CHICAGO—When they began, they couldn’t get married, serve openly in the military, adopt, or have federally recognized unions thanks to the brand new Defense of Marriage Act. Matthew Shepard was still alive. AIDs was still a serious threat. Ellen was in the closet and Will & Grace was two years away.
GayCo Productions, Chicago’s first and longest-running gay sketch comedy ensemble, was founded 20 years ago, in 1996, as part of The Second City’s Outreach & Diversity arm. This was back when being out, gay and funny on stage was nothing short of a revolutionary act. They were bold and proud when the world wasn’t ready for them, and ever since have continued to create boundary-pushing comedy and foster up-and-coming LGBTQ talent.
On Oct. 15th at 7:30pm, GayCo Productions returns home to The Second City at the UP Comedy Club for its 20th Anniversary extravaganza GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY.
GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY is a one-night-only event that will feature GayCo luminaries from past and present performing the best scenes, songs, tributes and memories from GayCo’s two decades of game-changing LGBTQ sketch comedy.
GayCo has produced dozens of revues in its first 20 years, including the smash hit shows Weddings of Mass Destruction, Everything’s Coming Up Rosie, The Audacity of Nope and its debut Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem.
GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY will feature a slew of GayCo alumni, including Andy Eninger, Butch Jerinic, Homer Marrs, John Loos, Mandy Price, Robin Treviño, Kathy Betts, Martin Garcia (Black-ish, The Mindy Project), Jim Bennett (LAMBDA Legal, Chicago Gay Hall of Fame member, Moth Grand Slam Winner) and Celeste Pechous (Hot in Cleveland, Workaholics, Stranger Than Fiction). It will be hosted by queer comedy docent Clay Goodpasture.
Other notable alumni over the years include Jon Bonny (Arrested Development), Jeff Richmond (30 Rock producer and husband of Tina Fey) and the late Judy Fabjance, who was GayCo’s longest serving ensemble member and a GayCo founder, who recently passed away after a fight with cancer. A special tribute to Fabjance will also be featured in the program. GAYCO XX: GAY FOR PLAY happens Oct. 15th at 7:30pm in Second City’s UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Ave) in Chicago.
Chicago, IL – Holidays are all about giving, and who gives more than a friendly dom top? Tops across the Chicagoland area are truly showing the holiday cheer this season with with their ‘Giving Spirit.’ Whether your Top is bringing home a Yule Log to throw in your oven or sharing their delicious eggnog with all your party guests – Top men give us all a reason to pause and take note of a special time of year, one stuffed with holiday cheer..
GayCo Productions, home of dom masc tops and aggressive power bottoms and lesbians who don’t believe in power dynamics and have stressful, neurotic sex on vegan beds twice a year, is putting it’s legs up in the air and asking its friends and donors to give, give, give.
This is an extremely big end of year for ye ole GayCo. Next year we turn 20 years old, which means we can throw the fake IDs away and get black-out drunk at Roscoe’s on a Tuesday night like a proper twink!
We will have many celebrations throughout 2016, including our 20th Anniversary Spectacular Blowout Show in October, and we can’t pull it all off without the generous support of our dearest fans and friends.
As you make your final year-end charitable contributions, please GIVE to GayCo. Don’t worry about us. We can take it! We can take as much as you want to give, hot daddy bear/butch biker lesbian.
And as always, we are eternally thankful for all of our fans, volunteers, directors, performers and producers. You GIVE so much to our company and we love you. Almost as much as we love Poppers.
CHICAGO, IL – GayCo inducted into the Gay Mafia today in an elaborate underground ceremony.
The “Gay Mafia” and the “Velvet Mafia” are pejorative terms for the expansion of gay rights groups in politics, media, and everyday life.
The “Gay Mafia” and “Velvet Mafia” are typically associated with with a perceived “elite” within the fashion and entertainment industries; although the terms can also by ironically by gay people themselves. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Mafia
Allegations of this induction ceremony were confirmed by Facebook User, Eric Henning.
We could not be happier for ourselves. We have made it to the top!
The IL boys are not thrilled about your little private bill signing party on Thursday. We always knew that we had a boiling red state below us, but this little law has really gotten our hot pants in a bind. The thing is summer is coming up and we rely on 3 things from your state – Gambling, Fireworks and safe passage to Saugatuck.
We’re gamblers and we love the Horseshoe in Hammond. We love the slots, we love the tables, and we especially love the buffet. Most of the Bears* only go for the buffet. *Fat Hairy Gay Guys
Fireworks – We need your fireworks outlets to supply our need to blow shit up. Indiana is the closest place to feed this desire.
THE MOST IMPORTANT – SAUGATUCK. At the end of May we are going to start a mass exodus from Chicago to our Summer Oasis in Michigan. The quickest way for us to get there is to pass through your state. If we have to go around your state, It tacks an extra 7 hours onto our trip. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
We know you needed to do a little posturing for your constituents and special interests but this law is really gonna bum up our summer. Please find it in your ‘heart’ to repeal this law as to not ruin our summer rituals. If not, we will all be forced to come to the state line and piss on your state… and you don’t want to see a 300 lb bull dyke poppin a squat on your state line…
The Chicago Gays
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