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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: 3 Year Anniversary

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They grow up so fast! Come celebrate Queer Comedy at Zanies Tuesday July 22nd, 8:30pm for its THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

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Celebrations will include comedians from the very first show as well as newcomers to continue to showcase the amazingly talented queer comedy community! Featuring Bill Cruz, Candy Lawrence, Kelsie Huff, Rebecca O’Neal, Fawzia Mirza, Trannika Rex and Joseph William Reese! Hosted by Adam Guerino!

In July 2011, Queer Comedy at Zanies started the FIRST queer inclusive show in a mainstream Chicago comedy club. After enjoying comedy show runs in bars and theaters, creator Adam Guerino wanted to bring Chicago’s queer comedy community to the most historic comedy venue in the Midwest, Zanies Comedy Club! adam guerino, chicago

Over the following years, the queer comedy community has grown in comedians and shows yet Queer Comedy at Zanies remains at the top of its game, featuring national headliners and hosting Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search with Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. It 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.”

bill cruz, chicagoComedians 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. July’s show will feature comedians identifying as lesbian, gay, straight, bi sexual and transgender to continue showing that whether audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

Tuesday July 22nd, 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.

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Queer Comedy at Zanies presents James Adomian

Almost exactly a year to the day, Queer Comedy at Zanies will be headlined by James Adomian once again. Celebrations will ensue as Adomian returns to the show he has called “Pioneering” and “One of its kind.” Featuring Candy Lawrence, Bill Cruz and Natalie Jose and hosted by Adam Guerino. Tuesday March 25th, 8:30pm, 1548 N Wells. $20 tickets available at Chicago.zanies.com or at the door.

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.”

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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, A Night At The Apollo, and Last Comic Standing. March’s show will feature comedians identifying as lesbian, gay, straight and bi sexual to continue showing that whether audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

Headlined by James Adomian. James is an actor/comedian who is well known for his characters and impressions. He recently wrapped production on David Cross’ feature directorial debut HITS, starring opposite David Cross, Michael Cera, Amy Sedaris, and Julia Stiles. It was recently announced that James is developing a new show for IFC called THE EMBASSY. He’s currently writing the pilot (in which he’ll play multiple different characters) with Scott Aukerman (COMEDY BANG! BANG!) He has appeared on Adult Swim’s CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (in a memorable series of cameos), on IFC’s COMEDY BANG BANG, and did a standup set on JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND UP SHOW on Comedy Central. James previously starred in the NBC pilot HELP WANTED (FKA UNTITLED KARI LIZER PROJECT) opposite Sarah Paulson, Jennifer Coolidge, Adrian Pasdar & Tim Meadows, and before that was cast as the lead in Cartoon Network’s live-action pilot KROG. James made his late night debut doing stand up on LOPEZ TONIGHT on TBS, and appeared on LAST COMIC STANDING on NBC, where he was a finalist in the Top 10. James also performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in 2012, and in 2010 when he was chosen as a “New Face”. In the past, James was a part of the Comedy Central “Indecision ’08 Tour”, and along with director Bob Odenkirk, James co-created the Face to Bush series of shorts for Comedy Central. He played George W. Bush in HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY (as well as regularly on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON), and has done recurring voice-over on numerous animated shows. He is also a beloved regular guest on the Earwolf podcast network and they released his debut stand up comedy album “Low Hangin Fruit” in 2012:

queer, comedy, zaniesHosted 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 the mainstream for over 2 years in Chicago and Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search which partnered with The Advocate Magazine to give queer comedians national exposure. He writes the relationship blog Boyfriend Land and the storyteller 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.

queer, comedy, chicagoFeaturing Candy Lawrence. 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 in Chicago including Zanies, Mayne Stage, The Laugh Factory, and UP Comedy Club among others. She is also willing to rollerblade to other cities to perform for you. She was apart of the Just For Laughs 2011 and 2013 festival in Chicago and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. She has opened for Todd Barry, Jen Kirkman, Moshe Kasher, James Adomian, Judah Friedlander, Carl LaBove, Brent Weinbach, David Huntsberger, Kyle Dunnigan and Dom Irrera.  Candy generates one laugh per second and she would like to thank Rod Stewart for teaching her everything she knows about comedy.

