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Carving out space for funny girls in Wicker Park

By Carolyn Cakir

Chicago is a mecca for comedy lovers and comedians.  But many female comedians lament the fact that comedy is still very much a boys club, and they  face gender discrimination at traditional open mic nights across the city.

Comedian Elyse Nylin decided to fight against that and created a females-only open mic night, aptly titled You Joke Like a Girl, in Wicker Park.

You can check out Nylin and her fellow funny girls the last Wednesday of each month at Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Photo at top: Lauren Hooberman has the crowd laughing at the all-female open mic night at Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park. (Carolyn Cakir/MEDILL)