie Weir.

Today, Jimmy lives in Evanston, IL, and is a renowned and respected improv teacher, having taught at The Second City, IO-Chicago, The Annoyance, Victory Gardens and other locations for more than 25 years. He is the co-author of “Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser.”

Jimmy’s voice was well-known to Chicagoans during the seven years he contributed to and hosted Studio 312 on Chicago Public Radio. His film and TV credits include “The Playboy Club,” “Public Enemies” with Johnny Depp, “ER,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Early Edition,” “The Untouchables,” “Stash” and “Tapioca.”

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