Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," and considered by many, including "Weird Al" Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world (including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End). Since starting out, at the age of twenty, in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.
Michael Palascak is a comedian, writer and actor based in LA. He's done stand-up on Letterman, CONAN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central's HALF HOUR and was a top 5 Finalist on LAST COMIC STANDING.
Norm Macdonald said Michael reminds him, "...of a guy that's just as funny offstage as on, which is like magic."
Patti Vasquez is the host of The Patti Vasquez Show on Chicago’s WGN Radio, a stand up comedian, and founder of the medical consulting company “With Kind Words.”
Patti was born and raised in Chicago and is an internationally performing comedian. She has appeared on shows such as Comedy.Tv, The Very Funny Show, Comics Unleashed and has guest starred on Chicago Fire. She has written and performed several one woman shows including - Tales of a Diaper Diva:From Stolis to Stirrups, Tequila and Shamrocks and Sometimes Mommy Swears. As a radio host, Patti quickly claimed the number 1 spot for late night radio. She has appeared as a commentator on WGN- TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU’s You & Me in the Morning. Patti was recently honored by the National Museum of Mexican Art and The University Of Illinois for her contributions to art and advocacy work.
While still hosting her eclectic and wildly successful radio show, Patti began working with ABC to develop a sitcom based on Patti’s life. She graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in History. She later disappointed her parents by dropping out of Northwestern’s Ph.D program to become a stand up comic. It all worked out in the end. Or at least, so far so good.
Ana Belaval joined the WGN-TV in June 2005. She is currently a feature reporter on the WGN Morning News, covering the “Around Town” segment, which focuses on various people, places and things of interest in and around the Chicago area. When Ana is not out and about in Chicago for the Morning News, she can also be seen onstage doing stand-up comedy. After performing stand-up for the first time for a Chicago celebrity event at Zanies, Ana received so many laughs that she continues to write and perform comedy sets at various Chicagoland area venues with her WGN colleagues Pat Tomasulo and Mike Toomey, as well as with The Mikey O Comedy Show.
Carl began his comedy career on January 14, 1980, at Hollywood’s Comedy Store. During the next 25 years, he headlined more than 400 comedy clubs nationwide, and in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City, opened for some of the biggest names in show business. His topical material on politics and pop culture made him a fixture on television as the comedy boom continued through the 1980s and 1990s. He appeared on An Evening at the Improv, Comic Strip Live, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, George Schlatter’s Comedy Club, and VH-1 Stand-Up Spotlight.
Carl became one of Joan Rivers’ favorite stand-ups and joined The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers regularly with his funny three-minute films. After Joan and the Fox Network parted ways, Carl accepted a spot on The Late Show Starring Ross Shafer, where his weekly “Carl’s Camera” spoofed newsmakers and celebrities.
Originally from New Jersey, Cleveland Anderson is a writer and stand up comedian living in Chicago. Since beginning, he’s quickly made a name for himself in the city’s comedy scene. He has been featured on some of Chicago’s best stand up shows, including ‘Comedians You Should Know’ and ‘Parlour Car’. He has also been featured on the popular Brooklyn stand up show 'Comedy at the Knitting Factory’
His stand up takes him to places like Milwaukee and Omaha, where he appeared on the 'Cream City’ and 'Crom Comedy Festival’. Later that year he was featured on 'The Comedy Exposition of 2016’ and the stand up show ‘7 Minutes in Purgatory’ as part of 'The Onion & The AV Club’s 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival presented by truTV’. He was also featured on the '2016 Witching Hour Arts Festival’.
He is an original member of the comedy collective, The Shit Hole. In 2017 he became a cast member of 'The Lincoln Lodge’, the longest running independent stand up show in the country.
Lucas O’Neil is a Chicago-based stand-up and writer. After moving to Chicago from the great state of Maine, he quickly established himself as one of the most promising young comedians in the country — showcasing a delightful mix of playfulness and intellect. Lucas performs in clubs and venues all across the midwest and has garnered national attention at various festivals - including the prestigious Limestone, Laughing Skull and Bridgetown Comedy Festivals.
Most recently, Lucas was named a Comedy Central Up Next Comedian in 2018.
The Lincoln Lodge
Now in its 18th season, the Lincoln Lodge is the nation’s longest running independent comedy showcase. The Lincoln Lodge makes its McHenry County debut on Saturday, August 18 (4 pm) at the Mixin Mingle on the historic Woodstock Square. The 80 minute show features some of Chicago’s best stand-up comedy, a variety act and a Man on the Street segment.
- Dan Drees
- Stephanie Weber
- Blake Burkhart
- Megan Stalter
- Allison Dunne
- Derek Smith