About This Show

B.A.P.S. presents "Curlz, 'Fros & Braids". A night of stand-up and sketches highlighting the wonders, woes and 'fros of being us. Three Black women.

B.A.P.S.: A Comedy Variety Showcase is based out of Chicago, IL and showcases women of color in comedy. B.A.P.S. was created because we felt a void and created a platform for talented women of color in a typically male-dominated industry. B.A.P.S. includes everything from stand-up and solo sketches to music and storytelling. Every month we showcase businesses owned and run by women of color. As women of color, it is our job to support, root and cheer for each other every chance we get! Get ready to hear voices that are positive, proud and unapologetic. Follow B.A.P.S. on IG and Facebook: @bapscomedy and facebook.com/bapscomedy.

Steppenwolf Theatre Community Conversations Series Presented by Allstate

Artists/bios:

Adrienne Brandyburg - One of the OG’s of BAPS, Adrienne blessed us with her presence the year Prince deemed it the year of the Goddesses. A well renowned performer, she’s best known for her catch phrases “he ain’t ugly” and “ Is he at least 6’2”. Dipped in Honey dew melon, Adrienne likes oiling her scalp and washing her hands with white tears. A retired former WNBA star, Adrienne continues to school these F-boys off the court by donating her tresses to the Men with struggle Beards Assc. (MSBA). Her favorite food groups are pasta and wine. Adrienne is more than elated to be a part of BAPS comedy and is looking forward to dunking on her haters. Follow Adrienne on IG @adriennedennise

Jillian Ebanks - Jillian was born and raised in a lovely New Jersey neighborhood frequently featured on Love & Hip Hop. Her hobbies include: laughing at funerals, laughing at niggas that can't parallel park, and laughing at her own jokes. Her gif collection is unmatched, and she will out rap you at every party. It was a chilly fall night in October 2013 when Jillian was visited by 3 spirits:

The Ghost of Life Goals Past: Oprah The Ghost of Life Goals Present: Kanye West
The Ghost of Life Goals Future: Barack Obama

She aWOKE the next morning with the word CHICAGO written over her fivehead in what can be described as a combination of mild sauce and glitter. She would like to thank the judges for picking her. Her parents whom she loves. She loves you Chicago! Follow Jillian on IG @curlyhairnocare

Adrienne Brown - Adrienne gave up perms three years ago and she's been paying her rent on time ever since. Hailing from the same state that brought you Phylicia Rashad and Beyonce's eyebrow game, AB has come to Chicago to do the damn thing. A noted scholar and graduate of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, House of Hufflepuff, AB brings her extensive knowledge of not only the wizarding world, but the muggle world as well. Both of which have prepared her for this next task: being black as fuck at all times. A black nerd from the dirty south, AB has finally found a home where she can bring her magical-ness and her black as fuck-ness together to create that Black Girl Magic, right here with B.A.P.S. 

Side note: Since joining BAPS, AB's lipstick game has skyrocketed. Follow AB on IG @brownielovestage

Running Time

60 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Running Time

60 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.