Debuting in 2002 when 35 local sketch comedy groups gathered to share their craft, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is now the largest in the world, hosting over 180 groups from around the globe, performing nearly 200 shows over 8 days. Every hour, on the hour, performances take place in each of Stage 773’s four performance spaces.
With the festival averaging 20 shows a night, over 11,000 patrons annualy brave the Chicago winter to enjoy this comedy oasis.
The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas.
Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child.
Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago’s Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords. A year later, they were gone.
Now they’re back.
(Bio courtesy of The Second City)