FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 6, 2017
Lauren Carrane
Lauren@SharpPencilMarketing.com

 

SECOND ANNUAL CHICAGO PODCAST FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINE-UP
FOR OCT. 2-8
Festival to feature appearances by Andy Richter, Tim Meadows, Rick Bayless, and more  

 

Chicago, Ill. – Tickets are now on sale for the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival, happening at various locations throughout Chicago Oct. 2 to 8. The festival will include a total of 34 podcasts, ranging in topic from movies to food to horror stories, music and more, all recording episodes in front of live audiences.

The festival will also feature appearances by several local and national celebrities, including Conan O’Brien’s sidekick Andy Richter, chef Rick Bayless, actor Tim Meadows, founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Matt Besser, WGN host Nick Digilio, Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke and more.   

“Last year was a huge success for the first ever Chicago Podcast Festival, and we are so excited to be able to bring some of the same podcasts back to perform again, as well as introduce a slew of new podcasts to Chicago audiences in a live setting,” said Jonathan Pitts, co-founder and executive producer of the Chicago Podcast Festival.

This year, the festival is making an effort to highlight some of the best podcasts produced in Chicago, with more than 90 percent of the lineup featuring local standouts.

“We hope audiences come to see a podcast that they’ve heard of, but end up finding even more great podcasts they can fall in love with,” Pitts says.

In addition to the Chicago-based shows, the festival will also feature three nationally-known podcasts:

  • Crybabies
    In Crybabies, Sarah Thyre and guest host Andy Richter of the Conan O’Brien Show (who also happens to be her husband), will talk to former Saturday Night Live star Tim Meadows about things that make them cry.  

  • improv4humans with Matt Besser
    A podcast hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Besser, who performs a live improv show with his guests, Jon Gabrus (Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast on Earwolf) and Jessica McKenna (Off Book, the improvised musical podcast on Earwolf).

  • Up and Vanished
    In this podcast, documentarian Payne Lindsey sets out to is explore the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead, an 11-year-old mystery that is still the largest case file in Georgia’s history. Currently ranked No. 36 of all podcasts on iTunes.

The shows will be taking place at six venues: The Athenaeum Theatre, The Apollo Theater, Beat Kitchen, Chicago Theater Works, Laugh Factory, and Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition, there will be a free festival party at Chicago Theater Works on Thursday and a free town hall for podcasters at 2112 Inc. on Sunday.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.chicagopodcastfestival.org.

FESTIVAL DETAILS

DATES: Oct. 2-8, 2017
TICKETS: Prices range from $10-$40

COMPLETE SCHEDULE (Final schedule subject to change)

Monday, Oct. 2

Blury Photos
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
7 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Blending comedy and the unknown, Blurry Photos is a podcast that aims to humorously shed light on the more shadowy topics the world has to offer. Voted Best Chicago Podcast 2017 by the Chicago Reader.

Dungeon Rats, Rabbit Hole: A Wikipedia Podcast
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Are you a fan of Dungeons and Dragons? In Dungeon Rats, listeners submit a scenario to try to keep a group of criminals from escaping from Naporia’s dungeon. In the second show, Chicago performers Erin Rein and Tyler Samples, along with a guest, start out on the same randomly-selected Wikipedia page and then follow any link in the article that strikes their fancy, and discuss all the interesting, weird, and exciting information they discover. 

Tuesday, Oct. 3

The Feed
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
7 p.m.
Tickets: $15
The Feed Podcast is a collaboration between Chicago Chef/Restaurateur Rick Bayless and 13-time James Beard Award winning food journalist Steve Dolinsky where they discuss everything from wine and spirits to food trends or and issues in the restaurant world.

Siblings Peculiar, Curiosity Podcast
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Whether you like to delve into a fictional story or learn something about your world, you’ll find something to like at this show. First up is Siblings Peculiar, a podcast about a brother and sister whose parents are paranormal investigators who got lost in the fabric of time and space and the siblings quest to find them. Next, is Curiosity Podcast, which features experts in a variety of fields explaining topics such as outer space, our bodies, how history shaped the world and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

We Still Like You
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave.
7 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Have a story from your past that makes you feel weird? This podcast features performers sharing those embarrassing stories, followed by the hearty chant of “We still like you!” Because if we’re all idiots, none of us are.

Locked Into Vacancy Radio Show, Starlight Radio Dreams
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave.
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
If you like classic radio, you’ll love both of these shows. Locked Into Vacancy Radio Show is an old-style variety show, featuring comedy, singing, adventure and lots of fun stage and sound effects. Starlight Radio Dreams is like an old-time radio drama with comedic sketches and improv.

Thursday, Oct. 5

The Potterotica Podcast
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave.
7 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Join Allie LeFevere, Lyndsay Rush and Danny Chapman as they read a work of erotic Harry Potter fan fiction. There will be lots of erotic fantasies, steamy love scenes and sarcastic commentary.

