JED Loves Laughs and Learning

Having over 50 years of experience on a stage is impressive for any comedy team. When it’s that much funny experience – and only 2 people – you take notice. 


Do yourself a favor and catch two of the regions top professional improvisers Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm in the Underground Collaborative in the 2-person improv show JED. 

Improv guru Joe Bill and Chicago comedy icon Ed Furman have been improvising together for 25 years. Their show JED offers a chance to see two improv veterans explore, ravage, and mutilate a single suggestion in real time. JED creates a one-act play before your very eyes; no edits, no safety nets, no foolin’.

Ed Furman, who recently taught an improv class at The UC say’s the show is “Sometimes edgy, sometimes poignant, sometimes almost uncomfortably too intense, JED always delivers on the laughs as it takes you on a journey.”
Speaking of workshops, Mr. Joe Bill himself will be teaching an advanced improv class: Your Power Improv Toolkit on Saturday, Dec. 8th from Noon – 3pm also at The UC. The class is open to intermediate and advanced improv students for $50.

Need some more convincing? Check out these credentials: 
Joe Bill is one of the co-founders of Annoyance Theater and currently performs with the improv supergroup Weasilicious and co-stars with fellow Annoyance co-founder Mark Sutton, in the nationally touring production “Bassprov”, which has toured the United States since 2002, and also was named one of the top 10 comedy shows in Toronto in that same year. Bill teaches improvisation for iO, the Second City Conservatory and Training Center, the Annoyance, the Playground and around the U.S., Canada, UK and Netherlands. He started doing improv in 1977.

Ed Furman has performed and taught at the Second City, The Annoyance, and IO. He has improvised with Horatio Sans’ Original Kings of Improv, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Martin Short, and Colin Mochrie among many others. Ed’s classes and workshops are designed to strengthen the core fundamentals of good improv and arm the performer with a greater sense of freedom while doing scene work.
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