queer, comedy, zaniesConsidered Chicago’s premier queer comedian, Bill Cruz has become a pillar of the Chicago Stand-Up Comedy scene with his experience of more than 8 years.   Bill Cruz is a native of Denver, Colorado (and flaming Broncos Fan) who originally moved to Chicago in 1999 upon graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder to pursue a career in Theatre. 4 years later, he started doing stand-up comedy. Starting out in small rooms, the man simply known as “The Gay Mexican” started making waves in the Chicago Comedy scene, performing at the Lincoln Lodge, Zanies Comedy Club, Chicago Underground, Laugh Factory Chicago, and numerous Mikey-O Comedy Shows. Not to be contained, Bill has spread his wings performing all across Midwest at Colleges and Clubs, and finally hitting the coasts in NY as well as LA, including appearing in OUTLAUGH: The Gay and Lesbian Comedy, the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and most recently The Just for Laugh Chicago Comedy Festival.

queer, comedy, zaniesNatalie Jose is a modern woman trying to have it all: Stand-Up Comedy, singing, drinking, and unfulfilling sex. A self-proclaimed “party girl,” Natalie rarely knows when to stop and never learns a lesson. Natalie has vamped her way up the ranks of Chicago comedy to become one of the most beloved comics in the city. Audiences are endeared to Natalie’s self-deprecating charm as she puts her own lifestyle under a microscope, with a stage persona that’s both personal and silly. Natalie performs all over Chicago and is a cast-member of Chicago Underground Comedy. She has performed at the Accidental Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and the Memphis Comedy Festival. Natalie was recently showcased on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) as one of five comedians featured in the TV Pilot “My Life is a Joke”; she “played” the drunk one.

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Tuesday March 25th at 8:30pm, Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $20 and available at Chicago.zanies.com or at the door. Audience members must be 21/+. Two item minimum.

Queer Comedy at Zanies: New York Invasion!

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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 “To Do” and included on Chicago Reader’s “The Agenda.” On Tuesday February 26th at 8:30pm, join us as we welcome back Queer Comedy at Zanies favorite Matteo Lane, hosted by Bill Cruz (Chicago Underground Comedy) and featuring New York based comic Jami Smith (The Advocate) and Kelsie Huff (Feminine Comique.)

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. queer comedy at zanies, outloud chicago, adam guerino

Headlined by Queer Comedy at Zanies favorite, Matteo Lane. When Lane isn’t making murals for President Obama, or creating storyboards for televised commercials, he is a national stand-up comedian. He is the host of the show Abigoliahs Bizarre Bazaar with Matteo Lane in Brooklyn and regularly performs in New York and Chicago at venues including Zanies, Comedy Bar and more. For more from Matteo Lane, www.MattLaneArt.com.
queer comedy at zanies, outloud chicago, adam guerinoHosted by Bill Cruz. Cruz is a cast-member of Chicago Underground Comedy and a regular at Zanies comedy club and Mikey O comedy shows. Outside of Chicago, Bill has been a finalist at the Cleveland Comedy Festival, a featured performer in the OutLaugh 2005! Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival and has been featured in the book Out On The Edge: America’s Rebel Comics. queer comedy at zanies, outloud chicago, adam guerino

Featuring Jami Smith. Comedian and humorist for Advocate.com, Jami Smith has quickly carved out a space for herself in the gay comedy scene. She has performed alongside such as acts as Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Jason Dudey, and Sandra Valls and has been seen in the 2011 Women in Comedy Festival as well as comedy clubs in New York, DC, and Los Angeles. She also hosts a comedy Twitter feed for The Advocate called @Gaysayer and was voted one of the “Top 25 Twitter Accounts To Follow” by Gay.com. Follow Jami on Twitter for show updates and jokes at @jamismithcomic.

queer comedy at zanies, outloud chicago, adam guerinoAnd Kelsie Huff. Huff is a cast member of Comedy Sportz 100 Proof Comedy and teaches Feminine Comique, an all female stand up class produced by Tight Five Productions and can be seen performing stand-up comedy at venues such as Zanies, Chicago’s Laugh Factory, Mayne Stage, and throughout the suburbs as well as touring her critically acclaimed one-woman shows“Huffs,” and “Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy.” For more from Kelsie, www.kelsiehuff.com.

Tuesday February 26th 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.

New Stand Up Clip

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From OutLoud Chicago’s first college show at University Wisconsin – Parkside! I’m hosting and at the beginning of the show, I get the crowd warmed up and do some jokes.

This is a sentimental show for me because OutLoud Chicago was just starting when my intern Kathryn Evans started working with me last Summer. She helped me pitch, publicize and produce the first few shows. It’s only fitting that as her semester ends and our internship is over that our last project together is bringing the project she helped create to her school. The following is the link to her set and you can see everyone’s set on youtube as well if you follow the link.

OutLoud Chicago is a production effort I created to bring quality queer entertainment to legendary Chicago venues. I’ve brought a queer folk music show to The Hideout and have a monthly showcase called Queer Comedy at Zanies. Bringing comedy to nearby colleges is a natural fit for the mission statement. Hopefully after combining the greatest Chicago venues with queer entertainment, we can blur the lines between “show” and “gay show” enough that there won’t be a line anymore.

OutLoud Chicago Presents Queer Comedy at Zanies

OutLoud Chicago presents Queer Comedy at Zanies, Tuesday July 26th at 9:30pm at Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. ‘Queer Comedy will be headlined by NYC comedian and Snub Fest Chicago 2011 winner, Chris Doucette and hosted by Bill Cruz featuring comedians Sapna Kumar and Bradley Thomas.

OutLoud Chicago is a series from Adam Guerino to find safe spaces for queer stories, storytellers and audiences. With the words “out,” “loud” and “Chicago,” the name combines the concepts of proudly queer and Chicagoan. ‘OutLoud premiers this Summer with a series of shows from music to comedy at such legendary Chicago venues as The Hideout and Zanies. Bringing such historic venues and amazing talent together, OutLoud hopes to make “Chicago” and “Queer” a welcome harmony.

Chris Doucette (www.chrisdoucette.com) is a NYC based comedian that represents the next generation of gay comedians which are open about their sexuality but resist cliches. In June 2011, Chris won 1st place at the Snubfest Comedy Festival in Chicago. He has performed for colleges all over the country and recently received a standing ovation from the students at Florida Tech. Chris was selected as a feature comic at the Charleston Comedy Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival, Baltimore Artscape Festival, and headlined the Ganymede Arts Festival. Chris has shared the stage with Hal Sparks, Tony Woods, Judy Gold and more. He has performed on FOX, NPR, The Joey Reynolds Show on WOR 710AM, and Comedy Nonsense on WJFK 106.7 FM. He has appeared in The Washington Post Express, Miami Sun-Sentinel, Metro Weekly, Time Out New York, Next Magazine, New York Post, and the Village Voice. The blogs love him: he’s been featured in brightestyoungthings.com, thenewgay.net, and thegayplaces.com.

Bill Cruz  is a fixture with the wildly successful Lincoln Lodge, as well as appearing at Zanies, Chicago Underground Comedy, The Elevated, and numerous Mikey-O comedy Shows. Outside of Chicago, Bill has performed in New York City and Los Angeles, at colleges and universities across the Midwest, and was a featured performer in the OUTLAUGH 2005! Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival and has been featured in the book Out On The Edge: America’s Rebel Comics.

Sapna Kumar has been seen on LOGO TV’s “One Night Stand Up 9″ and as a Regional Finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 4.” She is in the 2011 independent feature films “Promise Land” and “Jamie and Jesse Are Not Together.” Sapna has been called “Chicago’s answer to Margaret Cho.” Her act promises vivid characterizations of her immigrant Indian parents, brash openness about her sexuality, and witty commentary about our crap-onomy (economy).

Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom.  Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent.  Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art.  Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you don’t beat him to the punch.  If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.

