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Chicago stand-ups return to area

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The boys are back in town! Four Chicago Style StandUp comedians are returning to the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, on Friday, March 13, at 8:00 pm.

"Chicago-style" comedy is a term created by the group and offers a unique, fresh approach to humor. Each comedian - unique in his or her own comic style - performs comic relief while playing off the quips delivered by the other comedians. All four comics appear onstage simultaneously and perform as if they are participating in a friendly, jocular conversation.

The stand-up comedians will host an evening of humorous jabs discussing everything from politics to sports, from parenting to dating. The comedians include:

* Willie Farrell has been headlining major comedy clubs and colleges for the past 20 years and is a much requested entertainer on the corporate scene. You may have seen him on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and A&E's Comedy on the Road.

* James Wesley Jackson is the world's only "environmedian" offering entertainment with an environmental theme. Jackson has won an Emmy for his writing and performance on the TV show "SFO." He has appeared on Comedy Central, London Underground, Comedy Tonight, HBO's Chris Rock Show, and Comedy on the Road.

* Paul Kelly is a nationally touring comedian who headlines comedy clubs from coast to coast. With real-life humor and a unique physical style, Kelly is a master storyteller and quick ad-libber.

* Bill Gorgo's first love is performing standup around the country. In addition to standup comedy, Gorgo has written three plays and a television series, acted in a half dozen Chicago stage productions, been active in talk radio, and conducted classes in the art of comedy.

The show is totally unscripted, and intended for adults. Doors open at 7:15 pm. New this year will be an hors d'oeuvres buffet served before the show at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $23.50-$28.50 Tickets for the show only are $13.50-$18.50. Call 800-745-3000.

The Clay County Regional Events Center ticket office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Plans are underway for a prom fair to be held on Saturday, March 14, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Storm Lake High School student center. The event is sponsored by the Storm Lake School District Foundation. The fair will feature gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry, and purses. The event is open to all area girls. There will be no charge for items. Participants able to do so may consider a contribution to the Storm Lake School District Foundation.

To make this event a success, donations are needed. Please drop your items off at the Storm Lake Community Education Office anytime or at the Storm Lake High School on Friday evening, March 13th from 6-8 pm. You may also contact Julie Mooney at 712-732-7463 or e-mail to mooney@evertek.net for further information. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their items.

The Storm Lake School District Foundation is a non-profit entity organized to promote the school's educational, cultural, athletic activities. "Prom is one such activity important to high school students. With challenging economic times, the foundation felt it was important to make that opportunity to available to all kids regardless of finances," Mooney said.

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