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Queer Comedy Turns 4!

Queer Comedy Turns 4! 

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Queer Comedy at Zanies celebrates 4 years of bringing queer-inclusive comedy to Chicago! The Anniversary show will take place on Tuesday July 21st, 8:30 pm at Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells.  Queer Comedy was the first show to bring ongoing queer standup comedy to a mainstream Chicago venue and has been going strong with national headliners, contests and tours. To celebrate 4 years, creator and host Adam Guerino welcomes a hilarious lineup of queer and queer-friendly comedians including Ali Clayton, Rachel McCartney, Sonia Denis, Marla Depew, Trannika Rex, Joseph William Reese and Julie Paradise.

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Headliner Ali Clayton

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.”

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.

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Host Adam Guerino

Tuesday July 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.

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Piss & Vinegar April 8th

Spring has sprung! (a boner.) The monthly scathing and sass-fulous comedy show returns April 8th with co-hosts Trannika Rex and Adam Guerino with guests Rebecca O’Neal, Joseph William Reese and Alex Seligsohn.

Wednesday April 8th, 9pm. Followed by OMG with DJ Xp til 4a! Berlin Nightclub 954 W Belmont. adam guerino, trannika rex, outloud chicago, berlin nightclub, rebecca oneal, joseph william reese, alex seligsohn, queer, comedy, chicago

Queer Comedy at Zanies 2/24

queer, comedy, zanies, adam guerino, zanies comedy clubQueer Comedy at Zanies shows its staying power on Tuesday February 24th with Kelsie Huff, Adam Guerino, Rebecca O’Neal, Rich Kiamco, Mike Lebovitz, Joseph William Reese, Paul Fruhwirth and Alex Seligsohn. $15 tickets are available online or at the door for the 8:30pm showtime at 1548 N Wells.

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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 Kelsie Huff. Kelsie Huff is a Chicago stand up comedian, performing at venues such as Zanies, Chicago’s Laugh Factory, Mayne Stage, and throughout the suburbs. She has also performed at several comedy festivals including, New Orleans, North Carolina, Boston Women in Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Chicago Funny Female Festival. Huff’s humor has “an infectious joyousness that makes you happy to be alive” and she “makes confident choices and creates loud, defined characters that are both unbearable and hilarious”. Kelsie has been described as a “Midwestern American Intangible Cultural Treasure” who makes the audience feel as though they have been transported from a dark comedy club to a private slumber party. queer, comedy, zanies comedy club, chicago

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.

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Mike Lebovitz. Lebovitz’s comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He’s been delighting and confounding audiences big and small ever since with his offbeat yet accessible brand of humor. As an accomplished actor, director and writer, Lebovitz draws from a broad range of disciplines in constructing his act, using outlandish viewpoints and subversive turns-of-phrase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being. He doesn’t point out life’s quirks; he revels in them. After earning a BA in Theater Performance from Oberlin College, Lebovitz trained at both the Annoyance and iO Theaters, where he was a member of the house teams Ned Beatty and Roadster from 2002-2007. He is also a member of Comedians You Should Know, Chicago’s premiere stand-up comedy collective, whose debut CD recently topped out as the #1 selling comedy album on iTunes.

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Rich Kiamco. Kiamco is a force of nature that rips across the stage leaving laughter, tears and applause in his wake. His comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology where he performed his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent show. Later that year later he met Judy Tenuta and became her costume designer and eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide.

queer, comedy, zanies, zanies comedy club, chicago, adam guerinoRebecca O’Neal. O’Neal is a Chicago based writer/editor and stand up comedian whose work can be read on/in Vanity Fair Magazine, Gawker.tv, Splitsider.com, The Rumpus, Death and Taxes Magazine, and more. She is also a regular guest on Vocalo.org’s morning amp and has appeared as a guest comedy commentator or WBEZ’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Since she began stand up comedy in early 2012, Rebecca has performed at Portland’s 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Chicago Underground Comedy, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival 2012 and headlined 2013, Queer Comedy at Zanies, The Comedy Shrine, The Laugh Factory, Zanies Rosemont, The Wasted Plains Rock and Roll Revival, The Ohio Lesbian Festival, Entertaining Julia, NPR’s Brian Babylon’s Bronzeville Comedy Show, Jokes and Notes, The Lincoln Lodge, Navy Pier’s Beer Garden, and many other showcases around the city. She also performed in a video for Just For Laughs Chicago 2012 and currently produces a monthly free, BYOB comedy showcase in Chicago called Congrats on Your Success (for which she does the promotion and public relations) that has been featured in/on WBEZ/NPR, The Huffington Post, Vocalo.org, The Chicago Reader, The Red Eye’s Eat Drink Do column, Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block, Chicagoist, LoganSquarist, Chicago Now, ChooseChicago.com, AfterEllen.com and many local blogs and websites. She was also listed as one of the Huffington Post’s 18 Funny Women To Follow on Twitter alongside Mindy Kaling. Rebecca O’Neal is a hilariously cerebral and confessional young comic whose urban upbringing on Chicago’s southside coupled with her expansive vocabulary and tendency toward introspection endear her to audiences of all backgrounds. By humorously mining her experiences, she makes the esoteric universal.

