YippieFest Schedule

 
STAGE A (front stage)
Friday, August 16
7:00 PMMike Felten
Opening Ceremonies featuring Mike Felten
Music
10mins
7:10 PMSandy Lee
Sandy Lee
Stand up
10mins
7:20 PMHuck Poe
Don't Eat The Popcorn
Comedy/theatre
40mins
Huck Poe is a one-man unruly mob - he's got music, comedy, yelling, and special guests you might not be ready for!
8:00 PMRush Pearson
Diary Of A Madman
stagecraft
65mins
The story of a man which raises the question, "when does positive thinking become denial?".
9:10 PMRon Ervin
Ron Ervin
Stand up
20mins
Ron Ervin is a Chicago based comedian and actor. He can be seen regularly on the NBC program Chicago Med and in the upcoming film "workingman" web link
9:30 PMEileen Tull
Discovery 7
Theatre/solo
45mins
A new solo play about outer space and loneliness through the eyes of humans and robots alike.  web link
10:15 PMChristine Marie
AstroLogical
Theater
30mins
Christine Marie is an astrologer, has been the premier fortune teller on Beale Street in Memphis, has debuted this show at Sparkle Dragon's Magical Emporium in Pittsburgh and Crystal Lake, Brooklyn. With 20+ years of study and experience, this show is all about YOU.
10:45 PMJack Allen
Jack Allen
Stand up
15mins
Known for his awkward and theatrical persona and cleverly absurd ramblings, Jack Allen is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and now lives in Chicago. Being only 22, Jack has already received acclaim as a comic, playwright, and actor. He is thrilled to be returning to YippieFest!
11:00 PMMayday Mayhaim & Seizure Chic
M & C Unrated
Theater
10mins
Chic can tell you anything about a neighborhood by the inventory of their dollar tree, Mayhaim will send you to the hospital with any item there. We all have things to learn.
11:15 PMNitty Gritty
N/A
Burlesque
7mins
Nitty Gritty is a Fuzzy Orange Mascot who's ditching the ice rink & zamboni for a stage near you! She's a silly, sexy, and body-positive take on the orange, googley-eyed Philadelphia Flyers mascot. #itme web link
11:30 PMM.C. Steffen
Doing Honest Drugs in College
Storytelling
60mins
How did storyteller M.C. Steffen get through college? Lots of drugs. And a lot of lies. An odyssey from an Evangelical small town to the halls of an elite college to the world of professional pill-testers that explores the drugs we all use and the lies we all tell to get by in an exploitative world.
Saturday, August 17
12:30 PMAvalon von Sturm
30-year-old Widow: A Comedy
1woman variety
45mins
2:00 PMHawkeye Plainview
CHOPS
Theatre/Play
30mins
Jones has a grand plan to propose to his girlfriend Mary at CHOPS, an exclusive and eccentric Chicago restaurant. However, a succession of obstacles ranging from manic pixie servers to meatball sandwich balloons complicate the otherwise simple task.
2:30 PMChristine Marie
AstroLogical
Theater
35mins
Christine Marie is an astrologer, has been the premier fortune teller on Beale Street in Memphis, has debuted this show at Sparkle Dragon's Magical Emporium in Pittsburgh and Crystal Lake, Brooklyn. With 20+ years of study and experience, this show is all about YOU.
3:30 PMPhil Burns
Phil Burns
Stand-up
30mins
4:00 PMLele Mason
Lele Mason
Stand-up
30mins
4:30 PMThe Laser Comedy Show
The Laser Comedy Show
Comedy
50mins
"The Laser Comedy Show" is a one-of-a-kind storytelling/art show by Chicago comedian Chris Fair. Fair hand-illustrates characters and worlds in real time while voice-acting the characters -- It's like a live comic-book-meets-puppet show. web link
5:30 PMMike Felten
Mike Felten
Music
45mins
Mike's latest CD Diamonds and Televisions won ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2017 from Rural Roots and CHICAGO'S #1 SINGER/SONGWRITER 2016 from Reverbnation web link
6:15 PMJack Allen
Jack Allen
Stand up
15mins
Known for his awkward and theatrical persona and cleverly absurd ramblings, Jack Allen is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and now lives in Chicago. Being only 22, Jack has already received acclaim as a comic, playwright, and actor. He is thrilled to be returning to YippieFest!
