When it comes to comedy, Chicago is no second city—we take center stage. Celebrate our city’s local talent with a comedy showcase featuring sets from up-and-coming voices curated by improv mainstay Abby McEnany, whose hit Showtime series Work in Progress is set and filmed in Chicago.
To kick off the show’s second season, join CHF at Navy Pier for an evening of summer fun to celebrate jokes in progress and the promise of new binge-worthy television.
CHF’s Comedic Showcase will feature a virtual introduction by Abby McEnany and live appearances of her curated comedic lineup.
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CT
NAVY PIER LAKE STAGE
Click here to purchase tickets to this event through Eventbrite.
- Tuesday, July 13th: Tickets on sale to members.
- Thursday, July 15th: Tickets on sale to the general public.
- Charter Humanist members will receive special communications about the event.
Location and Schedule
This event is outdoors on a grassy lawn. Bring your own chair, blanket, or picnic basket. Guests are encouraged to buy beverages and snacks to-go from Navy Pier’s many restaurant offerings.
Comedy event: 7:00-8:30pm
Work in Progress premieres Sunday, August 22nd – only on Showtime. Registered guests will receive exclusive access to view the season 2 premiere of Work in Progress following the event.
Abby McEnany (she/her/hers) is a mainstay of the Chicago improvisational comedy scene. She wrote and performed two one-woman shows, They’re Not All Winners and Work in Progress – the latter of which led to the creation of the television series of the same name. Abby hates social media, but, if you want to hear her thoughts, stand close to her at any social gathering.
Eunji Kim (she/her) is a comedian and writer based in Chicago. She was a Senior Writer for Cards Against Humanity. She could once be seen performing stand-up at Zanies, Laugh Factory, and all sorts of bars. She was a 2017 Bob Curry Fellow at Second City and a featured performer in the 2017 NBC Universal Break Out Festival. She also co-hosts The Ajumma Podcast (@AjummaShow) with fellow Chicago comedian/Korean, Peter Kim (@Peterkz). Her TV credits include: Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC) and Work In Progress (Showtime). To learn other reasons she feels great about herself, follow her @TheBestEunji.
Meghan Babbe (she/her) is originally from South Dakota but has been performing and writing comedy in Chicago for over ten years. She’s a member of The Second City’s National Touring Company and has performed all over the city in places that no longer exist. She’s a contributing writer for Reductress and The Onion.
E.J. Cameron (he/him/his) lived in Chicago for nine years, where he has graduated from and performed at The Second City, iO, and Comedy Sportz. He was a recipient of The Second City Training Center’s Bob Curry Fellowship in 2016 before joining the cast of the e.t.c.’s 43rd Revue’s Grinning from Fear to Fear. Prior to moving to Chicago, E.J. received his BFA in Acting at Columbus State University (not Ohio!) and performed with multiple troupes. He is represented by Paonessa Talent and is an avid pro-wrestling fan who loves the color purple. Follow @Ej_Cam19 on twitter and Eeeezeejeeezus19 on Instagram.
Evan Mills (he/him) is your regular gay, half filipino, left-handed only child raised by a single mom, a step-dad, a gay dad, and his dad’s partner. He is currently a featured ensemble member of the Second City’s National Touring Company with whom he has performed with all over the country, ya know, before the pandemic. He is also a recipient of the Bob Curry Fellowship Program. In 2018, he spent a summer in Washington D.C. performing at the Kennedy Center in the show Generation Gap, and has also performed at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. This fall, he will make the transition from Touring Company member to a featured ensemble member of the Second City’s Main Stage where you can see him perform five nights a week. He was also part of a successful comedy music duo called Evan & Mary-Jane that have been featured in the Break Out Comedy Festival, LA Laughter Comedy Fest, and the 2018 Comedy Central Showcase. Most recently he wrote, created and starred in Queer Eye: The Musical Parody. He has also created a cover song and music video for “A Little Bit Alexis”. His first original single “Sissy Boy” can also be found on Spotify, YouTube, and Instagram. You can check out these things and so much more @awkvanmills on all social media outlets.
Jake Noll (they/them) is a comedian residing in Los Angeles. They have opened for comedians including Matt Braunger, Cameron Esposito, Joel Kim Booster, and Beth Stelling, performed all over the city and the country, including NBC’s Break Out Fest (Second City), NBC Stands Up Semi Finals, Laugh Factory (Chicago), SF Sketchfest (San Francisco), and Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington, IN). Jake was a performer at Second City in Chicago and creator/lead in the award winning original series Just Call Me Ripley. They are a contributor to The Gag (Comedy Central/LOGO).
Sabeen Sadiq (she/her) is a comedian, actor, and writer based in NYC. Her comedy has been described as whimsically honest and even “I didn’t think she’d talk about that” with topics ranging from her Muslim upbringing and family dysfunction, to being related to white people (surprise!!). When she’s not changing windshield wipers for an Autozone ad, she tours nationally with Wallah She’s Funny, featuring Zainab Johnson. She has been on the college circuit having performed for Stanford, UIC, and Western Michigan University.