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May 31, 2006 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Home of improv comedy celebrates 20th anniversary of Off-Off Campus

What/Who: Off-Off Campus, the University of Chicago’s improvisational and sketch comedy troupe, will perform a 20th anniversary show. Cast members from 1986 through the present are gathering in Chicago to perform some of the best scenes from the group’s archives.

When: Saturday, June 3 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Where: Third Floor Theater in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., University of Chicago

Background: Off-Off Campus is one of the oldest and most remarkable college comedy groups in the country. The tradition of improv comedy at the University of Chicago dates back 50 years to the Compass Players, a comedy group formed by Mike Nichols, Elaine May, David Shepherd and Paul Sills. Picking up where these actors left off, Second City founder Bernie Sahlins taught an improvisation class at the University, which, in 1986, spawned Off-Off Campus.

Over the past 20 years, Off-Off has performed regularly at the University of Chicago, as well as traveling around the country to other colleges and improv festivals. Off-Off Campus alumni are Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwrights, Second City mainstage performers and in a wide variety of other improv comedy groups. Alumni also write and perform in television shows and movies and, of course, they are doctors, lawyers, economists and scholars.

For more information, please visit, e-mail or call (617) 872-4869.
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