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Joseph William Reese. Reese is a bar manager by night and a Facebook stalker by day. He is the co-creator and writer for Megan and Meghan The Series on YouTube. He has previously worked with Just Dickin’ Around Comedy, Queer Comedy at Zanies Chicago, The House of Blues Chicago Foundation Room Comedy Showcase, Double Door Chicago Comedy Showcase, The Cubby Bear Comedy Show, The New South Comedy Festival and Solo in the 2nd City storytelling series. You can find him on Facebook: /joseph.w.reese Twitter: @jwreese and on YouTube: JWReeseComedy. queer, comedy, zanies, zanies comedy club, adam guerino

Paul Fruhwirth. Fruhwirth is a Chicago-based comedian who is returning to Queer Comedy at Zanies. A relative newcomer to the Chicago comedy scene, Paul is a graduate of the Second City School of Improvisational Comedy, the Second City School of Sketch Writing and the Second City School of Stand-Up Comedy. Paul has been in comedy since he was only four months old, first appearing as Baby Jesus in his church’s Christmas pageant.

 queer, comedy, zanies, zanies comedy club, adam guerinoAlex Seligsohn. Seligsohn is a stand-up comedian in Chicago who has a lot of very important things to say. She’s excited to share her opinions on a variety of pressing issues such as feminism, death metal, and how Mark Rothko ruined modern art. She has performed at Zanies for the Female Funnies showcase, at The Fort Lauderdale Improv for the CCFA fundraiser, and also hosts a monthly showcase at the Sedgwick Stop in Old Town. Alex is currently in her final term of the conservatory at the Second City Training Center. She’d like to thank her cats for making her the woman that she is today.

 

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 February 24th, 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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Piss & Vinegar, The Third Trainwreck

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Future Trannika Rex has wheeled back in time to warn you not to go to Piss & Vinegar, Wednesday February 11th.

We just never learn. Whatever you do, don’t suffer the third episode of Piss & Vinegar Comedy Wednesday February 11th at Berlin Nightclub, 9pm. Thank us later.

Co-hosted by bros Adam Guerino and Trannika Rex featuring The Puterbaugh Sisterz, Ali Clayton, Joseph William Reese and Dina Nina Martinez.

Followed by the DJ stylings of Teen Witch til 4 am.

Save yourselves. Piss & Vinegar Comedy, Wednesday February 11th at Berlin Nightclub, 9pm.

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Photo from our favorite onlooker at our last garbage heap, Kelsie Huff.

Piss & Vinegar Comedy Show

adam guerino, trannika rexUp for a night of dignified, family-friendly comedy? Too bad.

Wednesday December 10th at 9pm offers up the first helping of the sordid and scathing new comedy show Piss & Vinegar hosted by creators Adam Guerino* and Trannika Rex**.

piss and vinegar comedy showWith the hilarimazing Candy “Comedy” Lawrence! Years ago, Lawrence began her stand-up comedy career at Berlin Bar & Grille and she returns for one of her last shows in Chicago before becoming AN INTERGALACTIC CYBORG BOUNTY HUNTER!

Featuring the fabulous Puterbaugh Sisters, sass siren Natalie Jose, professional male stripper Mike Lebovitz and white girl historian Joseph William Reese.

12/10/14, 9pm. $5 Cover. $2 PBR. No apologies. Berlin Nightclub 954 W Belmont.

*Real Housewives of Iowa
**How To Catch A Predator

Before The Story: Lives of Comedians

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In honor of Tuesday’s Queer Comedy show at Zanies Comedy Club, I talked with three of the comedians in the show about doing comedy. Being a comedian is a very unique calling and defies many expectations. To lift the veil a little bit, I asked them how being a comedian is different than people might assume.

queer, comedy, zanies, chicago, adam guerino, rachel mccartney, joseph william reese, krista atkinsonFor myself, I think that unlike other careers, people have a lot of assumptions about a comedian’s life. Like it’s a character trait rather than a career. The number one thing I get asked in every day life is always, “Is this your bit?” Like every conversation I have is an open mic or something. But of course that’s if I’m being funny. If I’m not being funny, I get asked, “Is everything OK?” “What’s the matter?” “ARE YOU MAD AT ME OR SOMETHING?!” Usually I just assure them that everything’s fine but sometimes I ask what they do for a living. If they say they’re a barista, I ask, “Where’s my coffee? DO YOU HATE ME?!” And so on. Which is a vicious cycle because, well, that’s kind of a bit, isn’t it?

queer, comedy, zanies, chicago, adam guerino, rachel mccartney, joseph william reese, krista atkinsonFor comedian Rachel McCartney, she wanted to address where people think the desire to do comedy comes from.

