For Immediate Release
April 22, 2008
WTTW11 PRESENTS IL-INFORMED
Pilot of local topical sketch comedy program features performers from The Second City and Schadenfreude
Premieres Sunday, May 4, 10:30-11:00 p.m.
Rebroadcast Thursday, May 8, 10:00-10:30 p.m. and
Saturday, May 10, 11:30 p.m.-12 Midnight
Chicago - April 22, 2007 - Chicago may be the "Second City," but its comedic landscape is second to none. It's easy to find humor in everything about the city, from yuppies to local news reporters, to Mayor Daley. IL-Informed, premiering Sunday, May 4 at 10:30 p.m. on WTTW11, is a satirical take on politics, current events, and other issues we all face as Chicagoans. Think the Daily Show meets Saturday Night Live - only completely local.
The program, produced by Paris Schutz and Sarah Warner, is a lively half-hour of topical sketch comedy, newsmaker interviews, and music featuring performers from The Second City and sketch comedy troupe Schadenfreude. The show's goal is to inform younger viewers about what's happening in all corners of their city in a smart and edgy manner. Nothing is off-limits and everything is ripe for satire on this show, including WTTW itself.
The pilot episode of IL-Informed focuses on the topic of housing in Chicago. Should you rent or own? Who can afford to live here? And what are the things that characterize Chicago neighborhoods? Scenarios range from a freelance reporter investigating the pitfalls of the housing market, to two stereotypical young Chicagoans from opposing social groups battling it out for the rights to settle in a new neighborhood, to personal advice on roommates from "Hizzoner Mayor D.", to 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney chatting with host Joe Canale about parking tickets and cinnamon rolls. The Chicago Complaints Choir stops by to sing about their love/hate relationship with living in Chi-town.
WTTW11's presentation of IL-Informed is made possible in part by Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre.