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Queer Comedy at Zanies 5 Year Anniversary

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On Tuesday July 19th, Queer Comedy at Zanies celebrates 5 years with headliner Bill Cruz! The all-inclusive comedy show will be hosted by creator Adam Guerino and feature Ali Clayton, Archer Coe, Rachel McCartney and more.

Queer Comedy at Zanies has put ongoing queer-inclusive comedy in the historic comedy club Zanies since July of 2011, has been named theAdvocate.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.

Tuesday July 19th, 8pm, $10 tickets available at Chicago.Zanies.com or at the door. Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. For more information, hi res photos or a saved seat, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Queer Comedy at Zanies presents Homecoming

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For over three years, Queer Comedy at Zanies has been putting on shows with queer comedians in mainstream Chicago. In its first year, actor turned comedian Joel Kim Booster won the queer comedy contest and was a regular favorite in the upcoming years before he departed for New York City. On Tuesday October 21st, Booster returns for the Queer Comedy at Zanies Homecoming edition with host Adam Guerino and featuring Ali Clayton, Archer Coe, Cody Melcher, Dana Austen and Trannika Rex. $15 tickets are available online or at the door for the 8:30pm showtime at 1548 N Wells.

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Joel Kim Booster is a Chicago bred, Brooklyn based comedian and writer. A veteran of Queer Comedy at Zanies, Joel was the first winner of their annual competition. Since moving to New York Joel has performed at comedy clubs, bars and libraries all over the country and most recently was featured as a New York finalist for NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity showcase at the Gotham Comedy Club. Joel is a proud ensemble member of Chicago’s The New Colony theatre, where he wrote the critically acclaimed comedy “Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up” which has since been produced in Charleston and Toronto. Follow Joel on Twitter @Ihatejoelkim. It’s all he has, really.

Since its inception in 2011, Queer Comedy at Zanies 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.”

adam guerino, chicago, queer, comedy Hosted by Adam Guerino. Guerino is a nationally touring standup comedian based in Chicago who has been credited as a “comedian-producer-genius” by Chicago Reader and has opened for comic greats James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Brad Loekle and Beth Stelling. His sardonic charm makes him an ideal host as he seamlessly interacts with the crowd and comedians to give each show a fun and cohesive pacing as well as blur the lines between audience member and performer. He is the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search which partnered with The Advocate Magazine to give queer comedians national exposure, Outloud Chicago which for over three years has brought queer inclusive entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues and The Rainbow Connection Queer Comedy Tour which combined gay, lesbian, bi and trans comedians for a cross-country tour. He has been featured in comedy clubs all across the country and in Timeout Chicago’s Joke of The Week, The Advocate Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, The Redeye, Gaper’s Block, Huffington Post and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. For more info, www.adamguerino.com is a great place to start.

queer, comedy, chicagoAli Clayton is a southern girl and proud of it! After receiving a BA in theatre performance in 2008 she left her home state of NC to pursue her dreams of becoming a comedian. She has been performing stand-up for five years and can been seen all around Chicago talking about her favorite things; her southern family, drinking in the shower, and being bi-sexual. Ali’s one-woman show “I’m Different, Not Dumb” has been featured at the NC Comedy Arts Fest, Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest and Chicago Women’s Funny Fest. Recently the internationally renowned art blog Art F City mentioned “What Am I Looking At?”; an art review web series hosted by Ali. Watch all the episodes here http://channelwaila.tumblr.com. She has been honored to be apart of TBS Just for Laughs Chicago for the past four years and to be named one of the 50 Hot Women in Comedy by AfterEllen.com.

adam guerino, chicago, queer, comedyCody Melcher is a witwanton and literary gentleman who weaves a tapestry of obscure observations and personal proclivities designed to delight and enlighten. Based in Chicago, he is a cast member and co-producer of 100 Proof Comedy at ComedySportz, host and producer of the podcast Tomefoolery, co-host and producer of Shindig, and a regular guest of the wild Feast of Fun podcast. He has performed all over the country and in festivals such as SF Sketchfest, The Comedy Exposition of 2014, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and more. He headlined The 2014 Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, and in 2013 was a finalist in Outloud Chicago and The Advocate’s National Queer Comedy Search. The Chicago Tribune has called him “ridiculously zesty”.

