Welcome to the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival 2021, where everyone is welcome, and everyone is a nerd!

CNCF celebrates all that is the nerd comedy scene: stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, podcasts, and so much more! Once again, we’re coming to you virtually and safely in your own home. Join us for one glorious weekend, May 13th - 15th, and see nerdy comedy acts from all over the country.

Please sign up for your Sched profile, and build your own schedule of shows you want to see. Once you register, the streaming links of your selected shows will be emailed to you the day of those shows. No tickets or admission fees are required.

Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or puns at chicagonerdfest@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Helena Handbasket

Plan 9 Burlesque

Helena Handbasket (she/they) was born in the Great American Southwest to a science-loving doctor and a bibliophilic nurse. In 5th grade, Helena received the award for Biggest Ham and from there, their career began to blossom. A classically trained actor and dancer, Helena made their burlesque debut with The Cheek Of It! Burlesque School in London, England at the famous Madame Jojo’s in Soho. Since her move to this great city in 2012, Helena has had the pleasure of performing all around Chicago, the US, and internationally. Known for her cheeky and nerdy style, Helena’s numbers vary from classic to sexy to silly. Helena’s alter ego, Caito, is a professional actor who has starred in an indie feature films, 2 in The Bush: A Love Story (Strange Charm). She also two majorly nerdy and queer upcoming projects that are still under wraps. Favorite fandoms include: Shakespeare, Good Omens, Star Wars, D&D, Wic/Div, Saga, Sailor Moon, DC/Marvel, Hannibal, and horror films.

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