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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.

To stay in the know with queer-inclusive events in Chicago, “like” OutLoud Chicago.

The Rainbow Connection Cast On Diversity In Comedy

queer comedians, queer comedy, comedy tourThe Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is taking off once again! Starting on Friday March 20th in Madison and continuing through St. Paul, Des Moines and ending in Chicago.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search, which was presented by The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual trans and straight comedians, we showcase the rainbow of queer comedy. The cast believes this inclusion reflects the diversity of our community and in turn welcomes the diversity of our audience members. Touring multiple cities, the shows will feature Adam Guerino, Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez, Rachel McCartney and Krista Atkinson.

To talk about what you can expect from the show, the cast talks about what they enjoy (or don’t) about a diverse comedy show by all answering the question, “What does diversity of talent on stage offer to a comedy show?”

queer, queer comedy, bisexual, Marla Depew thinks diversity can take many forms.

“I think a diverse showcase invites audience members to consider perspectives they may have never heard or experienced before. Better yet, I think it helps them connect with people they may have thought they had little in common with and find out they have commonalities after all! We all have something in common. It doesn’t have to be something big, like romantic orientation, to make an impact or a create a connection. It can be something seemingly small, such as watching “Hee-Haw” as a child, or liking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or having conflicting feelings about your hometown. I love finding those commonalities and connections with others and making them laugh at the same time!”

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Krista Atkinson warns of people not leaving it to the pros…

“I always say that, for me, comedy is about being able to have an audience relate to the comics. If I am in the audience, and a comic is telling stories that I can relate to, it establishes a connection that I appreciate having. So if you have a diverse showcase, then you have something for everyone in the audience to relate to. Then on the flip side, you have a variety of voices that can offer something new to the audience, as well. So not only will I have people that I can connect to by relating to them, but then I have people I can learn from and that can make me think in a different way because I am different than them. A show without diversity, can get very monotonous and boring, even if you do like all of the comics. The show runs much more smoothly and cohesively if you offer a variety of perspectives to your audience. You can only hear so many Tinder jokes before you start going crazy. Leave the Tinder jokes to me, I am a pro….”

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Dina Nina Martinez enjoys acting as the ambassador through comedy shows:

“Living your life openly is one of the highest forms of activism and doing it in a humourous way is the best way to bridge that divide.  Diversity within a comedy show is the ultimate “Wam Bam”!  I love what I do because I get to share who I am with people who may never come in contact with Transgender people. If they do it’s probably a showgirl and I’m about the furthest thing from that.  I rarely don heels, I detest glitter and can lip sync for crap, so essentially I only have a GED in all things “Showgirlery”! I would love every comedy show I do and/or see to be as diverse as possible because with every show I learn a little more about myself, people from other background and ways to wear denim I’ve never dreamed about… and most importantly it makes me a better ally and advocate for my own and other communities.”

queer comedian, queer comedy, lesbian comedian, Rachel McCartney notices the advantages of diversity in comedy trends:

“Diversity of talent offers diversity of perspectives. Standup is about having a point of view. And while not all aspects of a comic’s point of view are shaped by their demographic categories, enough are that variety in those categories matters. You can have a showcase composed entirely of straight white cis dude comics, and it can be a brilliant showcase, with each comic having something different and valuable to offer. But at the same time, there are certain things worth hearing that straight white cis dudes are just not going to think to say, because nothing in their experience would lead them to come up with it. So without women, people of color, queer people, etc. doing comedy, certain bits would just be left in the ether. And I think the absence of those bits would be felt even more acutely now than in previous decades, since comedy has been trending toward the personal and vulnerable.”

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Creator Adam Guerino thinks diversity actually doesn’t help in a void but if done correctly, can take a show to a new level.