trannika rex, chicagoTrannika Rex is a drag queen and standup comedian in Chicago, she is the regular host of Drag Matinee at Berlin nightclub and Trannika’s Most Wanted at Scarlet Bar. Known for her hilarious and scathing sass, boozy and baudy crowd work, the diva brings her comedy styles to Queer Comedy at Zanies for the fourth time because we just can’t get rid of her. Bring a tarp, things are about to get weird.

adam guerino, chicago, queer, comedyArcher Coe was born in the wagon of a traveling show. His momma had to dance for the money they’d throw. Archer Coe’s grandpa would do whatever he could—preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good. From there Archer moved to Chicago where he started his awesome bar-tending gig at the best bar on the planet—Sidetrack, which led to stand-up comedy with Laughtrack at Sidetrack. Since then he has performed at the Laugh Factory Chicago, numerous appearances at Zanies Chicago, Hydrate’s “Just Dickin’ Around” and at Sidecar in Rogers Park. From the fly-on-the-wall perspective to stories of debauchery and scandal, his theatrical wit makes for a non-stop mixture of groans, belly laughs and Oh-No-He-Didnt’s.

adam guerino, chicago, queer, comedy Dana Austin is a Comic out of Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a member of the Queer Queens Of Qomedy, Showcased form the Queens of Comedy and Toured Comedy Clubs and Colleges in the US and Canada!

Comedians who have appeared at Queer Comedy at Zanies 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. The upcoming show will continue to show that whether audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

Tuesday October 21st, 8:30pm, $15 tickets available at Chicago.Zanies.com or at the door. Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. For more information, hi res photos or a saved seat, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Queer Comedy at Zanies presents Beth Stelling

Don’t miss the show that was named one of the top things to do in Chicago this fall by Chicago Reader: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/fall-arts-2013-comedy-best-bets/Content?oid=10929317

On Tuesday October 22nd, Beth Stelling headlines Queer Comedy at Zanies at Zanies comedy club 1548 N Wells at 8:30pm.

Queer Comedy at Zanies has been named the Advocate.com‘s “9 LGBT Friendly Comedy Shows You Should Be Supporting,” 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.”

queer comedy at zaniesHeadlined by Beth Stelling. LA Weekly named Stelling #2 on a list of “12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013.” Patton Oswalt also just listed Beth as one of his favorite up-and-coming comics during his AMA on Reddit. She was a New Face of Comedy at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and will be returning to the fest this year. A few months after arriving in LA, Stelling made her standup television debut on TBS’s Conan where Conan announced the release of her debut comedy album, Sweet Beth, on Rooftop Comedy’s record label. Her second appearance was on TV Guide Network’s Stand-up In Stilettos with Kate Flannery. Beth was deemed “Top 18 Women You Should Be Following On Twitter” by Huffington Post. Nerdist.com has been a big supporter of Beth, including her in their “Four Funny Female Comedians You Need to Know” alongside Shelby Fero, Tig Notaro and Ali Wong. Beth can be heard on Chris Hardwick’s annual podcast Stand-up Cluster 2013 and with Pete Holmes on his podcast “You Made It Weird” #134.

Hosted by Adam Guerino. Guerino has been credited as a “comedian-producer-genius” by Chicago Reader. He is the creator of OutLoud Chicago which has brought queer entertainment to  mainstream Chicago venues for almost 2 years. He writes the relationship blog Boyfriend Land and the storytelling blog Before The Story. He has been featured in comedy clubs all across the country and in Timeout Chicago’s Joke of The Week, The Redeye, Gaper’s Block, Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio. For more info, www.adamguerino.com is a great place to start.

