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It's awards-show season, and the north side stand-up community now has one of its own. Tom Lawler and Mark Geary--producers of Lincoln Lodge, one of the city's best stand-up showcases--mulled over the concept for a couple years before moving forward with this first annual event. "We think the quality of the Chicago scene has never been stronger," Lawler says. Five anonymous judges, described by Lawler as "passionate" regulars at various venues who are not "personally affiliated" with the comedians, have come up with the candidates and will select the winners in three categories: "Best," "Most Improved," and "Most Innovative." The public chooses a fourth, "Comedian's Choice," via e-mail. A solid nominee showcase on Thursday features Becky Garcia, Mike Bridenstine, Jared Logan, Tony Sam, Kumail, and David Angelo. The Friday production, when the winners will be announced, is a "tongue-in-cheek homage to classic award shows." Expect a red carpet, an opening song-and-dance number, and man-on-the-street interviews; performers include Hans Holsen and sketch comedy groups Team Submarine and the Mike & Duane Show. Coproducer and local stand-up Ken Barnard hosts both evenings. a Thu-Fri 2/15-2/16, 9 PM, Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln, 773-251-1539, $8, one-drink minimum, 18+.


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