Spring is here and the hills are alive with the sounds of… Queer Comedy at Zanies on Tuesday April 21st with Adam Burke, Adam Guerino, Rachel McCartney, Jen Bosworth, Scott Duff, Frank Nielsen, Peter Kim, and Ray Lauk. $15 tickets are available online or at the door for the 8:30pm showtime at 1548 N Wells.
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.”
Headlined by Adam Burke. Originally from the UK, Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy is long on metaphor and analogy and short on common sense. He has appeared on Doug Loves Movies, The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Dana Gould, Hannibal Buress, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Standup in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014.
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.
Rachel McCartney is a standup comedian living in Chicago. She is a cast member of 100 Proof Comedy, and has told jokes all over the Midwest as part of the Rainbow Connection Queer Comedy Tour. She has performed at clubs including Zanies and the Laugh Factory, as well as independently produced showcases such as Congrats on Your Success, The Two-Hour Comedy Hour, and This Week’s Show. The Chicago Tribune once described her as a “New Year’s treat,” which probably made more sense when the article was published in early January. In less calendar-sensitive praise, local legend Peter-john Byrnes once called her “Chicago’s foremost grammar comedian,” and she plans to have that distinction carved into her headstone.
Scott Duff is an Artistic Associate and founding member of About Face Theatre with whom he helped to create over a dozen original works including Xena Live! Parts 1 and 2, We 3 Lizas, and his one-man show, Alone: A Solo Homo A-Go-Go, which premiered at Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art and transferred to iO. He is the host/producer of OUT CHICAGO, a weekly live talk show on Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM, and Chigaygo at Laugh Factory Chicago.
Jen Bosworth. Bosworth is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her numerous acting credits include the popular 90’s television series ERand Early Edition and a starring role in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production ofThe House on Mango Street. Her first one-woman show – “I’m Not Trying to Get an Agent, This is My School Project” – debuted in L.A. in 2004 and was also staged in Chicago. A mainstay of Chicago’s “Live-Lit” scene, Bosworth is a founding member of The Chicago Story Collective and can be seen regularly all over town telling her honest and hilarious tales.
After founding EndGames Improv in San Francisco, Peter Kim moved to Chicago to train with The Second City Conservatory, iO, Annoyance Theatre and physical theatre with Paola Coletto. He currently performs with The Second City Touring Company and improvises locally with TONE (Mission Theater), Slanted Door (iO), Your F*cked Up Relationship (Annoyance) and stand up at Laugh Factory. He is a proud mama’s boy.
Frank Nielsen is the founder of hot cup of Comedy which is located in Willow Springs and is now in it’s 7th season. In 2009 he was the thousand dollar champion at the Gorilla Tango Theater for the Improv thing. along with Jeph Lein he performed in the Chicago Improv Festival. he has been featured at the Laugh Factory, Second City and the Improv Olympic. Most recently, Frank has been a part of the new television show at JBTV called four star stand ups along with Kevin Kellam who is the host of that show. Frank is very excited to be performing at Queer Comedy at Zanies as it has been his dream since 2009.
And introducing Dr. Ray Lauk! Lauk is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, comic, and school administrator. He has studied stand-up and Improv comedy at Zanies and Second City, and now performs stand-up throughout Chicago and the suburbs. When he travels to Brazil, he has twice performed stand-up as a guest performer in Rio de Janeiro with Brazil’s premiere stand-up group, Comedia em Pe. Ray is the owner of Dr. Ray’s Toffee, and he is a Board Member of Gayco, Chicago’s longest running gay-themed theater company. Ray is just returning from speaking at the TEDx Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this past Sunday (April 19, 2015).
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 April 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.