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!


Welcome, nerds! We're less than halfway into 2021, but it sure has been busy! Since last we spoke the US elected a new President, one of George Floyd's killers has been found guilty, and the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival has become its own entity. With all that (and more) in mind, we're accepting donations that will be split between Stepping Stone Theater and helping cover the cost of the festival. If you would like to donate, you can do so by sending funds via Venmo to @CNCF2021. (Please include a note that it's for CNCF.)

Stepping Stone Theater

Stepping Stone Theater is a non-profit theater program created to celebrate and amplify the creative voices of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, persons of disabilities, women, and non-POC allies of all ages. We provide affordable and accessible theater programs with a focus on community.

Artistic Excellence, Community, Diversity, Integrity, and Respect

We want to make our dream a reality! For years, the accessibility for education and opportunities of improvisation and sketch comedy have been limited. While culture has evolved, this artform and its available programs have a long way to go. By bringing more color to comedy and comedy to communities missing out on this impactful artform, we will have a positive impact on the comedy community as a whole.

Our Mission & Core Values ensure accountability and provide full transparency. It’s important that we do our part to introduce and educate the next and more inclusive generation of comedic talent.

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