main banner_2014Stage 773’s Creative Director Brian Posen announced today that sketch comedy groups are now invited to apply for participation in the 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. The event, which will run January 8th through January 18th, 2015, celebrates the best in local, national, and international sketch comedy. Applications may be sent in until October 15 by visiting The lineup will be announced November 15, 2014.

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival debuted in January 2002, with 33 local Chicago Sketch Comedy groups gathering together to perform their craft. The event was met with overwhelming success, and has now grown to the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation, hosting close to 150 groups (about 1000 artists) performing 170 shows in 8 days to an average of 10,000 patrons.

All performances take place at Chicago’s home for the city’s most innovative, creative and passionate off-Loop performing artists, Stage 773, located at 1225 W. Belmont.

Over the course of the two weeks, Stage 773 transforms into a sketch comedy oasis, with the entire building featuring simultaneous performances in all four theater spaces. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival invites comedians from around the world perform in an atmosphere of celebration, collaboration and community.

Tickets for the 14th Annual Chicago Sketch Festival will be $14 each on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and $15 each on Saturdays and will go on sale December 1, 2014 at 12 p.m. Tickets purchased before December 31 receive a $2 discount and may be purchased at, by phone at 773.327.5252, and in person at the Stage 773 box office.

About Stage 773

Stage 773 is a four-theater performance and tenant facility anchoring the Belmont Theater District in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Every year, it brings together more than 75,000 patrons with 5,000 artists in productions that range from low-budget, intimate shows to the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation. Stage 773 presents accessible, affordable, and exceptional entertainment, as well as opportunities for artists to develop through continuing education and programs. As a tenant facility, Stage 773 provides material, technical, organizational, and emotional support to artists and administrators.

For more information and to order tickets, visit, or call 773.327.5252.