6:30 PMCrystal Rae
Lions
Theatre
45mins
In a one woman jaunt, Pharaoh's Daughter recounts what is was like to raise the most famous adoptee the world has ever known, Moses.  web link
7:20 PMDavid Drazin
Original Songs
Musical Comedy
40mins
Consists mainly of world of silent film accompaniment, and instrumental performances of jazz and blues. It links to our You Tube channel which has 35+ videos including silent film accompaniment. web link
8:00 PMFamous In The Future
Getting drunk on gender fluid
Sketch Comedy
60mins
Nine new and original sketches and songs from Famous In The Future. Our special guest musician is Dave Drazin. web link
9:00 PMDarrickJ
Getting Things Off My Mind
Stand up
15mins
Chicago StandUp Comadian web link
9:15 PMMayday Mayhaim & Seizure Chic
M & C Unrated
Theater
10mins
Chic can tell you anything about a neighborhood by the inventory of their dollar tree, Mayhaim will send you to the hospital with any item there. We all have things to learn.
9:30 PMMinimalist Productions
Sweatpants: Episode 1
Comedy/theatre
30mins
The first episode of a sitcom about a middle-aged man of leisure and sweatpants advocate.
10:00 PMDB Comedy
The Best of DB Comedy
Sketch Comedy
30mins
Chicago's only theatre company dedicated to political sketch comedy and satire presents material from its Election Watch Parties, and NEW LIVE sketches inspired by its Podcasting series THE ELECTABLES and The Political News O' The Day
10:30 PMClown House
The Anxiety Variety Show
solo show
40mins
A vaudevillian variety show featuring someone named Cal, their crippling anxiety, and YOU!  web link
11:15 PMThe Laser Comedy Show
The Laser Comedy Show
Comedy
30mins
"The Laser Comedy Show" is a one-of-a-kind storytelling/art show by Chicago comedian Chris Fair. Fair hand-illustrates characters and worlds in real time while voice-acting the characters -- It's like a live comic-book-meets-puppet show. web link
11:55 PMEl Bear
Only 90s Kids
Theatre
25mins
A husband is calling friends on the phone and yelling about pop culture, while his wife is madly ripping out magazine pages, a mailman is constantly bringing them the mail. Why? web link
12:20 AMDylan Burke
Stand
Stand up
15mins
12:45 AMPS...Burlesque
PS...We're Nerds! (title pending)
Burlesque
45mins
PS...Burlesque is a nerd based burlesque troupe here in Chicago. Founded in 2017, this troupe has produced several themed shows as well as their first full length parody show "Dorothy Does Oz".  web link
1:30 AMBoth
Both Do Their Little Skits For You
Sketch comedy
45mins
Infamous Chicago comedy duo "Both" brings a night of absurd sketches, outrageously silly bits, and convoluted jokes to YippieFest. Written and performed by young but experienced funny fellows Jack Allen and Dylan Burke. web link
2:15 AMJoe Chazaray
Too woke to care, too broke to dare
Stand up
25mins
Joe Chazaray is a stand up comedian originally from the suburbs of Chicago now living and performing comedy all over the Midwest and select parts of the country. He loves exploring topics and ideas through the lens of comedy in an attempt to monetize his inability to take anything seriously.  web link
Sunday, August 18
12:00 PMRoss Childs
The Musical Funsplosion Show
Musical Comedy
20mins
Ross Childs will melt your heart and your face with these hilarious quality jams. He'll have you craving human meat as he kazoos his way into your soul. Come and have a funsplosion of a time with Ross Childs. web link
12:30 PMM.C. Steffen
Doing Honest Drugs in College
Storytelling
60mins
How did storyteller M.C. Steffen get through college? Lots of drugs. And a lot of lies. An odyssey from an Evangelical small town to the halls of an elite college to the world of professional pill-testers that explores the drugs we all use and the lies we all tell to get by in an exploitative world.
