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Comic actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky appear together in Bruce Graham's new play Funnyman , about a fading vaudeville star and his long-suffering agent. Wendt and Kazurinsky also recall their days in the cast at Second City in the 1970s and fact-check a couple of Internet rumors about their long careers. Funnyman , a new play about second acts and show business, gets its world premiere at Northlight Theatre in Skokie this month. The story, set in New York City in 1959, stars George Wendt as fading actor Chick Sherman, and Tim Kazurinsky as his agent Milt “Junior” Karp. When Karp tries to revive Sherman’s career with a role in an avant-garde play in an off-Broadway theater, a bevy of struggles arise, including the strained relationship between Sherman and his adult daughter, played by Amanda Drinkall. We talked about the play – and what it’s like working with Wendt and Kazurinsky -- with Funnyman director BJ Jones , who is in his 17th season as artistic director of Northlight Theatre. How does working with big names in a production impact the play. The thing is when I read the play, I realized that George [Wendt] is uniquely qualified to play this role because George can walk down the street and people will say, “Hey, Norm. [In the play], people say to Chick Sherman, “Wowza,” which is his trademark epitaph, and George is uniquely qualified to play a role whose professional experiences [are] almost identical to his own. George went from Second City to a famous TV show that ran for 10 years playing the iconic character Norm. … to this day he does appearances in which people call him Norm, so he has a deep resonance with the character that’s hard to find in other actors…. Did you have the same reaction in terms of casting Tim Kazurinsky as Milt "Junior" Karp. Yes, because he’s incredible and George and Tim are very close. He’s supportive and encouraging and finally is the guy who has to confront and tell the truth to his closest friend, which is very hard to do. What’s the best thing about working with Wendt and Kazurinsky. We all grew up in the Chicago theater community, so we all understand –and performers outside of Chicago don’t quite understand—“yes, and …” [an improv teaching philosophy]. Source: chicagotonight.wttw.com
Comic actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky appear together in Bruce Graham's new play Funnyman, about a fading vaudeville star and his long-suffering agent. The show opens this week at Northlight Theatre in Skokie. Wendt and Kazurinsky also recall
Funny men Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt spoke with Chris Jones this week about Northlight Theatre's upcoming production of "Funnyman." In "Funnyman," art imitates the lives of famous comics through the story of a vaudeville comedian past his prime,
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A must-see show that is closing this week is Funnyman at the Northlight Theater starring Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt. The last show is on Sunday. Visitors to Chicago this week include Janeane Garofalo, Tommy Davidson, Tiffany Haddish, Adam Carolla ...
Tim Kazurinsky plays his agent. Written by Bruce Graham, "Funnyman" made its world premiere at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, and just extended the show through October 25, 2015.
With two comic actors such as George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky in a play called “Funnyman” you might expect a laugh-a-minute show. Although there are a lot of funny moments in this play the piece is more of a dramatic tour de force by taking a look on ...
Tim Kazurinsky, Actor: Saturday Night Live. Tim Kazurinsky is an American actor and screenwriter known for his tenure as both a writer and featured player on Saturday ...
Tim Kazurinsky; Born: Timothy James Kazurinsky (1950-03-03) March 3, 1950 (age 65) Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S. Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer: Years active
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Tim Kazurinsky is an American actor and screenwriter known for his tenure as both a writer and featured player on Saturday Night Live (1981-1984) and for his role as ...