WHAT IS BABY WANTS CANDY?

Baby Wants Candy is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy ensembles in the world. The group has performed more than 3,000 completely improvised musicals to thousands of fans from Chicago to New York to Singapore to Scotland.   Entirely based on audience suggestion and accompanied by a full band, the show is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. Each performance is the opening and closing night of that performance. BWC has performing casts in Chicago (Apollo Theater), Los Angeles (UCB) and New York (UCB) and tours internationally. 


Baby Want Candy has helped launch the careers of some of the top comedic talent in the US. BWC cast & alumni include Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Peter Gwinn (Colbert Report), Thomas Middleditch (HBO's Silicon Valley), Lauren Conlan Adams (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jessica McKenna (Party Over Here), Nicole Parker (Elephaba in Wicked on Broadway) and many more. Band members/alumni include Garry W. Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Mark Pender of Conan’s Max Weinberg 7 and Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band; and Johnny Pisano of the Jesse Malin Band and The Marky Ramone Band.

Awards/Notable Citations

Critics’ Pick- New York Times 

Best Improv Ensemble Chicago Magazine 

Best Visiting Comedy Ensemble, Time Out NY

“Outstanding Unique Theatrical Performance” FringeNYC

“6 Stars Bobby Award”- Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Theatre on the Lake Summer Performances

Williamstown Theatre Festival Artist in Residence (2015 and 2016)

Princeton University Atelier Artist, 2014 (semester long course “Creating Musical Comedies”)

Eugene O'Neill Festival Opening Ceremonies


REVIEWS

"TRULY AMAZING! CRITICS' PICK!" - The New York Times

“BEST COMEDY IN CHICAGO!” - Chicago Magazine

“BEST VISITING COMEDY!” - TimeOut NY

“FULLY ENTERTAINING, GONE-BONKERS AESTHETIC!” - Chicago Tribune

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” - The Onion

“CHICAGO’S MOST CONSISTENTLY FUNNY AND CROWD-PLEASING SHOW!” - Chicago Sun Times

“A+ BABY WANTS CANDY STEALS THE WHOLE DAMN FESTIVAL!” - Charleston City Paper

“DON’T MISS! BABY WANTS CANDY IS ONE OF THOSE SHOWS ALL AUDIENCES ASPIRE TO SEE MORE THAN ONCE!” - TimeOut Chicago

“THEY ARE AN ENTERTAINMENT PHENOMENON AND I AM IN AWE OF THEIR TALENT!” - The Scotsman

“BABY WANTS CANDY SETS THE BAR SO HIGH THAT THE WORLD’S GREATEST HIGH-JUMPERS WOULD HAVE TROUBLE FOSBURY FLOPPING OVER IT!” - NY Press

“BABY WANTS CANDY WILL IMPRESS EVEN YOUR MOST SONDHEIM-OBSESSED FRIENDS BY PERFORMING A COMPLETELY IMPROVISED, ONE-HOUR MUSICAL!” - Gawker.com

“THIS GATHERING OF COMEDIC GENIUSES IS THE ONE SHOW YOU WANT TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE!” - Buzzfocus.com

“HILARIOUS!” - South China Morning Post

“IT’S PRETTY DAMN BRILLIANT, IT’S PRETTY
DAMN HILARIOUS, AND IT WAS MADE UP ON THE SPOT!” - The Huffington Post

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