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The second annual edition of this showcase of sketch comedy, presented by Posin' at the Bar, features more than 50 local and out-of-town ensembles--some well established, some new to the scene--representing a remarkable range of styles and viewpoints. The festival runs through January 25 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Performances are Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 and 9 PM; Fridays-Saturdays at 7, 8, 9, and 10 PM; and Sundays at 4, 5:30, 7, and 8:30 PM. (A free video screening follows the last shows Fridays-Saturdays at 10:45 PM.) Admission is $12.50 per show (exceptions are noted below); a festival pass costs $60. For reservations, call 773-327-5252; for more information, call 773-868-0226.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Monsters From the Id and Maximum Party Zone

Monsters From the Id is a collective of actors, writers, and filmmakers who studied at the Second City Training Center; they're joined by the local trio Maximum Party Zone in Cowboys and Indians and Vampires. 7:30 PM.

Head Cheese Fat Boss Productions and Free Pudding

Head Cheese Fat Boss Productions features Patrick Zielinski, Tyler Bohne, and other performers. Free Pudding consists of local improvisers Jordan Klepper and Rocky Russo. 9 PM.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Your Mom

The New York ensemble performs. 7 PM.

Madame Funnypants

Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben present a series of two-person sketches. 8 PM.

The Midwesterners

The Midwesterners (their name notwithstanding) hail from New York. 9 PM.

The Mumbling Prophets

Boston's Mumbling Prophets promise "sketches of various styles, many about love and sex." 10 PM.

All Filler

The evening is capped by a free screening of a video segment from the Seattle TV show. 10:45 PM.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

The Mumbling Prophets

See listing for 10 PM Friday, January 24. 7 PM.

The Midwesterners

See listing for 9 PM Friday, January 24. 8 PM.

Madame Funnypants

See listing for 8 PM Friday, January 24. 9 PM.

Your Mom

See listing for 7 PM Friday, January 24. 10 PM.

All Filler

See listing for 10:45 PM Friday, January 24. 10:45 PM.

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