Comedian/Actor Gary Owen at the Chicago Improv of Schaumburg
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Kevin Pollak is known for his wide range as an actor -- he's been in Willow, The Whole Nine Yards, The Usual Suspects, Grumpier Old Men and more -- but he began his career as a stand-up comic. He's headlined comedy clubs across the country and starred in multiple HBO stand-up specials. See him live when he headlines at the Improv. Just don't let him talk you into a game of poker. He's an avid player, hosting weekly home games with some of Hollywood's A-list celebrities. You'd probably lose your shirt. Learn More
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Gary Owens was HILARIOUS! The openers weren't even nearly as talented or funny as Gary. This was laugh out loud comedy that I surely enjoyed. The venue was SO much nicer than I expected and even the food was reasonable. I'd def go again.
Gary Owen has been entertaining America for over a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed in all of the major comedy rooms across America, including The Laugh Factory Hollywood, The Comedy Store, all of the Improvs, numerous Funny Bones and Punchlines, and Caroline's in New York, Owen is one of America's most loved comedians.
Owen recently joined the cast of Tyler Perry's extremely successful House of Payne. Perry met Owen on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (on which Owen is a regular) and immediately knowing he wanted to work with him, Perry wrote Owen into the show as the new barber, Zach. Additionally, Owen has been seen in such films as Little Man with the Wayans Brothers, Rebound, and Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy.
Owen was always the class clown growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After high school, he got serious and enlisted in the Navy. He was chosen for the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard. However, spinning rifles and carrying flags for George Bush and Bill Clinton turned out to be the wrong job for a funny guy. "I was always smiling," he remembers, "I got yelled at for smiling all the time."
After leaving his ceremonial position, Owen became a military police officer at the Naval Installations on Coronado Island in San Diego, but he says he was too much of a pushover to be a cop. Owen only made two arrests in three years, but during that time he embarked on his true calling: stand-up comedy. One night while hanging with his service buddies, Owen worked up the nerve to go at a nightclub. After only a year of doing stand-up, he was named "Funniest Serviceman in America."
Owen continued doing stand-up in San Diego, and had a huge African American fan base. He went onto win the "Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego" contest. That led to his first big gig at the Comedy Store in Hollywood.
Then in July of 1997 he auditioned for BET's Comic View. Two appearances on the multi-cultural comedy showcase won him his own one-hour "Grandstand" show. At the end of the season he was selected from the year's four "Grandstanders" to be the host. Not only is Owen the only white man to have ever hosted Comic View, but he is the only white on-air personality the network has ever had.
Owen has produced two stand-up DVDs: Breakin' Out the Park, which is now available nationwide, and 2009's Urban Legend. He can also be seen in MGM's College.
About the Ticket Supplier: Chicago Improv of Schaumburg
The Improv recently opened the doors of its 25th club. This spectacular new club seats 500, with a corporate skybox accommodating up to 50 people, a corporate meeting room, and a first class dinner menu with a full bar. From the state of the art sound system to the nation's top headliners, Chicago-area residents and visitors can now see firsthand our commitment to delivering the ultimate comedy experience.