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Theater

St. Charles talents to help shape On The Fox Comedy Festival in Aurora

A St. Charles-based comedy showcase will be part of the debut On The Fox Comedy Festival in downtown Aurora, running April 4 to 7.

“If you like stand-up comedy, this festival is for you,” event organizer Matt Drufke stated in a news release. “Our goal is to showcase high-quality regional talent at outstanding venues.”

On The Fox Comedy Festival teams up with Still Not Friday Comedy, a free, stand-up comedy night at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora each Thursday. On April 4, Rockford native Scott Galvin will make his debut album recording at the Roundhouse.

“Scott has produced successful comedy shows in Rockford, and has opened for national headliners,” Drufke said. “His dry wit and unique perspective are engaging and hilarious.”

Drufke is a producer of Still Not Friday Comedy, the showcase that will celebrate its four-year anniversary at Two Brothers Roundhouse in June. Both Drufke and Still Not Friday have been the recipient of several Burbies awards, given annually as recognition by peers in the suburban comedy community. Still Not Friday has won for Best Showcase each of the past three years, while Drufke is a two-time winner for best producer.

On April 5, the festival presents a lineup curated by Chicago-based comedian Meredith Kachel at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center. Kachel is the executive producer of one of Chicago’s longest-running comedy showcases, Chicago Underground Comedy, a weekly exhibition of the city’s best alternative comics, established in 2005. Kachel’s show, “Alt,” will coincide with Downtown Aurora’s First Fridays art walk.

On April 6, the festival continues with a stand-up showcase at Gillerson’s Grubbery produced by A-OK Comedy, which is based in St. Charles. It holds the distinction of being the longest-running independent comedy showcase in the suburbs after celebrating its eighth anniversary in January, according to the release. It presents monthly last Friday shows in St. Charles at The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Drive.

The festival is back at Two Brothers Roundhouse on April 7 for a co-production with Still Not Friday Comedy presenting the students of Metea Valley High School Mustangs Improv Team. And past performers of Still Not Friday will close out the show with feature and headlining sets.

The debut events in April are the first in a series the production team plans to launch.

Admission to the festival is free, although guests are encouraged to register their attendance via Facebook and Eventbrite. A crowdfunding campaign for the festival in 2017 brought in more than $5,000 from comedy fans throughout the Chicago area. The funds are being deployed to produce the April shows, and contributors to the campaign will receive VIP perks including free festival merchandise and reserved seating at the shows at Two Brothers Roundhouse.

• 8 to 10 p.m. April 4: “Scott Galvin, Breathing to Death: The Live Album Recording” at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25)

• 8 to 10 p.m. April 5: “Alt” at David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Place

• 8 to 10 p.m. April 6: “A-OK Comedy Showcase” at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St.

• 7 to 9 p.m. April 7: “Metea Valley High School Mustangs Improv Team with Special Guests” at Two Brothers Roundhouse

For information, contact Matt Drufke at 815-762-9749 or onthefoxfestival@gmail.com; visit facebook.com/OnTheFoxFest.

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