Past Renaissance Events
Stay Home for the Homeless
Virtual Comedy Event,
What a Night!
Renaissance held its first Virtual Comedy Event on May 1st. Thanks to our sponsors, all those that attended, and donors, Renaissance made over $15,000! This helped us to aid the families and individuals we serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special thanks to the comedians that made the night so special: Vik, Dario, Chris, and Meg. All we can say is thanks for the laughs! Be sure to check them out!
Stay Home for the Homeless Performers
Vik Pandya (host) | @vpcomedy
Vik Pandya is a nationally touring stand up comic based in Chicago. Known for his sharp self-deprecation, observational humor on dating, & hilarious crowd work, his comedy album ‘Friends With 401(k) Benefits’ debuted #1 on iTunes & Top 10 on the Billboard Charts in 2019. Vik has opened for both Roy Wood Jr. & Michelle Wolf and performs regularly at Zanies Comedy Club & The Laugh Factory in Chicago. He was featured in San Francisco’s Sketchfest in 2020, and NBC’s Breakout Comedy Festival in 2018. He’s shared the stage with mainstream headliners such as: Godfrey, Dan Soder, Big Jay Oakerson - as well as international acts like Vir Das, Zakir Khan & Atul Khatri. Follow him on facebook/instagram @vpcomedy
Dario Durham | @dariodcomedy
Dario Durham is a burst of energy coming up in the Chicago comedy scene using his life experiences as fuel. “I would say that I’m ‘a collaborative artist’. My art is meant to put different people, ideas, and concepts together to form one ‘thing’.”
Chris Trani | @christrani
Chris Trani is a fantastic stand-up comedian from Chicago who can do it all: Stand-up, Storytelling, Crowd Work, One-liners; and if need be, he can do it all in Spanish (kinda)! Winner of National Public Radio's The MOTH and The SNUBFEST Comedy Festival for Storytelling, Chris has shared the stage with Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show, Dov Davidoff of HBO’s CRASHING, and Pat McGann of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Chris is the official house emcee at The House of Blues Chicago and can be seen performing at clubs all throughout Chicago, including The Comedy Bar, Zanies, Laugh Factory, and more. Chris is a FUN, lively, energetic performer who loves to engage, entertain and perform for audiences of all ages.
Meg Indurti | @megindurti
Meg Indurti is a Chicago-based stand up comedian and writer. She is a regular performer at Laugh Factory and Comedy Bar. She is currently a writer for a comedic short featuring John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, Ilana Glazer, Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson, and more, directed by Natasha Lyonne. She was named Chicago Reader’s People to Know in 2016, a Stand Up NBC Semi-Finalist in 2017 by NBC Universal, was a quarter-finalist at Boston Comedy Festival in 2016, and a featured performer at NBC Break Out Comedy Festival in 2019. She is a founder and producer for Team Us Comedy, known for their monthly, diverse comedy shows in unexpected spaces, recco’d by Vulture, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Reader. Their comedy album Friends with 401(K) Benefits debuted at #1 on iTunes in 2019. She is the co-host and producer for podcast RA RA RA, a discourse in discomfort. Available on Spotify.
Renaissance's first annual A Taste of Hope wine tasting benefit was a huge success! Great wines, great food and fantastic friends. See you soon!
Thanks to the Associate Board and Zanies: Chicago for all the laughs at the show benefitting Renaissance Social Services.