Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy Set for MPAC Tonight
With more than thirty years of experience and an alumnus of "Saturday Night Live" and Chicago's famed Second City, Jim Belushi is now bringing to the Mayo Performing Arts Center stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy. The performance takes place tonight, March 29, 2014 at 8 pm, Tickets are $39-69.
"We are not stand-up comedians," Belushi says. "Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience - we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on stage with us to add to our performance. It's less a 'show' and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy - maybe that's why we have so much fun doing it."
Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy "According to Jim," on which he also served as executive producer, music composer and director.
After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net
syndication in 2007. A favorite of film, television and stage audiences, Belushi is one of the great leading character actors equally at home
in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band.
Accompanying Belushi are Robert Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell ("According to Jim"), Jon Barinholtz and Brad Morris, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers who tour regularly nationwide. (cast subject to change).
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2013-2014 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.