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Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy Lay the Laughs This Weekend

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 20:03

Infamous funnyman Jim Belushi is bringing a band of hilarious actors and professional improvisers, known as the Chicago Board of Comedy, to Phoenix for a night of rowdy stand-up performances.

This traveling troupe of comedians includes Belushi's fellow "According to Jim" cast mate Larry Joe Campbell, Belushi's son Robert, actress Megan Grano, comedian and actor Brad Morris, actor Jon Barinholtzand, last but not least, Joshua Funk, the director and musical director for Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy. A comedy cast with this much experience is sure to make for an event of comedic proportions, but Campbell says the audience is still a critical part of the show.

"The show works in two circles and those circles overlap. The first is the relationship the performers have with one another. Having a relationship in the scenes we make up is crucial. The second circle is the relationship between us and the audience,” he says. “[Audience] suggestions start the scenes. Suggestions are asked for periodically to build a scene. When that relationship is humming there's really no other entertainment like it around."

Originally created as a result of Robert Belushi and Barinholtz performing together, followed by the addition of Jim Belushi and fellow comedians, the Chicago Board of Comedy thrived on the live stage.  

"I was lucky enough to be on that list,” Campbell says. “Jim has always been so damn good to me. He's really a dear, dear friend, and I'm just thrilled to be with all of these guys.”

With more than 30 years of experience among a cast consisting “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s legendary Second City alumni, attendees are in for quite a treat.

"I love sharing a stage with these guys. They're so gifted and smart and funny. They're also my friends, my buddies," Campbell says. "I love just hanging out and laughing. Who doesn't love that? We'll get on a roll and I'll need a couple of aspirin from laughing so hard."

Jim Belushi has continued to provide audiences with great one-liners and amusingly witty content on the big screen and now plans to lead this comedy troupe to victory with excellent showmanship and original, on-the-spot performances. Do not miss the chance to see this collection of the industry’s gifted comedians and improvisers. 

 

Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, standuplive.com, Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., $25

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