Located in Hyde Park, Chicago, Off Off Campus is a University of Chicago improv and sketch comedy group formed in 1986
Photos by Yamini N.
Off-Off Campus is the oldest student improvisational theater troupe in the country with the first generation dating back to 1986.
The University of Chicago is the undisputed birthplace of improvisational and sketch comedy. In the 1950's, a group of University Chicago students formed the Compass Players on campus, and in 1959, the group became The Second City. In 1986, U of C alum and Second City co-founder Bernie Sahlins (A.B. '43) returned to the University campus in order to begin a south side group to rival his north side creation.
Sahlins trained the first Generation of Off-Off Campus in the art of sketch and improv comedy, and his knowledge and training regiment has been passed down through 27 generations of Off Off Campus. Since 1986 Off-Off Campus has entertained thousands of Chicagoans with its unmistakable mix of improv, sketch, and musical comedy
In the Winter quarter, Off-Off presents an inter-generational revue. As a culmination of the Off Off experience, senior members perform in an annual Solo Show as part of the winter season, directed by one of our notable alumni.
Off-Off Notable Alumni
The alumni of Off-Off Campus are truly what have separated the troupe from its peers. Pulitzer-prize winner David Auburn, writer of the hit show Proof (now also a feature film), was in the Second Generation of Off-Off, and he has publicly stated that Off-Off was his first training ground in scriptwriting. Sarah Koenig of the podcast '“Serial” was a member of the second generation. Off-Off's relationship with The Second City is still alive and kicking as well. In recent years, two Off-Off alums, Abby Sher and Tami Sagher, have starred on the mainstage at The Second City--the latter of which is now a writer for Fox's MADtv. Greg Kotis, one of the first members of Off-Off, is now best known for penning the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Urinetown. Off-Off alums can also be seen in improv and sketch groups around Chicago and across the nation. They are writers for TV and film, they create video games, and of course, they are doctors, lawyers, economists, and scholars.
THE THIRTY-THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 2018
THE THIRTY-SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 2017
THE THIRTY-FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 2016
THE THIRTIETH GENERATION, CAST IN 2015
THE TWENTY-NINTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2014
THE TWENTY-EIGHTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2013
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2012
Kevin D Shang
THE TWENTY-SIXTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2011
THE TWENTY-FIFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2010
THE TWENTY-FOURTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2009
THE TWENTY-THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 2008
THE TWENTY-SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 2007
THE TWENTY-FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 2006
THE TWENTIETH GENERATION, CAST IN 2005
THE NINETEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2004
THE EIGHTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2003
Francisco Ignatius Colon
THE SEVENTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2002
Ramiro Castro, Jr.
Leila S. Sales
THE SIXTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2001
THE FIFTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2000
John J. Lovejoy
THE FOURTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1999
Ann Marie Lonsdale
THE THIRTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1998
THE TWELFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1997
THE ELEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1996
THE TENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1995
THE NINTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1994
THE EIGHTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1993
THE SEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1992
THE SIXTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1991
THE FIFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1990
THE FOURTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1989
THE THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 1988
THE SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 1987
THE FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 1986
Off-Off holds auditions once a year at the beginning of fall quarter. Auditions are open to first and second-year students interested in doing improv and sketch comedy at the University of Chicago!
After these auditions are held, a callbacks list will be posted in the UT Lounge in the Logan Center, as well as on the first floor of the Reynolds Club, near the staircase up to Hallowed Grounds.
More info/updates on the audition process can be found on the Off- Off Campus Facebook page at
Off- Off Campus performs at The Revival comedy club, located at
Shows are on Fridays, 4th through 8th week at 7:30 at The Revival Theater
TICKETS for Off-Off Campus shows can be purchased at the door before and during shows for $5 each show.
SEASON TICKETS will give you access to all 5 shows of the quarter (a $25 dollar value) for only $15 and can be purchased by email
Watch Our past shows on youtube
Off-Off’s 32nd Generation
For general questions or to book a performance, contact us at email@example.com
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