Famous Chicagoans Share Laughs at Gilda's Club Chicago's

September 29, 2008 11:04:43 AM PDT
Supporters of Gilda's Club Chicago will join Saturday Night Live alum Nora Dunn, known for her classic portrayal of characters such as The Sweeney Sisters and Babette, Jane Lynch, known for her appearances in film and television including The 40 Year Old Virgin and Two and a Half Men, and a host of other famous Chicagoans on Friday, October 3 at Night of a Thousand Noogies. This year's fundraiser, hosted by NBC 5's Natalie Martinez will be the Gilda's Club Chicago Associate Board's fifth annual signature comedy event held at The Park West in Chicago. The evening's highlights will include The Second City Chicago cast creating completely original scenes and songs using information provided by live, on stage interviews with Chicago celebrities including Saturday Night Live alum, Nora Dunn, actress Jane Lynch, WTTW's Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce and sons NBC 5 reporter Anthony and ABC 7 reporter Daniel, Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim Derogatis, Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, NBC 5 reporter Natalie Martinez and CBS 2 entertainment reporter, film critic and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker.

"Each year, we're humbled by the generosity of the people who support Gilda's Club Chicago at Night of a Thousand Noogies," said Jim Jacobsohn, the Associate Board's President. "We're excited about the all-star line-up of Chicago celebrities this year and the opportunity to help the Club provide support to even more families living with cancer." The event is sponsored by Charles Schwab, The Chicago Sun-Times, Clerestory, FactSet Research Systems, Inc., Google, Lake Capital LLC, Metromix Chicago, Miller, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Time Out Chicago, Van Kampen and White Owl Winery. Night of a Thousand Noogies will feature a one-of-a-kind improv comedy show, raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit Gilda's Club Chicago, a free support community for men, women, children, and families touched by cancer. Gilda's Club Chicago provides support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, social activities, a children's program, Latino program and bereavement program, all free of charge for people living with cancer, along with family members and friends.

Tickets are $75 or $125 and can be purchased by calling Gilda's Club Chicago at (312) 464-9900 or online at www.gildasclubchicago.org/benefit.html.

Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn is a native Chicagoan who played for five seasons on Saturday Night Live, where she created the popular character Pat Steven and Liz Sweeney in the iconic Sweeney Sisters.

In her first film role, she played in Mike Nichol's comedy Working Girl and then in the cult classic, Miami Blues. Warren Beatty's Bullworth and David O. Russell's dark anti war comedy, Three Kings, Runaway Jury and Bruce Almighty are also among her credits, which most recently include Pineapple Express and the upcoming, The Dream of the Roman's with Jeff Daniels.

TV credits include three years on NBC's Sisters, with Swoosie Kurtz, and on ABC's short-lived Three Moon's Over Milford, a metaphorical comedy about the world after a comet hits the moon. Although she does not accept legal work, she has reoccurred as a lawyer on Boston Legal and Shark, and as a suspect on Law and Order. She also played a judge in the comedy Laws Of Attraction.

Theater credits include George Firth's drama, Precious Sons at The Blank Theater Co. in Los Angeles, The Vagina Monologues in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Fe, and in Gary Lennon's Blackout. She wrote and starred in a one-woman show, Small Prey in 1997 and is the author of a book of fiction, Harper/Collins' Nobody's Rib. She directed Richard Dresser's Augusta at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2008.

Ms. Dunn attended The Art Institute of Chicago before she moved to San Francisco and studied acting with Anne Macey of the Jean Sheldon Action Workshop. She performed comedy and improvisation at The Holy City Zoo and The Other Café alongside Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and future SNL writer A. Whitney Brown. She was officially discovered in Chicago while serving brunch at a Lincoln Park café, and left for New York in 1984, the year the Cubs lost the pennant race to San Diego.

For more information visit www.gildasclubchicago.org/benefit.html or call 312-464-9900.


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