The Lincoln Lodge returns for its 11th season

By Monte LaMonte | Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lincoln Restaurant, home of the Lincoln Lodge. Photo by lizzyfc.

The Lincoln Lodge is not only Chicago’s, but also the nation’s longest-running comedy showcase, and it will return for its 11th season on September 30. Its regular Thursday and Friday night shows are located in the back room of The Lincoln Restaurant at 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue.

This is sure to be a great season, too, kicking off with one of “Last Comic Standing’s” very own, Fortune Feimster, a self-declared southern belle.

On Friday, October 1, you have one of the best comics in the biz, and my good friend, Kyle Kinane. Kyle has been opening for the likes of Patton Oswalt (“King of Queens”) for over a year, and he has been headlining his own gigs across the nation. Kyle has some of the stealthiest bits I have heard. Hear for yourself live, or check out his first ever comedy album ?The Death of the Party.?

And let?s not forget, The Lodge has been around for 11 years, an impressive feat all on its own. And that in comes with great thanks, hard work, and immense appreciation to Mark Geary. Geary started The Lodge with the Tom Lawler in 1999. Mark now carries the torch alone, with the help of his ambitious and talented staff members.

Fortune Feimster, left, performs Thursday, Sept. 30. Kyle Kinane performs Friday.

As a friend of Mark, I personally know and see firsthand all the sweat and tears put into running and producing an independent comedy room. It is an amazing thing to have seen for so many years. People come and go, always talented and hard working, each adding something in one way or another to make it a better room and environment. The Lodge and Mark Geary are among Lincoln Square’s hidden gems.

And I sometimes perform there, so you can look out for that too.

Buy tickets here, and check the Lodge website on Thursdays to pick up 2-for-1 ticket deals.

Shows are $10 and last 90 minutes. Free parking on-site. Doors open at 8 p.m. A full food menu and the largest beers in the city are available during the show. The Lincoln Restaurant at 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue.

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