It’s a misconception that comedians are all looking to fill an emotional void with applause. I’m not saying we’re not screwed up–just that after you’ve had enough good sets and bad sets, audience feedback stops feeling personal. Having a joke hit doesn’t feel like an absent parent’s love; it just feels like doing anything else well.

queer, comedy, zanies, chicago, adam guerino, rachel mccartney, joseph william reese, krista atkinsonFor when to even call yourself a comic, Joseph William Reese explains reactions he’s heard from even bringing up the title.

Considering how new I am to the comedy scene I have only recently been able to confidently say “I’m a comic” when people ask what I do. It used to be “I’m a bar manager that is sometimes on stage by myself with a microphone” which was easier to keep the conversation moving without further elaboration on the subject. However now oftentimes the response is “say something funny” to which I have to explain that it’s not really that cut and dry because my humor is more of a storytelling style that requires a little foreplay before the payoff. People assume that I just stand on stage and tell knock knock jokes or something…which is not the case. Another response I get is from mostly my actor friends: “Oh I could never do that it seems terrifying” which was always surprising for me because the idea of being an actor is more scary for me. At least in our case if we bomb it’s our own words being botched on stage, not someone else’s. 

queer, comedy, zanies, chicago, adam guerino, rachel mccartney, joseph william reese, krista atkinsonWhile Krista Atkinson talks about how being honest on stage can lead to boundary issues off stage.
One of the things that makes being a comedian very different from other careers, in my opinion, is the level of personal information that people can sometimes feel entitled to, and the boundary issues they have. I get very honest and open onstage, especially about my sex life. However, that is one facet of my multifaceted personality. I find that some people tend to think they know everything about me based on what I say on stage for a few minutes. They think I have this one dimension. They also will ask very personal questions (especially about my sex life), or make inappropriate comments to me just because I shared something personal on stage. That is part of my act, but people think it is an open pass to dig deeper. Additionally, people ask about the money you make at comedy, which also is very personal. To me, that is the equivalent of asking someone what their salary is. Things that tend to be off-limits in other respects, don’t seem to be shown the same courtesy when it comes to being a comic.

Also, another way that being a comic is different than what people may think, is that… it is WAY better than anything anyone else does! Even with the boundary problems, it is the most amazing experience to share my life on stage and make people laugh.

I think it’s safe to say with these four different opinions that what being a comedian is like is just as hard to define as any career–just funnier to describe. But enough with the behind the scenes stuff, don’t miss the show Tuesday November 18th, with Rachel McCartney, Joseph William Reese and Krista Atkinson hosted by me, headlined by Candy Lawrence and also featuring Paul Fruhwirth. $15 tickets available at Chicago.Zanies.com or at the door at 1548 N Wells.

Queer Comedy at Zanies presents Candy Lawrence

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On Tuesday November 18th, Candy Lawrence returns to Queer Comedy at Zanies for a farewell show with host Adam Guerino and featuring Rachel McCartney, Joseph Michael Reese, Krista Atkinson and Paul Fruhwirth. $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.”

chicago, comedy, queer, lgbtCandy Lawrence, more like Comedy Lawrence! Hilarious, dynamic and eccentric, she captivates you with her unique blend of energy and idiosyncratic comedy. Candy can be seen performing stand-up at various venues in Chicago including Zanies, House of Blues, The Laugh Factory, and UP Comedy Club among others. She is also willing to rollerblade to other cities to perform for you. She was a part of the Just For Laughs 2011 and 2013 festival in Chicago, Limestone Festival 2014 and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland 2013.  She has opened for Maria Bamford, Todd Barry, Jen Kirkman, Moshe Kasher, James Adomian, Jackie Kashian, Judah Friedlander, Garfunkel & Oates, Brent Weinbach, Kurt Braunohler, Kyle Dunnigan, and Wyatt Cenac.  Candy generates one laugh per second and she would like to thank Rod Stewart for teaching her everything she knows about comedy.

chicago, comedy, queer, lgbtHosted 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.

