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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Kara Maillie

Rochester, New York

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My name is Kara, and I am a member of the comedy band Hardwood.  Hardwood was my first step in my comedy journey, beginning in 2013 in Rochester, NY.  Since then, I've stepped into stand up, sketch writing, and show producing.  I formerly helped produce a comedy variety show on WAYO fm.  I'm thrilled to bring Hardwood's unique brand of humor to the Chicago Nerd Fest!

Fun nerd fact:  I learned how to say "Ninja Turtle" shortly after learning how to say "mom" and "dad"

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