Zanies is the best of the Midwest, you’ll find no finer comedy club outisde of NYC. It is known world-wide for its incredible comedy and has been Chicago’s premier comedy club since 1978 (and now the only stand-up comedy club on the North Side.) Zanies regularly brings in top names. Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler and Tim Allen were featured regularly well before you ever heard of them. For the greatest comedy and for the ability to say, “I saw them live” before comedians get movies and television shows, Zanies is your best bet.

OutLoud Chicago presents Queer Comedy at Zanies, Tuesday July 26th at 9:30pm at Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. The series will continue through the summer featuring different artists, mediums and genres. Admission is $10 tickets available online or available at the door. RSVP on Facebook. Audience members must be ages 21 or over. For questions, hi res images or a saved seat, email adam.guerino@gmail.com.

Pride Comedy Show

Pride Comedy Show at Mary’s Attic Chicago. Friday June 10th at 7:30pm. Pride Comedy Show will feature the best local queer comedians in Chicago and enlists a special guest national comedian.

From Adam Guerino (Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Nightcaps Cabaret,) comes this night of world-class comedy. Headlined by Chris Doucette from NYC, ‘Doucette is an amazing queer comedian who has played the best of New York comedy clubs (Gotham, Comix and more) and toured across the country.

Comic legend and Mexi-queer sensation Bill Cruz is representing Chicago with a feature set, and the show will introduce two amazingly talented up and comer phenoms from Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Meredith Kachel and Matteo Lane. Hosting the event with Guerino is Laugh Track favorite and Beauty Parlour: Comedy Never Looked So Gorgeous co-conspirator, Ever Mainard!

Pride Comedy Show at Mary’s Attic 5400 N Clark. Friday June 10th at 7:30pm, $5 cover includes dance party following show.

Summer Lovin

I’ve got a lot of amazing news to announce for the Summer in regard to Chicago queer shows. I wanted to wait until today to announce it out of respect for my show that ended last night but now I’m going to tell you all about. First, this Summer is going to be epic as I start two new series of shows–a concert series and a stand-up comedy show.

Last night, my weekly comedy show Laugh Track ended with one of our best shows yet featuring Brad Loekle and Beth Stelling. It was a sad and joyous moment for me because I had put a lot of hard work into concepting and building the night for over nine months but I know it was the right decision for everyone involved to take a break.

I proposed the show over three years ago on Sidetrack’s roof after interviewing a manager for a web show. “Have you ever considered adding live programming to the show?” I asked. I emailed him a follow-up with names and clips for a line-up including Bill Cruz and Cameron Esposito. Last Summer, my co-producer Bradley Thomas and I had a meeting with Sidetrack about actualizing a show. We thought maybe, at best, we’d get to have a show there. Then there were talks about it being ongoing. And by the last meeting, it was decided that it would be a weekly showcase every Thursday before the comedy video night. Our opening night, Thursday September 16th, had my original proposed line-up with the addition of my co-producer Bradley Thomas.

I really couldn’t be happier about how the show turned out. I put on a lot of amazing shows and helped expand both the comedy and queer community. There are a lot of unique challenges with putting on a comedy show at a bar and we put on a pretty damn good one, growing pains and all. What better feeling than a happy ending? Er…

In regard to happy beginnings, I have some stellar shows on the horizon. First, for all those queer comedians and queer audiences that enjoyed Laugh Track, there’s plenty more where it came from. And what better excuse than Pride month? So on Friday June 10th at 7:30pm, I’m throwing a huge party for queer comedy at Mary’s Attic. We’re bringing in Chris Doucette from NYC to headline. Doucette is an amazing queer comedian who has played the best of New York comedy clubs (Gotham, Comix and more) and toured all across the country. Comic legend and Mexi-queer phenom Bill Cruz is representing with a feature set, and we’re bringing in two amazingly talented up and comers from Laugh Track, Meredith Kachel and Matteo Lane. Hosting the event is Laugh Track favorite and my Beauty Parlour: Comedy Never Looked So Gorgeous co-conspirator, Ever Mainard! Oh, and I’ll probably do a set too. It’s going to be an epic and amazing queer comedy show and it’s only $5.

