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Talking over a movie: most people hate it! Except sometimes they don't! When they don't, it's either a DVD commentary track or a movie riffing show, and we're here for the latter.

The art form known as movie riffing was popularized with the show Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it has only exploded since then, and here in Chicago it happens a lot! MST3k is back with a second new season on Netflix while old episodes run on Pluto.tv and pretty much anywhere online you'd care to look, and Rifftrax is up to three live broadcasts a year, but more important is the LIVE riffing.

We keep you up to date on local shows like VHS Comedy, where comedians riff the craziest VHS tapes your hosts can find as they stop by garage sales and thrift stores while touring the country, as well as big-name shows like the MADS from MST3k, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and more. Finally, Chicago's own movie riffing crew, Down In Front, hosts a monthly scripted riffing show at @North bar featuring blockbuster films and oddities alike!

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Down In Front: Twister!

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Every so often a movie comes along that inspires people to follow a particular career path despite being really just a terrible representation of that career. After Top Gun came out, Naval Air recruitment went up 500%. Backdraft reportedly does for firefighting "what Top Gun did for Navy pilots." In fact, "What Top Gun did for the Navy" is a fairly common phrase in movie reviewing and we have seen it used to describe The Guardian, Navy Seals, Hidden Figures, The Hunt For Red October, Dodgeball, and -- no joke -- Girl, Interrupted. Perhaps no movie made the career it chose to follow look more fun, however, than 1996's Twister. You know a movie is good if it can encourage a generation of people to pursue the career of adventurer-meteorologist. Down In Front is proud to present Twister, yet another movie in which Carey Elwes just... isn't as cool as he was in The Princess Bride. To be fair, it's a tall challenge to be a decent villain in a tornado movie. Anyway, we're confident he'll find another great role one of these days. My Westley will come for me. We'll be at Chicago's most enthusiastic comedy destination, @North Bar, right after Smart Mouth Open Mic. The bar serves a great selection of booze, pizza, popcorn, 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 when the show starts 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 Twister on May 6th. Please no talking during the movie. That's our job.

Down In Front!

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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! 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 are allowed to bring your own food - there's lots of great options in the Wicker Park area! Paid street parking ends at 10 PM, so if you pay at 8 you'll be covered as long as you want to stay. The venue is accessible via the 9 and 72 bus routes and is nearby both the Damen and Division Blue Line stops. Sponsored by Bucket O' Blood Books and Records at 3182 N Elston. Like what we do and want us to be able to keep doing it? Your $5 Suggested Donation helps us do that, by paying for film rights, equipment, writers, and more. For more information, check us out online at www.DownInFrontLive.com, on Twitter at @DownInFrontLive, or at Facebook.com/DownInFrontLive/.

Down In Front!

Location visible to members

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! 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 are allowed to bring your own food - there's lots of great options in the Wicker Park area! Paid street parking ends at 10 PM, so if you pay at 8 you'll be covered as long as you want to stay. The venue is accessible via the 9 and 72 bus routes and is nearby both the Damen and Division Blue Line stops. Sponsored by Bucket O' Blood Books and Records at 3182 N Elston. Like what we do and want us to be able to keep doing it? Your $5 Suggested Donation helps us do that, by paying for film rights, equipment, writers, and more. For more information, check us out online at www.DownInFrontLive.com, on Twitter at @DownInFrontLive, or at Facebook.com/DownInFrontLive/.

Down In Front!

Location visible to members

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! 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 are allowed to bring your own food - there's lots of great options in the Wicker Park area! Paid street parking ends at 10 PM, so if you pay at 8 you'll be covered as long as you want to stay. The venue is accessible via the 9 and 72 bus routes and is nearby both the Damen and Division Blue Line stops. Sponsored by Bucket O' Blood Books and Records at 3182 N Elston. Like what we do and want us to be able to keep doing it? Your $5 Suggested Donation helps us do that, by paying for film rights, equipment, writers, and more. For more information, check us out online at www.DownInFrontLive.com, on Twitter at @DownInFrontLive, or at Facebook.com/DownInFrontLive/.

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