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Nick Vatterott | Photo: Lyndsay Hailey

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Chicago SketchFest 2010 Kicks Off NOW

Standing on Belmont Avenue and enveloped by the 5 degree winds of the Chicago Arctic last night, Brian Posen greeted sketchcomers with a giant smile and an "'Allo Doctor!", mittened hands opening the doors to his castle for ladies and gents eager to be inside and ready for nonsense and laughter. For the next two weeks, the Theatre Building will be transformed into a quivering, pulsing, comedy organism, with the start of the 2010 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, or as Chicago Sketchfest founder Posen would say, "Just a really great party we like to throw!"

Prior to the start of the festival, we caught up with two of the featured acts: Heavyweight (Brady Novak, Nick Vatterott, Mark Raterman, TONIGHT and TOMORROW, 9PM), and the Puterbaugh Sisterz (Danielle Puterbaugh, Tiffany Puterbaugh, Sunday, Jan. 10, 5:30PM). We talked to Heavyweight about how their stand-up acts figure into their sketch comedy work:

For some Heavyweight outtakes and the "directors cut interview", have a gander here, here, and here.

It's not all fun and games when you're a performer, however. Sometimes pesky managers get in the way and cause untold drama:

The Sisterz can be peeped in a few other places, too.

This year's festival will feature 113 acts from all over the country, and runs to Sunday, January 17. All shows are $12.50 and can be purchased in advance (recommended) or at the Theatre Building box office.

--Kristy Mangel


Chicago Checklist

Photo courtesy of Time Out New YorkTwo Chicago expats are up for Time Out New York's Joke of the Year -- vote now for David Angelo or Kumail Nanjiani (or both!). They are joined by formidable competition in the form of Zach Galifianakis, Sean Patton, Chelsea Peretti, Taylor Williamson, Erik Bergstrom, Brent Weinbach and Aziz Ansari.

Speaking of Time Out, Chicago Time Out comedy editor Jason Heidemann gives his (mostly) tongue-in-cheek "Comedy Predictions for 2010". Do you have any predictions of your own?

Nick Vatterott has some pointers for people dreaming of standing up for the first time. Check out his detailed blog post, if you're one of these folks.

Paul F. Tompkins talks to Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ about using social media to convince him to perform at various cities in the country. The successful Chicago effort was headed by Chicago Underground Comedy co-producer Dan Telfer (Tompkins is still looking for the perfect venue here in CHI, and has not set a date yet.)

2009 was a pretty good year for both Mike Bridenstine and Matt Braunger, judging from their recent "2009 Round-Ups". Best of luck for 2010, everyone!

--Kristy Mangel