I apologize, I still love you, and am afraid you have forgotten about me completely.
I started a new "day job" about a year ago and opened a restaurant downtown Chicago, it was one of the most challenging, exciting, exhausting experiences I've ever known (and remember I was married to Satan, so you can imagine). This left little to no time to gig out. Trying to see my son, at times is and was a challenge. Now that we are approaching our year anniversary, things have begun to stabilize (as much as they can in the restaurant industry at least) and I suggested at one of our marketing meetings to put up a sketch show on the second Sunday of every month.
The powers that be thought it was a great opportunity to generate some revenue on a night that is usually fairly quiet so I wrangled up some funny, brave, novices and put together a rag tag team of friends and coworkers and viola! We became "the tourists".
The name was inspired by a couple I saw on the way to work one day. I was walking from the merchandise mart to lasalle st and saw them in true tourist fashion, snapping photos, pointing, and I looked up and was overwhelmed by the specimen of the great city for the millionth time, and a thought occurred to me. The thought was this, "there is beauty and wonder all around us constantly, may I see my world constantly as a Tourist.
We did the Second Sunday shows and on a whim, Justin Carner had the idea to do a sketch show called Beyond Say. I pitched it to Second City and about three weeks later got an email from Jay Macantosh that they had accepted for a six week run Saturday's at 12 AM (read Friday at 11:59 PM to avoid confusion.) May 16 - June 20th
Tonight we will be in rehearsal and I will pause to reflect on how quickly this all came about, and how proud of my friends I am for trusting me and being willing to act foolish and weird to keep my pipe dream of entertaining the masses alive.
I'm so proud of this show and all of them and I truly cannot wait for you all to see it. Whether you are a graduate level student of Beyonce or a casual observer of sketch comedy, I am sure you will have an absolute blast! So I invite you and all of your friends to come and laugh, and Party with the Tourists!