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COME SEE iO THEATER'S

BESTSELLING COMEDY SHOW

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?

SPITFIRE COMEDY SHOW

FOURTH THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH @ THE CHRIS FARLEY CABARET IO CHICAGO

 

CHECK OUT OUR NOV. 21 LINEUP!

Avital Ash

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Avital is a standup, writer, actor and director. She grew up a Hassidic Jew without exposure to standup, film, or TV, but fell in love with them anyway. The web series she created, '7p/10e', was limited to laptop screens & a budget of $60 but went on to inspire two (produced!) CBS pilots executive produced by the creators of 'How I Met Your Mother'.

 

She wrote, starred in, and produced a series for Maker (RIP), penned a script for Super Deluxe (RIP again), and is now developing a narrative podcast with Audible. She can currently be seen in several episodes of FXX's new series, CAKE.

Eunji Kim

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Eunji Kim is a comedian and writer based in Chicago. She is currently a Senior Writer for Cards Against Humanity and a producer for Congrats On Your Success at Uncharted Books (featured in Netflix's Easy) can be seen performing improv at iO Chicago (Smokin' Hot Dad) and doing stand-up all over the city.

 

She was a 2017 Bob Curry Fellow at Second City and a featured performer in the 2017 NBC Universal Break Out Festival. She also co-hosts The Ajumma Podcast (@AjummaShow) with fellow Chicago comedian/Korean, Peter Kim (@Peterkz), which was recently featured as a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series.

Adam Gilbert

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Adam Gilbert is happy to see you. The Fort Wayne native cut his teeth in the midwest alternative comedy circuit, opening for touring comics such as Doug Stanhope and Brian Posehn. A recent Chicago transplant, he has performed at the Laugh Factory and the Lincoln Lodge. Adam was a featured performer at the Limestone Comedy Festival and was featured in Pique Magazine.

Adam Burke

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Originally from Ireland (by way of Australia and England...long story), Adam Burke has been performing comedy in Chicago and throughout the U.S. for over ten years. He is a fixture on showcases and clubs throughout the Midwest and beyond.

 

He is a regular panelist on NPR's popular comedy quiz show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and was a writer for WGN's Man of the People with Pat Tomasulo. Voted Best Standup by readers of The Chicago Reader in 2014, he was also the winner of Second City's Up Next Comedy Competition.

 

He has appeared at numerous festivals including Bridgetown Comedy Portland OR, Just for Laughs Chicago (four years running), and the local stage of Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012.

Sydney Davis Jr.

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Sydney Davis Jr. Jr. is originally from Bentonville, Arkansas, and has been performing standup comedy for the past 12 years (since 11th grade).  Her standup special "TRASH" is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Isabella Charlton

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Isabella Charlton is an English Stand-Up comedian based out of Los Angeles. Isabella is known for her one-liners and alienating her family. She was chosen to be part of Hollywood Laugh Factory Fresh Faces in 2018 and 2019. Isabella has performed at the Big Sky Comedy festival 2018, Laughing Skull festival 2019 and the Seattle International Comedy Festival 2018.

 

PRODUCERS

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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
Producer

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.

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Wenzler Powers
Producer

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. 

 

Andrew Nadeau

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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.