We provide comedians a platform to explore their personal journey of self-love and body positivity on stage as a shared experience for themselves and our audience. We choose to uplift the voices of those who are underrepresented in comedy clubs and provide a space for audience members to hear stand up comedy that isn't sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist--you know, the way it should be.
what we're all about
Established February 2016, Strip Joker is Chicago's only body-positive stand up comedy showcase providing an unique space for diverse voices, sexualities, genders, comedic styles, and bodies in various states of undress. This monthly show consistently features a great line up of some of the best local talent, and amazing out of towners for a truly unique show that is beautiful, vulnerable, and hilarious.
Now, in our new home of Mary's Attic, we have added a body positive after-party with music, a Strip Joker photo-booth, and a featured Chicago makers selling their goods. We are proud to provide a brave space for artists to explore and share their struggles of body positivity and self-love featuring a new roster of amazing talent each show!
With this mission, we have done pop-up shows in Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, Pittsburg, Madison, South Bend, Louisville, and Columbus. We have also worked with the world renowned Steppenwolf Theatre for PRIDE and Knix Underwear for collaborative pop-ups.
Strip Joker is entirely LGBTQ+ produced by five Chicago comedians, and partnered with the You Are Beautiful campaign to promote this message of body positivity to all performers and patrons of the show.
Brittany Meyer (they/them) is a FORCE and they’ve quickly become a powerful voice for the LGBTQAI+ community. Their work features biting wit and a true underlying sweetness that pulls you in and draws the laughter out.
Le Aboav (they/them) is bold, razor-sharp, and one of the funniest creatures on this side of outer space. This gender-fluid starman bravely tackles taboo topics with a playful use of language and unique point of view, leaving audiences feeling both relaxed and intrigued.
Kaitlyn Grissom (they/them) is a standup comedian who tells jokes about carpentry & communism in dive bars all around Chicago. When they're not telling jokes, they are coordinating all of Strip Joker's partner organizations and helping raise money for many great causes in our city and around the country.
Asia Martin (she/her) is a wacky witty woke woman who is working on trusting white people. She gets all her material from heart to hearts with her cat Asia Minor and Spongebob reruns. When she’s not singing Anita Baker and deep conditioning her soul, she is traveling around the country doing the good work of our cult and savior Second City.
Spencer D Blair
Spencer D Blair (he/him) is a writer, performer, podcaster, and snacc. He is a producer of Strip Joker Deluxe, Droday, The Chill as Fuck Show, Desks and Dayjobs, and Please Make This. Spencer also enjoys long walks on the beach, clichés,