DOUBLE FEATURE - Chicago Stand-Up Comedy & Film Festival

On 11 April 2013

DOUBLE FEATURE - Chicago Stand-Up Comedy & Film Festival

Ian Abramson, Tim Barnes, Melody Kamali and Marlena Rodriguez are the comedic quartet to showcase a variety of Chicago's talent. The four comedians decided to create and produce “Double Feature” – a combination between film and stand-up. The event will debut on April 24 at Den Theatre.

"We're calling it a Stand Up Comedy Film Festival,'"Barnes said. Through film and performance, the producers hope to include all of the comedic genres and communities. "'Double Feature' will serve as a melting pot for Chicago comedians," Rodriguez says, "whether they are filmmakers, sketch writers, improvisers, or stand-ups."

Double Feature presents filmmakers with "rare opportunities to hear a live audience react to their work," says Barnes.

This is reaching beyond the typical comedy audience by seeking film goers and fans of stand-up comedy.

"We looked at the Chicago comedy scene and saw that there were a lot of people who enjoyed both film and stand-up, but there wasn't much that brought them together," said Abramson.

You will see a little bit of our stand-up and film work, but the big goal is to showcase Chicago filmmakers and performers.

Every month they select at least four shorts to screen in between four stand-up performances. For each show, there will be rotating roles between the four comedians: host, performer, running 'tech', and managing the room and ticketing.

“I want this show to both draw in a consistent audience and inspire comedians and filmmakers to produce quality work. There is so much talent in Chicago, and I hope we can tap into it successfully from this angle,” says Kamali.

Double Feature encourages all the funny people to create even more things. It gives exposure to both comedians and filmmakers who deserve to be seen by the same audience in one show.

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