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  COMEDY Hannah Gadsby pops into Chicago

The Australian, lesbian comic Hannah Gadsby became popular with American audiences thanks to the trail blazing Netflix special Nanette. The show was her tenth and thanks to the hit special she won a Peabody Award. Gadsby ...


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  ComedySportz hosting LGBTQ performances during June

ComedySportz Chicago ( CSZ ) will commence Pride Month with the company's very first ComedySportz Chicago Pride Month featuring a series of performances,and a Pride Weekend celebration with CSZ's LGBTQIA+ cast members from June 7-22 at ...


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  'Tales' producer discusses return to 28 Barbary Lane

Producer Alan Poul, who is gay and is among the returning crew and cast for Netflix's Tales of the City revival, said that he's "thrilled" to return to Armistead Maupin's cast of characters at 28 Barbary ...


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  Second City's Salute to Pride to Bring the Party to UP Comedy Club this June

( CHICAGO, IL - April 3, 2019 ) The Second City is proud to announce the return of The Second City's Salute to Pride, a variety show written and performed entirely by an all-LGBTQ identifying cast. ...


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  Eddie Izzard works Wunderbar in Chicago

Eddie Izzard has built a career on simply being his authentic self in life, comedy and politics. His West End debut came in 1993 with a show called Live at the Ambassadors, then much later followed ...


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  LGBTQ mental-wellness event May 18

Award-winning stand-up comedian and writer Sampson McCormick will return to Chicago Saturday, May 18, at the Baton Show Lounge, 4713 N. Broadway, at 4 p.m., for an event that will feature a performance and film screening. ...


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  'Two Dykes and a Mic' on May 14-15

Rachel Scanlon and Mckenzie Goodwin will host the live stand-up comedy show "Two Dykes and a Mic" on May 14-15, at 8 p.m., at Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave. "Two Dykes' has been ...


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  Big Freedia performances taking place April 20-21

LGBT singer Big Freedia ( known as the "Queen of Bounce" ) is coming to Chicago to celebrate Do312 & Chicago Cannabis Alliance's street festival—the second annual Waldos Forever Fest, at Argyle and Clark streets—on Saturday, ...


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  Women In Comedy to host "A Love Letter to Myself, A Chicago Variety Show"

Chicago, Illinois — On Monday March 25, Women in Comedy hosts "A Love Letter to Myself" from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution Brewery. "A Love Letter To Myself" honors the journey of a woman's quest ...


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  COMEDY Marsha Warfield talks coming out, Kevin Hart and more

During the '80s and '90s, Marsha Warfield's fame rose to incredible heights, thanks to her roles on the TV shows Night Court and Empty Nest. She also has been in films ranging from Mask to D.C. ...


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  COMEDY On her own terms, Melissa DuPrey's work in the age of reckoning

Melissa DuPrey—whose work has always been about centering disfranchised communities and who recently emceed 2018 Chicago Women's March—will be bringing her solo performance, "SEXomedy 2.0: The Second Coming" to Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., on ...


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  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...



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A Shire calling: Gay comedian moves from Chicagoland to LA

People often have to make big changes in their lives to order to find success. This is no different with Kyle Shire—a gay comedian who has moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Los Angeles after ...


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  Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter

Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, burlesque and much more in Chicago. For more than a decade and a ...


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  Kathy Griffin

10 Questions with Vic

Kathy Griffin is officially on the A List—period. An army of fans around the world rejoiced seeing Kathy overcome and conquer the onslaught of over-reaction, aggression and bullying by Donald Trump, his administration and the Federal ...


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  Rebecca Root discusses new film roles

Actress and stand-up comedian Rebecca Root—known to British audiences for her work on the BBC series Boy Meets Girl—appears in two new films, Colette and The Brothers Sisters. Root, who is also a prominent voice coach, ...


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  KJ Whitehead, tug of war between laughter, justice

When KJ Whitehead showed up for this interview in mid-September, they were rocking a more feminine attire and look, wearing a piece of clothing their mother bought for them. This was a long time coming for ...


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  All female-identifying improv troupe opens The Shrews: Present Unsex Me

Chicago, IL — The Shrews are proud to announce the opening of their first run of improvised shows, The Shrews: Present Unsex Me. The Shakespearian style show will have a four week run starting October 3, ...


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  Comic Gina Yashere in Chicago Sept. 15

Gina Yashere will perform her comedy Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Originally from the United Kingdom, Yashere broke into the U.S. comedy scene on NBC's Last Comic Standing, ...


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  British comic Gina Yashere set to appear at Lincoln Hall this weekend

British comic Gina Yashere was already successful in her home country and at venues all over the world but was unknown to American TV audiences until her appearance on Last Comic Standing in 2007. Yashere will ...


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  David Cale unearths tragedy, secrets in 'Short Time'

Imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen to you as a child. Now, imagine something worse. For groundbreaking multi-hyphenate David Cale ( singer-composer-actor-writer ), there's no "imagine" in the exercise. Growing up in one of ...


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  Second City, HBH team for Women's Health Fair

The ladies of The Second City and Chicago's premiere women's health organizations are collaboration on the first-ever Second City Women's Health Fair, with She the People & Women's Health Services at Howard Brown Health ( HBH ...


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  COMEDY FEATURE Dreamboat offers LGBTQ improv

The two women singing as a warm-up act to an iO improv show on a recent Thursday night were not an unusual act: Solos or small groups precede every performance of Dreamboat, a fresh young troupe ...


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  COMEDY: Sampson McCormick returning to Chicago

by Ashley Collins

Sampson McCormick will be returning to Chicago this week to perform his trademark stand-up for fans. McCormick started his career in Washington, D.C., where he said his first stand-up set was in third grade., "I've always ...


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  Todd Glass: Gay comedian talks Chicago, coming out

Comedian Todd Glass joins David Cross & His Super Duper Pals at the Chicago Theater June 13. Originally from Philadelphia, Cross had early TV appearances in the '80s for An Evening at the Improv. After numerous ...


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  Humor Makes the Man: Steven G. Fullwood's Take on Sex, Religion and Homophobia

Believe it or not, Steven G. Fullwood is just getting started. In June, the 38-year-old writer published his first book, Funny, 31 humorous essays on being Black, male and, in his words, a 'manhandler.' This ...


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  Still funny: an interview with Jason Stuart

Jason Stuart was funny when I interviewed him two years ago, prior to his appearance at Zanie's, and he's still funny. Stuart, who continues to make guest appearances on a variety of television shows and movies ...


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  Just for Laughs: Westenhoefer Back in Town

As with Nothing In My Closet But My Clothes, her previous CD, I´m Not Cindy Brady ( Uproar ) features lesbian comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer´s outrageous yet on— target sense of humor. Among the multitude of targets ...





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