Please no talking during the movie.
that’s our job!


Dirty Dancing

August 20, 2017

Now, you may know Jennifer Grey. She's kind of famous for her dancing. I speak, of course, of her victory in the 2010 season of Dancing With the Stars. Little known fact: she was also in a movie about dancing that was quite popular in its day.

Yes, August 20th will be Down In Front's Cinematic Rehabilitation of Dirty Dancing, right on its 30th anniversary! You'll see Patrick Swayze in all his silly sexiness as he teaches people to dance while dealing with a major social issue that remains controversial to this day! You'll see Jennifer Grey learn to dance a Mambo while straddling complex issues of class and culture! You'll see Jerry Orbach's eyebrows!

We'll be at Baderbraü, a fantastic brewery that has made its home on Chicago's south side; a comfortable, wide open space with a selection of beers brewed in the building and a frankly fantastic menu that'll show you just how much you can do with beer. As always, Down In Front is a free show with a recommended donation of $5 per person.

See you Down In Front for Dirty Dancing on August 8th. Please no talking during the movie. That's our job.

Sucker Punch

September 12, 2017
@North Bar

So, Sucker Punch. It sure is... Sucker Punch. Just... yeah.

OK, we need to say something of substance, but be warned, this may ramble. This movie makes us angry with how stupid it is.

OK, see, Sucker Punch... the thing is... Sucker Punch...

OK, deep breath.

Sucker Punch is nominally the story of a nameless blonde girl who's trying to escape an insanitarium before Jon Hamm comes to lobotomize her. Why Jon Hamm? I have no idea, but he has just enough face time to make you wonder why the hell he's there. Also Oscar Isaac is there.

Anyway, the movie almost without warning shifts the story to a blonde girl named Babydoll who has been delivered to a brothel so a "high roller" can have sex with her. At a guess this is the nameless blonde girl's escapist delusion, but it seems to offer no advantages or coping mechanisms that aren't present in the insanitarium, except the movie suggests that she's an exceptional dancer.

We say "suggests" because it's never actually shown. She starts dancing a few times in the movie, but as soon as she does the story shifts to a third setting wherein Babydoll and eventually the other girls in the brothel are an impractically-dressed paramilitary squadron fighting genre-defying battles that kind of almost sort of parallel what's happening in the brothel. Why doesn't the movie just show her dancing? What's happening in the insanitarium version when she's dancing? It's that sort of question that will give you an anneurysm.

We'll be at Chicago's most enthusiastic comedy destination, @North Bar. They serve a great selection of booze, you can get a pizza there, and you're allowed to bring your own food - there are lots of great options in the Wicker Park area! Paid street parking ends at 10, so if you pay at 8 you'll be covered as long as you want to stay. The venue is accessible via the 8 and 72 bus routes, and is nearboy both the Damen and Division Blue Line stops. As always, Down In Front is a free show with a recommended donation of $5 per person.

See you Down In Front for Sucker Punch on September 12. Please no talking during the movie. That's our job.


Down in Front is a small collective of film buffs, comedians, and all-around weirdos that just can’t help talking through the movie - but you’ll actually love it coming from us. We sort through hundreds of films and present our favorite targets to you with live running commentary, packed with jokes. There’s nothing too obscure, nor too classic for our smart-asses to show you and create a great night of comedy. Come out to a show and see for yourself. Please no talking during the movie - that’s our job!

Michael Albright

Executive Producer

Michael built Down In Front from the ground up, using only the finest artisanal comedy writers and performers. DIF grew out of his position as organizer of the Chicago MST3K Meetup Group. Long story short, he said "I want to do that," and here we are.

Favorite Movie: Tank Girl
Favorite Good Movie: The Godfather
Favorite Good Movie When I Don’t Think You’re Judging Me: The Princess Bride

Jessica Childs

Co-Head Writer

Jessica was born and raised in the secluded Billy Joel tribe of Hackensack, New Jersey. Trained in the ancient art of Lisa Frank Fu, she is now a vigilante in Skokie, IL.

Favorite Movie: Young Frankenstein
Favorite Wendy's Menu Item: Bowl of Chili

Al Kwiatkowski


Al was born in a log cabin, above an ancient Indian burial ground, and below another (less ancient) Indian burial ground.  He currently holds the copyright to "datsease" (meaning: an ailment other people have).  When not writing for Down In Front, he's plotting. Always plotting.

Favorite Movie: Congo
Favorite Reason for Yelling: Being on Fire

Amanda Lautermilch


Amanda is a person for whom Netflix once recommended the genre “Talking-Animal Sci-Fi & Fantasy for ages 11 to 12”. Has she mentioned she read A Song of Ice and Fire before the TV show was even in the works? If not, she will. #teamdirewolf 

Favorite movie: Billy Elliot
Favorite Jimmy Buffett song: Jolly Mon Sing

Fard Muhammad


Fard Muhammad became operational at the Advanced Technology And Research Institute in Urbana, IL on the 12th of January, 1992. He hopes to host the Late Late Show on CBS by 2021.

Favorite Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Favorite Talk Show: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

Julie Cowden-Starbird


Julie has had enough of the likes of you, and will merrily thrash you with bits. She writes and performs with You're Being Ridiculous and Redacted sometimes. You should check them out.

Favorite Movie: The Philadelphia Story

Favorite Cheese: Tallegio

Danny Sarelas

A/V Producer

Danny loves you.


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