First new comedy club on South Side in 50 years opens where improv was born

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The Revival opens this week on the same corner where improv comedy started in Chicago with the Compass Players. (Sam Cholke / DNAinfo)

HYDE PARK — When a new comedy club opens on Wednesday, Hyde Park’s reputation for seriousness might lose a little weight.

The Revival comedy club has been quietly testing out what South Side sketch comedy would look like at 1160 E. 55th St. since Nov. 20 and is now ready to open its doors.

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Improv comedy was invented on this corner in 1955 by a group called the Compass Players,” said John Stoops, owner of the new club. “I’m interested in doing something that taps the history and this newfound energy in Hyde Park and doing something that is of interest to the broader South Side.”

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