Candy Lawrence, more like Comedy Lawrence! Hilarious, dynamic and eccentric, she captivates you with her unique blend of energy and idiosyncratic comedy. When she isn’t collecting dreamcatchers, Candy can be seen performing stand-up at various venues including Zanies, Mayne Stage, The Laugh Factory, and The Lincoln Lodge among others. She was also apart of the Just For Laughs 2011 and 2013 festival in Chicago and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. She has opened for Jen Kirkman, Moshe Kasher, James Adomian, Judah Friedlander and Dom Irrera. Candy generates one laugh per second and she would like to thank Celine Dion for teaching her everything she knows about comedy.

Opened by Archer Coe. Coe was born in the wagon of a traveling show. His momma had to dance for the money they’d throw. Archer Coe’s grandpa would do whatever he could—preach a little gospel, sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good. From there Archer moved to Chicago where he started his awesome bar-tending gig at the best bar on the planet—Sidetrack, which led to stand-up comedy with Laughtrack at Sidetrack. Since then he has performed at the Laugh Factory Chicago, numerous appearances at Zanies Chicago, Hydrate’s “Just Dickin’ Around” and at Sidecar in Rogers Park. From his fly-on-the-wall perspective to his stories of debauchery and scandal, his theatrical wit makes for a non-stop mixture of groans, belly laughs and Oh-No-He-Didnt’s.

Presented by Outloud Chicago, OutLoud Chicago is a series created by Adam Guerino in July 2011 to bring queer entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues. Queer Comedy at Zanies showcases the best queer and straight comedians of the country who have appeared on Comedy Central, BET, TBS Just For Laughs, A Night At The Apollo and Last Comic Standing. Each show has continued to show that no matter if the comedians or audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

Tuesday October 22nd at 8:30pm, Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $15 and available at Chicago.zanies.com or at the door. Audience members must be ages 21 or over. Two item minimum.

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Queer Comedy at Zanies: April 23rd

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Queer Comedy at Zanies has been named the Advocate.com‘s “9 LGBT Friendly Comedy Shows You Should Be Supporting,” Timeout Chicago‘s “Critic’s Pick,” The Redeye’s “Do” and included on Chicago Reader’s “The Agenda.” On Tuesday April 23rd at 8:30pm, join us as we welcome headliner Megan Gailey, host Adam Guerino and featuring Gwen La Roka, Archer Coe and Marla Depew!

queer, comedy, zanies, chicagoHeadlined by Megan Gailey. Gailey is the host of Naked Sports Live. With a sorority girl chip on her shoulder and say-anything attitude, she has audiences laughing at every show. She is a regular favorite all across her home city Chicago as well as regularly appearing across the nation. She has won numerous comedy competitions including Indiana University’s Funny Bone, Ball State University, and Audience Favorite at Chicago’s very own Fat Wednesdays Comedy.

Hosted by Adam Guerino. Guerino is a stand-up comic, dating columnist and producer. He is the creator of OutLoud Chicago which brings queer entertainment to the mainstream and is writes the relationship blog Boyfriend Land and the storytelling blog Before The Story. He has been featured in comedy clubs all across the country and in Timeout Chicago’s Joke of The Week,The Redeye, Gaper’s Block, Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio. For more info, www.adamguerino.com.

Since first taking the comedy scene by storm in 2009, Gwen La Rŏka, pronounced [rok-uh], is proving to be one of Chicago’s fastest up and coming comediennes. Her recent appearance on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7’s Emmy-Award winning show “Ñ Beat” is just one of the growing list of high profile coverage that is a testament to her laughter stimulating talent. A Jacqueline of all trades, Gwen’s past stint with UIC’s “The Vagina Monologues”, Teatro Luna’s ravely reviewed “Machos”, and improv training at Second City Theatre has given her a grasp on acting, which she seamlessly combines to create her highly energetic comedy routine that keeps crowds laughing. Never forgetting her cultural roots and the need to relate to an audience, she incorporates real life experiences from her escapades of growing up in a Latin household to her struggles of being a skinny girl in the Windy City.

