The concept of the show is relevant and timely and the success hinges on whether or not the performers can introduce hot button topics like race and sexuality and violence in a way that doesn’t turn the audience off but draws them in and makes them feel comfortable.

-The Hyde Park Herald

Each episode is charming and authentic, but there's always a punch line that keeps things from getting too sappy and plenty of delightfully hilarious digs at the world of improv comedy.

"To me comedy isn't really even a genre, it's a medium," Ahiers says. "We wanted to showcase something that was like, 'Queer people! You're coming out, and that can be difficult, but also your life can have all these moments that are beautiful and funny.'

-The Chicago Reader


Trigger was not simply a comedic project. Its cast and director feel strongly about the issues at hand: not just the greater, more abstract problems facing the country, but also the palpable questions of community and responsibility right here in Chicago.

—  The Chicago Maroon

These ladies are fierce. They are smart, brave and not afraid to voice their opinions. Cassie Ahiers did a beautiful job directing this show and I look forward to more productions from her. Table Manners opened to a theatre so packed, it was standing room only and now I know why. These ladies should pack the house every night and you should be there at least once.

-Life's a Funny Scene, Blog

Selected Reviews

Shannon Noll Uses Comedy to Defy Expectations and Define Themself

Trigger’d: The Revival a Safe Space for Comedy

Trigger Tackles Tough Issues

Review: Table Manners

Review: My Chicago Valentine