April 13, 2015

Under The Gun Comedy Club holding Auditions

By Mark Wachtler

April 13, 2015. Chicago. (ONN) Have you ever dreamed of being a comedian on stage in the city that has launched more successful comedy careers than any other? Now is your chance. Under The Gun Theater, famous for its comedy improv, is holding open auditions for those interested in being a part of their ensemble. Auditions will be held for three days and slots are filling up fast. The opportunity to perform at one of Chicago’s premier improv clubs doesn’t come along that often.

Under The Gun Theater, located at 956 W. Newport in Chicago.


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Open Auditions

“Under The Gun Theater will be holding general auditions for Ensemble members,” theater Executive Director Angie McMahon announced, “Auditions will be improvised. There’s nothing to prepare.” McMahon says the only things prospective future cast members need to bring are their head shot, resume, and their skills. She also suggests first time auditioners stop by the theater for a show and to speak to the current cast members if they have questions or want more information about the theater.

The auditions will run for three days, April 27-29, 2015. Those interested must sign up online and choose a time slot. Auditions run each of those days from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, with each audition lasting only 3 or 4 minutes. Teams are not allowed for auditioning and only individual performers will be accepted.

To sign up for an audition spot at Under The Gun, click here. But hurry, spots are filling up fast.


Under The Gun theater and Zanies comedy club have teamed up to produce the 9th annual Snubfest Comedy Festival. This is a comedy contest and that’s targeted at those comedic hopefuls that have been rejected, or ‘snubbed’, from other clubs, festivals and shows over the past 12 months.

‘Snubfest showcases Comic performers that have been rejected from a festival or stages in the last 12 months and have decided to put themselves on the line for a panel of industry judges to win performance slots on local and national stages,’ the contest announcement explains, ‘Since January 2005, Snubfest has been connecting industry professionals with overlooked talent and bolsters an impressive resume of Alumni including TJ Miller (Comedy Central’s Mash Up) , Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black) Cameron Esposito (Late Night with Craig Ferguson) and Jacob Williams (America's Got Talent Finalist) just to name a few.’

Once again, those interested in applying to be a Snubfest performer must act quickly. Applications are only being accepted for a couple more days and are due on April 15th. Chosen contestants will perform at Zanies Chicago on June 4th or at Under The Gun on June 6-7. Contest organizers list past prizes such as booked performances in New York and on Chicago radio. For more information, visit Snubfest.com.

Under The Gun Theater

Under The Gun Theater is located on Chicago’s north side at 956 W. Newport. The co-founders, Angie McMahon and Kevin Mullaney, describe the theater saying, ‘Under the Gun Theater’s mission is to create original theatre combining the mediums of Improvisation, Storytelling, Music and Physical Theater with a bent toward comedy.’

The theater boasts a 100-seat theater and bar in the heart of Wrigleyville. They serve a selection of craft beers, wine, soft drinks and mixed drinks. No food however. Showing that it’s a part of the fabric that makes Chicago comedy the best on Earth, Under The Gun also offers classes and an Improv Boot Camp for those who want to sharpen or begin their theater career.

Every Thursday through Sunday, Under The Gun offers audiences a wide variety of comedic theater. Shows currently running include; Comedy Against Humanity, Vent, Sirens, A Swarm Of Spoilers, Based On A True Story, Diversified, Phoney Business, and a half dozen more. There’s also Open Mic Night and something called Live Band Comedy. It features an evening beginning with live singers and bands, followed by the Under The Gun comedy troupe performing some improv comedy based on the musicians and music the audience just enjoyed. That’s almost funny just thinking about it.

For more information on any of the above, visit Under The Gun Theater.



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