Category Archives: Comedy

Tony Tripoli Chicago Cabaret Project Friday July 25th



tony tipoli chicago cabaret



ALMOST SOLD OUT! Dixie Longate in Chicago at Hydrate!



@   HYDRATE   3458 N Halsted St       Chicago, IL 60657


Peterson Toscano Queer, Christian, Performance Artist, Theologian, and more! March 12th

gay christian comedy Peterson Toscano

Queer performance artist, Peterson Toscano! He spent 17 years in the ex-gay no-homo hotel and came out on the other side with a sense of humor. He tackles many topics in his one-persons comedies–the Ex-Gay Movement, Homophobia, Sexism, Privilege, Climate Change, and Transgender Issues. He is also a Bible scholar who has unearthed the stories of many gender outlaws in the Bible.

In a special performance Peterson will present excerpts from his plays including “Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House,” “Queer 101–Now I Know my gAy,B,Cs,” “The Re-Education of George W. Bush–No President Left Behind,” “Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible,” “Jesus Had Two Daddies,” and his newest work, “Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat?” 

Hilarious and insightful, Peterson is cracking open hearts and minds.  

Peterson is frequently featured in the media and has appeared in the New York Times, NPR Morning Edition, The Times of London, The Tyra Banks Show, and five documentary films including Logo TV’s “Be Real” program. He  helped produce and appears in the award winning documentary film, “This is What Love in Action Looks Like.” He has been published in The New Statesmen, The Gay and Lesbian Review, and in various LGBTQ anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award winner, “Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation” (edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman). Since 2003 he has presented throughout North America and Europe at conferences and universities including Creating Change, Gender Odyssey, True Color, the Lambeth Conference, the American Academy of Religion Conference, Yale University, Boston University, University of Puget Sound, Earlham College, Vanderbilt University, McGill University, Cambridge University, and Pacific School of Religion.

He lives in Sunbury, PA with his partner, the South African memoirist, Glen Retief.

Tickets are $10 at the door – debit, credit, or cash.  Performance, Wed, March 12, 7 pm, at aChurch4Me MCC, Overdier Hall, 1545 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL – 3rd floor. Free parking in lot on Ashland at Morse.  Two blocks west of the Red Line Morse stop. 


Queer Comedy at Zanies with Trannika Rex February 25th

trannika rex chicago

Trannika Rex  is master of ceremonies in Chicago, the regular host of Drag Matinee at Berlin Nightclub and Trannika’s Most Wanted at Scarlet Bar. Known for her hilarious and scathing sass, boozy and baudy crowd work, the diva brings her comedy styles to the stand up comedy stage for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

Queer Comedy at Zanies presents Casey Ley at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N Wells, 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 and available at or at the door.

Host Adam Guerino interviewed Trannika for Chicago Pride this week –

check it out~!



Queer Comedy at Zannies January 28th with Maggie Faris

maggie farris  lesbian comedy

Maggie 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. As one of her prizes, Faris returns to headline Queer Comedy at Zanies.

Queer Comedy at Zanies has been named the‘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.”


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. For more info, is a great place to start.

Tuesday January 28th at 8:30pm, Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $15 and available at or at the door. Audience members must be 21/+. Two item minimum.  See more on their Facebook  page!



We 3 Liza’s – A New Holiday Classic

Even if you don’t like Liza (with a Z!) You will LOVE WE 3 LIZA’S!

About Face Theatre’s sparkly, queer holiday hit musical WE THREE LIZAS is back and better than ever – with a new book and expanded score!  Featuring book and lyrics by Scott Bradley, music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, direction by Scott Ferguson, music direction by Aaron Benham and choreography by Patrick AndrewsWE THREE LIZAS will play thru January 5, 2014 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
       Box maker Conrad
Ticklebottom’s life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box
ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself
alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin.

Women for Women Event December 7th with Sandra Bernhard

  Save the date for the next By Women For Women event on December 7th with Sandra Bernhard at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,
as she arrives on stage with her band to perform a thrilling concert of
stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll cabaret! 

When Sandra Bernhard steps onstage, it’s a thrilling hybrid of
stand-up comedy and rock ’n’ roll—she performs with her four-man band
and “musicality to die for … a voice that swoops from the bluesey
basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness” (LA Times). Her take-no-prisoners shows are a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and glamorous cabaret.

Bernhard arrives at MCA Stage with Everything Bad and Beautiful,
a work she originated in New York but has never before toured, in a
performance that careens through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock,
and religion.

