Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Union is a top pick for Chicago Sketchfest! Check it out - Cheeky

If you missed us on this last run, come check us out in our 'Best of' showcase. Sunday, January 17th at 2:30pm in the north theater at the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont.

Pass the word along!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Union hits the ground running in 2010!

Hey friends - There will be two great chances to see The Union right off the bat in 2010.

First, we are very excited that we were selected to appear at the world famous Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Our show is on Sunday, January 17th at 2:30pm and all shows take place at the Chicago Theater Building. We'll be performing a "Best Of' show comprised of some of our favorite sketches from the past year or so.

Next we'll be improvising with the wonderful, hilarious, and filthy Susan Messing in her signature show at The Annoyance Theater called "Messing With A Friend". Each Thursday night at 10:30pm, Susan welcomes a guest or two to join her on stage for an unscripted romp and we're thrilled to be one of her first guests of the new year, on January 28th.

Hope to see you at one or both of these shows!

- The Union

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Union will be performing in KC!

Did you miss out on seeing The Union - A Very Civil War at Donny's Skybox because you "don't live in Chicago"? I know we may have said to some of you, "Oh well, sucks to be you" but now it turns out you actually have another chance to catch the fun.

The Union will be performing a one-night only show in Kansas City on Friday November 27th at 8pm at the Westport Coffeehouse. Tickets are available NOW! Make reservations by calling 816-678-8886. This show is very likely to sell out, so if you wait too long, and don't get tickets, don't blame us! We told you about it.

As a special bonus (as if one was needed) check out all the ridiculous fun that will be had that night:

- improv by Loaded Dice (with special guest Corey Rittmaster)
- improv by Spite (with special guests Monique Madrid and Gillian Bellinger)
- sketch comedy by us, The Union

All this for the stupid low price of $8, $5 for students. If you live in Kansas City and will be around for Thanksgiving and you don't come see this show, you're an idiot.

The Union

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One more show left! Plus "The Pinata"

Last summer we wrote a short movie, and along with the help of some wonderful friends we filmed it. Though it took a while to finally finish, we're proud to present "The Pinata." Please check it out and if you like it, pass it along!

Also, don't forget: our last show of the run "A Very Civil War" is this Thursday 10/8 at 10:30pm at Second City's Donny's Skybox.

See you there!
Monique and Corey (The Union)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Only two shows left!

We only have two shows left in our run. Tonight and next Thursday, 10:30pm at Donny's Skybox

I know it'll be tough to contain your excitement, so to pass the time between now and tonight, check out our newest video. Make sure to watch it to the end!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Marriage Counseling part 2

Opening night went really well! We're excited to continue our run and hope you can make it. Thursdays 10:30pm at Donny's Skybox.

Check out the new video...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Union - A Very Civil War

The Union - A Very Civil War
Written and performed by Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid
Directed by Amanda Blake Davis
Thursdays at 10:30pm
September 10 - October 8, 2009
Donny's Skybox Theater at Second City - 1608 N. Wells - Piper's Alley 4th Floor
For tickets call 312-337-3992 or go to www.secondcity.com
$10 General Admission, $8 Students, $5 Training Center

Performing as part of a double bill with FORTE!

Hope you can make it!

- The Union

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Union gets Cheeky

The Union was interviewed by Cheeky Chicago and you can read all about it here!

In addition, we've been hard at work on some new video shorts. Keep checking back here, as we will post them as soon as they're done!

- The Union

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dual Duel Semifinals

The Dual Duel is a 2-person, long-form improv competition going on over at the ComedySportz theater. Each show has 5 duos performing for exactly 10 minutes, not a second more, and the audience votes the winners on to the next round. The Union entered, and we won our first round matchup a few weeks ago. So we'll be improvising at the Dual Duel semi-finals this Sunday, August 23rd at 9pm. The competition is stiff, so we'd love your support. Tickets are just $5. Hope you can make it!

- Corey

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Milwaukee, here we come!

We're heading back to the the Milwaukee Comedy Festival Friday August 7th! We had a blast last year and can't wait to go back.

We'll be performing completely new material from last year, so come check us out!

- Corey and Monique
The Union

The after party was a blast. This year has a lot to live up to!

This is us backstage at the 2008 Milwaukee Comedy Festival!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Union's summer

Got a lot coming up this summer for The Union, so keep an eye out for more details, briefly...

  • First off, Snubfest was a blast and we were very happy with our set. We met some new friends and have been invited to open up for some of the local groups around here and possibly a group in New York sometime later this year.
  • Then we'll be improvising together in the ComedySportz contest "Dual Duel" on July 19th at 9pm.
  • Next, one of our short videos has been accepted into the Chicago Short Comedy Video & Film Festival and we'll be judged against some very talented comedians on July 24th!
  • Also, we'll be heading back to the Milwaukee Comedy Festival on August 7th!
  • Lastly, we have a run coming up at Second City's Donny Skybox in September/October!
Keep checking in with us to see new announcements, show details and more fun videos!

- The Union

Monday, June 22, 2009


You snub us and we will come back to haunt you!

The Union will be performing not once, but twice at Chicago's SnubFest this week!

First, check us out on Saturday 6/27 at 10pm for "The Last Snob Standing" contest. Your laughter can help us win the prize of getting into other festivals.

Then we're up again for a longer set on Sunday 6/28 at 8pm for our showcase.

The shows take place at the Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park and tickets are only $10 so there's no excuse to miss it!

- The Union

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Two Chances To See The Union This Week

Two chances to see The Union coming up this week:

1. Monday 5/11 - 10pm at The Playground Theater. The Union will join forces with our good friends Chrissy Swinko and Louie Saunders to perform as "Tall Guy Short Girl", an improvised opening act for Williams and Martinez.

2. Friday 5/15 - 10pm at The Playground Theater. The Union is one of three groups performing at Grafitti, Chicago's premiere sketch comedy showcase.

Hope you can make it!

- The Union

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Union at The Playground 4/24/09

The Union will be performing some all new sketches at "Grafitti" at The Playground Theater on Friday, April 24th at 10:00pm.

Tickets are $10, and it's BYOB. The Playground is located on Halsted at Belmont and the doors open at 9:30.

Also performing: Teenager Of The Year and Sayjal Joshi.

Hope to see you there!

- The Union