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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Mark Rosenthal

Chicago, IL
Mark Rosenthal is a 2-time award winning karaoke singer and 0-time award winning comedian based in Chicago. He’s not so much a stand up as he is a man teetering on the edge of madness (and yelling) about his life experiences with hyperbolic absurdity. Plus he does goofy songs. His writing/producing credits include BLOODSPORT! The Musical, Escape From Chicago, My Brain Is Broken, and AMpocalypse. He also co-hosted the open mic/showcase Get Up, Stand Up. However, you least likely remember him as O’Brien from the very end of the Chicago PD episode “Little Bit Of Light.” Like all late-30’s bearded white men, he has a podcast nobody listens to, called Body Counts and Beer, available wherever you get podcasts from. Even Spotify.

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