Recommended for mature audiences

To reserve your tickets, call 773-661-0957


GULP! Improv After Hours Extended Again at Stage 773

GULP! Improv After Hours – In its sixth installment, local comedy troupe
GULP! Productions diversifies its weekly show, “Improv After Hours”
with themed performances.

“Improv After Hours” features
performances by GULP!’s original core team and guest troupes flaunting a
variety of telent ranging from Musical Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
to Clowing and Puppetry.
Every Thursday at 10pm, in our cabaret room. 

Jacob Welch
Thomas Einstein
Amber Linde
Marie Maloney

Coached by Tiffany Swalley   


The Boys from the Book of Mormon present Trans Musical ONE NIGHT ONLY for Charity

 The Boys from the Book of Mormon Present Trans Musical ONE NIGHT ONLY for Charity

PAGEANT: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell & Frank Kelly

Music by Albert Evans & Conceived by Robert Longbottom

7:30PM, SEPT 9th

The Laugh Factory

3175 N Broadway St, Chicago

General Admission$40.00

with 2 drink minimum

V.I.P $100 -7:00PM VIP reception, PRIORITY SEATING, 2 drink minimum

This special evening in the Chicago arts benefits The Abzyme Research Foundation: raising money for the most promising HIV vaccine trial in decades.

It’s a once in a lifetime event: Off-Broadway’s most hilarious trans-musical performed ONE NIGHT ONLY by the boys from Chicago’s The Book of Mormon.

Featuring Pierce Cassedy, Donell James Foreman, Eric Giancola, Eric Jackson, Nick Laughlin, Will Lee-Williams, Richard Traub and Jessica Hudson as our MC for the evening.

These girls have it all, plus a little something extra. Cheer them on as they sing, dance and claw their way to the Glamouresse Beauty Products Company’s Miss Glamouresse 2014 tiara. You won’t be able to contain yourself and you won’t have to, audience members get to decide who gets crowned  and watch the mascara run!

“Pageant” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.   eTickets Available online More information on the HIV vaccine at


AIDS Foundation Chicago Gala with Paula Poundstone April 18th

A One Woman Show: An Evening with Paula Poundstone

Enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and a keynote speaker all to
benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Annual Dinner is an elegant
evening where we award last year’s most important individual allies,
toast to our evolving work to end the AIDS epidemic and enjoy the
remarks from the guest of honor. Buy Tickets!

This year’s Spring Dinner will host Paula Poundstone who is currently a panelist on Chicago’s own Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Ms. Poundstone has been passionate about HIV/AIDS awareness and outreach throughout her comedy career.

Pre-reception: 5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner: 6:30-8:30 p.m. VIP Reception: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Out Lesbian Comic Judy Gold at UP COMEDY CLUB March 14-16th

JUDY GOLD! Coming to Chicago 

March 14-16th to UP COMEDY CLUB!

Emmy Award- winning actress and comedian Judy Gold is best known as the
star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for
which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award.
Judy’s most recent show, The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom ran from June 2011 – January 2012  in New York and will be part of 2013 season at The Geffen Theatre in L.A. The NY Times made it a critic’s pick and called it, “Highly entertaining! Brash, Buoyant & Infectiously nostalgic.“ The Huffington Post said the show is, “Comedic Gold. A funny & fantastic ride! It’s the ultimate laughter-through-the tears tale.”
Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell
Show”. She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest
female stand-up.  She has also appeared on Ugly Betty, The Glades, The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLaw & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O’Brien Show, to name a few. This funny lady HAS DONE SO MUCH!
 Gold lives in New York City, with her two children. 
When asked, when did you first know you  were gay? Judy said, “I knew that there was something different about me at a very young age; at 5 or 6 I realized I’m not like them. I realized I was gay in adolescence, when most people become sexual beings, and I didn’t have crushes on boys.

My father asked me if I was dating anyone, if I had a boyfriend or if I had a girlfriend. I denied everything. Then he said, “Some parents have children who are gay or bisexual and they still love them.” The saddest part was I never told him, “Yes, I’m gay.” I wasn’t ready for it. I was so young. I was scared. I think deep down I was comforted by the fact that I knew that he knew, but it would have been nice to be able to talk about it. I know now, being out is the most important thing a gay person can do. 

I had sinus surgery and she was taking care of me. A few friends came over to visit and said they wished I had married their friend and kept (my then partner) on the side. I just changed the subject. When my mother came in she said, “I knew it!” Then, the first thing out of her mouth was, “why did you lie to your father?” I said I wasn’t ready to tell. I wasn’t comfortable. Even at that time, 20 years ago, it was a completely different landscape; it was still very difficult to come out.”
When asked, do you think its important, for celebrities who are out there and prominent to be OUT?
“Jodie Foster recently came  out – what did she have to lose? I think when people put their life on the line, and stand to lose it all, those are the true heroes. “
The Up Comedy club is a beautiful space located on the 3rd floor of 230 W. North Ave.
They have a great food menu if you want a snack and the prices won’t kill you!
You can and should follow her on twitter @jewdygold and Facebook.

