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'Celebrity Autobiography'

Friday, April 30, 2010

Top Comedians Read the Memoirs of Celebrities

"Celebrity Autobiography," the New York hit comedy show and winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, has found its way to Chicago's Royal George Theatre. Two performances this weekend feature a line-up of revolving comedians who perform and interpret the unintentionally hilarious actual words and stories written by celebrities.

How does Vanna flip her panels? What does Stallone have in his freezer? Why did Burt and Loni topple from the upper tier of their wedding cake? What makes the Jonas Brothers get along? Find all this out and more in "Celebrity Autobiography," www.celebrityautobiography.com where super star memoirs are acted out live on stage. Audiences walk away from the show asking, " Did they actually write that?"

Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, "Celebrity Autobiography" features a first rate comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers to the shocking "romance tips" from Tommy Lee to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history---Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher. And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious---It's all in their own words.

"I would listen to a lot of books-on-tape, particularly autobiographies, and was astounded at what people would write about& and the actual words they wrote. I thought the material would be extremely entertaining," says Pack. "Given Chicago's history of producing some of the best and brightest in A-list comedians, I thought it would be fun to bring some of them back to town for what are sure to be laugh-out-loud evenings at the Royal George."

Among the performers scheduled to appear in Chicago are Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), Mario Cantone ("Sex and the City"), Tim Kazurinsky ("Police Academy," "Saturday Night Live"), Laura Kightlinger ("Will and Grace," "Saturday Night Live"), Andrea Martin (Tony Award for "My Favorite Year," Tony nomination for "Young Frankenstein") Harold Ramis,www.haroldramis.com ("Ghostbusters," SCTV), plus show creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel. (Ramis performs for the Saturday show only.)

You can see "Celebrity Autobiography' at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Street, on Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by phone at (312) 988-9000, online at ticketmaster.com or at the Royal George Box Office. For more information, visit www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com or www.celebrityautobiography.com.

ABOUT HAROLD RAMIS

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:Harold Allen Ramis (born November 21, 1944) is an American actor, director, and writer, specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); Ramis also co-wrote both films. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV (in which he also performed), and one of three writers to pen the screenplay for the film National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Animal House broke all box-office records for comedies and earned $141 million.

Ramis was born in Chicago, the son of shopkeepers who owned the store Ace Food and Liquor Mart on the city's far North Side. He graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, and, in 1966, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Afterward, Ramis worked in a mental institution in St. Louis for seven months. He later said his time working there prepared him for working with actors. He once worked as joke editor for Playboy magazine.

A resident of the North Shore, Ramis is a life-long Cubs fan. He has 3 children.


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