1:50 PMPaul Barile
Paul Barile - She Felt Crooked
Story telling
10mins
A found document pays tribute to a lovely life.  web link
2:00 PMSolo Crowd
You Only Live Once More
Theatre
90mins
Solo Crowd's bi-monthly salon, You Only Live Once More, is a solo performance show happening in theatres across Chicago. We are a collective of writers, performers, & artists performing personal, true-life stories. We are us, you are you, and there is no fourth wall -- so come live with us once more! web link
3:30 PMCollage Productions
From A Different Place
theatre
25mins
The apparent victim of spousal abuse, an unemployed mother of two comes to the apartment of her financially successful, unmarried, former college roommate, and the truths below the surface for each of them progressively emerge.  web link
4:00 PMVictoria Fombelle
Victoria Fombelle
Stand up
20mins
Victoria Fombelle is a stand-up comedian, writer, and social media manager living and working in Chicago. She has performed at Zanies, Second City, The Annoyance, and more venues around the city. She is the 2018 Women In Comedy Up All Nite Stand-Up Competition Winner.
4:30 PMFlower Shop Bangers
Flower Shop Bangers
improv
20mins
Two-person improv that gets weird with it. web link
4:50 PMYour Silent Partner
Help Me Help You Help Yourself
comedy/clowning
60mins
Help Me Help You Help Yourself is an interactive experience provided by the clown Your Silent Partner. This year at YippieFest, Your Silent Partner will be presenting everything that he has discovered and collected during his time on Earth. However, he cannot do it all on h
6:05 PMCitizens' Relief
Beth In July
theatre
60mins
BETH IN JULY by R.J. Tsarov, an x-acto slice of sweet Americana carved into the urban twilight of the Super Blood Moon Eclipse. Join Beth and Jim on their fascinating journey through Tsarov's hilarious and harrowing horror rom-com.  web link
7:15 PMClown House
The Anxiety Variety Show
solo show
40mins
A vaudevillian variety show featuring someone named Cal, their crippling anxiety, and YOU!  web link
8:00 PMMike Begra
Joke Concert
Musical comedy
45mins
The rock star is no longer exclusive to musicians with tight pants and mascara. It's now for comedians fusing the energy of a rock and roller with comedic knowledge. Joke Concert sets new expectations of what a comedy show is. Blending music, lights, sound effects and audience participation into the web link
8:45 PMThe Act Pack Collective
Tax Time
Comedy Skit
30mins
Tax Time is the story of a day at Lewitt Jackson Tax Service. There are a hilarious cast of characters and scenarios that will have you crying with laughter.
9:15 PMEduardo Soto
Lalo Laughs
Stand up
15mins
Stand up by Lalo where I talk about growing up in single family household and how my mother made my childhood memorable. A mother's love.
9:30 PMUncle bobo
Sneeze blood eyeball
Improv
25mins
10:00 PMJames Gordon
James Gordon
Storytelling
15mins
10:15 PMThe Courtesan & The Cabin Boy
TBA
Musical Theater
40mins
Tbd web link
11:00 PMYippieFest
Closing Sing-along
Theatre
10mins
 
STAGE B (back stage)
Friday, August 16
7:30 PMMichael Steven Cohen
Michael Steven Cohen - Voice and Guitar
music
30mins
Michael Steven Cohen has been singing for audiences with bands Nobody Moves, The Abbeys, & Everly Hillbillies. He has taken his love for classic melody and has put together a reimagining of The Great American Songbook with voice & guitar. He's been described as "Michael Buble-meets-James Taylor"! web link
8:00 PMEmma Grace
Emma Grace Sings Peach Tree Live
music
30mins
Emma Grace is a queer singer-songwriter and ukulele player from Chicago, IL. Her music is driven by her bold alto voice and fierce strumming on her baritone ukulele, which pairs to create a new powerful meaning to folk/punk. She just released her first album Peach Tree on Spotify, iTunes, & more. web link
8:30 PMMike Felten
Mike Felten
Music
45mins
Mike's latest CD Diamonds and Televisions won ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2017 from Rural Roots and CHICAGO'S #1 SINGER/SONGWRITER 2016 from Reverbnation web link
9:15 PMKiller Robots
Killer Robots
Music
40mins
Killer Robots have broken free from the government agency that controlled them. They have gone rogue to save the human race with their music. Join the Killer Robots revolution!