Comedian Paula Poundstone Performs at AFC Dinner April 18, 2013

Renowned comedian Paula Poundstone will grace the stage as the guest of honor at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) annual Spring Dinner on Thursday, April 18 at the Hilton Chicago.

with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi,
Poundstone’s sharp wit and raw honesty promise an evening of
intellectual diversion and unrelenting humor. 

 This laugh-out-loud event will also honor two of Chicago’s finest philanthropic men, Robert Neubert and Randy Duncan for their commitment to fight against HIV/AIDS.

raised through the Spring Dinner will support AFC’s policy, outreach
and public education programs. AFC is the largest source of private
HIV/AIDS philanthropic support in the Midwest. To learn more visit

WHEN:           Thursday, April 18

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.   Reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.   Dinner and evening program, featuring stand-up performance by Paula Poundstone   

8:45 – 10:00 p.m. After hours meet & greet with Paula Poundstone (Premium and VIP guests)


WHERE:        Hilton Chicago, Grand Ballroom  – 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago


TICKETS:      General admission: $250 — Reception and dinner

Premium admission: $350 — Reception, dinner and after hours meet & greet with Paula Poundstone

admission: $500 — Reception, dinner, after hours meet & greet with
Paula Poundstone and tickets to exclusive event with renowned
choreographer Randy Duncan (to be held at a later date)


For tickets and information, or call (312) 334-0935.


Queer Comedy Night at Zanies February 26th

Comedy at Zanies has been named the‘s “9 LGBT Friendly
Comedy Shows You Should Be Supporting,”

  On Tuesday February 26th at 8:30pm, join us as we welcome back
Queer Comedy at Zanies favorite Matteo Lane, hosted by Bill Cruz
(Chicago Underground Comedy) and featuring New York based comic Jami
Smith (The Advocate) and Kelsie Huff (Feminine Comique.)

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

Headlined by Queer Comedy at Zanies favorite,
Matteo Lane. When Lane isn’t making murals for President Obama, or
creating storyboards for televised commercials, he is a national
stand-up comedian. He is the host of the show Abigoliahs Bizarre Bazaar
with Matteo Lane in Brooklyn and regularly performs in New York and
Chicago at venues including Zanies, Comedy Bar and more. For more from
Matteo Lane,

Hosted by Bill Cruz. Cruz is a cast-member of Chicago Underground
Comedy and a regular at Zanies comedy club and Mikey O comedy shows.
Outside of Chicago, Bill has been a finalist at the Cleveland Comedy
Festival, a featured performer in the OutLaugh 2005! Los Angeles Gay and
Lesbian Comedy Festival and has been featured in the book Out On The
Edge: America’s Rebel Comics.

Featuring Jami Smith. Comedian
and humorist for, Jami Smith has quickly carved out a space
for herself in the gay comedy scene. She has performed alongside such
as acts as Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Jason Dudey, and Sandra Valls and
has been seen in the 2011 Women in Comedy Festival as well as comedy
clubs in New York, DC, and Los Angeles. She also hosts a comedy Twitter
feed for The Advocate called @Gaysayer and was voted one of the “Top 25
Twitter Accounts To Follow” by Follow Jami on Twitter for show
updates and jokes at @jamismithcomic.

And Kelsie Huff. Huff is a
cast member of Comedy Sportz 100 Proof Comedy and teaches Feminine
Comique, an all female stand up class produced by Tight Five Productions
and can be seen performing stand-up comedy at venues such as Zanies,
Chicago’s Laugh Factory, Mayne Stage, and throughout the suburbs as well
as touring her critically acclaimed one-woman shows“Huffs,” and
“Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy.” For more from Kelsie,

Tuesday February 26th 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. com.


Double Feature Holiday Shows, NOT TO BE MISSED

Santa’s Dead! & 

Dirty Carol’s Christmas

The company that brought you SNOW WHITE AND
premiering something new this holiday season! 

Giving homage to classic
noir films and Christmas television specials, MidTangent Productions
presents a dazzling and daring musical double feature like no other! 


It was just a few days until Christmas. All over the world, children
anxiously awaited that morning when all their dreams would come true.
The elves at the north pole worked and worked. The reindeer were
groomed, the toys were made, and the candy canes were bent. 

