CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2012 - Comedian Judy Tenuta, who recently became an ordained minister, has offered to perform free gay marriages on the stage of the new Laugh Factory Chicago as part of her 8 p.m. shows this Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6 -8th.
Laugh Factory is located at 3175 N. Broadway, at Belmont, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Straight couples are encouraged to participate as well. To buy tickets or arrange a wedding ceremony contact Laugh Factory Chicago at LaughFactory.com or call 773.327.3175. Tickets are $25 and $34 (VIP seating) in advance; $29 at the door. There is a two drink minimum.
Tenuta, who mantra is "marriage is not about the state, it's not about the government, and I will marry them in eyes of GD," hopes to beat Sam Kinison's record of marrying 150 couples at Laugh Factory Hollywood in 1991. "It could happen!"said Tenuta, employing her often quoted comedic catch phrase.
Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory, added "So many married straight people are miserable, I don't see why gay people can't be miserable too. Why should heterosexuals have the monopoly on unhappiness?"
The happy nuptials will be followed by a standup performance by Tenuta whose outrageous comic persona has been developed through a series of TV ads for MTV, as well as HBO, Showtime and Lifetime specials which became popular and gained her a loyal following. In fact, people love her comedy so much that they convert to her self-proclaimed religion, "Judyism." The self-described "Aphrodite of the Accordion" has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular TV shows as The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and Comics Unleashed. Not only was she the first female stand-up comic to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards, her CDs "Attention Butt-Pirates," "In Goddess We Trust" and "Lesbetarians!" scored her two Grammy nominations.
Tenuta also has appeared in The Vagina Monologues and Menopause the Musical in Chicago and L.A. A strong advocate for gays, children and women's issues, the fun-loving feminist preaches that all women should be worshipped as "Love Goddesses!"
Note: Tenuta will also perform at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8. All shows will include a set by director, screenwriter and creator of the original Meet the Parents, Greg Glienna. The evening's host is Bill Cruz. Note: Two drink minimum for all performances.
Highlights of more upcoming shows at Laugh Factory Chicago:
Special event - Just added!
Tom Dreesen - Comedy in Harmony
Sunday, Sept 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago's own Tom Dreesen, accompanied by an A Capella group, headlines Laugh Factory for one night only!
Leo Flowers - "Lazily Ambitious" live CD taping
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (pre-sale general admission); $20 (at the door); $20 (pre-sale VIP admission)
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 27-29, 2012
Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $25 (pre-sale general admission); $30 (at the door); $30-$35 (pre-sale VIP admission)
Felipe Esparza (Winner, NBC's Last Comic Standing - 2010)
Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 25-28, 2012
Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (pre-sale general admission); $25 (at the door); $30 (pre-sale VIP admission)
Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2012
Tuesday-Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15-20 (pre-sale general admission); $20-25 (at the door); $25-30 (pre-sale VIP admission)
For more information about the Laugh Factory and to learn about upcoming shows at the new Chicago location, call 773.327.3175 or visit LaughFactory.com .
About Laugh Factory
Opening its doors in 1979, the world famous Laugh Factory has been recognized as "the #1 comedy club in the country" by the high-profile newspaper USA Today. With locations in Hollywood (its original Sunset Boulevard locale), Long Beach, Las Vegas and now Chicago, comedy's top stars - as well as today's brightest emerging talent - shine on its legendary stage.
Founder Jamie Masada - the driving force behind the Laugh Factory - is revered as a pioneer and innovator and is an iconic name on the comedy scene, instrumental in launching the careers of many of today's biggest comics. The New York Daily News called him the "Real King of Comedy." His knowledge and expertise have made him a leading authority on all things comedy and his advice is highly regarded by the entertainment industry's top power brokers.
Among the comedians who have performed at the club are Tim Allen, Louis Anderson, Roseanne Barr, Milton Berle, David Brenner, Nick Cannon, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Rodney Dangerfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Phyllis Diller, Tom Dreesen, Jeff Dunham, Jeff Foxworthy, Redd Foxx, Brad Garrett, Eddie Griffin, Kathy Griffin, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, Andy Kaufman, Sam Kinison, Martin Lawrence, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Lopez, Bernie Mac, Bill Maher, Howie Mandel, Carlos Mencia, Larry Miller, Mo'Nique, Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Pollack, Richard Pryor, Paul Reiser, Chris Rock, Paul Rodriguez, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, Mort Sahl, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Flip Wilson, Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Steven Wright, Henny Youngman and many, many more.
For more information, visit LaughFactory.com .