More Just for Laughs 2013 acts revealed

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The producers of TBS Just for Laughs Chicago announced today another wave of acts for next month's fifth annual comedy fest. Several members of David Cross's "Super Duper Pals" have been revealed: Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson and Todd Glass will join the Arrested Development star in his June 13 appearance at the Chicago Theatre. Also added to the Chicago Theatre lineup: a June 12 performance by British bad boy Russell Brand. Also, Nick Swardson has added a second show June 14 at the Vic Theatre.


Several new acts have been announced for the Second City's UP Comedy Club, including three sets by You Made It Weird podcaster and future TBS late-night host Pete Holmes (two on June 11 and another June 13). On June 12, UP hosts Matt Walsh, Horatio Sanz, Brad Morris and Joe Nunez for a live performance of the Bear Down podcast, followed by a late-night Second City Alumni show featuring improv by Scott Adsit, TJ Jagodowski, Dave Pasquesi, Kevin Dorff and Jon Glaser. June 13, 14 and 15, Saturday Night Live's newest cast members Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant perform as Knuckleheads.


Just for Laughs will also play host on June 11 to a free advance screening of The Heat, the buddy-cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy set for a June 28 release. Director Paul Feig will appear to introduce the film at the Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON.


Unless Bullock and McCarthy also appear in person, today's announcement brings this year's Just for Laughs Chicago talent to a total of 40 men and four women. Additional lineup announcements are expected next week. Tickets for today's newly revealed slate go on sale Saturday, May 11 at 11am at TicketMaster.com for Brand, etix.com for Swardson and upcomedyclub.com for all UP shows. Tickets for The Heat screening will be available at justforlaughschicago.com.



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