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February 2 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
One event on March 2, 2018 at 8:30pm
One event on April 13, 2018 at 8:30pm
One event on May 25, 2018 at 8:30pm
Tickets: $20 ($25 at the Door)*
Now in its ninth season and selling out almost every event, Lucy’s Comedy Café is one of Raue Center’s longest running programs and the cornerstone of our comedy programming. This hilarious series has featured amazing regional and national comedians including Dwayne Kennedy, Rocky LaPorte, Patti Vasquez, John DaCosse, Mike Preston, Pat Tomasulo, Tim Benker and many more.
March 2 @ 8:30p
The evening’s Headliner will Kent Rader: Known as the “World’s Cleanest Comedian and Keynote Speaker,” Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations.
Kent Rader’s humorous keynote programs are entertaining and informative, taking participants on a journey they won’t want to end. Having survived five years in public accounting and twelve years as a hospital C.F.O. and C.E.O., Kent is a perfect fit for any conference keynote.
This Lucy’s will feature comedian Dame Grant: Dame Grant is a Chicago based comedian from small-town Illinois. He’s reluctant to mention his hometown’s name but does mention a notable fun-fact that the public high school’s mascot is a pretzel. Fortunately, he didn’t have to deal with that level of embarrassment due to separately dealing with the embarrassment of attending the private, Catholic school in town instead. Dame spent most of his adult life in Wisconsin where he recaps on those experiences onstage with audiences around the Midwest and throughout the country.
The evening will be hosted by Mike Preston: Mike Preston is a comic, author, self-appointed anti-social worker. Having endured years in the trenches of social work, assisting people in various states of psychological disarray, he has all but abandoned political correctness, and opted to shine a big bright light on society, illuminating the entertainment aspect of the human condition. Mike’s also the host of a wildly successful TV talk show, Psycho-Babble. His guests have included Mike Ditka, Craig Ferguson, Gilbert Gottfried, Adrianne Curry, Vanilla Ice, Gene Simmons, Ted Nugent, Jennifer Steele, Tera Patrick, Lacuna Coil, Henry Winkler and Jerry Seinfeld.
April 13 @ 8:30p
The evening’s Headliner will Denise Ramsden: Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Denise Ramsden loves to sarcastically pay tribute to her Irish Catholic upbringing in her act. She began her comedy career in a stand-up class during a brief move to Los Angeles in 2000 and then sharpened her skills in the Midwest.
Denise is an innovative, original comedian, as she blends biting sarcasm and bold humor with personal experiences. While a favorite among female audiences, her natural, honest sense of humor also greatly appeals to men. Her brash confidence is offset by her infectious laugh infused throughout her act. Denise discusses familiar topics and situations, which give her an accessible quality few comics share, but it is a combination that all audiences remember or whatever…
Denise has performed all over the country including Zanies in Chicago, Penguins in IA, Funny Bonin South Bend, IN, Skyline in Appleton, WI and the Jukebox in Peoria, IL
This Lucy’s will feature Matty Ryan: Matty Ryan was born and raised in an Irish neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Matty has been touring and performing throughout the country for years. An alumnus of the Second City, Matty has appeared at The Hollywood Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, Laugh Factory Chicago, UCB LA, UCB East, The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, iO Theater, Zanies, The Chicago Improv, and UP Comedy Club. In 2013 he was invited to perform at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago; in 2016 he made his feature film debut with a role in “Who Gets the Dog” (nominated for ‘Best Actor’ in the 2016 Midwest Independent Film Festival); also in 2016, recorded a standup set for MTV’s “Acting Out,” and in early 2017 made his network television debut with a guest star role on NBC’s “Chicago Justice.”
The evening will be hosted by Hannah Stanley: Hannah Stanley is a Chicago media personality and comedian. She’s a frequent host on WGN-AM as well as hosting two other weekly radio programs nationally. Hannah has performed comedy throughout the Chicagoland area, and is bringing her sharp wit and hilarious viewpoints back for her third appearance at Lucy’s Cafe.
May 25 @ 8:30p
The evening’s Headliner will be Dobie Maxwell: Dobie Maxwell a nationally touring, award-winning comedian. He has been perfecting his craft since 1985. Dobie has worked with such notable comedians as Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock, and many others too.
This Lucy’s will feature Steve DeClark
The evening will be hosted by Ted Willson: Ted Willson is a Chicago area native that makes audiences laugh with his stories that are familiar, funny, and fortunate that they didn’t happen to you. He has been seen poking fun at life and himself at numerous venues including Zanies, Kenosha Comedy Club, and WGN.
WGN Radio personality, John DaCosse, curates Lucy’s Comedy Cafe. During his 30+ years in stand-up comedy, the brilliant John DaCosse has developed a solid reputation nationwide. He has opened for big names like Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Craig Ferguson and Billy Gardell. John has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central and TBS. Mr. DaCosse has also served as an audience warm-up for Rosie O’Donnell and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He can be heard, along with his character voices, regularly on the Steve Cochran morning show on WGN Radio.