Later in July, I’m starting a new queer concert series called OutLoud Chicago and the first show is at The Hideout on July 12th. The amazingly talented Diva Kai is going to be our headliner. Teen heartthrob Manny Capozzi is going to open for us. Our premier show is called “Barefoot Ballad” and it will be a fun, folky return to simple yet soulful music. Imagine music that goes best on a porch while drinking wine out of a box except sharing it at a legendary venue with friends.

The Hideout is a Chicago institution known for underground music and counter culture. What better fit for a concert series that focuses on queer musicians? Some trivia about The Hideout that I love, (this is a direct excerpt from their site) : “where Jack White threw up in the alley, due to a terrible flu, taped up a black and white bed sheet behind Meg’s drum set, put on some red polyester pants, and then flew onstage and played his pants off” “Where Billy Corgan spends nine Mondays in a row creating a new band Zwan and invites everyone from Rick Nielsen to Neko Case to perform in between. It is the place where bands play their first shows ever. It is where they come back, in another band later. It is where they play in nine different bands in ten years. It is a community where every bartender, door person and sound tech is in a band. Where no one quits, they just go on tour.” “Where bands like the Flaming Lips and Wilco choose to have their CD listening parties. And everyone dresses up like robots, or sings Wilco karaoke.”

Later in July, I’m putting together a queer comedy show for Chicago’s premier comedy club since 1978 (and now the only stand-up comedy club on the North Side)… Zanies! This legendary comedy club has hosted comic greats such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Mitch Hedberg, Chelsea Handler and so many more. I’m honored to be able to do a show with the club and can’t wait to finalize dates and line-ups.

I’ve been a busy boy and if you’ve liked my previous shows The Sarcastic Squad, Art Haus, Nightcaps and Laugh Track… you’re going to love these upcoming shows. And you ain’t seen nothing yet.

May schedule

Whole lot O’ Adam this May.


May 5th–Laugh Track. Adam produces and books this show. On Thursday May 5th Laugh Track at Sidetrack will be hosted by guest MC Megan Gailey (Your Funniest Friends, Red Bar Comedy,) and headlined by Cameron Esposito (Just For Laughs, Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival) and featuring Mike Lebovitz (Comedians You Should Know Show,) and a feature set from regular MC Bradley Thomas (Gays Got Talent, Night of 100 Drag Queens.) 8pm at Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted, no cover.

May 11th–The Liquid Burning of Apocalyptic Bard Letters #11. Adam reads a story at this show. Just your usual apocalyptic/dynostopian reading series. Black Rock Pub and Kitchen 3614 N Damen.

May 12th–Laugh Track. Adam produces and books this show. On Thursday May 12th Laugh Track at Sidetrack will be hosted by house MC MC Bradley Thomas (Gays Got Talent, Night of 100 Drag Queens,) and headlined by Bill Cruz (Zanies, Lincoln Lodge) and featuring Renee Shultz (Riot Comedy) and Meredith Kachel! 8pm at Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted, no cover.

May 19th–Laugh Track. Adam produces and books this show. On Thursday May 19th Laugh Track at Sidetrack will be hosted by house MC MC Bradley Thomas (Gays Got Talent, Night of 100 Drag Queens,) and featuring winners from our Casting Couch comedy contest, Matt Riggs (winner of the headliner award, Andrew Halter (winner of the mid award) and Stephanie Dykes (winner of the opener award.) And headliner, contributor to the Casting Couch, Brian Babylon (Wait-Wait Don’t Tell Me, Vocalo Radio.) 8pm at Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted, no cover.

May 26th–Laugh Track. Adam produces and books this show. If not the best, then without a doubt the biggest, show Laugh Track has ever put on. Returning NY comic Brad Loekle (TruTv’s World’s Dumbest, Sirius  XM radio’s “Morning Jolt”) is flying to Chicago for IML and is being joined by host Bradley Thomas (Gays Got Talent, Night of 100 Drag Queens) and Beth Stelling (TBS Just For Laughs, Entertaining Julia.) 8pm at Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted, no cover.

May 28th–2 Hour Comedy Hour. Adam performs stand-up comedy at this show. A great free Saturday show run by amazing comedienne Emily Lake. “Cream of the crop in Chicago” says Metromix. The Gallery Cabaret (2020 N Oakley Ave) at 7pm.