kevINda

kevINda

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kevINda is the sketch comedy duo out of Chicago with reputation for being smart, funny AND Black.

Biography

Kevin Douglas and Inda Craig-Galván, collectively known as kevINda, have created a smart mix of racially-charged, political satire. Kevin and Inda first worked together as original cast members in The Second City’s minority ensemble, Brownco. They performed two revues together and had the opportunity to work with Keegan-Michael Key, David Pompeii, Claudia Wallace, and other Second City Mainstage alums. It was a wonderful learning experience, and they soon decided to combine their names and their talents to form the duo kevINda.

Since then, kevINda has performed at festivals including Chicago Improv Festival, SketchFest Seattle, Chicago SketchFest, Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, dccomedyfest, and WORDSfest 2006. They have just returned from performing in the prestigious HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, February 28 through March 4, 2007. In May, they’re headed off to the East Coast for Sketchfest NYC.

Both Kevin and Inda also teach improv and sketch writing to high school students through Chicago’s After School Matters program and through the Goodman Theatre’s General Theater Studies Program. The Chicago Tribune called their show “noteworthy” and “inspired” during its run at I.O. (formerly Improv Olympic). Through teaching they hope to inspire other minority youth (and hope to get rid of the term minority) who may not have ready access to sketch comedy as a means to share their own points of view.

Now branching out as hired hands, they co-wrote the sketch comedy revue, Blaxploitation: The Remix, receiving a Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination (Best Writing). The sequel, Blaxploitation: You Know How We Deux, ran at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse in Chicago through March, 2007.

Discography

Festivals:

Sketchfest NYC New York June 7 - 9, 2007
HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen, Colorado Feb. 28 - Mar. 4, 2007
Chicago SketchFest Theatre Building Chicago Jan. 4, 2007
Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival Gladstone Hotel, Toronto November 15, 2006
Sketchfest Seattle Erickson Theatre Sept. 15 & 16, 2006
Chicago Improv Festival 9 Athenaeum Studio, Featured Act April 28, 2006
2nd Annual dc comedy fest! Warehouse Theatre, Highlight Act April 8, 2006
WORDS Fest 2006 Theatre Building, Chicago Feb. 2, 4 &5, 2006
Chicago Improv Festival 8 Athenaeum Studio Theatre April 2005
dc comedy fest! Flashpoint Stage & Warehouse March 18 & 19, 2005
WORDS Donny’s Skybox, Special Guest Feb. 26, Mar. 5 & 12, 2005
Black Arts Initiative Festival HotHouse, Chicago January 16, 2005
Produced Shows:
Blaxploitation 2: MPAACT/Victory Gardens Greenhouse, Feb. 2, 2007
You Know How We Deux Chicago - March 18, 2007

Blaxploitation: The Remix MPAACT/Victory Gardens, Chicago Oct. 27 - Dec. 4, 2005
MPAACT/Theatre on the Lake, Chicago August 2 - 6, 2006
These Coloreds Don’t Run MPAACT/Prop Theatre, Chicago July 12, 2005
Donny’s Skybox, Chicago Oct. 3-31, 2005
Boojie Nights improvOlympic, Chicago July 6-Aug. 18, 2005
2006 Black Theater Alliance Awards: Nominee, Best Playwriting - Blaxploitation: The Remix
2005 Chicago Bean Soup Comedy Awards: Nominee, Best Sketch
2005 Donny Awards: 2nd Place Winner, Best Actress