Have you visited this comedy gold mine?

Have you visited this comedy gold mine?

I have to confess that I'm very nervous. I've been dabbling in stand-up comedy for about six months now, and I have a show tonight at The Lincoln Lodge. No, this is not a shameless plug for you to come to my show. The reason I bring this up is because I never realized how amazing this venue is, and you should put this on your must-visit list.

The Lincoln Lodge is an independent comedy venue located within The Lincoln Restaurant at Lincoln and Irving. (You can't miss the giant Abraham Lincoln sign.) It opened back up for its 12th season - September through May - presenting stand up comedians, variety acts and a 'Man on the Street' segment.

As the country's oldest venue for alternative comedy, this is the place to go for emerging talent as well as famous Chicagoans. I read that the venue is likened to an old banquet hall and the stage is a tiny platform. I can't give you my own opinion until I check it out tonight, but I'm already excited.

Shows take place ever Friday at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, and there is no food and drink minimum. But you can take advantage of a robust menu and bar.

For any ladies who want to try out stand up comedy, The Lincoln Lodge works with The Feminine Comique. This program, created by famous Chicago comedian Cameron Esposito, is the first all female comedy workshop. Students will learn techniques in writing, performing and delivery.

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