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 ’96, 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.
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