In this uncertain moment, when standup comedy is kind of on pause for the foreseeable future, I've rolled with the punches by starting a weekly online standup show, starring my talented friends from all over the country.
Long Distance Laughs takes places on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. central time on Zoom. You must have a Zoom account. More information is available on Facebook.
SERENITY NOW / The Crowd Theater (2018-2020)
From 2018-2020, I hosted SERENITY NOW, an all-sober variety show at the late, great Crowd Theater in Lakeview. I booked only performers who were in recovery and gave away free LaCroix. It was a blast! I was profiled in the Chicago Reader and Scapi Magazine. Photos by ANF Chicago and Drew Brown.
YOU WON! / Chris Farley Cabaret at iO (2018)
After I left Strip Joker, I wanted to try something wildly different. I pitched a VERY dumb concept to iO -- an awards show for losers! At You Won, comedians, improvisers, storytellers and musicians were asked to explore what it means to be successful. Audience members were encouraged to wear their real medals, ribbons, and certificates to compete for more awards.
Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Larson.
Strip Joker / Uptown Underground (2016-2017)
While I left the show in 2017, I'm proud to have co-founded the long-running, LBGTQ+, body-positive comedy showcase, Strip Joker. Valentine's Day weekend in 2016, I hosted our first show at the small burlesque theater, Gorilla Tango in Bucktown. From there, we headed to the 50 seat cabaret, then the 150-seat main stage at Uptown Underground in Uptown, so I got PRET-TY COMFORTABLE hosting in my knickers. Through my marketing efforts, the show received positive mentions Chicago Reader, RedEye Chicago, and Rebellious Magazine for Women, and even a shoutout from Katie Rife in the Huffington Post.