Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Art You Can Laugh At Returns to Ready Coffee's ORNOT Gallery October 2

Back by overwhelming demand, Art You Can Laugh At returns to Ready Coffee's ORNOT Gallery (1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, 773-360-7041) 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 2. Hosted by resident comedian Nathyn Gibson the complimentary show will feature performances by comics Bill Cruz, Charlie Rohrer, Marlena Rodriguez, Jeff Steinbrunner, Joshua Murphy and Erica Clark. No reservations are necessary. Seating is limited to first come with plenty of standing room.

About the Performers

Bill Cruz ETBill CruzConsidered Chicago's premier queer comedian, Bill Cruz has become a pillar of the Chicago Stand-Up Comedy scene with his experience of more than 8 years. Bill Cruz is a native of Denver, Colorado (and flaming Broncos Fan) who originally moved to Chicago in 1999 upon graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder to pursue a career in Theatre. 4 years later, he started doing stand-up comedy. Starting out in small rooms, the man simply known as "The Gay Mexican" started making waves in the Chicago Comedy scene, performing at the Lincoln Lodge, Zanies Comedy Club, Chicago Underground, Laugh Factory Chicago, and numerous Mikey-O Comedy Shows. Not to be contained, Bill has spread his wings performing all across Midwest at Colleges and Clubs, and finally hitting the coasts in NY as well as LA, including appearing in OUTLAUGH: The Gay and Lesbian Comedy, the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and most recently The Just for Laugh Chicago Comedy Festival.

Charlie Rohrer ETCharlie RohrerCharlie Rohrer dropped out of college to tell jokes. Comedy just seemed more viable than a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. He co-produces a popular showcase in Chicago called Congrats on Your Success and has performed in 100 Proof Comedy, Gilda's Laughfest, Chicago Underground Comedy and more.

Marlena Rodriguez ETMarlena RodriguezMarlena Rodriguez is a stand up comedian, improviser, and writer who was recently named one of 50 Hot Women in Comedy by AfterEllen.com. She is a Second City Comedy Studies Alumni and has worked with Just Great! A Weekly Revue, Paperweight magazine, and The Second City's Urban Twist. Marlena has performed across the country at comedy hubs, such as iO Chicago, The Lincoln Lodge, StandUp NY, Zanies, The Comedy Studio, The Del Close Marathon, and Boston's Women in Comedy Festival. She can be seen regularly at Double Feature, Chicago's monthly stand-up comedy & short film festival, at The Lincoln Lodge. Currently, Marlena is working with the Second City Touring Company performing sketch revues across the country.

Jeff Steinbrunner 2b ETJeff SteinbrunnerJeff Steinbrunner is a Chicago based comedian who spends his time immersed in comedy, daydreaming, and ranking his favorite game shows.

As a transplant from a small Ohio town his all-American upbringing is now relived through a warped lens on stage. Dark humor is presented with warm sincerity and wild tales are dissected and shared to an audience the same way he would talk to his closest group of friends.

Blending absurd visuals, unexpected twists and a face so smiley you sort of want to punch it, Jeff works hard to make every performance as fun and memorable as possible.

JoshuaMurphy-WEB-010 ETJoshua MurphyJoshua Murphy is stand-up comedian and sporadic sketch writer based out of Chicago, IL. Though a young comic on the scene, he has quickly moved up in the comedy world with his personal storytelling and socio-political comedy. He was the winner of the 2010 Bloomington Comedy Festival and a performer at the inaugural Limestone Comedy Festival. He was also a writer for the very popular "Fortnightly Show." And, based on the writing of this bio, it is unnerving how comfortable he is writing in the third person.

Erica Clark 4b ETErica ClarkErica Clark grew up in the entertainment business, being the daughter of Mr. T. She now entertains crowds with her unique style of stand-up. Clark has performed at Jokes and Notes, Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Bar. She has also been featured in the TBS Just For Laughs festival.

About Nathyn Gibson, HostNathyn Gibson is the host of the ORNOT Gallery's Comedy Showcase: Art You Can Laugh At. Nathyn moved to Chicago last summer to pursue comedy. He also co-produces a monthly showcase in Logan Square called Black Star Comedy and is a regular performer in the A Night of Comedy series in Crown Point, Indiana. "Chicago has an amazing comedy scene, and I want to be an outlet to show what this town has to offer," said Nathyn.
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