Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner are making audience members laugh at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse.
Clarkson and Turner, creators and authors of 'Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience" continue to offer their version of the popular Harry Potter books through Jan. 21.
"It's great to be back," said Clarkson, during a recent telephone interview. The last time the duo brought their hilarious "Potted Potter" production to The Windy City was in 2015.
"Chicago audiences are some of the best we've experienced," Turner said.
"Potted Potter," presents a zany condensed or "potted" version of all seven Potter books in a 70-minute show. The production had its first showing in 2006. That production actually grew out of the fact that the creators were huge fans of the book.
Clarkson said there's something about the Potter character and the stories in the books that attract a variety of audience members and readers.
The story of the Harry Potter books, written by J.K. Rowling, tells the tale of the young wizard and his friends and relay the classic messages of good versus evil.
"Harry Potter is one of the few things that spans the generations," Clarkson said, adding it appeals to varied ages. While the first official production of "Potted Potter" was done on a small scale, the duo actually presented a version of the show for an event for the release of the sixth book.
"It was done to entertain the crowds in front of a book store," Clarkson said.
The duo, who are from Britain, said they like to include pop culture references into the production as time goes on and they often will experiment with a few new references in different cities.
Turner said they may reference "pop stars of the day to TV shows," and may even include politicians who may be the subject of a few jokes here and there.
Harry Potter as a character, Turner said, is quite "endearing."
"He's a British hero and we don't have many of them," Turner said. In a past interview Clarkson said it had been quite a while that Britain had a special hero prior to the release of the first "Harry Potter" book.
"It was like Beatlemania when the first book came out," Clarkson said, adding it encouraged a lot of people to start reading again.
Turner hopes people will enjoy the antics and comic situations found in "Potted Potter."
"The show is very silly," Clarkson said. "Right now, in the world, that's what we need. People want to forget about everything else that's going on."