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Under The Gun Theater and the Lincoln Lodge Announce Partnership for 2017/2018 Season

Two respected pillars of the Chicago independent comedy season combine forces to produce a truly unique program!
Acclaimed North Side comedy theater Under the Gun and the nation’s longest running independent stand up showcase The Lincoln Lodge are partnering to produce a program containing sketch, improv, stand up and storytelling shows all under one roof in a true first for the Chicago comedy scene.


Angie McMahon, Owner of Under the Gun Theater comments that “We were looking for an innovative approach for our fall and winter programming and when we heard that the Lincoln Lodge was seeking a new venue we decided to invite them to come on over to our house! We are excited that the inclusion of a stand up focused showcase in our offering also presents a lot of opportunity for collaboration and innovation across the comedy disciplines”

Mark Geary, president of Tight Five Productions, the non-profit that produces the Lincoln Lodge, added “It’s no secret that we are actively looking for a permanent home for our productions so when the invite came for a place to produce our 18th Lincoln Lodge season we jumped at the chance to partner on a truly unique experiment in programming.

Not only will the Lincoln Lodge be joining established Under the Gun hits like Tinderella and Breaking News in its weekly offering but Tight Five Productions will also be leveraging its relationship with the Stand up community to bring other shows into the collaboration. To that end the critically acclaimed Blackout Diaries show hosted by renowned Chicago comedian and producer Sean Flannery has already been added to the slate of programming at Under The Gun theater set to debut in September of 2017.

WHAT: Under The Gun Theater

WHEN: Fall 2017 through Summer 2018

COST: See website for show specific details

WHERE: 956 West Newport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657


MEDIA CONTACT:    Angie McMahon – 773-270-3340

            Mark Geary – 773-251-1539

Jake Arrieta Does Improv

During the Fall *Jake Arrieta, Cubs World Series Champion, took an Improv workshop at Under The Gun Theater. "I just really love Improv. Everyone knows you can't really make a living doing Improv, but it is my true passion. So I have my day job to support my artistic love," said Arrieta. "I am super pumped to be performing and hosting my first Improv show," Arrieta continued.

"Strike Out with Jake Arrieta" at its heart is a show about love...hosted by *Jake Arrieta. Jake will interview audience members about bad dates they have gone on and then Jake and the Under The Gun Ensemble will perform Improv based on the stories.


Blind Date Closes Saturday 7:30pm

Relationships are hard. Dating is harder. That’s why Blind Date is here to help Chicagoans find love, or at least a reasonable approximation. Blind Date matches two people on a very real blind date who will navigate all the excitement and curiosity of a first date on stage. The cast then improvises all the romance and challenges of this couple's future together. We cannot stress enough that this is a very real blind date. It is sure to be a show that's as spark-filled as you would expect any successful blind date to be.

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