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


The Riff-Along!

May 24, 2018
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

The Chicago MST3k Meetup Group and Down In Front present the Riff-Along! Where you can rub elbows with your local riffing crew and make fun of the crazy movies we manage to uncover with us!

Join us at Mrs. Murphy's for a bad movie where we invite you to supply the riffing with us! Down In Front will supply a selection of B Movies from which we will select one or two and then let the riffing commence!The screening will take place at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro, in the private room, starting at 8:15 pm. If you get there later than that, you will miss the voting, so be sure to get there early so you can help us choose among our fine selection of movie mega-cheese!

You won't want to miss what we show next!

We charge a $5 per person admission fee to cover room rental, equipment cost and Meetup fees.

Total Recall!

June 5, 2018
@North Bar

Mind-bending space adventure! Futuristic espionage! Deep philosphical exploration!  All brought to you by the big brick of meat known as Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Also, a three-breasted prostitute, which, be honest, is the only thing you actually remember.

Down In Front presents our cinematic rehabilitation of Total Recall, the movie that dares to end by suggesting that nothing you just saw matters, and we intend to put that theory to the test, though if your lead can be replaced by Colin Farell one could argue that not mattering is a foregone conclusion.

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'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 8 and 72 bus routes and is nearby both the Damen and Division Blue Line stops.

See you Down in Front for Total Recall on June 5. 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 He Doesn’t Think You’re Judging Him: 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 and was declared Conan O'Brien's favorite laugh in 2017. 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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