Cinema Jaw, Alcohollywood
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave.
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Calling all movie buffs! In this show, catch a live episode of CinemaJaw, a podcast that features movie news, movie reviews, movie trivia, Hollywood headlines and more. And in Alcohollywood, hosts Clint Worthington and Jared LaTore make drinking rules for films both good and bad.

Chicago Podcast Festival Official Festival Party
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave.
10 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Friday, Oct. 6

improv4humans with Matt Besser
Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
A podcast hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Besser, who performs a live improv show with his guests, Jon Gabrus (Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast on Earwolf) and Jessica McKenna (Off Book, the musical improv podcast on Earwolf).

MasterDating, Singles Only
Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
12 a.m.
Tickets: $10
Single? Don’t miss this double-header of dating podcasts. In MasterDating, Vikram Pandya talks about dating questions such as how to write the perfect text, how to hit on girls in a non-creepy way and more. And in Singles Only, comedian Paul Farahvar celebrates single-hood with other singles, while his married friends Jeanie Doogan or Patti Vasquez try to keep him on track.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Alternative Facts Chicago, This is For the Birds
Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
2 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Alternative Facts is show that talks about a variety of Chicago-related topics, as well as pop culture and current events around the world, and 50 percent of its profits are donated to Chicago Public Schools. In This is for the Birds, comedians Russ Williamson and Eric Pennell, along with musicians Pat Kelly, give their opinion about current events, pop culture and the top entertainment news stories.

The Trusty Sidekick, The Sickest Fucking Podcast
Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway
4 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Are you a fan of comic books or poker? Don’t miss this show! Trusty Sidekick features reviews and rumors about current DC/Marvel television and movie properties, and in The Sickest Fucking Podcast, five people play poke while they tell each other stories about sex, injuries, animal husbandry, bodily functions and whatever else pops up in their sick, twisted minds.

Up and Vanished
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport
7 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$40
Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead, an 11-year-old mystery that is still the largest case file in Georgia’s history. Follow along as host Payne Lindsey examines old case evidence, re-interviews persons of interest and more.

Second City Works “Getting to Yes, And,” Nick Digilio On Demand, John Williams and the Mincing Rascals
Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln
7 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Hear three of the best podcasts WGN has to offer. “Getting to Yes, And,” hosted by Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of the Second City, features interviews with leaders who are focused innovation in business. In Nick Digilio’s podcast, he talks about pop culture, current events, hot topics, and most importantly, reviews the new films. And in John Williams and the Mincing Rascals, hosts John Williams, Steve Bertrand, and Eric Zorn talk with other journalists and writers about the latest news. (See this show plus the 9:30 p.m. show at the same venue for $40).

Crybabies
Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln
8 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35
In Crybabies, Sarah Thyre and guest host Andy Richter of the Conan O’Brien Show (who also happens to be her husband), will talk to former Saturday Night Live star Tim Meadows about things that make them cry.  

Guth & Huppke on Politics, Sound Sessions, I’m Spiritual Dammit (with Jen Weigel)
Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln
9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
In this show, see three podcasts from WGN radio live. First up is a podcast by Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke and WGN Radio’s Amy Guth, who sort out all that’s happening in American politics. Next is a podcast hosted by journalist Michael Heidemann talking all things music from long-form interviews with your favorite bands to concert reviews and more. The show ends with an appearance by Jen Weigel, who sits down with some of the greatest minds in spirituality — from nationally known mediums to insightful authors who have had experience with the other side. (See this show plus the 7 p.m. show at the same venue for $40).

Sunday, Oct. 8

Wildclaw Theatre’s Deathscribe
Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln
1 p.m.
Tickets: $25
WildClaw Theatre performs two 10-minute imaginative horror stories. They’ll act out every bump, thump, creak and scream courtesy of some of Chicago’s finest performers.

Chicago Podcast Festival Town Hall for Podcasters
2112 Inc., 4245 N. Knox
3 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Podcasters of all abilities are invited to this open meeting where podcasters, podcast networks reps, radio stations, agents, sound engineers, and studios can discuss ideas and issues relating to the current community of podcasting.

UnLearned, Race Bait, I Need an Adult
Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Explore issues of race in these three podcasts. UnLearned is a podcasts that focuses on unlearning harmful narratives taught to us about blackness, womanhood, sexuality and religion. In Race Bait, Tania Richardson, who is black, and Paul Traynor, who is white, talk about racism so you don’t have to. And in I Need An Adult, host Cher Vincent talks about navigating life as a woman and person of color.

 

The 2017 Chicago Podcast Festival is sponsored by WBEZ and 2112, Inc.

About Chicago Unscripted Productions
Chicago Unscripted Productions is a non-profit organization that operates the Chicago Improv Festival, the College Improv Tournament, and the Chicago Podcast Festival. Its mission is Chicago Unscripted Productions’ mission is to develop, support and teach the unscripted creative arts, which include but are not limited to the following artistic disciplines: improvisation, media arts, storytelling, and theatre.

To schedule an interview with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, or one of the podcasters, please contact Lauren Carrane at 954-554-0336 or email Lauren@sharppencilmaketing.com.       

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