La Grange native keeps them laughing in original comedy show

Steve Hund holds a book with while surrounded by fellow cast members Shane Wallace (from left), Scott Hogan, Colt Duba, Austin Campion, Drew Current, Rasheeda Moore, Nick DeFina, Kayce Alltop and Shanna Berry. | Provided
Steve Hund holds a book with while surrounded by fellow cast members Shane Wallace (from left), Scott Hogan, Colt Duba, Austin Campion, Drew Current, Rasheeda Moore, Nick DeFina, Kayce Alltop and Shanna Berry. | Provided

FAST FACT

Home turf: Hund grew up one block from Nazareth Academy.

Show biz debut: At the age of 10, he played Peter Rabbit in “The Adventures of Beatrix Potter,” while attending St. Francis Xavier School in La Grange.

High school years: Hund chose Lyons Township High School because he knew they had a big theater department and a radio station. “I got to perform both on radio and in theater all four years,” he said.

More of the same: Hund earned a bachelor of arts degree in theater from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. While there, he performed with the improv group, Dropping Science.

Nerd tally: Hund estimates that he owns more than 1,000 comic books.

Catch him if you can: “Assemblers 3: Countdown to Assemblers 4!” runs at 9:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 5 to Nov. 21 (previews Aug. 29) at pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. For tickets, visit www.whatisph.com

Steve Hund is a self-declared comic book nerd. He is also a performer who loves to make people laugh.

The La Grange native combines those two interests as co-author and performer in the original comedy show, “Assemblers 3: Countdown to Assemblers 4!” by Chicago’s pH Productions.

“It’s a parody on the superhero genre,” Hund explained. “It’s making fun of some of the great pop icons like Superman, Batman and Spiderman. Its sketches exploring different neuroses that you may have if you’re a superhero and different flaws.”

The show deals with such superhero issues as love, death, sex, violence, codependency and devotion to hype. The company promotes the show as being intended for both comic geeks and people who have never read a comic book.

One sketch deals with the screen image of Batman traveling across the city using zip lines. That can’t happen, the “Assemblers 3” script asserts.

“Zip-lining and basic physics do not match up,” Hund declared.

The show was Hund’s concept but a number of other ensemble members wrote skits based on the theme. Then the director chose the running order — and they had a show.

“It was so popular that we remounted it,” Hund said. “That did really well so we created a whole new show and called it ‘Assemblers 2.’ That did really well so we decided, like every superhero movie franchise, we’d do a trilogy. It’s all brand new sketches.”

Hund first became associated with pH Productions when he was a student at Columbia College Chicago.

“They had a pHarmhouse Program,” he explained. “We would perform at StudioB in Chicago. That’s how I got involved in pH. I got to know my teachers and my coaches, and finally they became peers.”

During his four years as a company member of pH Productions, he completed the Comedy Studies program at the Second City and took all of the improv classes at iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He also performed at iO.

“Company members at pH wear many different hats,” Hund noted. “It’s everything from performing to writing to producing to running the box office, doing the lights for a show, being house manager and cleaning up afterwards.”

Company members also perform at other venues. That recently included entering a comedy theater challenge at Comedy Sportz — which they won.

“Performing was something I’ve always loved to do whether it’s making friends laugh or making a big audience laugh,” Hund said. “In high school and college, I did a lot of drama but I lean more toward comedy.”

And he particularly loves doing comedy with pH Productions.

“I think what sets pH apart from the rest of the theaters is that there really is a genuine feel of family — we jokingly spell family with a pH — because you’re working with these people not only onstage and not only on scripts, but to keep our ‘baby’ alive,” he said.

Although performing is Hund’s big love, he earns his living by working full-time at an advertising agency.

“I’m an account executive by day and a comedian at night,” he declared. “It’s kind of a light version of Batman.”

FAST FACT

Home turf: Hund grew up one block from Nazareth Academy.

Show biz debut: At the age of 10, he played Peter Rabbit in “The Adventures of Beatrix Potter,” while attending St. Francis Xavier School in La Grange.

High school years: Hund chose Lyons Township High School because he knew they had a big theater department and a radio station. “I got to perform both on radio and in theater all four years,” he said.

More of the same: Hund earned a bachelor of arts degree in theater from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. While there, he performed with the improv group, Dropping Science.

Nerd tally: Hund estimates that he owns more than 1,000 comic books.

Catch him if you can: “Assemblers 3: Countdown to Assemblers 4!” runs at 9:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 5 to Nov. 21 (previews Aug. 29) at pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. For tickets, visit www.whatisph.com

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