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


The Riff-Along!

January 25, 2018
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

The Chicago MST3k Meetup Group and Down In Front present the first Riff-Along!Join us at Mrs. Murphy's for a movie screening where you are invited to supply the riffing! 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.

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

The Karate Kid!

February 13, 2018
@North Bar

In the '80s, the martial arts were everywhere. The careers of Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal took off, as did the ninja movie genre. Heck, four of the five American Ninja movies are from the 1980s. It's only natural someone would try to make a real dramatic movie in the middle of all that, and what we got from that effort is the pretty OK "The Karate Kid." It's a little silly, but perhaps nothing is sillier than John Kreese, the Cobra Kai sensei who aims his UNLIMITED RAGE at a doofus teenager for having the audacity to speak to Elizabeth Shue.

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 youwant 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, on Twitter at @DownInFrontLive, or at


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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