chicago, queer, comedy, gay, lgbtKrista Atkinson! Atkinson grew up in Southern Illinois where the cows and corn are plentiful. As soon as she possibly could she got out of all that fresh air to pursue the life of a Chicago city gal. Don’t let her classy outfits and heels fool you– she has a potty-mouth! Divorce, d**k pics, dating and dashed dreams: it’s all fair game for this brassy, brazen, bawdy blonde who has lived a full life and has a lot to say about it. Since her move to Chicago, Krista has trained in Improv at Second City and The Annoyance, stand-up with Feminine Comique, and burlesque at Vaudezilla. Krista is a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a women-run, queer-friendly comedy collective that creates supportive, empowering open mics and showcases for female comedians. She has performed at Zanies Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, The Lincoln Lodge, Stage 773, The Playground Theatre, Hydrate, Parlour, Halsted’s, The Book Cellar with The Kates, The Underground Lounge, and the Upstairs Gallery to name a few. Check out www.justdickinaround.com!

chicago, queer, comedy, gay, lgbtRachel McCartney is a standup comedian living in Chicago. She is a cast member of 100 Proof Comedy and has performed in Queer Comedy at Zanies and Chigaygo at the Laugh Factory. McCartney is a lesbian who prefers not to label herself. Local legend Peter-john Byrnes has called her “Chicago’s foremost grammar comedian,” which is a distinction she plans to have carved into her headstone.

 

chicago, queer, comedy, gay, lgbtJoseph William Reese is a bar manager by night and a Facebook stalker by day. He is the co-creator and writer for Megan and Meghan The Series on YouTube. He has previously worked with Just Dickin’ Around Comedy, Queer Comedy at Zanies Chicago, The House of Blues Chicago Foundation Room Comedy Showcase, Double Door Chicago Comedy Showcase, The Cubby Bear Comedy Show, The New South Comedy Festival and Solo in the 2nd City storytelling series. You can find him on Facebook: /joseph.w.reese Twitter: @jwreese and on YouTube: JWReeseComedy. queer comedy at zanies, chicago, gay, lgbt

Paul Fruhwirth is a Chicago-based comedian who is thrilled to participating in Queer Comedy at Zanies. A relative newcomer to the Chicago comedy scene, Paul is a graduate of the Second City School of Improvisational Comedy, the Second City School of Sketch Writing and the Second City School of Stand-Up Comedy. Paul has been in comedy since he was only four months old, first appearing as Baby Jesus in his church’s Christmas pageant.

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 November 18th, 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: 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 The Next Generation

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After nearly 3 years of putting together queer inclusive shows, Queer Comedy at Zanies presents a show full of fresh faces from some of Chicago’s top talent and rising stars. The night of Queer Comedy debuts include Joseph William Reese, Drew Anderson, Rachel McCartney, Scott Duff, Graham Aden, Dana Austen and will be co hosted by Adam Guerino and Trannika Rex. Tuesday May 20th, 8:30pm, 1548 N Wells. $15 tickets available at Chicago.zanies.com or at the door.

Queer Comedy at Zanies is co-produced by Adam Guerino and Kris McDermott and 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.”

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

Co-hosted by Adam Guerino and Trannika Rex.

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 almost 3 years in Chicago as well as 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, 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.

Trannika Rex is a drag queen and master of ceremonies 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 third time and this time to host..

Joseph William Reese is a Facebook stalker by day and bar manager by night. He is the co-creator and writer for Megan and Meghan The Series on YouTube and is excited to head to Miami at the end of the month where he will see his collaboration with the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus come to life in “Los Quinces.” He has previously worked with Just Dickin’ Around Comedy, Solo in the 2nd City and Raunch!: Tales of Debauchery storytelling series. You can find him on Facebook: /joseph.w.reese and Twitter: @jwreese if you want to hear more stories about drunk white women and the gay men who love them. He is thrilled to be a part of Queer Comedy at Zanies for the first time!

Drew Anderson is a writer/comedian living in the wonderful city of Chicago. He has had the privilege of writing and performing many of his stories with Serendipity Theatre Collective’s 2nd Story. Most recently, he wrote and shared an essay about his experience as an extra for the live WBEZ program, “Music & Stories.” Drew can be seen performing his comedy all around the city, most frequently at the Paper Machete, Entertaining Julia, 2-Hour Comedy Hour, The Laugh Factory, The Hideout, and the iO Theater. This June he will produce QWEIRDO at the iO Theatre to benefit the Howard Brown Health Center. He also loves writing/performing with his best friend as part of the duo, Drew&Ayala.

Rachel McCartney couldn’t be bothered to write anything funny here because she’s just that arrogant about her act. Just kidding actually she is too nervous to figure out what to write please like me. She has performed in numerous local shows, including 100 Proof Comedy, Brass Chuckles, and Performance Anxiety.

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.

Graham Aden is a comedian and writer from Chicago. In his spare time, he works full-time as a web developer.

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!

Tuesday May 20th 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 21/+. Two item minimum.