“Diversity in a comedy show is awesome because what better way to learn about someone than with laughter? And who better to learn about than someone different than you? Additionally, I believe when talent on stage is different, even with different kinds of different, people feel less left out. I see some shows organically do it well with a lineup that makes everyone feel welcome where they aren’t all the same ethnic background, sexuality or age. And I’ve see some shows that seem almost forced like they’re trying to fill some quota. Like they’re building an ark or something. If you can’t find top quality talent that is diverse, you’re not trying hard enough and it makes it seem to audience members like the diversity is on display, like some sort of zoo. I can personally attest to this when I’ve played rooms for 100% straight white folks, the host may as well have introduced me as, “The gay.” As an audience member, I’m not interested in comedy that panders, where I have the same experiences as the person on stage and they’re relating things that are so relate-able that instead of laughing, I’m nodding in agreement. I want someone to take me somewhere, let me into their world with a series of belly laughs and guffaws. So as a performer, I try to think what is a unique story to me. And as a producer, I try to make sure that every show has high quality and diverse talent.”

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Catch the Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour in any of the following cities:

March 20th:  7:30pm at Plan B, 924 Williamson St. Madison, WI. Click to join the facebook event.

March 21st: 9:30pm at Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, St Paul, MN. Click to join the facebook event.

March 22nd: 7pm at Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA. Click to join the facebook event.

March 25th: 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. Chicago, IL. Click to join the facebook event.

The Rainbow Connection Queer Comedy Tour

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The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is BACK! Starting on Friday March 20th in Madison and continuing through St. Paul, Des Moines and ending in Chicago.

March 20th:  7:30pm at Plan B, 924 Williamson St. Madison, WI. Click to join the facebook event. 

March 21st: 9:30pm at Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, St Paul, MN. Click to join the facebook event. 

March 22nd: 7pm at Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA. Click to join the facebook event.

March 25th: 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. Chicago, IL. Click to join the facebook event.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search, which was presented by The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual trans and straight comedians, we showcase the rainbow of queer comedy. We believe this inclusion reflects the diversity of our community and in turn welcomes the diversity of our audience members. Touring multiple cities, the shows will feature Adam Guerino, Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez, Rachel McCartney and Krista Atkinson.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, Adam 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. He is the creator of Outloud Chicago which for over three years has brought queer inclusive entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues most notably Queer Comedy at Zanies. 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.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Marla Depew taps into her sketch comedy background to create rich, wacky characters plucked from both real life and her own head, blending them with sharp observations that challenge conventional thinking. She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program, has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago, and has performed at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest and Los Angeles including Zanies, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox and deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, Tao Comedy Studio, Akbar, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and Gilda’s Laughfest. She is the producer of the monthly showcase Laughs In The Lounge and a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a women-run, queer-friendly comedy collective. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago SketchFest, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Dina Nina Martinez is a trans standup comedian and actor from LA who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Her signature blend of disarming sass and charm has been featured in comedy festivals and multiple world-class comedy venues including LA Pride, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, LA’s The Comedy Store and Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club. She is the creator and host of Madison’s first and only queer comedy show Alphabet Soup, “The D Word” podcast, and the forthcoming The Dina Martinez Show. Though LA was cute and she’s certainly got fabulousness to spare, Martinez’s long term goals are to settle down and be a soccer mom.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Krista 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!

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Rachel 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.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour, Wednesday March 25th, 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Audience members must be 21 or over. For more information, hi res photos or a saved seat, contact adam.guerino@gmail.com.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a new, full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search, which was presented by The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans comedians, we showcase the rainbow of queer comedy. We believe this inclusion reflects the diversity of our community and in turn welcomes the diversity of our audience members. Touring multiple cities including Chicago, Madison and St. Paul, the shows will be headlined by Los Angeles-based comedian Casey Ley, hosted by Adam Guerino, and featuring Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez and Rachel McCartney. For the Chicago debut, we welcome straight ally Krista Atkinson.

rainbow connection comedy tourCasey Ley’s comedy is silly. And smart. And dirty. And dark. And handsome. It’s a lot like him, actually. So it is also self-centered and flakey and relatively promiscuous.

