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Queer Comedy at Zanies presents M Dickson!

m dickson, queer comedy at zanies, adam guerinoOn Tuesday September 29th, Queer Comedy at Zanies welcomes touring comedian and SNL contributing writer M Dickson! The all-inclusive comedy show will be hosted by creator Adam Guerino and feature Ali Clayton, Martin Morrow, Ray Lauk and present the hilarious drag queen Dixie Lynn Cartwright to the historic Zanies stage.

 

M Dickson writes jokes. Sometimes she tells them on stage. Sometimes she types ’em up and sells them to big old television companies and once she put them down in a book that Lewis Black called “a must read“. She’s been seen on MTV, FUSE, Last Comic Standing + VH1 and was a contributing writer to SNL’s Weekend Update. M tours the country and can often be seen headlining for Atlantis Events.

 

Queer Comedy at Zanies has put ongoing queer-inclusive comedy in the historic comedy club Zanies for over 4 years. Since its inception in 2011, Queer Comedy 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.”

 

Previous comedians have included James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Beth Stelling, Brad Loekle, Matteo Lane, Liza Treyger, Megan Gailey, Joel Kim Booster and more. Comedians who have appeared at Queer Comedy 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. For four years and counting, every Queer Comedy show continues to demonstrate that no matter whether audience members are queer or straight, laughter knows no sexuality.

 

Tuesday September 29th, 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.

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All Geeks: Saturday Morning Cartoons

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On Friday August 28th, All Geeks celebrates our geeky youth with a cosplay variety show dedicated to Saturday Morning Cartoons! Everyone from He-Man to Pokemon will is coming so show your turtle power and plan your Powerpuff squad goals.

All Geeks is an all-inclusive cosplay series started in Chicago by queer-inclusive production group Outloud Chicago and gay social group Geeks Out in July 2014. Since its inception, All Geeks has gotten bigger by the month, hosted celebrities of geek culture and toured across the country. No matter your gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, all geeks are welcome at an All Geeks party.

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Come in costume and walk our cosplay runway for big TBA prizes.

Photos will be snapped by MarisaKM.com. Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeksToons on twitter/instagram. Or join the facebook group here: All Geeks: Saturday Morning Cartoons.

All Geeks: Saturday Morning Cartoons. Friday August 28th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Multiverse Fridays from DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

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.

Queer Comedy at Zanies, April 21st

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. queer comedy at zanies, adam guerino, queer, comedy, chicago

 

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.”

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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.

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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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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.

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All Geeks: Gay of Thrones (Unofficial C2E2 After Party)

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Jonathan Van Ness

On Friday April 24th, All Geeks celebrates C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment  Expo) with the official Geeks Out and Sugar Gamers after party! Hosted by Gay of Throne’s host Jonathan Van Ness (Funnyordie.com) and over $1,500 in giveaways! With a cosplay variety show of drag, burlesque, circus and comedy from Adam Guerino, Keisha Howard, Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, The Vixen, Dizzy Lizzy, Alexis Bevels, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Casey Larwood and Frank Nielsen.

 

Pre-show comedy and cosplay runway starts at 10pm sharp where participants can claim drink tickets, gift certificates and big prizes followed by an epic cosplay variety show tribute to all things geek. Raffle prizes will be announced throughout the night. Cosplay runway presented by Sugar Gamers, hosted by Keisha Howard and judged by comic book creator superstar Tim Seeley, Skin Tight USA creator Matthew Levine and more TBA.

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Photo from previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

Raffle prizes include:

-4 (3 day) passes to C2E2 ($240 value.)

-$200 in gift certificates and collectibles from Chicago Comics.

-Logitech G910 Orion Spark Keyboard ($179 value.)

-One night stay at City Suites Chicago (estimated $200 value) located across from Berlin Nightclub.

-$150 gift certificate to Civello Salon.

-$60 in Star Trek Figurines from Boystown Collectibles.

Cosplay runway prizes include:

-A super suit from SlickItUp.com (estimated $200 value) courtesy Skin Tight USA.

-A $50 gift certificate to Chicago Costume.

-An original sketch of your cosplay look from superstar comic creator Tim Seeley (estimated value $150.)

-Costume jewelry from Sevenology (estimated $100 value.)

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Photo from previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

All Geeks is a geek-inclusive collective that has been throwing cosplay variety shows since July 2014. This all-inclusive monthly party was created by Adam Guerino with the queer geek non-profit group Geeks Out, the female-centric tech, fashion, and gaming group Sugar Gamers, and the queer, live performance production effort Outloud Chicago.

Photos will be snapped by MarisaKM.com. Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeks on twitter/instagram.

Get your tickets now! Here are two options: http://allgeeks.brownpapertickets.com/

-$8 advanced ticket gets you in the door even if the event sells out.

-$25 VIP meet and greet. Join Van Ness for dinner at Jack’s On Halsted (3201 N Halsted) before the show for an intimate small group dinner. Ticket includes entrance to the show after. The schmoozing, food and drink are up to you.

All Geeks: Gay of Thrones (Unofficial C2E2 After Party). Friday April 24th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays: Electronica/Indie dance music with DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

Photo from a previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

Photo from a previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

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

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.

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 Comedy Show

 

Adam Guerino, Trannika Rex, Berlin NightclubPiss & Vinegar returns! Just in case we didn’t offend your sensibilities last time, we’re back on Wednesday January 21st with a second helping of scathing sass!

Co-hosted by Adam Guerino* and Trannika Rex**

Featuring comedians Kelsie Huff (The Kates!), Natalie Jose (Sadsacks and Wisecracks!), Dana Austen (Queer Comedy at Zanies! and Rachel McCartney (100 Proof Comedy!)

Wednesday January 21st, 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont.

*Dan Savage stunt double.

**Mistress of problematic language.