Saturday, August 17
5:00 PMRob Steinberg
Yesterday Diet
video/comedy
5mins
A look at how to afford meals in time of financial struggle as well as a modern retelling of Chris Marker's "La Jetee" web link
5:05 PMCrash of Rhinos
Sunrise
Short Film
6mins
Loosely based on a true story, Sunrise tells the tale of Kimberlee who, after a night out with her boyfriend, gets into an argument over another woman. The relationship ends abruptly and Kimberlee has to decide whether to fight back or fly. This story of domestic abuse is happening every day.
5:15 PMThe Waiting Room Magazines
Good Samaritans
Short Film
5mins
Two good samaritans stop to help a poor boy. The Waiting Room Magazines are a Chicago based short film and sketch duo
5:20 PMMultiple Hats Productions
Love at First Like
short film
15mins
Official Instagram for Love at First Like web link
5:45 PMFamous In The Future
Do The Trump
Short Film
5mins
9:15 PMThe Dark Room Men
The Dark Room Men
music
30mins
9:45 PMBlack Forest
Black Forest Presents whitewolfsonicprincess
music, etc.
87mins
Black Forest Presents whitewolfsonicprincess - music, moving pictures, and so much more. How much more? You will have to come over to Stage B to find out!  web link
11:00 PMFlapunco
Flapunco
music
40mins
Flapunco is a Chicago based hard rock band founded by actress Lisa Zane guitarist Bucephalos web link
Sunday, August 18
1:00 PMEric Peter Schwartz
Eric Peter Schwartz
music
30mins
An acoustic singer-songwriter and my original music is best described as pop-laced folk-rock. If you squeezed Bryan Adams, The Indigo Girls and Warren Zevon into one person, it might sound something like this.  web link
1:30 PMMatt Griffo
Matt Griffo
music
30mins
Matt Griffo from Chicago is an internationally touring musical comedian, combining music with comedic lyrics. Griffo's show is what you get if Ben Folds and Flight of the Conchords had a lovechild. Griffo sings and plays piano and ukulele. His performances are "both toe-tapping and rib-tickling" web link
2:00 PMThe Telepaths
The Telepaths
music
30mins
2:30 PMThe Rut
Rut play Rock
Music
30mins
We play original rock music!
3:15 PMPortmanteauZone
Moose Tryptych and more
music
30mins
Sound Sculpture Trio web link
4:00 PM!Ex Maquina!
Sonic Explorations of the third mind!
Music
40mins
The sonic explorations of 5 post.punk.jazz.reggae improvisors! !Ex Maquina! Perform a wealth of original material and choice covers that reflect their sense of social justice. Features: TV/guitar-voice, Aurora/voice-engineering, James Kirk/bass-voice, Sky Lofton/voice-sonics, Mandingo/drums-voice. web link
5:00 PMCo-co-cola and the Fizzies
Co-co-cola and the Fizzies
music
30mins
Original Americana music informed by the amazing diversity of cool stuff from back in the day web link
5:30 PMBaby No Name
Psycho Pomp and Circumstance!
music
40mins
ceremonial music making celebrating the dark goddess. take you down to bring you up! eradicating barriers to unity with smashing lyrics keening wailing wondering guitar licks thumpa bumping bass lines &drumming hierophony! experimental everything! evoking beginning of the end to start all over!!  web link
6:30 PMOvadya
Ovadya
music
40mins
Wrap your head around this: Original, psychedelic/World influenced music web link
7:30 PMThe Remember Knots
The Remember Knots
Music
40mins
The Remember Knots- earthy; funk; chaotic finish; blend of ambient and crunch; overtones of weird. Best served at room temp. web link