Category Films

2013 Award Nominee’s & Winners!


The 2013 Laugh or Die Comedy Fest has to be dramatically downsized due to the closing of the Portage Theater (beyond our control and/or involvement), but we still had ALL films screened and judged for awards play!  Tonight we will be celebrating at Otto's in Dekalb IL the amazing talent (and humor) of all the awesome people involved in the films with some stand up comedians!

Below you will find a list of the top three films / persons in each of our 2013 award categories.

The top 3 are declared "Nominees"

Then below the Nominee list is our Official 2013 Award Winners!

2013 Award Nominees!

Best Feature

Dry Spell

Roundabout America

The Haunted Trailer

Best Short

Best of Both Worlds

Two Old Nuts

Ballad of The Green Ape

Best Director

John Wesley Norton – Doctor Spine

Spencer Lenzie - Two Old Nuts

 John Burgess – One Small Hitch

Best Actor

Bob Lipka – Two Old Nuts

Michael Wexler – Doctor Spine

Darryl Giambalvo – Michael Morlocks Supernatural World

Best Actress

Deann Baker – What Do I Say?

Aubrey Dollar – One Small Hitch

Suzi Lorraine – Dry Spell

Director Choice Award

The Dark Companion

Michael Morlock’s Supernatural World

Best of Both Worlds

2013 Award Nominees!

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Congrats To All The 2013 Official Selections, Award Nominees & Winners!

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“Laugh Out Loud” event to replace 2013 Comedy Festival

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With the closing of The Portage Theater and our inability to find a new venue for our 3 day long festival, we created a new event we are calling "Laugh Out Loud" to take the place of the Laugh or Die Comedy Festival.  We are offering this event FREE IN ADMISSION OR ANY AMOUNT YOU WISH TO DONATE.  The production company Spook Show Entertainment has taken on major financial loss with the closing of the theater and would like to thank our friends at Otto's Niteclub in Dekalb for offering to host an event to help recover some of the loss and give many of the same Comedians and Films a place to play that weekend.  The event is 21 and over and we will be announcing 2013 Laugh or Die Comedy Fest award winners at the Laugh Out Loud event.

Spook Show Entertainment in Association with Otto's Dekalb Presents

"Laugh Out Load"

Featuring Stand Up Comedy By:


Eric Oren

Myke Wilson

Suzzanne Monk

Featuring Laugh or Die Comedy Fest Films:

What Do I Say? (Shot here in Dekalb!)

Is This Thing On WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING LAUGH OR DIE COMEDY FEST AWARD WINNERS AT THIS EVENT!! More Comedians / Films To Be Announced Soon! This event is to feature comedians and comedy films in effort to help Spook Show Entertainment recover losses over the closing of The Portage Theater. If you are a comedian and would like to take part in this event by doing a stand up set, please send a private message to the Spook Show Entertainment FB page: 21+ / Doors @ 8pm / Cover is ANY AMOUNT YOU CHOOSE!


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SSE Logo copyAs many of you have probably read (Click Here To See Article from Chicago), for reasons beyond our control or involvement, The Portage Theater has closed its doors effective Friday May 24th 2013.  Spook Show Entertainment Inc. were contacted by phone to be made aware of this just after the midnight hour on Saturday May 25th.  Since receiving the news, SSE Festival Producers have been put on notice and some working around the clock to find new venue for the upcoming Laugh or Die Comedy Festival as well as The Chicago Horror Film Festival & The Spook Show Con. As of 3AM May 25th, SSE Inc. does have at least one possible venue available for the Laugh or Die Comedy Festival on the same dates as the original programming schedule.  This new venue is not confirmed just yet, but they hope to have confirmation by 5pm CST May 25th.  At that time SSE will be making contact with all stage and screen talents involved in the festival and then making public post announcing the new venue. In regards to the 2013 Chicago Horror Film Festival & The Spook Show Con events, SSE executives have various meetings established in and around Chicago & the Northern Illinois Region on the morning of Saturday May 25th in hopes of securing a new venue for some of the largest events on SSE's annual calendar. SSE President Willy Adkins is expected to make a statement about the closing of The Portage Theater via press release sometime early this coming week.  The only comment offered at this late hour was, "It is a truly sad situation that brings hurt to both myself and my company greatly.  But at this time, we have to concentrate on finding new venue rather then our personal feelings". SSE has received over 300 emails since the closing of the venue, and asks that everyone be patient as they work to reply to them all.  For booked talent and filmmakers, you will be contacted the moment a venue is secured. Thank you all for your understanding during this time.  SSE wishes to apologize for any complications the closing of the Portage Theater might cause.  But as they say, "The show must go on".
~ Spook Show Entertainment Inc.
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Award Nominee’s For The 2013 Laugh or Die Screenplay Contest!


Little Red-faced Riding Hood  by Karolina Kowalska

Skin  by Alberto Diamante

Risk 101  by Hannah Leskosky

TORNADIC ACTIVITY  by Austen Brauker

The Big Idea  by David Schroeder

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“One Small Hitch” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

One Small Hitch

Molly Mahoney (Aubrey Dollar) is flying home to Chicago for her mom's wedding… bringing a 'Mystery Man' home to meet her family. But when she discovers this Mystery Man has a Mystery Wife, she dumps him at the curbside check-in. She ends up crying on the shoulder of childhood friend Josh Shiffman (Shane McRae), who is flying home for the same wedding. Emotionally drained, Molly passes out in Josh's arms just as he gets a phone call from his parents. Josh learns that his father is dying and his only regret is that he will not get to meet the woman who will one day become his son's wife. Desperate to fulfill his dad's final wish, Josh claims that his dad has already met that woman… close childhood and family friend: Molly Mahoney. When Josh sheepishly confesses his ruse in mid-flight Molly is furious, making him promise to right the wrong the moment they land. Only when they arrive - it's too late! Word has leaked out and they are swarmed at the airport by BOTH FAMILIES with well wishes and congratulatory banners. Josh convinces Molly to play fiancée by using a deadly combination her Catholic guilt and his Playboy charm. But as they plan their phony wedding… the two of them start to fall in love for real. This turns their dating lives, and family's interactions hilariously upside down tugging on every heart string in the process.

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“Thumb” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

3088992After losing a playful 'thumb war' to his date, our hero puts his losing digit through a grueling (and hilarious) ROCKY-esque training regimen in an obsessive quest to reclaim the title...and his manhood.

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“A Neighborly Dinner” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

nieghborly dinnerAs a couple sits down to have dinner, their neighbors' sex life can be heard through the wall of their apartment bringing to light their own relationship problems.

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“Sex On The Beach” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

3034343A man wakes up on a beach and has to prove to his girlfriend that he hasn't been unfaithful but has no memory of the night before.

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“Honourable Discharge” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

honourable dischargeWhen two soldiers arrive on her doorstep, Sarah Tyler must learn the terrible truth about the love of her life. And the other, worse truth. A somber exploration of wartime camaraderie in the face of overwhelming romantic obligation.

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“Marty” – 2013 Laugh or Die Official Selection!

MartyTheatricalMoviePosterMarty is a comedic short film about a man who refuses to accept today’s trends, and instead prefers the trends of the ‘70s. Records, bootleg pants, and disco balls. Everyone writes Marty off as weird, however that all changes when he has an unexpected encounter with the girl of his dreams, Roxie. Soon enough, Roxie becomes Marty’s only true friend, who can see past all the paisley and platform shoes. With the help of Roxie, Marty learns that it’s perfectly normal to be different.

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