Archer Coe’s experiences from bar-tending at a bustling gay bar have made him a favorite at comedy rooms across the city. From his fly-on-the-wall perspective to his stories of debauchery and scandal, his theatrical wit makes the unbelievable experiences a non-stop mixture of groans and belly laughs.

Marla Depew has studied at the Second City Training Center, I.O., and The Annoyance, and is a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that has performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival for the past six years. She has performed stand-up all around the city at venues such as The Lincoln Lodge, Studio BE, Hydrate, The Lincoln Loft, and The Book Cellar with The Kates. She is also the producer of Sidecar Bar Comedy Night, which takes place every third Wednesday of the month. queer comedy at zanies

Presented by Outloud Chicago, OutLoud Chicago is a series created by Adam Guerino to bring queer entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues. Queer Comedy at Zanies showcases the best queer and straight comedians of the country who have appeared on Comedy Central, BET, TBS Just For Laughs, A Night At The Apollo and Last Comic Standing. Each show has continued to show that no matter if the comedians or audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

Tuesday April 23rd at 8:30pm, Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $10 in advance (call the club or visit the Zanies website) or $15 or at the door. Audience members must be ages 21 or over. Two item minimum. For questions, hi res images or a saved seat, email outloudchicago@gmail.com.

Queer Comedy at Zanies: September 25th

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The critically acclaimed Queer Comedy at Zanie’s, fresh off its one year anniversary, brings you favorites and new faces alike! On Tuesday September 25th at 8:30pm, join headliner Gwen La Roka (Mikey O Comedy Show, TBS Just For Laughs) hosted by Adam Guerino (The Sarcastic Squad, Laugh Track at Sidetrack) and featuring Liza Treyger (SnubFest, TBS Just For Laughs,) Tom Fell and Archer Coe.

Presented by Outloud ChicagoOutLoud Chicago is a series created by Adam Guerino to bring queer entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues. Queer Comedy at Zanies has been featured in Timeout ChicagoThe RedeyeMetromix and Gaper’s Block, and showcases the best queer and straight comedians of the country who have appeared on Comedy CentralBETTBS Just For Laughs, A Night At The Apollo and Last Comic Standing. Each show has continued to show that no matter if the comedians or audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

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Headlined by Gwen La Roka. Since first taking the comedy scene by storm in 2009, Gwen La Roka (pronounced Gwen La Rŏka) is proving to be one of Chicago’s fastest up and coming comediennes. Her recent appearance in Mikey O’s “El Show Latino” for the TBS Just for Laughs Festival is just one of the growing list of high profile events that are a testament to her laughter stimulating talent. A Jacqueline of all trades, Gwen’s past stint with UIC’s “The Vagina Monologues”, Teatro Luna’s ravely reviewed “Machos”, and improv training at Second City Theatre has given her a grasp on acting, which she seamlessly combines to create her highly energetic comedy routine that keeps crowds laughing. Never forgetting her cultural roots and the need to relate to an audience, she incorporates real life experiences from her escapades of growing up in a Latin household to her struggles of being a skinny girl in the Windy City.

Outloud Chicago had a chance to talk to the headliner and ask her a few questions about comedy.

What’s your favorite part about performing?

Being on stage feeling the audience’s energy.

What’s your least favorite part about performing?

The million trips to the bathroom for the “nervous” piss!

Who are some of your comedic inspirations?

Jim Carrey, Martin Lawrence, Lucille Ball.

Has being a comedian changed how you watch shows?

Yes it has! Now that I’m a comic and know how most things work, I notice things that I didn’t pay much attention to before, like timing for instance! It’s cool to enjoy, watch, and learn from!

Do you feel being a queer comedian is different than a straight comedian?

Yes and no. Different due to the obvious, I’m queer therefore will have some queer material that I have actually lived and experiences, but then again not so different because comedy is comedy. It transcends gender, race, age…all of it. So at the end of the day, I may be Latina, Queer, and Female, but I’m still just a comedian on stage making people laugh about the things that bring us together in life, as human beings, period.

