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Industry Days

Comedy’s Trickiest Weapons

Ever since Ancient Greece’s Homeric parody The Battle of Frogs and Mice, parody and satire have been potent tools for skewering the popular forms and belief systems in our society. At this year’s Festival alone, films such as Vera Drew’s The People’s Joker, Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, and Kristoffer Borgli’s Dream Scenario poke fun at everything from the dominance of cis superheroes to the corruption of capitalism and social media. Join visiting filmmakers and local comedians for this discussion about what’s funny about popular culture, fair use, and how such comic forms have the power to radically transform and restructure the ways we view our world.

Panelists: Katie Caussin (IO Theater), Vera Drew (The People’s Joker), Anna Libera (Columbia College Chicago), Sam Rocha (comedian), Bashir Salahuddin (South Side)

Moderator: Kelly Leonard (The Second City)


Co-presented by Logo: The Second City 329x75

Event Information

Saturday, October 14, 2023
5:00pm – 6:00pm

1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


This Industry Days even is open to the public.


Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or ramp access and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms. For accommodation requests, please email us at access@chicagofilmfestival.com, call us at 312-683-0121, x108, or complete our Accommodation Request Form.

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