Monday, August 23rd & Tuesday, August 24th
Tickets are sold out for both nights.
See below for info about our standby lines!

Two Nights of Comedy Pop Ups runs August 23 & 24, 2021.

All proceeds benefit A Red Orchid Theatre.

Standby line info: Tickets for both shows are sold out. We will start a standby line one hour before each show (6 pm CST) and if any tickets are released, we will sell them on a first come, first serve basis to people in line. There is no waitlist.

Acting in the best interest of our most vulnerable communities, we are requiring all patrons to show:

Proof of Vaccination (with last dose administered no less than 14 days prior to date of arrival). Any of the following will be accepted at time of entry: your vaccination card, a clear and legible photocopy, or a photo on your phone.

In addition, with the current CDC guidance, all patrons will be required to remain masked while enjoying these events. Please Note: By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to these safety protocols.

If you have questions, please Email Managing Director, Abigail Madden

A Red Orchid Theatre presents:


Two Evenings of Comedy & Improv Benefitting A Red Orchid Theatre

Monday, August 23rd, 7 pm: Onicia Muller (opener), Kellye Howard (opener), Michael Shannon & David Pasquesi

Tuesday, August 24th, 7 pm: Gena Gephart (opener), Sherman Edwards (opener), Michael Shannon & David Pasquesi 

About the Performers (In Alphabetical Order):

Sherman Edwards

Previously on stage at A Red Orchid in Killing Game, Sherman was named 2012’s “Best Stand Up Comic in Chicago” by the Chicago Reader. He’s been lucky enough to perform at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and a few other notable places. TV/ Film credits include Single Long (HBO GO); Empire (FOX) and the upcoming feature film Monuments.  He really likes cheese and hopes you do too. It’s okay if you don’t though. More for him. Sherman is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Gena Gephart

Gena Gephart lives in Chicago, IL where she pursues writing and standup comedy. Gena’s sharp brand of comedy reflects her dry, feminist perspective and has been called “awkward in a good way” by several drunk bachelorettes. She has opened for comics like Michael Che, Pete Holmes, and Natasha Leggero, and has performed at the Limestone Comedy Festival. Gena produces a monthly all-lady storytelling show in Logan Square called Ladylike as well as hosting the weekly Ladylike Podcast. She contributes to Reductress and Thought Catalog and is a cast member at the Lincoln Lodge.

Kellye Howard

As a standup comedian and actor Kellye has been featured on Comedy Central, TBS, NBC, FOX, WGN, and more.  She can be seen on screen right now in Cherry and previously on TV in the final season of Empire and season 8 of Chicago Fire. Kellye is a correspondent for the Comedy Central Podcast South Side and hosts a bi-weekly show Be Less Petty Comedy Self-Help podcast LIVE on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. She was named “Chicago’s BOLDEST comedian” by the Chicago Sun-times. Kellye was an electrician in the U.S. Air Force in a former life and is currently living out her parents dream as the self-proclaimed love child of Oprah Winfrey, Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac, and Lucille Ball.

Onicia Muller

Award-winning Caribbean comedian, Onicia Muller regrets leaving sunny St. Maarten for windy Chicago. Her weekly humour column, Just Being Funny is chicken soup for the naive skeptic’s soul. She gave up crime reporting to write silly thoughts for American Greetings, The Daily Herald, HelloGiggles, HuffPost, the kates, and others. Join her newsletter for funny stories and stand-up comedy.

David Pasquesi 

David is an improviser and actor based in Chicago.  You may have seen him on stage at Steppenwolf, Goodman, Northlight, Lookingglass, Second City, Improv Olympic, and Remains back in the day.  His screen credits include Groundhog Day, Strangers with Candy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Return to Me, The Ice Harvest, Veep, At Home with Amy Sedaris, and Lodge 49 among others.

Michael Shannon

Mike has been around A Red Orchid since it opened and has worked on shows in just about every capacity. He designed the poster for The Connection and painted many a set.  He also directed Traitor and Hunger and Thirst right here on this very stage.  Odds are you have seen him act in this theatre or on television at some point.

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