All of Adam Guerino’s current live productions fall under the title of Outloud Chicago. Started over four year’s ago, Outloud started with the explicit belief that queer productions belong in mainstream venues to blur the lines between sexuality and location or quality. Outloud was the first to start a regular queer comedy standup show and queer storytelling series at respectively Zanies Comedy Club and The Hideout. In 2015, Chicago has embraced queer programming and Outloud has shifted its focus to expanding it’s programming with more ongoing all-inclusive shows and tours.
All Geeks is an all-inclusive cosplay series started in Chicago by Outloud Chicago and national gay social group Geeks Out in July 2014 and can be found at its monthly residency at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. Each show features a diverse lineup of drag, burlesque and live-singing performances from a cast of varying gender, sexual orientations and ethnic backgrounds. Previous themes have included Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, video games, Game of Thrones and more. Now in its second year, All Geeks continues getting bigger by the month, hosting celebrities of geek culture and touring across the country. No matter your gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, all geeks are welcome at an All Geeks party.
Queer Comedy at Zanies has put ongoing queer-inclusive comedy in the historic comedy club Zanies where great stand-ups from Jerry Seinfeld to Chelsea Handler have performed. Since its inception in 2011, Queer Comedy has been named the Advocate.com‘s “9 LGBT Friendly Comedy Shows You Should Be Supporting,” featured in Chicago Tribune’s “Stand-up Scene,” Timeout Chicago‘s “Critic’s Pick,” The Redeye’s “Do” and included in Chicago Reader’s “The Agenda” and “Culture Vulture” with the praise “More, please.”
Previous comedians have included James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, Brad Loekle, Matteo Lane, Liza Treyger, Megan Gailey, Joel Kim Booster and more. Comedians who have appeared at Queer Comedy have also appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, @Midnight, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, BET, TBS Just For Laughs, SXSW, Comedy Bang Bang, The Pete Holmes Show, Last Call With Carson Daly, A Night At The Apollo, and Last Comic Standing. For four years and counting, every Queer Comedy show continues to demonstrate that no matter whether audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.