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!

Thursday, May 13

7:00pm CDT

Lex & Matt's Excellent Adventure

The best podcast recorded simultaneously from Chicago and a mysterious location in Florida, join Lex & Matt as they explore the wonders of friendship, pop culture, snack food and much more!

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Matt Peters

Matt Peters is probably tired. Follow him at @MightyInkMatt and subscribe to Lex & Matt's Excellent Adventure.  
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Lex Lutz

Lex Lutz is a writer and comedian currently residing in the swamps of Florida. She is the host of Lex & Matt’s Excellent Adventure, where her co-host Matt tries to keep her chaos reigned in every week. You can follow her on Twitter @thelexlutz
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Dolores Peters

Dolores Peters has been half of the Resnackulous podcasting team since2016. Born and raised in Chicago, IL (the epicenter of big flavor) she hasbeen exposed to a plethora of culinary delights across the entireChicagoland area and the world. Her six years of experience in the foodand... Read More →
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Beemo Peters

Beemo is the official pup of Lex & Matt’s Excellent Adventure. His image was used on the logo of the podcast with permission and snack royalties.

Thursday May 13, 2021 7:00pm - 7:50pm CDT

8:00pm CDT

Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment

Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment (or LIVE) is a theater company in Chicago, IL that performs brand new comedy in the style of Old Time Radio with live music and live foley and live actors! When the world was alive we performed once a month at Stage 773 on Chicago’s North Side. We then podcast the shows on our website, on itunes or any podcasting app.

Thursday May 13, 2021 8:00pm - 8:50pm CDT

9:00pm CDT

The Screwbelles

Chicago's fearless funny slapstick syndicate is back with burlesque sketch comedy! Buckle up for an interactive show featuring bawdy burlesque, raffle and one heckuva spectacle. Playfully Brazen and Absurdly Amazing, The Screwbelles are bringing shticky vibes to split your sides!

Thursday May 13, 2021 9:00pm - 9:50pm CDT
Friday, May 14

7:00pm CDT

Into the Wikiverse / Vom Com

Into the Wikiverse
Conversations fueled by the random article generator on Wikipedia. Hosted by Mike Hover.

Vom Com
Sketch comedy duo who makes jokes about dying and living in this beautiful century. Life is pain and it hurts so good. I love you Chicago

Friday May 14, 2021 7:00pm - 7:50pm CDT

8:00pm CDT

Standup Showcase

This comedy showcase features stand-up comedians from our hometown of Chicago: Mark Rosenthal, Marie Salter, and our headliner, Vik Pandya

Mark Rosenthal is a hobbyist musician who makes very silly songs. These are those silly songs in even sillier video form. They won't change your life, they won't affect your future, and they won't solve any of your problems. But they should make you laugh. Probably. 

Marie Salter creates characters from life and fantasy. Most of them will remind you that the end is, in fact, near. But in a funny way? 

Vik reflects on being 30 years old and what he learned about himself during the pandemic in this hilarious standup set.  

Friday May 14, 2021 8:00pm - 8:50pm CDT

9:00pm CDT

The Patti Vasquez Experience featuring Elliott Serrano

An interactive comedy show exploring our nerdy childhoods featuring storytelling and games!

Friday May 14, 2021 9:00pm - 9:50pm CDT

10:00pm CDT

Cosplay Comedy

Cosplay Comedy is comedians performing stand-up in costume and In-character! See your favorite heroes and villains from the MCU, DC, Disney step into the bright spotlight to tell jokes!

Friday May 14, 2021 10:00pm - 10:50pm CDT

11:00pm CDT

Plan 9 Burlesque

Join the Plan 9 AssTronauts as they (finally) cannonball into the digital nerd-o-sphere. Picking up immediately after CONvergence 3, we find out what happens when three top tier anti-heroes learn that there's more to ruling the multiverse than just cool powers and ominous laughter. They must prove themselves through song, burlesque, and "clever" distractions to a continuum of even higher chaotic entities.