He is the creator and host of the popular San Francisco comedy game show “Tonic Trivia” and comedy variety show “Some People Like Us.” He and his shows have appeared in comedy festivals like SF Sketchfest, the Moontower Comedy and Arts Festival in Austin, TX, Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR, and on the radio on the relatively popular NPR station. He has shared the stage with comics you know like Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson, Laura Kightlinger and some other people you’ve heard of if you like comedy. The readers of SF Weekly voted him best comic in San Francisco in 2012 (which had nothing to do with his homosexuality). In 2013 he was runner-up in The Advocate Magazine’s Next Great Queer Comedy competition (which was wholly the result of his homosexuality). Apparently he just wasn’t quite gay enough. Last year, at least.

rainbow, connection, comedy, tourHosted 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. He is the creator of Outloud Chicago which for over three years has brought queer inclusive entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues most notably Queer Comedy at Zanies. 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.

 rainbow, connection, comedy, tourFeaturing Marla Depew. Depew taps into her sketch comedy background to create rich, wacky characters plucked from both real life and her own head, blending them with sharp observations that challenge conventional thinking. Because of this, her stand-up sets take on a storytelling, theatrical feel complete with physicality and expressive facial movements, whether she’s detailing notes she writes to herself or waxing witty about being the B in GLBT. She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program and has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago. Marla has performed at Zanies Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox and deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, The Lincoln Loft, Studio BE, Stardust Showcase, Hoo HA Comedy, Performance Anxiety Chicago, and The Kates as well as at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, MI. She 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 is the founder and producer of the monthly showcase Laughs In The Lounge. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago SketchFest, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

rainbow, connection, comedy, tourDina Nina Martinez. Martinez is a trans standup comedian and actor from LA who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Her signature blend of disarming sass and charm has been featured in comedy festivals and multiple world-class comedy venues including LA Pride, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, LA’s The Comedy Store and Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club. She is the creator and host of Madison’s first and only queer comedy show Alphabet Soup, “The D Word” podcast, and the forthcoming The Dina Martinez Show. Though LA was cute and she’s certainly got fabulousness to spare, Martinez’s long term goals are to settle down and be a soccer mom.

rainbow, connection, comedy, tourRachel 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.

rainbow, connection, comedy, tourAppearing in the Chicago show, Krista 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:  August 26th, 9:30pm at Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $15 with a two drink minimum, advanced tickets available here. Audience members must be 21 or over.

Madison: August 29th, 7:30pm at Plan B 924 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703. No cover! Audience members must be 21 or over.

St. Paul: August 30th, 8:00pm at Camp Bar 490 Robert St N Saint Paul, MN 55101. Tickets are $10 and available here. Audience members must be 21 or over.

For more information, hi res photos or a saved seat, contact adam.guerino@gmail.com.

Before The Story: Marla Depew

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*Originally posted on The L Stop.

Meet Marla Depew. She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program and has studied at iO and The Annoyance. She has performed throughout Chicago and the Midwest, is the producer of the showcase Sidecar Bar Comedy Night and co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a ladies’ open mic and showcase. She is also a founding member of the sketch troupe Cell Camp.

Recently I sat down with Marla to ask her a few questions about comedy, bisexuality and the queer community.

Adam Guerino: I know the who… but when, where and how did you start doing comedy?

Marla Depew: In my living room at the age of two. I’ve always loved making people laugh (even when it’s just me), but humor was also my way of dealing with a rather tumultuous childhood- it was my defense mechanism. I moved to Chicago in 2005 to study at Second City, which is where I met my fellow members of Cell Camp, the sketch troupe we formed after we graduated from the writing program. I loved sketch and was terrified of standup but had always wanted to do it, so I took Feminine Comique with Cameron Esposito in 2009. It was incredible, and I loved the rush and reward of standup, but I only performed it sporadically until about a year and half ago. Now I perform about 5–7 times a month, which is lovely!

AG: And you wear many hats. Tell me more about this “producing shows” hat you look so great wearing.

MD: Well, thank-you! I produce a monthly showcase in Rogers Park called Sidecar Bar Comedy Night, and it’s in a really intimate room which gives it such a warm, disarming vibe- I really like the spirit of the show, and the neighborhood’s happy to have a comedy show there. Plus, everyone that performs there is hilarious, so that helps! I am also a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, which also includes creator Amy Eisenberg and co-producers Tamale Sepp and Krista Atkinson. Our mission is to cultivate a welcoming space for women to develop their comedic voices. It’s so awesome to be a part of something so positive and fun! I absolutely love it.

AG:How would you describe your sexual orientation?

MD: I am a proud bisexual! I also love the word queer because of its inclusiveness and sometimes feel like that’s a more all-encompassing description for my orientation, but I made a conscious decision to take on the label of bisexual after experiencing so much misunderstanding and outright hostility to bisexuality.