All seemed
quite well, but one person wasn’t happy and she was going to make sure
that this Christmas she finally got what she wanted! Mrs. Claus and her
conspiring lover, Bubba, had a plan up their jolly sleeves. The elves
suspected foul play. With the help of a private dick and the Queen of
the North Pole, these elves were going to get to the bottom of this, but
they had to hurry! With just a few hours until Christmas, could Mrs.
Claus and Bubba get away with this horrible crime? Would Santa be
avenged? Would the reindeer survive the cold after being completely
shaved due to scabies infection? These mysteries and more to be solved,


Welcome to Dirty Carol’s Christmas; a party like no other! Come join us
for a little singin’, a little dancin’, and a lot of drinkin’! Your host
for the evening, Dirty Carol, will keep you entertained while trying
her best to get into anyone’s pants. Both family and friends will stop
by to share some Christmas memories and perhaps a song (or seven). This
isn’t your typical holiday party, so leave the warm fuzzies at home,
because Dirty Carol and her friends will leave you feelin’ Dirty!

Performance Dates:
Fridays and Saturdays: through December 22
All show times 9:00pm

Tickets are $10

Shows are 21+

Written by MTP Artistic Director Tony Lewis and company members Aaron
Michael Adamkiewicz and Karla Meyer, these shows continue MTP’s
dedication to bringing original works with a familiar twist to the
Chicago GLBTQ community. This production features many MTP Artistic
Ensemble members both in front and behind the curtain and will have
surprise guest appearances and live entertainment between these one-act


Get Tickets Here!

HYDRATE       3548 N. Halsted


A Very Mary Christmas with Ru Pauls Drag Race Star MIMI IMFURST

I have been a fan of Mimi Imfurst, long before Ru Paul ever even had his first thought for a drag race show!

 I think it was about 2007, I was in New York city and heard about this outrageous queen who did this crazy over-the-top campy holiday show,
“A Very Mary

Conceived and delivered by writer/performer Mimi Imfurst and
composer/lyricist/arranger Mike Pettry (winner of the 2007 Jonathan Larson and
Fredrick Loewe Awards), the show ran every year at Don’t Tell Mama. It was the holiday MUST SEE SHOW!

Over 2000 years ago in the little hillside town of Bethlehem a miraculous birth occurred….” You might think you know the real story, but you don’t. At last, Jesus’ mother sets the record straight. ‘A Very Mary Christmas’ is a musical retelling of the months leading up to the birth of Christ, as told by the Virgin Mary. With the help of her sidekicks — the jazz trio The Three Weissmans — Mary also shares the intimate details of her relationship with her boyfriend God, her love for her husband Joey, and her journey to stardom,” explain press notes.

‘A Very Mary Christmas’ features parodies of holiday songs including We Need A Little Christmas, Like A Virgin and Joy To The World. Highlights include a finger puppet show and an audience sing along. Called “worst than the sin of abortion” by religious extremist organizations and hailed as “twisted” by the Catholic Advocacy Coalition, see the show that asks: Do you really know the people you pray to?

MIMI brings her classic Christmas show to Hydrate, Dedc. 13th, 2012.  Hydrate and Absolut are proud to present, RuPaul’s All Star Drag Queen, MIMI IMFURST!

Move over Lady Gaga, the Madonna – the Virgin Mary is back after 2000 years and ready to set the record straight, so to speak.

Drag Queen commedianne Mimi Imfurst, plays the Virgin Mother and is
ready to make the yuletide gay! Oy Vey Maria, there’s a stranger in the

General Admission tickets are only $10!  $15  at the door.

$25 VIP includes hosted Absolut bar 8-9pm and preferred seating. THESE WILL GO FAST!

You do not want to miss this hysterical Christmas show!!!

 More events at Hydrate»


Loni Love comes to Up Comedy Club Dec. 6-9

Loni Love has been a comedy favorite ever since she started spouting witty one-liners on VH1’s flagship I Love the…
series. But now this engineer-turned-comedian has become the go-to
woman for several funny quips and segments taking up space (thankfully
so) on DVRs across the country.

I first fell in love with Loni when she was on Star Search in 2003.

Love has been named by Variety as “one of the top 10 comics to watch”
and regularly appears as a round table panelist on E!’s “Chelsea

Loni has a big gay following and she emceed the Equality Awards for Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth.

