About This Show
Podcasts are the new art form for this century as they encompass the qualities of art, comedy, drama, entertainment, storytelling and unscripted theatre. Jonathan Pitts, executive director of Chicago Improv Productions and the co-founder/producer of the Chicago Improv Festival has teamed up with Tyler Greene to produce the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival. The focus of this festival is to present a diverse collection of local, regional and national podcasters in live performances of their podcasts at some of Chicago's most renowned theatre venues. Join the fun as Chicago transforms into a podcast Mecca for one weekend in the fall.
Tickets to festival shows are sold individually. Lineup subject to change.
Friday, November 18
6:30pm Doors / 7pm Show:
Stop on by Minority Korner, a new podcast, every Tuesday. We'll visit neighborhood Korners like: good ol race korner, the gender fun korner, sexy ass LGBTQIIALMNOP (there's a lot of letters there) korner, pop culture korner, politics korner, nostalgia korner, all from the lens of these two crazy minorities. Learn. Laugh. Play... like Blue's Clues! Only... more Black, gay, and lady like.
The two hosts Matthew “Matt K.” Kubinski and Ryan “Ry The Movie Guy” Jagiello rarely agree, but have great chemistry, which makes for some amazingly entertaining discussions. Rounding out the team is Eliaz “Best in the Biz” Rodriguez CinemaJaw’s engineer, contributing great audio quality and humor to the show. From the get-go Cinema Jaw has booked amazing guests including media personalities, filmmakers, actors, directors, rock stars, comedians, content creators, podcasters, film critics and all types of interesting people.
9:30pm Doors / 10pm show:
Your Stories is a live storytelling show-turned-podcast hosted by the Nerdologues and generated by our wonderful audience! We're kinda like the Moth, except instead of competition you'll just hear a bunch of people earnestly geeking out about what they love and who they are.
What's the price of happiness? For the people of PleasureTown, it could be their lives. Follow the serial fiction podcast as the history of this mysterious Oklahoma town is told by its mix of eclectic residents. Think old-time radio show meets a dark contemporary cable drama. And you can become part of the story, too. Visit PleasureTown to find out how.
Saturday, November 19
1:30pm Doors / 2pm Show:
Twice a month, comedian Cody Melcher invites a couple of funny friends over to talk about a really, really weird book they've all just read. Funny people, crazy books.
MBS (Mary Beth Smith) and a friend cut the BS out of conversation by discussing a topic her guest loves.
A food & health podcast by Chicago Tribune's Louisa Chu & WBEZ's Monica Eng.
6:30pm Doors / 7pm Show:
Random Conversations w/ Elizabeth
Join Elizabeth as she interviews people from all walks of life. A look into the thoughts, experiences and behaviors that guide the life of every individual. A chance to hear multiple perspectives on life from people just like you and me.
2nd Story is a collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling. We host events (around Chicago and beyond) that fuse page, stage, and sound to deliver a unique, live, literary/theatrical experience.
9:30pm Doors / 10pm Show:
Anything is fair game on BOOTH ONE, reflective of the kinds of conversations that must have taken place in the legendary Pump Room’s first-class seating. Be a fly on the wall as Gary and Roscoe attempt to recreate the magic, mystery and mischief of the BOOTH ONE experience for your amusement and edification!
The Next Picture Show
A biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias and Genevieve Koski. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts and the Panoply Network.
Chicago Podcast Festival is a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series - a multi-genre performance series, presenting a wide variety of work from a diverse array of voices and artists, emerging and established alike.
The LookOut Series takes place in the 1700 Theatre, an intimate cabaret style venue with a mix of seating options. All LookOut shows are general admission, and specific seats cannot be reserved. The 1700 Theatre is located behind Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks - Steppenwolf's new cafe and bar.