Sun 7pm, Stateside

Sunday, September 1st

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Stateside at the Paramount

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Cast:Sarah Shockey, Tim Dunn, Tyler Paterson

Shock T's - 1544

(Sketch) Chicago, IL

Shock T's is a three person comedy band that plays a set of original songs with personal banter in between. It's all done with vocal harmonies and one acoustic guitar.

The best part of a rock show meets the best part of a comedy show: The Shock T's are a three-person comedy band bursting with high-energy songs. With strong vocals and clever lyrics, audiences are always drawn in by the power of three voices and one guitar.


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Cast:Curtis Luciani, Eric Heiberg

Waiting for Batman - 1625

Minneapolis, MN and Austin,TX

It's 1963. Commissioner Gordon and his chief of police, Clancy O'Hara have just phoned Batman to, once again, solve a (seemingly) unsolvable crime by one of Gotham's most daring and egregious super-villains. The Caped Crusader leaps into action, per usual, and speeds toward City Hall in the Batmobile.
But what happens in those anxious 22 minutes? Who are these two men, who so cavalierly doff their responsibilities and bestow such easy trust to a masked man in tights? What gambit have they casually embarked on that stains their very souls with the resignation that they have no worth in the world other than to call someone else to handle their problems? It is here that we find that the real story was never with Batman, but with the incidental underlings known as Chief O'Hara and The Commissioner!

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Cast:Amber Ruffin (Key & Peele), Amanda Davis (iO Chicago), Martin Garcia (Second City Mainstage), and more.

Baby Wants Candy - 1857

Los Angeles, CA

BABY WANTS CANDY has performed over 2,000 completely improvised musicals around the world. BABY WANTS CANDY proves time and time again that the best stuff is spontaneous. The show begins with the cast asking the audience for a suggestion of a musical title that has never been performed before. Accompanied by a piano, the first title that the group hears becomes the title and theme for that evenings show. It’s a roller coaster ride of off the cuff choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses, and witty jaw dropping comedy. Each performance is its own opening and closing night, and by design every show is completely unique and a once in a life time premiere. Start thinking of your title now!

Martin Garcia is a native of Austin, TX where he started improvising with local groups. Martin studied at The Improv Olympic, The Annoyance Theatre and The Second City in Chicago. He wrote and performed in 6 revues in The Second City ETC and Mainstage theaters, receiving Best Actor in a Revue nominations for his first two shows. Martin has also performed in Las Vegas and on cruise ships for The Second City. Martin’s TV credits include Early Edition, E.R. and The New Normal and the new The McCarthys pilot episode.

Amber Ruffin is an alum of European improv comedy institution, Boom Chicago. She has written and performed in 2 Second City Chicago Mainstage revues. Her TV credits include Key & Peele and Steve TV. She is currently performing her 2 woman show, "King of Kong: The Musical" in Los Angeles.

Amanda Blake Davis trained in Chicago at iO Chicago and The Second City. She performed with Virgin Daiquiri and The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience and Hootenany. She wrote and performed in five original revues on The Second City’s etc Stage, for which she received a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a revue. She co-wrote the musical Broads on Boards (Annoyance Theater) and 50 Shades! The Musical currently on a US tour.

Tim Sniffen has been a member of Baby Wants Candy since 2001 and has joined them on tours to New York, Charleston and Edinburgh. He’s worked with the Boom Chicago theater in Amsterdam, and still works with The Second City, most recently writing and performing in The Second City’s Guide to the Opera alongside Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart. Along with Baby Wants Candy, Tim regularly performs with The Improvised Shakespeare Company in Chicago and on the road.

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Coldtowne Theater shows are Marathon-style, each group with 30 minutes of stage time. end to end, nonstop. Audience Members can sit in their chair as long as they like. from 6pm- 12mid with no reservations needed. First come first serve.

So if you want to be sure to see a show you may be well advised to show up a couple shows before the one you really want to see.

The Stateside at The Paramount handles all of their own ticketing online. Only the first 75 pass holders can reserve a spot online. After that, pass holders must visit box office.

Non-Pass Holders

Please purchase a ticket at the physical venue or online, Starting August 2nd at The Stateside at Paramount Website.

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