” It
was great. I learned a lot — because it was for Long Island, there were
24 senators who actually voted for the marriage equality act. Some of
them were honored there, and it was really like an overall push. They’re
trying to raise funds so that senators that believe in equality can
still stay in office. There are some threats to them for being voted out
of office. A lot of it has to do with them being voted out of office
because they don’t have the money to campaign. It was a really good
event — they also honored a couple of other actors and it was really

She IS NOT a lesbian. But when asked, If someone decides to start a lesbian rumor about you, do you think that would mess up your game?
because in my act everybody knows I talk about the lesbians and how I
feel about them. If they know me and they know my act, they know that it
would be a rumor. I won’t lie — it probably would help me! [Laughs] It would probably help my game.”

Love is not a one-note performer. She has opinions on a multitude of
subjects and puts an amusing spin on politics in particular. In
explaining Barack Obama’s black and white sides, one of the examples she
gives is that he travels with an entourage (white), but they ride in
Cadillac Escalades (black).

An admirer of Obama (except for his dancing [white]), she speaks of
his intelligence and intellectualism. “We went from a president that
would make up words to a president that would make us look up words when he talked.” She frequently tweets her political thoughts.

Loni’s first love is performing for live audiences. She puts it quite simply “I love to make people laugh!” And you can catch her live in Chicago at UP COMEDY CLUB. Dec. 6-9th. Performing 6 shows. $17-$20.

UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor

    (312) 662-4562


Judy Tenuta Benefit Sept 6th Laugh Factory

Judy Tenuta,
the accordion-playing comedienne and self-proclaimed “Love Goddess”, is
returning home to Chicago next month as part of her national tour – and
you can support Pride Films and Plays
by purchasing tickets to her opening night on Thursday, September 6, at
the Laugh Factory (3175 N. Broadway). Tickets are only $20, and the
full amount goes to Pride Films and Plays as a donation, courtesy of The
Laugh Factory.
The performance begins at 8 pm and features Greg Glienna
and host Bill Cruz. Click here to purchase tickets.

Pride Films and Plays
is dedicated to comprehending the history of great gay writing and
fostering its excellence in new works for the stage and screen. Their
upcoming 2012-13 season will include the world premieres of Sean
Chandler and David Leeper’s play, At The Flash, and Leo Schwartz’s musical, Under a Rainbow Flag, as well as a 20th anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s coming-of-age classic, Beautiful Thing. Click here to purchase season passes.


Gay Comedy Show on Southport at SOPO June 21

A night of Comedy!
 $5  Donation  $5  Martinis and  $5  Wraps and Appetizers!

Thursday  June  21  at  Sopo Lounge 3418 N. Southport

$5 donation will be benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation!


Fortune Feimster Kicks off Gay Pride Weekend for Back Lot Bash

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor live music and
entertainment festival started in 2004 by three Chicago women. Back Lot
Bash is now  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend
events for lesbians in the country.

Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established
performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality
and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of
everyone in our community.

Thursday’s Comedy Kickoff event will be held at Mayne Stage Theater
1328 W. Morse Ave in Chicago.

Fri/Sat/Sun will be  in the heart of
Chicago’s diverse Andersonville neighborhood at 5238 N. Clark St.,
Chicago 60640. Back Lot Bash is easily accessible by both of Chicago’s
major north side highways and by public transportation.

This years line up is  awesome!  With 4 days of events!

Lesbian comedian from the Chelsea Lately show, Fortune Feimster makes her Chicago debut on Thursday 21st with a night of comedy.

Get ticket info and complete details at  Back Lot Bash Chicago


Second City to offer Writing GLBT Comedy June 25-29

 The Second City Training Center
Puts the “Funny” 
 “Funny That Way”

Building on the traditional week-long immersions in Improv, Comedy Writing, and Acting held each summer, The Second City Training Center is piloting a new course titled ‘Writing GLBT Comedy’, set to run June 25-29.

 Students will explore comedy where ‘gay’ is the given, not the punchline. They will discover their comedic point of view while creating memorable characters, scenes and songs that go beyond easy stereotypes.


From budding writers to experienced performers to working writers, students will take on assignments customized to their interests and experience.

 No matter where students fall in the LBGTQIA alphabet, this course will give them the tools to strengthen their comedic voice and take on topics both personal and political.

 Taught by Andy Eninger.  Monday June 25 to Friday, June 29.
10am-1pm each day.

About Andy Eninger:

Andy is the Head of the Writing Program at Second City’s Training Center, and was a founding member of Chicago’s GayCo Productions. This Summer, he will appear in “Steamworks! The Musical” for the Annoyance Theater and, hopefully, finish a screenplay about assassins.

About The Second City:

For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world, offerings courses for all ages and experience levels.