9th Chicago Comedy Film Festival, April 5-7

"Olympians," starring Mel Brooks

“Olympians,” starring Mel Brooks

With nearly
films for
about $12 apiece,
the program offers
top-notch viewing
for comedy lovers

The Chicago Comedy Film Festival has released an all-star lineup for its 9th annual run, April 5th – 7th, at Columbia College Chicago.

Fred Armisen, Mel Brooks, Angela Kinsey, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollack, Jaleel White, and Fred Willard are just a few of the actors making appearances in films scheduled to screen during the event.

With nearly three-dozen films for about $12 apiece and extended passes for $28 to $55, the program offers top-notch weekend viewing for comedy film-lovers. Tickets are available here.

While pursuing its mission “to support comedy as a vital and influential art form,” the CCFF has featured a number of films that “gone on to distribution on Netflix and other platforms.”

Check out the highlights below to learn what’s in store for this year. For the full schedule, click here.



Friday 8:00 p.m. & Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Adams (United States, 20 min) Things go south very quickly after a man finds his neighbor in his underwear standing in his kitchen. Starring Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, Angela Kinsey. For fans of Fargo and anything with Fred Armisen and Patton Oswald.

Friday 8:30 p.m.
Funny You Never Knew (United States, 99 Min) Comedians Fred Willard and Kevin Pollak re-discover three remarkable TV comics from the 1950s. For fans of Looking for Lenny, Why we Laugh.

Friday 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Olympians (United Kingdom, 15 Min) Immigrating to a foreign country isn’t easy for everyone, and it certainly isn’t for ancient Roman gods. Starring Mel Brooks. For fans of Mel Brooks, Drunk History

Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Good Girls Don’t (United States, 15 Min) A young girl struggles with her families preconceived role that they expect her to fulfill. For fans of Little Miss Sunshine, Brave.

Friday 6:00 p.m.
5th of July (United States, 100 Min) A young man struggles to get his universe back in balance after cursing his father during the spreading his ashes. With so many moving parts, can the curse be undone? Starring Jaleel White (Family Matters). For fans of Get Him to the Greek, Death at a Funeral.

Saturday 12:30 p.m.
Planet Money Shorts (United States, 10 Min) Ever wonder about the start of Coca-Cola or the rise to fame of the ever so popular honeycrisp apples? Look no further. Brought to you from the folks at NPR Radio. For fans of NPR.

Friday 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Peggy (United States, 12 Min) The perfect house. The perfect birthday bash. The perfect gift to top things off. What could possibly go wr- oh… For fans of Weeds, Parenthood, Big Little Lies.

Send your festival updates to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, dan@reelchicago.com.