Chicago Satire and Humor Festival

For people who write funny on purpose
November 22 – 24, 2019
The Second City Chicago
Chicago deep dish pizza

Join us for a weekend of workshops, panels, and shenanigans at The Second City

Leave with all the writing tips, friends, and stories you can carry.  


Go to one event, or all of them! Each activity has a separate ticket or sign up - click the squiggly arrows for details.
Friday, November 22
6 PM – 7:30 PM
The Second City - 230 W. N. Ave. Second Floor
FREE: Welcome Happy Hour!
Mingle with fellow writers & finally meet all the funny folks you follow on Twitter! Free drinks. Click the arrow to register.
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7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
The Harold Ramis Film School Bleachers
Comedy With a Bite: A Satire Showcase
A variety show featuring the best satire performances from Second City alum and masters of the form.
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Saturday, November 23
10 AM – 11 AM
Judy's Beat Lounge
Public Speaking for Writers #1
Learn the basics of public speaking to best represent your writing. Offered in four small sections - sign up for just one! Taught by: Jay Steigmann.
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11 AM – 12 PM
Judy's Beat Lounge
Public Speaking for Writers #2
You’re a great writer -- but can you talk about your work? The second small section.
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12 PM – 2 PM
Room 201
Writing With A Style
Discuss style, genre, voice, and tropes when it comes to parody writing + learn tools for brainstorming. Taught by: James Folta.
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2 PM – 4 PM
The Skybox Theater
In Conversation + Breaking the Box: Creating Independent Comedy
A discussion with a funny author followed by a panel on creating cool and independent comedy projects.
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7 PM – 8:30 PM
The Harold Ramis Film School Bleachers
An Evening of Humorous Readings
The hilarious reading series makes its Windy City debut featuring the funniest writers reading their short humor!
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Sunday, November 24
10 AM – 11 AM
Classroom TBD
Public Speaking for Writers #3
Scared? This will be good for you, we promise!
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11 AM – 12 PM
Room 206
Public Speaking for Writers #4
Last chance to face your fears and emerge from the weekend victorious.
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10 AM – 12 PM
Room 201 for both sessions
Writing Topical Satire...Fast!
Learn to create topical satire for sites like McSweeney's. We’ll cover point of view, brainstorming, and responsible practices. NOTE: Extra section added for Thursday, 11/21, 7-9pm at Second City. Taught by: Caitlin Kunkel.
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12 PM – 3 PM
Old Town Ale House
219 W. North Ave.
FREE: Goodbye Hang
Toast the end of the weekend and collaborations to come as you hang with your new pals one last time!
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