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!
Headlined 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.