AG:Have you felt under-represented in the queer community as a bisexual woman?

MD: Absolutely. I’d say the majority of the hostility and misunderstanding I’ve experienced is coming from inside the community, and that’s really sad and frustrating. However, I’ve also experienced a great amount of support lately, specifically during the Pride Parade this past June. I marched with the Bisexual Queer Alliance of Chicago and I wore a shirt I made that says “Start Seeing Bisexuals” and carried a sign that said “I Put the B in GLBT.” There were so many people along the parade route that shouted happily, “ME, TOO!” It made me realize how important that group is, and how important it is to be out and visible as a proud B in the GLBT community.

AG:Do you enjoy being able to control coming out via a microphone?

MD: Totally- it’s empowering! I have one bit specifically about my orientation, and I love performing it, because 1. I think it’s hilarious 2. It’s really cathartic to perform it and 3. It’s informative. I’ve had people come up to me after shows that tell me they hadn’t thought about bi-erasure before and how it hurts people, or they come out to me, or they just say it made them laugh. All of that feels really great!

AG:Does your sexual orientation change how you approach booking a show?

MD: Possibly – I tend to see different sides to things and always seek a balance in things, which may stem from my bi wiring. I use that same approach when booking Sidecar. I want each show to represent different comedic styles and energies while flowing together- it’s a lot like making a mixtape.

Stand Out Winner Maggie Faris Headlines Queer Comedy at Zanies

queer, comedy, zaniesqueer, comedy, zaniesMaggie Faris, the winner of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search returns to the stage where she took the title of the next great queer comedian. Faris competed live in September 2013 in the culmination of a national search that lasted six months with over 75 competitors and three rounds, including submission, online voting and live competition. Stand Out was presented by Outloud Chicago, The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka and boasted big cash and media prizes–you can read all about it with this Advocate Magazine companion piece. As one of her prizes, Faris returns to headline Queer Comedy at Zanies.

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, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, BET, TBS Just For Laughs, SXSW, Comedy Bang Bang, A Night At The Apollo, and Last Comic Standing. January’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 Maggie Faris. Faris is also the winner of several comedy competitions including the Gender Showdown – the first woman to win the title featuring an impressive list of past competitors including Louie Anderson and Roseanne Barr. Another competition win made Maggie the Public Address Announcer for the St. Paul Saints professional baseball team, which led to an appearance on ESPN™s Cold Pizza for her unique style and memorable announcements. She appeared two years in a row on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and won both the Silver Nail award and Funniest Clip of the Year at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Curve magazine named Maggie Faris one of the Funniest Lesbians in America. queer, comedy, zanies

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 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.

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 Featuring Megan Gailey. Gailey was a finalist in NYC’s Laughing Devil Festival, a featured performer at the Traverse City Winter Comedy Festival and selected as one of Comedy Central’s Chicago Comics to Watch. Megan was recently featured in Chicago Magazine for her comedic risk taking and amazing dresses. And she has finally performed alongside enough famous people that her older brothers no longer hate her including opening for Brad Garrett, Kevin Nealon, Amy Schumer, Paul Reiser, Doug Benson, April Macie and TJ Miller.

 

queer, comedy, zaniesJoe Fernandez is a regular on the Chicago comedy scene, having done shows at Zanies, The Improv in Schaumburg, ‘Up’ Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, Lincoln Lodge,Comedians You Should Know Show, The Comedy Bar, SpeakEasy Comedy and Chicago Underground Comedy where he is also a member and has opened for Natasha Leggero, Jon Lovitz, Nick Griffin and Harland Williams. queer, comedy, zanies

Marla Depew is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program and has studied at iO and The Annoyance. She has performed throughout Chicago and the Midwest at venues such as Zanies, Laugh Factory, The Lincoln Lodge, Studio BE, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox, and The Book Cellar with The Kates as well as at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and the upcoming LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI. She is the producer of the showcase Sidecar Bar Comedy Night and co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a ladies’ open mic and showcase. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago SketchFest, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

 

Tuesday January 28th 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.

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Queer Comedy at Zanies: April 23rd

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Courtesy Archer Coe.

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.