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The Second City has announced the lineup for the the 5th annual Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase and the 4th annual NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Comedy Festival. Both initiatives are designed to celebrate diverse voices in comedy, and will be presented June 6-9.
First up is the Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase, which is the culmination of ten weeks of master improv training. The 2018 Bob Curry Fellows are: Angela Alise, Trumane Alston, Damian Anaya, Aaron Branch, Menaka Delekar, Jillian Ebanks, George Elrod, Steve Han, Maya Haughton, Jarid Igbal, Asia Martin, Julia Morales, Yazmin Ramos, Ana Silva, Max Thomas and Shadee Vossonghi. They’ll take to the Second City e.t.c. stage Wednesday, June 6, at 8 PM.
Back for its fourth year, the Break Out Comedy Festival, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Second City, will showcase emerging and seasoned diverse comedic acts in stand-up, sketch and improv from around the country. On Thursday, June 7, David Pompeii (Comedy Central, Key and Peele) will host an evening with veteran Chicago stand-up comics Calvin Evans and Alex Kumin, along with up-and-coming new talent. Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 performances will include New York-based comics Paul Elia (Conan), Adam Mamawala (Funny or Die’s Top 30 Under 30 Comedians to Watch) and Kerry Codett (BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede), Toronto-based comedian Carol Zoccoli and newcomer Max Desolhn from Seattle. Godfrey (Comedy Central, VH1, BET) hosts the Friday and Saturday 7:30 PM and 10 PM shows, and Azhar Usman (Comedy Cellar of NY) will host the late-night 12 PM slot. All shows will also feature select graduates of the Bob Curry Fellowship Program.
“The Diversity and Inclusion program was formally introduced over 25 years ago as part of Second City’s ongoing mission. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the Bob Curry and Break Out Festival events, which are the centerpieces of the initiative and a vital part of the overall programming at Second City,” said Dionna Griffin-Irons, Director of Diversity Talent and Development. “No fan of comedy should miss out on this weekend exploding with fresh, diverse voices.”
Tickets and more info are available at secondcity.com.