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World Comedy Expo Adds Workshops, Panels to 2022 Program

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

Learn the History of Chicago Comedy, Discover Tips on International Touring, and Hone Improv Skills March 25 - 27, 2022

CHICAGO, Illinois – The World Comedy Expo today announced the addition of new workshops and classes to its inaugural program, running March 25 - 27, 2022. Advanced registration is required for all panels and workshops due to limited space. Ticket prices for workshops vary, while panels are free and open to the public.

Highlights of today’s announcement include:

The Big Bang of Improv workshop, instructed by Jeff Michalski, founder of e.t.c. Theater at Second City. This workshop is open to improvisers, stand ups, actors, and writers and draws on the work of Del Close, Anne Bogart, Meisner, Spolin and others to explore the core principles of improvisational techniques for performance. Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m. at Annoyance Theatre & Bar; tickets are $85 each and capacity is limited to 15 participants.

Touring Internationally, a panel discussion led by World Comedy Expo Artistic Director Saku Yanagawa, joined by comedians from around the globe to discuss the international comedy circuit. Topics will cover where and how to get booked, tips for adjusting material for different audiences, navigating visas and other logistics of international travel, and more. Friday, March 25, 5 p.m. at the Den Theatre; attendance is free but requires advance registration.

These programs join previously announced panels including The History of Chicago Comedy, moderated by Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera and featuring panelists Raymond Lambert, Rick Kogan, Jennifer Estlin, andMick Napier; the Intro to the Art of Slow Comedy Improv workshop led by Jimmy Carrane; and Improv for Stand Up, taught by Rachael Mason and Susan Messing.

The full program and show schedule for The World Comedy Expo is available online, and tickets can be purchased at All attendees including artists, audience members, media, staff, and volunteers are required to show proof of full vaccination, and masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. Some venues may have additional restrictions.


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