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‘South Side Summer Show’ Builds On Hyde Park’s Claim To Improv History

Improv comedy is a "South Side invention, from right here in Hyde Park," Revival Theater founder John Stoops said.

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HYDE PARK — The Revival Improv Comedy Theater’s “South Side Summer Show,” a celebration of Chicago sketch comedy past and present, will continue this Saturday at 8 p.m.

With local talent and topics, the show is “holistically” for South Siders, the theater’s founder John Stoops said.

“Chicago is home to the deepest bench of comedy talent, so it’s very easy for us to source the community for amazing up-and-coming performers,” Stoops said.

The five-person show has a written outline, but its improvisational nature means each week is a new creation, he said.

The Revival Theater, 1160 E. 55th St., stands near the site of “the birthplace of improv,” Stoops said.

The Compass Players, whose small theater at 55th and University hosted what’s considered the first instance of modern improv in 1955, predated even the famed Second City troupe.

Improv is a “South Side invention, from right here in Hyde Park,” Stoops said.

The 18+ show runs through Aug. 17. Tickets are $15.