Comedy for Cancer 2020Thursday, January 2, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove
Doors Open: 6:00pm | Show Starts: 7:30pm
Introducing Our 2020 Comedians
Headlining Our Event:
Just so we're clear, I wrote this bio myself. I refuse to write in a third-person voice and let some anonymous scribe get the credit for my wordplay. And as far as actually allowing someone else to write it for me, well, I'm way too anal retentive for that. I am a television personality, stand-up comic, writer and producer based out of Chicago. Those are a lot of labels, which suggests either A) I am a prodigious talent, or B) I'm not really excellent at any of those things. I really have no idea at this point. As a TV guy, I'm the sports anchor for Chicago's top rated AM newscast, The WGN Morning News. I was also a host of the ABC primetime show Shaq Vs, filled in for Reege a few times on “LIVE With Regis and Kelly,” and have auditioned to host about a half dozen hugely successful network shows, each time acing the audition, but ultimately learning I was not “the right fit, tonally.” As a stand-up, I perform all over Chicago and the Midwest, headlining clubs like Zanies and the Laugh Factory. And as a writer and producer, I've optioned a handful of show ideas to be developed. I'm hoping at least one of them gets a pilot order so I can build an IMDB page.
An integral part to WGN Morning News (9-10am), Mike Toomey serves as the “Announcer” for the show. He started out doing bits on WGN Morning News in 2003. By September 2013, Mike had become an everyday part of the show.
A regular performer on WGN Morning News, Mike has appeared in concert with such names as George Carlin, Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. He has performed on numerous television programs including; HBO's U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado; MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour; and A&E's Comedy on the Road. With his sharp delivery, quick wit, and unique style, Mike Toomey has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982.
Mike grew up in Carol Stream. He has volunteered with Cal's All Star Angels Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to kids fighting childhood cancer.
Jeanie started her career at the tender age of five when she quickly learned that as the youngest of eight children she needed a hook if she ever wanted to be fed, bathed, or have her existence acknowledged in any way. Failing miserably at tap dancing, Irish dancing, gymnastics, and academics, she carved out her comedy niche with kick-ass knock-knock jokes and soon rose to fame at the family dinner table with such classics as: "knock-knock." "knock-knock." "knock-knock! Open the door! You left me outside again!” Since her kitchen table debut, Jeanie has entertained audiences at colleges, casinos, and corporate events, and is a regular at venues such as Zanies Comedy Clubs, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Bar. She was highlighted in Chicago Parents' Magazine's Four of Chicago's Funniest: Stand Up Parents, and was featured on Nick Jr.'s Moms' Night Out debut stand up special.
EMCEE: ANDREA DARLAS
Andrea Darlas is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning radio and television news anchor/reporter and talk show host based in Chicago. In 2019, she was inducted in the prestigious WGN Radio Walk of Fame. Andrea is currently the Senior Director of Constituent Engagement for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, based at the Illini Center in Chicago. She's a regular contributor to WGN Radio, WCPT-AM, the JAM on WCIU-TV, the nationally syndicated home improvement TV show "House Smarts" and other radio and TV shows/programs across Chicago. Having been in the Chicago media for nearly three decades, Darlas was a news anchor and reporter at WGN Radio for more than 22 years and a news reporter and weekend break/features reporter for WGN-TV for nearly a decade. During her tenure at WGN, Andrea won more than 30 awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, hosting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has six IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, three IBA Awards for "Best Reporter" and two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio. A two-time Emmy award nominee, Andrea has also won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalism excellence, 1st place honors from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology for her ground breaking series on food allergies, and the Better Business Bureau’s Diogenes Award for media excellence in business and public affairs reporting. Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently works with the Chancellor, the office of advancement for global and economic development, and the office of public affairs serving as a media liaison, promoting and advancing the U of I, throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Andrea has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics, Rags of Honor, and the H Foundation.
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