Official Chicago Puntathlon Press Release!


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Press Contact: Jaq Seifert
Phone: 773-456-6492

June 1st, 8pm (Doors at 7pm), at Stage 773
Tickets on sale Thursday, April 25th at 5pm

(sub)version productions, producers of the hit show The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©, is proud to announce the newest in live game show events, THE CHICAGO PUNTATHLON, the first ever five round pun competition. This game show meets cabaret is a fast paced Dad Joke extravaganza with celebrity judges and performances from some of Chicago’s funniest comics. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, and are available for purchase online at

Hosted by The Ricky Harris of Places!, THE CHICAGO PUNTATHLON features five rounds of pun games with points awarded by both three celebrity guest judges and the audience. Any audience member can enter the first round, a rapid fire elimination round where we boil it down to three contestants who will then go on to compete in the final four rounds. Those who wish to compete in the first round are encouraged to arrive early to the venue to sign up. Rounds will be interspersed with performances, and there will be one intermission. After scores are tallied, the player with the most points wins a $100 cash prize, a Golden Remote Control trophy, and is crowned “Dad of the Year.” Official games and their rules will be announced via the Facebook event page.

THE CHICAGO PUNTATHLON features comedy celebrity guest judges Sonal Aggarwal, Plucky Rosenthal, and Billie Bullock, with performances by Comedy Dance Chicago (dance), Aunt Nance (comedy singing), The Amazing Tomas (comic magician), and burlesque headliner Mo Less (of Bad Taste). Melvina Czervicz joins with her brassy accordion and crassy jokes, and Matt Griffo assists with improvised keyboard accompaniment. Melissa Koops serves as Announcer/Score Keeper, with sonic experience by Missi Davis and lighting by Chris Corwin. Wendy Madrigal stage manages. This event is wheelchair accessible,

About (sub)version productions: (sub)version productions (previously Tom Boi Theatricals) was formed in 2016 by theatre artist Jaq Seifert, who wrote and created the incredibly successful parody show The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©️ in 2016. The company is dedicated to the creation of entertainment, fundraisers, and theatrical productions that emphasize diversity in race, sexuality, gender identity, and expression in the arts. (sub)version productions mission is to resist the normalization of performance, to reimagine the way the public views entertainment, and redefine what cannot be defined. From burlesque to solo performances, cabarets, fundraisers, and dance experiences, (sub)version productions is dedicated to art that matters and is never finished. More at

About the venue: Stage 773 are art makers who provide a home that fosters great performers and inspired audiences. It is a vibrant anchor of the Belmont Theatre District and home to Chicago’s finest off-Loop talent. As a performance and tenant venue, their four stages provide entertainment for everyone: comedy, theatre, dance, musicals and more. They are a not-for-profit, connecting and catalyzing the theater community, while showcasing established artists and incubating up-and-coming talent.


The Chicago Puntathlon

Saturday June 1st, 2019

8:00pm (doors at 7pm)

Stage 773 (18+, 21+ to drink)

1225 W. Belmont, Chicago IL, 60657

Tickets: $20 presale, $25 at the door


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