Spitfire is a stand-up comedy showcase held the last Thursday of every month at the legendary iO Theater. It’s an intimate, interactive show that's all about hilarity. Fun. Community. Inclusiveness. And hot sauce. Tasty, tasty hot sauce.

Every show, 6 comics get 6 minutes each to perform their sets. They can buy up to 4 additional minutes by taking a shot of hot sauces that range from a “basically salsa” 1 minute sauce to an “I immediately regret this decision” 4 minute sauce. Our comics are so dedicated to their craft, doing a regular showcase wasn’t enough for them. So now for you, the audience, they challenge themselves to answer the age-old question: Can I remember my set when my tongue is on fire?





Alex Kumin

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ALEX KUMIN's bold and socially conscious standup delights crowds across the city of Chicago and around the US. She is a cast member of the longest running independent standup comedy showcase in the country, The Lincoln Lodge, and has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, and Todd Barry, among others.

John McCombs

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JOHN MCCOMBS has been performing stand up comedy since January of 2010 when he went onstage at a biker bar in downtown Champaign, IL and has been going strong ever since. He has performed up and down the East Coast from North Carolina to New York and even overseas in Europe. He draws on his military experience to connect with audiences and scare down would-be hecklers. 


John has played at the Dead Crow Comedy Room in North Carolina, the Laugh Factory in Chicago and has opened for Tim Meadows and Michelle Wolf. 


John is the founder of The Wild Comedy Club in Evanston, IL  and is the co-writer/producer of "Field Day," a comedy mockumentary television show about the Marine Corps.

Sukhjit Singh

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SUKHJIT SINGH is a Chicago based stand-up comedian who got his start in Columbus, Ohio. His style is a mix of cheerful and silly story-telling. He's a rising star in Chicago's scene, which is not surprising seeing as he's opened for nationally touring headliner, Dan Mintz, and was a finalist in the Columbus Funny Bone's Talent Search Contest back home. Sukhjit got his comedic start at Scarlet and Gray Cafe, which has since closed down due to mismanagement or fire.

Evelyn Troutman

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EVELYN TROUTMAN is a Chicago-based comedian. She co-produces Rap Transit with her bestie, Sukhjit Singh.

Elsie How

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ELSIE HOW  is a Chicago-based comedian. She is the producer of VHS Comedy.

Ali Drapos

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ALI DRAPOS  comes from a big Greek/Armenian family in New England which originated such hobbies as scoffing at store bought hummus and rooting for the Sox during the Olympics. Alessandra has peformed in NY and London.  She currently performs at The Second City and The Annoyance where she can be seen playing with the funniest people she has ever met.




Michael Martin
Head Producer

Booking Manager

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Michael Martin is a long-time Twitter joke writer who has written tens of thousands of jokes - 5 of them good!  Michael was the 2015 winner of Chicago Tribune's Funniest Tweeter of the Year, his first award since his fifth grade bowling trophy. He's been featured on Ellen, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, theCHIVE, The Dad, Funny or Die and Myq Kaplan's Broccoli and Ice Cream podcast, episode 45.

Andrew Nadeau

Show Host

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Andrew Nadeau is an up-and-coming comedian living in Chicago. Known for his one-liners and dry sense of humor, Andrew is currently working as a writer for both The Dad and Netflix Family.

He was named the Funniest Person on Twitter 2018 by the Chicago Tribune, and his work has been featured by publications including Huffington Post, Funny or Die and College Humor. He is also a producer and one of the founding members of Spitfire Comedy.


Wenzler Powers

Show Host

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Wen Powers is a writer and comedian from Memphis, Tennessee. His work has been featured in The Onion, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. He is currently the head writer for The Second City Training Center’s web series The News* w/ Maggie Smith and can be seen wherever he’s lucky enough to be booked. 



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