Comedy for Cancer 2022
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Doors Open: 6:00pm | Show Starts: 7:30pm
Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove
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Introducing Our 2022 Lineup!
Headliner: ROCKY LAPORTE
Delivering laughs in his trademark Brooklyn accent, Rocky LaPorte has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country. A former Chicago truck driver and dock worker, Rocky has accumulated a slew of performances throughout his career, including being a featured comic on Showtime's The Godfathers of Comedy, starring five of America's most hilarious Italian-American comics. On the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies – Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog.
Rocky has traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. He has filmed his own Comedy Central Presents special and was voted the network's second most popular comedian in a nationwide poll. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E's Evening At The Improv and VH1's Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show.
Rocky has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. His clean, blue-collar style of comedy continues to increase in popularity as he travels the country.
Featuring: MIKE TOOMEY
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.
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-AM, WCPT-AM, WLS-AM, WCIU-TV, and the nationally syndicated home improvement TV show "House Smarts", as well as other radio and TV shows/programs across Chicago.
Having worked 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 10 years.
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 three-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 Public Affairs and the Office of Advancement 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 currently on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Broadcast Communications and is actively involved with the Special Olympics, Rags of Honor, the National Hellenic Museum and the H-Foundation.
Andrea has also dabbled in feature films with roles in WTTWS’s “The Trial of the Parthenon Marbles” (2018), “The Trial of Helen of Troy” (2019) and Robert Alaniz’ “Honest to God” (2021). We will be following DuPage County’s Covid safety guidelines in place at the time of the event.