Friday May 14, 2021 11:00pm - 11:50pm CDT
Saturday, May 15

6:00pm CDT

Negro Jump

Are you black and love anime?
Then listen to Negro Jump!
Negro Jump is a weekly podcast where comedians Jarrod Fortune and Cordero Wilson give their unique comedic takes on all things nerd and pop culture."

Saturday May 15, 2021 6:00pm - 6:50pm CDT

7:00pm CDT

The Misplays / The Klingon Pop Warrior / Tague Zachary

The Misplays
The story of popular card game "Magic: The Gathering" is filled with wondrous discovery and glorious conquest. Unfortunately, these players know nothing about it. Watch as they misstep through worlds of fantasy, trying to reenact stories they've never known.

The Klingon Pop Warrior 
Commander jenbom sings pop and rock songs you thought you knew in the original Klingon.  jenbom has the 47th translation of "Let It Go" from Frozen in the Disney archives and just released her 3rd EP in March 2021. Tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek humor backed up with impressive musicianship and vocals, the Klingon Pop Warrior is a unique and fun experience for audiences of all ages, fandoms, and musical persuasions.

Tague Zachary
Tague Zachary tests the effects of his exceptionally nerdy songs on audiences all over the country. He has neither IRB approval nor signed consent forms, though he is bold enough to list "Confirmation Bias" in his disclosures. Preliminary results look promising.

Saturday May 15, 2021 7:00pm - 7:50pm CDT

8:00pm CDT

The Stuntmen / Clown Car

The Stuntmen deliver a love letter to the action film. Car chases, shootouts, bank heists, and laser-wielding robots: Action films are high stakes, over-the-top affairs with heroes and villains and cool theme songs; add a humorous twist, and voila! The Stuntmen.
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Clown Car is a musical sketch comedy group in Chicago, IL. We write and perform original songs and sketches, hoping to reach the inner nerd in everyone! Come see what these nerds have to sing and say about the current nerd culture!

Saturday May 15, 2021 8:00pm - 8:50pm CDT

9:00pm CDT

Make It Up Media / Separate Beds

Make It Up Media
Make It Up Media has been creating deliciously dumb sketch comedy every week for a year now. Join the Make It Up Crew in a show comprised of some of their favorite sketches in a night of comedic chaos. 

Separate Beds
Separate Beds is the “house” sketch team of the Laugh Index Theatre in DC, despite there being no house to perform in this pandemic year — their Beds have truly been Separate! But it’s made them bigger, stronger, faster, fatter, funnier, dumber, smarter, erererrrrrrrrrr… Enjoy some of their nerdiest filmed sketches from the current season, virtually produced by members scattered across DC, NYC, Chicago, and even a creepy remote cabin in Vermont.

Saturday May 15, 2021 9:00pm - 9:50pm CDT

10:00pm CDT

Standup Showcase

This comedy showcase features stand-up comedians from across the country: Brett Singer (New York), Kelly Reilly (Los Angeles), and our headliner, Zach Funk (Pittsburgh)

Brett Singer
Brett Singer tells jokes about Star Trek and Star Wars. Funnier than a Wookiee playing tennis with a tribble.

Kelly Reilly 
Kelly Reilly is a standup comedian based in LA originally from Long Island, New York. She uses comedy as a crutch to navigate life and you can see her all over LA, and these days the internet. 

Zach Funk 
Zach Funk wants you to know it is ok to be human. He brings to the stage jokes and stories about topics like mental health, navigating life and being an overactive thinker in an under-thinking world. Combining equal parts heart and nerdiness Funk hopes that after seeing him perform you’ve not only laughed but also feel a little less alone in the universe. 

Saturday May 15, 2021 10:00pm - 10:50pm CDT

11:00pm CDT

PS Burlesque

PS...Burlesque is a nerdlesque based burlesque troupe from Chicago. They use pretty much anything from nerd culture and make it sexy...kind of? If you've ever wondered how your favorite characters might bare it all, this is the show for you!

Saturday May 15, 2021 11:00pm - 11:50pm CDT

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