by: OutLoud Chicago
OutLoud Chicago has been bringing queer entertainment to mainstream Chicago for almost a year now. Our goal is to show that there is no difference between quality and queer. One of our shows is a monthly stand-up comedy showcase featuring the best queer and straight comedians in Chicago, it’s called Queer Comedy at Zanies and our goal for this particular show is to prove that funny knows no sexuality. On Tuesday May 22nd, we are holding our second Queer Comedy (Contest) at Zanies. In the previous installment, we selected three place winners and in this installment, the champions will have to challenge each other as well as three new contestants.
2003 is when I sort of “officially” started doing standup. But I’d been
performing onstage since elementary school and went to college for
Theater, so performing in general has always been in my blood. My
Kindergarden teacher wrote on my report card that with my “larger than
life personality” she had no doubt she’d seen my name “up in lights” some
day. Which I thought was a very sweet way of telling my parents their kid
I really love most comedians. It takes an incredible set of balls to get on a stage (with no costumes, scenery, script or supporting cast) and try to make a room full of strangers have the odd biological reaction of laughter. But if you want names of people who really blow me away and make me excited to be a comic myself… well, then, you should check out people like Jessica Kirson, Erin Foley, Adam Lehman & Naomi Ekperigin. They’re names that you might not recognise now, but I damn well guarantee you will within the next few years!
I’m naughty, dirty, shocking but with a sort of loveable grin to it all.
Imagine if there had been a hot tub sex orgy in the Autumn of 1977 that
resulted in an illegitimate love child of Phyllis Diller & Paul Lynde, who
was then adopted by Carol Burnett… well that child would be me.
(In your case, headline)
I’ve worked with Adam Guerino before and always have a ball, so when he
began all this, we both knew we wanted to get me out to Chicago to do it
at some point. It just seemed to fit everyone’s schedule for now and I
couldn’t be happier. There really is nothing like this for up and coming gay
comics in either New York or LA, so I’m thrilled to see Zanies breaking
ground in this way. Plus it’s always good for me to see what the younger
kids are up to. I need to keep an eye out for any potential “Eve
They can catch me every Thursday night on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest” (9PM,
check your local listings). Also we’re in our 4th year of the show… so
you’ll also catch it, drunk, at 3AM most nights! For my gay fans in
particular, I perform a great deal on Atlantis Gay Cruises & Resort
Events. I’ll be on their Baltic Sea Cruise in July. And for links to clips
of my works, silly videos, general tomfoolery, etc people can always go
check out www.bradloekle.com.