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DINOSAUR, Featuring Improv's Brightest Stars, Comes to The Den Theatre

Ensemble Features Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, and More May 2 - 4, 2024

Chicago, Illinois (February 22, 2024) – An electrifying ensemble of improv comedy’s brightest stars, DINOSAUR comes to The Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.), featuring Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Owen Burke, Nicole Byer, Lisa Gilroy, Phil Augusta Jackson, and more appearing Thursday May 2 at 7:15 p.m., Friday May 3 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday May 4 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets on sale beginning February 23, 2024 at or by calling (773) 697-3830.

Catch DINOSAUR, the improv phenomenon that's captivating audiences in cities across the United States for a special limited run at Chicago’s The Den Theatre. This unparalleled improv show boasts a lineup of comedy powerhouses, including Paul Scheer("The League," "Veep"), Rob Huebel ("Transparent," "Childrens Hospital"), Rob Riggle ("The Daily Show," "21 Jump Street"), Jason Mantzoukas ("The Good Place," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Lisa Gilroy("Jury Duty," "UCB Comedy Originals"), Mary Holland ("Veep," "Blunt Talk"), Phil Augusta Jackson ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Insecure"), Carl Tart ("Comedy Bang! Bang!," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Owen Burke ("Drunk History," "Funny or Die"), Chad Carter("The Daily Show," "Funny or Die"), and Seth Morris ("The Good Place," "Veep"), with special guests always dropping in. This hit show regularly sells out at the esteemed Largo in Los Angeles, DINOSAUR is a “can’t miss.”

DINOSAUR offers an experience like no other, where every performance is a unique, unscripted masterpiece that unfolds live on stage, driven by its performers' sheer talent and quick wit. The show's format ensures that no two shows are the same, delivering fresh, on-the-spot comedy that caters to the vibes of each audience. This is your chance to see some of today's most celebrated comedians flex their improvisational muscles, delivering laugh after laugh in a show that's as unpredictable as it is hilarious. Whether you're a die-hard fan of improv or looking for an unforgettable night out, DINOSAUR is the live comedy event that promises laughs and a showcase of improvisational brilliance at its peak. Catch this special night of comedy as it makes its way across the country.



Owen Burke is a writer, producer, and (sometimes) actor living in Los Angeles where he performs improv and stand-up comedy. Owen came up through UCB Theatre where he became the Artistic Director before moving on to produce and write film and television to varying degrees of success. 


Nicole Byer is an actress, comedian, writer, author, and podcaster; she is perhaps most well-known as the host of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated competition baking series “Nailed It!” and co-host of TBS’s “Wipeout” along with John Cena. Nicole can next be seen in Focus Features’ “The American Society of Magical Negroes,” a satirical comedy and the 2024 American comedy film, “Thelma.” Listeners can hear Nicole on four different podcasts, the fan-favorite being her popular weekly award-winning podcast “Why Won’t You Date Me.”


Recently named one of Vulture's Comedians You Should and Will Know, Lisa Gilroy is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner from Alberta, Canada. Known for “History of the World Part II” (Hulu), “Comedy Bang Bang!” (Earwolf), and “Jury Duty” (Amazon), Lisa is an alumna of The Second City's National Touring Company and The Groundlings’ Sunday Company in Los Angeles, as well as a current ASSSSCAT performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade. Catch her opposite Kim Cattrall in “Glamorous” (Netflix) and coming in 2024, “Interior Chinatown” (Hulu). 


Rob Huebel is best known for his work on “Children's Hospital,” “Goosebumps,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “The Descendants.” He also made a show called “Do You Want to See a Dead Body?” But you probably didn’t see that.


Phil Augusta Jackson is a writer, producer and musical artist from Philadelphia. He is the creator and showrunner of NBC’s “Grand Crew.” Phil was a supervising producer on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where he also directed, and he was a co-executive producer on HBO’s "Insecure." His writing credits also include “Key & Peele” and “Survivor's Remorse.” He has been nominated for Emmy, WGA and NAACP awards and has self-produced and directed shorts and music videos.


Jason Mantzoukas can most recently be seen in Rick Riordan's “Percy Jackson and the Olypians” series on Disney+, though you may recognize him from “The League,” “The Dictator,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Sleeping With Other People,” “No Activity,” and “The Good Place.” In the world of animation, Jason is known for voicing Jay in Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Jankom Pog in Netflix's “Star Trek: Prodigy,” Rex Splode in Amazon’s “Invincible,” and The Gray One in Fox’s “Housebroken.” He may also sound familiar as one of the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast “How Did This Get Made?” alongside June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer.


Seth Morris has appeared on numerous TV shows and movies including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Parks and Rec,” “VEEP,” “Broad City,” and “Step Brothers.” He’s written for “The Kroll Show,” “The Eric Andre Show,” and many things Internet.


Paul Scheer is a SAG Award-winning actor, writer, podcaster, and director. In addition to creating, producing, and starring in multiple TV shows, his award-winning and critically acclaimed podcasts top the iTunes charts. Paul has won Clios for his commercial work and co-created the first branded comedy special on Twitch. He’s written comic books for Marvel and DC and can be seen in the new Paramount+ show “Knuckles,” and his book Joyful Recollections of Trauma (HarperOne) is available to pre-order now. Learn more at 


Carl currently stars in “In the Know” on Peacock and as Lt. Kayshon on “Star Trek Lower Decks.” He starred in NBC’s “Grand Crew,” you can see him in “History of the World Part II” on Hulu and is a frequent guest on “Comedy Bang Bang.” He’s also written for “Kenan,” Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Mad TV.”  

Performance schedule:

Thursday May 2, 2024 at 7:15 p.m.

Friday May 3, 2024 at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday May 4, 2024 at 7:15 p.m.


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About The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre opened in 2010 in the Wicker Park neighborhood with just a single theatre space. Now celebrating its thirteenth year, Co-owners Ryan Martin and Carol Cohen, along with their talented and dynamic staff, have developed The Den into a multi-level, live entertainment venue that boasts five intimate and unique theaters ranging from 50 – 300 seats. In addition, the first floor houses The Den Bar & Lounge – a full-service bar where audiences gather before and after performances to share a drink and commune with like-minded culture-hounds. Today, The Den is focused on providing world-class stand-up comedy and cultivating its first love – the theatre. The Den is home to four resident theatre companies including About Face Theatre, The Artistic Home, First Floor Theater and Haven. Hundreds of other companies, artists and comedians from Chicago and beyond have called The Den home – from national names to local stars, and The Den consistently plays host to a lineup of exciting and diverse talent. As a building created for interdisciplinary arts, The Den has accommodated a wide variety of programming, including plays, musicals, stand-up comedy, improv, dance, film screenings, seminars and speaking engagements. For additional information,

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