HeyImABigFanPromoImage.1Stage 773 is proud to present the second annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, back by highly popular demand, running from March 19 through March 22, 2014. Nerd Fest stems from the popularity of HEY, I’M A BIG FAN, a series of fun, free monthly fan fiction events produced by the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Every third Wednesday of the month, HEY, I’M A BIG FAN showcases original fan fiction as read by some of Chicago comedy’s preeminent nerds.The December monthly HEY, I’M A BIG FAN fan fiction event will take place on December 18 from 7-9 p.m featuring readings based on Full HouseStar WarsBatman, and Whedonverse. Nerd themed drink specials will also be available at the Stage 773 bar. December 18 is also the first day to submit applications for the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Applications will be open until January 22, 2014.

“This festival is essential for the nerd community of Chicago,” says festival producer, Katie Johnston-Smith.  “We nerds need to gather together to laugh with our brethren, and forget that The Big Bang Theory on CBS is how our parents explain us to their friends.”

The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene.  From Stand Up to Improv to one-woman puppet shows, nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage, and perhaps worship their favorite genres of nerdness.

“Stage 773 loves producing festivals, and we are consistently doing it successfully, which is ubermagfabulous,” states Brian Posen, Executive Producer of the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.  “This is our theatre’s heritage, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our festival repertoire!”
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 19 with a free HEY, I’M A BIG FANfan fiction event from 7-9 p.m. Performance dates and times are Thursday at 8, 9, and 10pm, Friday at 8, 9, 10, and 11p.m., and Saturday at 7, 8, 9, 10, and11p.m. with a free festival capping event at Midnight.  Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale Monday, February 3, 2014. To purchase tickets call 773-327-5252 or visit

ABOUT Stage 773
Stage 773 connects over 80,000 guests and 2,500 artists a year, first and foremost, by offering subsidized rentals at the best state of the art off-loop performance facility with four stages and a lively bar. Stage 773 is a vital part of the Belmont Theater District located in the Lakeview neighborhood. Offering a multitude of live performances in a multi-complex performance facility, Stage 773 is home to four different performance spaces seating a total of 442 patrons. The Huffington Post describes Stage 773 as “an eccentric space with a fresh approach to presenting dance, theatre, sketch comedy – even cabaret.” In addition to its unique education program including an array of higher skill level adult education in the dramatic and comedic theatrical arts classes, Stage 773 is also home to Sketchfest – the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation. Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont. Stage 773’s four theaters are home to performances by some of Chicago’s most innovative, creative and passionate off-Loop performing artists. To purchase tickets call the Stage 773 box office at 773.327.5252 or