Bio

Annie Russell is an emerging comic based in Chicago. She’s been featured in clubs and comedy festivals across the country including the Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Cream City Comedy Festival, Floodwater Comedy Festival, and North Carolina Comedy Festival among others.

“Russell has a gift for crafting compelling tales. She is blessed with an incisive and insightful perspective, and keen instincts likely honed by working [in public radio.] But her most frequent target is herself, deploying wry humor to riff on everything from family and politics to relationships, life and death.”- Dan Bolles, Seven Days.

Annie has performed in some of Chicago’s best clubs and independent showcases including the Laugh Factory, Zanies, The Paper Machete and Chicago Underground Comedy. She cut her teeth in Burlington, Vermont as a regular feature at the Vermont Comedy Club and returns frequently to perform and produce on their stage, as well as to stock up on real maple syrup and locally brewed kombucha.

She has been delighted to open for Jen Kirkman, Sam Morril, Roy Wood Jr., Dore, Beth Stelling, Ron Funches, Greg Fitzsimmons and other national acts. She opened for Marc Maron at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont.

Annie founded Freshman, a “wildly unique and wince-inducing” show where brave presenters share their embarrassing student artwork and writing. Her popular comedy shows have been profiled in the Chicago Reader, Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press.

She is a co-producer and co-host of Arguments & Grievances, a monthly live debate show and podcast. She produces comedy for the Waking Windows music festival.

Clubs + Theaters:

Vermont Comedy Club (Burlington, VT)

Zanies (Rosemont, IL + Chicago, IL)

Laugh Factory (Chicago, IL)

Improv Boston (Cambridge, MA)

The Comedy Studio (Somerville, MA)

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

The Paramount Theater

The Rockwell (Somerville, MA)

Helium Comedy Club (St. Louis, MO)

Just the Funny (Miami, FL)

Burning Bridges Comedy Club (Pittsburgh, PA)

LMAO Comedy Club (Paris, TX)

The Secret Group (Houston TX)

The Idiot Box (Greensboro, NC)

Festivals:

North Carolina Comedy Festival

Boston Comedy Festival

Floodwater Comedy Festival

Oak City Comedy Festival

Tower City Comedy Festival

Motor City Comedy Festival

Cream City Comedy Festival

Waking Windows Festival

Boston Comedy Arts Festival

Women in Comedy Festival

Green Mountain Comedy Festival

Paul Bunyan Comedy Festival

Maumee, Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival

Colleges + Corporate Events:

American Medical Association

Burlington Book Festival

University of Vermont (opening for Al Madrigal)

St. Michael’s College

Champlain College

Vermont Women Business Owner’s Network

Blodgett Oven Company

Committee on Temporary Shelter

Turning Point Center

Girls Rock Vermont