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Queer Comedy at Zanies March 28th

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The queer-inclusive standup comedy show returns Tuesday March 28th with Rachel McCartney, Adam Guerino, Erica Nicole Clark, Shannon Noll, Michael Rice, and Noah Rocklin. $10 tickets are available online or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 for 8:30 PM showtime at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N Wells.

Headliner Rachel McCartney has been a Queer Comedy favorite since her debut at the New Faces Showcase in 2014. With heavy hearts and a hilarious night, March 28th will be McCartney’s Chicago farewell show before she moves to New York City.

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.”

Tuesday March 28th, 8:30pm, $10 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 5 Year Anniversary

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On Tuesday July 19th, Queer Comedy at Zanies celebrates 5 years with headliner Bill Cruz! The all-inclusive comedy show will be hosted by creator Adam Guerino and feature Ali Clayton, Archer Coe, Rachel McCartney and more.

Queer Comedy at Zanies has put ongoing queer-inclusive comedy in the historic comedy club Zanies since July of 2011, has been named theAdvocate.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 July 19th, 8pm, $10 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 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.

Piss & Vinegar Comedy: Shame Edition

In honor of Pride month, we present the most shameful comedy show in the history of ever, Piss & Vinegar!

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On Wednesday June 10th, join co-hosts Trannika Rex and Adam Guerino with world-class comedians Puterbaugh Sisterz, Ali Clayton, Martin Morrow, Rachel McCartney and Casey Larwood. We’re sorry.

Wednesday, June 10th, 9 pm at Berlin Nightclub 954 W Belmont. Don’t look at me.

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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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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.

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.

Outloud Chicago Comes To Des Moines

jonny demo, rachel mccartney, zach peterson, daniel umthunPrototype and Outloud Chicago brings together touring and local comedians for a one-night only event of world class comedy at The Des Moines Social Club. Outloud Chicago has been producing Queer Comedy at Zanies the most historic standup comedy club in the Midwest for over three years and has hosted national contests and tours. For the first time, Outloud Chicago creator Adam Guerino brings his production stylings to his home state of Iowa with opener and brother Jonny Demo,  featuring Chicago comedians Zach Peterson, Rachel McCartney and Des Moines Underground Comedy creator Daniel Umthun. Monday December 22nd, 7pm, $8, in the basement bar of The Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

des moines social clubHosted 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.

 outloud chicago, des moines social club, adam guerinoRachel 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.

 

outloud chicago, des moines social club, adam guerinoZach Peterson creates thoughtful and different comedy with uncommon takes on common subjects. His jokes have a political tinge from someone who is sick of politics as usual . When Zach is not touring the country with the likes of Dave Ross or Timmy Williams from The Whitest Kids you Know, he makes his home in Chicago IL. In Chicago, Zach helps run the Arguments and Grievances comedy debate show that was just named “Best Variety Show” by Chicago Magazine and recently featured at LA’s Nerdmelt Theater. He is also one of the organizers of the Comedy Exposition of 2014 Chicago’s first DIY stand up festival. In the past he has worked with such comedians as Sean Patton, The Sklar Brothers, Doug Benson and others. He has performed at High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver , Hell Yeah fest in New Orleans. He continues to tour the country in clubs and rock clubs.

 outloud chicago, des moines social club, adam guerinoJonny Demo is the producer and host of the Prototype Presents series, which includes the Haiku Deathmatch, Quiz Show and Pundemic. He knows the reason that Grump Cat is so angry and feels the best way to say “thank you” is with cash.

Daniel UmthunDaniel Umthun has made it his mission to work to improve the public face of the untapped, up and coming comics in Des Moines, Iowa.  He’s run close to 100 shows now, as well as the funnest and best attended open mic in the state. Underground Comedy was featured in the February 17th, 2012 issue of Cityview Magazine where they said of our show: ‘There’s something electric in the air tonight!’

kate bennettKate Bennett is a stand-up comedian who hails from the creepy part of Missouri. She spent last year driving a giant, orange, wiener-shaped vehicle across the United States for a living, which gave her the opportunity to perform at open mics all over the west coast. This included doing a tight two-and-a-half at iO Hollywood, her proudest achievement to date. Most recently, she helped orchestrate and performed in Beast Village Comedy Festival is Des Moines.

Monday December 22nd, 7pm, $8, in the Basement Bar of Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

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.