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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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Queer Comedy (Contest) at Zanies Tuesday October 25th

Queer Comedy Contest hosted by Adam Guerino!

Queer Comedy at Zanies, presented by OutLoud Chicago, aims to find safe spaces for queer audiences and safe stages for queer performers. The first show, in July of 2011, created a stage for queer comedy in the mainstream. While Zanies features experienced queer comedians, the established nature of the historic club makes it difficult to give stage-time to newer comedians. For queer comedians, there is a large divide between starting out and being featured. But, that’s about to change.

At the Queer Comedy (Contest) at Zanies on Tuesday October 25th,OutLoud Chicago is looking for queer comedians who are ready and willing for the next stage. Hosted by Queer Comedy at Zanies creator Adam Guerino, Zanies will enlist judges Nellie Huggins (regular contributor to Gaper’s Block, producer)Dave Odd (Edge Comedy Club creator/booker/producer) and Cynthia Levin (BET, Comedy Central, national headliner and personal stand-up comedy coach.)

The contest will feature eight comedians, each doing eight minute sets: Guerino will also be teaching audience classes and presenting awards for “most supportive hoot and hollerer,” “best heckler” and “best offended gasp trailed by nervous laughter.” At the end of the night, stand-up vet and judge Cynthia Levin will headline the show while the votes are tallied. The contest winners are decided based upon audience and judge vote.

Each contestant will receive professional, instant feedback after their set, as well as photos and video of their performance. The contest will feature three prizes: first, second and third place will receive a comedy workshop, publicity bootcamp and first prize will receive a paid feature spot in the next Queer Comedy at Zanies show, on Tuesday November 22nd and will be interviewed about their victory and awesomeness in Gaper’s Block.

Audience members and comedians  will see what it takes to get booked in the best rooms in the city. The contest will be held on Tuesday October 25th at 9:30pm at Zanies Comedy Club (1548 N Wells). Doors open at 9pm, tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door with 2 drink minimum.

Contestants include:

Blogger and novelist of “The Adventures of Sissy Van Dyke,” Sissy Van Dyke.


Veteran comedian, former member of “Hysterical Women” Julie Paradise.


Graduate of levels one and two of the comedy class “The Feminine Comique,” Caitlin Bergh.


Nightspot’s magazine columnist and former improv and sketch actor at Second City, Homer Marrs.


“New Colony” theater company stage actor, Joel Booster.


Writer and cast-member from “The Best Church of God,” Brian Henning.


Graduate from both Second city and iO, Jay Ryan.


Improviser and sketch comedy actress, Mollie Merkel.


Writer and cast-member of the sketch and improv group, “Just The Tip,” Bess McGeorge.


Creator and star of “Repeat Offender” at Hydrate nightclub, Amy Eisenberg.