Three Chicago area comedians will take the stage at Des Plaines Theatre on Saturday in the second show of a new monthly comedy series at the renovated performance venue.
Jessica Avila, co-producer, of Chicago, grew up in Des Plaines and said she wanted to bring live entertainment back to the suburban city.
About 125 tickets were sold for the first show on Feb. 4, and Avila said she hoped they could sell at least that amount for this show as well, which features comedians Danny Kallas, Joe Fernandez and Lewis Rhine.
“There are a lot of great comedians in Chicago, and I just feel that their names need to be out there in the suburbs more,” Avila said.
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Avila said she thought Des Plaines residents would enjoy the show for several reasons.
“I think Des Plaines residents are really looking to be entertained,” Avila said. “It’s cheaper than a movie, and it’s early enough where people can still go out after. And it’s not going to a casino, blowing all your money on one night of gambling.”
The show will be a homecoming of sorts for the headliner, Danny Kallas, as well. Kallas, 30, of Elmwood Park, said he was a delivery driver in Des Plaines for five years.
“It’s a big deal for me to headline a show so close to home,” Kallas said.
Kallas described his comedy as a range of different styles including adult humor, very silly and clean enough for television.
“My style of comedy is to try to be as much myself as possible on stage and not be phony,” Kallas wrote in an email to Patch. “People in Chicago don't like phonies. I just try to do me.”
Kallas said he’s obsessed with how people speak and the words people use. He said the funniest thing about Des Plaines was how people pronounce the name, including the “s” sounds.
“It’s obvious that’s not how you pronounce the word, yet, they live right across from the third largest city in America, they’re well-educated and cultured people,” Kallas said. “Yet they pronounce the ‘s,’ when it’s obvious it’s [pronounced without the ‘s’ sounds].”
Yet, people who live in Iowa, the biggest city there, Des Moines, them hillbillies out there, they take off the ‘s,’ and they’re dumb. So I don’t get how Des Plaines doesn’t say it properly, but dummies in Iowa do.”
Avila said there would be a bar and, weather-permitting, food from the DucknRoll food truck. She said the 17-and-over show would especially appeal to those in their 20’s or 30’s, but it would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys great Chicago comedy.
“If you like to laugh, then you’ll enjoy the show,” Avila said.
For tickets and more information visit the Des Plaines Theatre’s website.