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The Playground Theater
Chicago, IL
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Thank you for attending the Give Me 500. The Playground has great show every night. Check out our shows at the-playground.com


The Playground Theater and producer Matt Barbera are proud to present The Give Me 500. A weekend long "Celebration of Solo Sketch Comedy" will be held at The Playground Theater Friday and Saturday August 1-2nd. The show will feature 100,  5 minute solo sketch performers competing for over $1,000 in cash prizes and the honor of being the Inaugural Give Me 500 Champion.

The Give ME 500 was inspired by the Playgrounds cult hit The Give Me 5 (Wednesdays at 10PM). For over 3 years and 13 season of the show, The Give me 5 has given over 400 of Chicago's comedians / improvisers 5 minutes to do the funniest comedic set they can think of.. "The GiveMe 5 is by far one of the most popular shows within the Chicago's comedy Community, every week the audience, show producer and comedians alike are surprised, stunned and electrified by some of the sketches, songs and bits presented." says show producer and Playground President Matt Barbera. "As the show grows performers are pushing each other to higher levels not to be outdone by their comedic counterparts. The result is always interesting and on many nights spectacular"

Show times for the Give Me 500 will be Friday August 1st at 7p,8p,9p,10p,11p,12a and 1am; and Saturday August 2nd at 1p,2p,3p,4p,5p,6pm  with 2 Finales at 8 and 10pm. The preliminary rounds Friday and Saturday will feature 8 performers doing 5 minute sets. Admission to the prelims will be $5. The Finales will feature the winners of all the preliminary rounds admission will be $15.

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The Playground Theater (View)
3209 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Improv
Comedy > Sketch
Comedy > Stand Up

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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