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Hosted by Adam Guerino. Guerino is a stand-up comic, dating columnist and producer. He is the creator ofOutLoud Chicago that brings queer entertainment to the mainstream and performs regularly at OutLoud Chicago’s Queer Comedy at Zanies shows as well as the weekly comedy variety show The Sarcastic Squad. He has been featured in comedy clubs all across the country and in Timeout Chicago’s Joke of The Week,The RedeyeGaper’s BlockHuffington Post and Chicago Public Radio. For more info, www.adamguerino.com.

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Liza Tregyer. Jokes weren’t allowed in the former Soviet Union so Liza Treyger moved to Chicago, Il and started doing stand up comedy. She loves wearing dresses and getting blow outs before getting on stage. In the past year she has participated in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, TBS Just For Laughs Chicago, Laugh Your Asheville Comedy Festival, and Snub Fest. She’s had the pleasure of travelling the country, doing tons of well respected shows in her hometown of Chicago, and doing comedy with her friends and heroes.

Also featuring up and coming sensation Tom Fell best known for his Southern charm and impressions. And the Queer Comedy at Zanies returning crowd favorite, Archer Coe.

OutLoud Chicago presents Queer Comedy at Zanies: Tuesday September 25th at 8:30pm at Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $12 in advance or $17or at the door. Available at the door, groups of 4 get one free ticket. Audience members must be ages 21 or over. Two item minimum. For questions, hi res images or a saved seat, email outloudchicago@gmail.com.

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Queer Comedy (Contest) at Zanies: Season 2: The Challengers

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Last season, out of ten competitors, only three survived/placed at the Queer Comedy (Contest) at Zanies. On May 22nd, the 3 champions have to defend their honor against three new challengers. Former winners Joel Kim Booster, Caitlin Bergh and Homer Marrs enter into mortal combat with each other and new contenders Archer Coe, Rhea Butcher and The Puterbaugh Sisterz.

Let’s meet the challengers! First up, Rhea Butcher!
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When did you first get involved in comedy?

My mom used to regularly rent the comedy special “Women of the Night” from my local video store, Roadrunner Video, when I was about 6. We would also watch “Stand Up Spotlight” pretty every week. As for doing stand up, I started actually doing it in August of 2011 at Cole’s open mic.


Who are your favorite comics and why?

My favorite comic is Paul F. Tompkins. His comedy is smart, insightful and just the right amount of self deprecating. He also pulls off being pompous in such a sincere way.

How would you describe your stand up?

A mix of stories and jokes; I talk about how fun and weird it is to be a boy/girl in a world that doesn’t really want you to be both.

What made you want to compete in the Queer Comedy Contest at Zanies?

I wanted to push myself to the next level with my comedy and the contest is a perfect next step with Zanies being one of the top comedy clubs in Chicago.



And in this corner, Archer Coe!

queer comedy at zaniesHow did you get involved in comedy?

Got involved in comedy when I was an altar boy and would crack the priest up in the middle of mass. Altar boy was the only job I’ve been fired from.

Who are your favorite performers and why?

Adam Guerino is my favorite comic because he is so funny and has gotten all of my good bookings so far.

How would you describe your comedy?

I would describe my stand up like awkward love making while your grandparents watch and critique your every move.

What made you want to compete in the Queer Comedy Contest?

Just cuz!


What’s this? Another challenger enters the ring… and they’re sisters! Behold, The Puterbaugh Sisterz! queer comedy at zanies

How did you get involved in comedy?

All my life in Chicago 4 years ago.

Who are your favorite performers and why?

My sister cuz were in an act together. I also admire anyone doing there own thing. Being original and innovative while holding true to what they thinks funny.

How would you describe your comedy?

Experimental ridiculousness. Its like watching sister act two with two lauren hills.

What made you want to compete in the Queer Comedy Contest?

I like being involved in comedy that contributes to the gay  lesbian and transgender community. I also like performing for that demographic of a crowd they tend to think our sister comedy is funnier than if we were to perform on a bro-case for lots of bros.


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