Out of the Loop: Uncovering Oppression in Chicago’s Comedy Scene


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Famous Comedians Share Their Experiences of Prejudice in “Out of the Loop”

ENSPIRE Contributor: Paulina

Chicago is known for its vibrant comedy scene and has been a training ground for many talented comedians who have made a mark in the entertainment industry. However, behind the sold-out shows, laughter, and applause lies a real issue – prejudice. Chicago is considered one of the most segregated cities in the United States, and the intolerance present on the streets has seeped its way into the comedy scene. This issue is discussed in the new documentary, Out of the Loop.

Comedians such as Deon Cole, Hannibal Burris, Godfrey, Lil Rel Howery, Jeff Garlin, the late Judy Tenuta, and others have shared the challenges they had to face at the beginning of their comedy careers in the city. These comedians open up about their experiences of being faced with prejudice in Chicago’s comedy scene in a recent documentary titled “Out of The Loop”. The story is edited and produced by Scott Perlman, and directed by Michael Alexander.

The documentary sheds light on several types of minority groups and how their community was affected by Chicago’s intolerance. Whether that be sexism, racism, or antisemitism, comedians had to get through a lot of hurdles to get to the level of success they’d reached. The documentary discusses hecklers, being booked for dangerous gigs, and feeling excluded from mainstream gigs. Despite their talent and hard work, these comedians often had to fight against stereotypes to be heard and recognized in the comedy community.

Despite the challenges they faced, these comedians also talked about the support of the camaraderie within their communities. They highlighted the importance of creating safe spaces for marginalized comedians to showcase their talents and uplift each other.

“Out of The Loop” brings light to the deep-seated racism, sexism, and antisemitism that exists in Chicago’s comedy scene and serves as a reminder that systemic oppression is still a pervasive aspect of our society. It calls for increased awareness, dialogue, and action to address oppression in all its forms. Gravitas Ventures released the documentary on digital platforms on April 11th, 2023. Watch the trailer here.

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