The Rickshaw Joint, presented by Stir-Friday Night!

The Rickshaw Joint!

Stir-Friday Night is excited to announce “The Rickshaw Joint,” a new monthly variety show at Stage 773 (The Cab). We’ll be bringing you every THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month a mix of acts: improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling and more. We hope to see you there!

Hosted by Avery Lee and Jonald Jude Reyes.

SFN players: Elyse Ahmad, Dacey Arashiba, Claudia Iao, Javid Iqbal, Avery Lee, Louise Loeb, TJ Medel, Jonald Jude Reyes, Loreen Targos and more.

TIX = $10 / general & $8 / students)

Upcoming The Rickshaw Joint shows:

Wednesday, 2/15, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 3/15, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 4/19, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 5/17, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 6/21, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 7/19, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 8/16, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 9/20, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 10/18, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 11/15, 7:30pm, (The Cab)
Wednesday, 12/20, 7:30pm, (The Cab)

Previous The Rickshaw Joint shows:
Wednesday, 1/18 – Peter Kim, Evan & Mary-Jane, Ada Cheng

Stir Friday Night @ The Fillet of Solo Festival 2017

Stir Friday Night @ The Fillet of Solo Festival!

SFN is proud to be returning to the 20th Annual Fillet Of Solo Festival, for our 5th year!  Come see sketches and stories inspired by this Asian-American life we live.

Saturday 1/14 @ 5:30pm
Saturday 1/21 @ 5:30pm
Saturday 1/28 @ 5:30pm

Heartland Studio Theatre
7016 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626


Available at the box office or here:
Saturday 1/14 @ 5:30pm
Saturday 1/21 @ 5:30pm
Saturday 1/28 @ 5:30pm

Or call 773-761-4477.

Stir Friday Night @ Sketchfest 2017

SFN is proud to be returning to the 16th Annual Chicago Sketchfest, for our 16th time!  We present our newest revue: 8 Angry Asians, Starring Scarlett Johansson.

*The role of Scarlett Johansson will be played by 8 Asians.

Written & Performed by
Annelyse Ahmad, Dacey Arashiba, Scott Hanada, Ray Hui, Brooke Montoya, Nic Park, Jonald Reyes, Loreen Targos, & TJ Medel.

Directed by Jay Steigmann
Music Direction by Katie Manning Foster

Saturday 1/7 @ 6pm

Stage 773 in The Pro
1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657


Available at the box office, or go here.
Or call 773-327-5252.

SFN Presents: 8 Angry Asians, Starring Scarlett Johansson


Hollywood has taken whitewashed casting too far, and the Asian comedy group Stir Friday Night has responded with their newest sketch revue: “8 Angry Asians, Starring Scarlett Johansson“. *The role of Scarlett Johansson will be played by 8 Asians.

As controversy swirls around stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, both cast as leads in upcoming Asian-themed films, Stir Friday Night takes whitewashing to comedy court. Even the best dry cleaners can’t make these stars any whiter. The audience will serve as judge, jury, and executioner, as the evidence, and satire…is laid before them. Scenes include Exhibit A: Asian mothers comparing their sons, Exhibit B: a reality show starring immigrant housewives of the GOP, and Exhibit C: a Filipino soap opera where the audience controls the outcome. There will also be other scenes for the jury to make their decision.

“8 Angry Asians” was written & performed by Annelyse Ahmad, Dacey Arashiba, Scott Hanada, Ray Hui, Brooke Montoya, Nic Park, Jonald Reyes, & Loreen Targos. Musical Direction by Katie Manning Foster. Directed by Jay Steigmann.

Performances will be at the Second City, Blackout Cabaret, 1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614, every Friday at 9:00 pm (CST), from September 30th thru October 21st, 2016. Tickets are $13 for General Admission & $11 for Students, and may be purchased at the theatre box office, or by phone (312-337-3992), or online at

Stir Friday Night, now in its 21st year, packs sketches with laughs, and a cross-examination of Asian-American identity. And the group’s all-Asian cast lays down the gauntlet in terms of representation. The cast includes Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, and Korean writers and performers. When was the last time you saw more than one Asian comedian in a room, let alone 8? And the laughs come from all angles, with scenes ranging from a misguided press junket interview, to a radio DJ at Six Flags Great America, and the shocking translation of an Indian wedding song. Stir Friday Night calls all witnesses to the stand, and all audiences to the theater.

Stir Friday Night is an Asian-American theater company that specializes in sketch comedy and improv. Some of their alumni include Danny Pudi (NBC’s “Community”), Steven Yeun (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”), Mary Sohn (Second City), Christine Lin (Broadway’s “Chinglish”), and Rasika Mathur (MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out”). They have performed at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, the Detroit Improv Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. The current cast has also performed at venues such as Second City, the iO Theater, and the Annoyance Theatre. Stir Friday Night continues to be a fixture in the Chicago comedy scene. Find Stir Friday Night at, on Facebook –, and on Twitter – @stirfridaynightcomedy.

Stir-Friday Night at Fillet of Solo Festival 2016

12558949_217575525248911_456569888_nStir Friday Night is honored to return for Lifeline Theatre Company’s annual Fillet of Solo Festival.

This year, doctor the SFN crew will feature a mix of selected sketch scenes, storytelling, and solo work.

SFN will have TWO performances:
Sunday, Jan. 17th & 24th / 7pm
at the Heartland Studio Theatre – 7016 N. Glenwood Ave.

Stir Friday Night performances by Scott Hanada, Raymond Hui, TJ Medel, Nic Park, Jonald Reyes, Loreen Targos.

Musical accompaniment by Katie Foster.

Stir-Friday Night returns to The Revival in January


12646862_912317648887221_7633680226260937320_oStir-Friday Night is thrilled for another run of our variety show at The Revival. This time to help kickstart the Hyde Park theater’s official opening! Our shows consist of improv games, ed sketches and long form improv.

It’s an Asian American comedy party where everyone’s invited!

Fridays @ 8pm
1/8 – featuring Nic Park opening (standup)
1/15 – featuring solo performances by Ray Hui and TJ Medel
1/22 – featuring Jonald Reyes opening (solo)
1/29 – featuring Kannan Arumugam (solo)

The Revival
1160 E 55th St Chicago, click IL 60615