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


The Riff-Along!

April 26, 2018
Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro

The Chicago MST3k Meetup Group and Down In Front present an extra special Riff-Along! Mike and Jessica of Down In Front will be riffing with the host of MST3k, Jonah Ray (at his Festival of Me show, see below), on the 27th so your encouragement as they sharpen their wits one last time before the show will be appreciated!

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!

So far we've seen such classic turkeys as:

     * Gladiator 7 - an Italian gladiator movie that's also a remake of the Seven Samurai

     * Piňata: Survival Island - sexy college students are murdered by an evil piňata. Stars Jaime Pressley and the guy who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

     * Laser Mission - A much better representation of Brandon Lee's body of work than The Crow. Also featuring Ernest Borgnine!

     * Kingdom of the Spiders - William Shatner macks on every single woman in a ten mile radius. Also featuring spiders.

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.

Jonah Ray's Festival of Me featuring Down In Front!

April 27, 2018
@North Bar

Down In Front is proud, honored even, for the chance to perform onstage with the host of MST3k, Jonah Ray! He's in Chicago for his Festival of Me series of shows, and while we definitely think you should attend all four shows, you definitely want to be there at 10pm on the 27th to cheer on your home team!

This is a ticketed event, so be sure to get yours now!

Batman Forever!

May 1, 2018
@North Bar

Batman is one of the most recognizable characters in modern fiction, whose stories are modern legend for all the people they inspire. In a thousand years, people will study him the way we do Hercules, Beowulf, and Popeye today. Batman is distinct from those mythical beings in that he didn't have to enter the public domain to have really, really bad movies made about him. Well, maybe Popeye, but that Robert Altman movie isn't bad as much as it's just kind of weird.

In any case, it's fair to say that Batman Forever is not the worst movie made about the Caped Crusader; it's not even the worst Batman movie directed by Joel Schumacher. Don't let nostalgia get the better of you, though; it is not a good movie, and we say that out of love. In the words of a much better Batman movie, some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.

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 Batman on May 1st. 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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