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|Orpheum Performance Will Be Taped for National TV Show -- Comedian Heard on Local Radio Station to Perform
|The Orpheum Theatre announced Monday that Bob Zany, comedian and regular contributor to the nationally-syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, will film his upcoming October 30 performance at the theater. The Orpheum show will be edited to a one-hour televised special and will include not only Mr. Zany's performance but also footage in and around Galesburg.
"For the Orpheum Theatre to serve as the primary location for a mainstream television production is very exciting," said Orpheum president, Kate Francis. "Mr. Zany travels and performs in hundreds of places around the country each year. For him to choose the Orpheum Theatre for this project speaks volumes to the value, quality and uniqueness of our venue."
Mr. Zany performed at the Orpheum Theatre earlier this year as a headliner on the "Bob and Tom Canadian Mist All Stars" comedy tour.
"The Orpheum Theatre was an easy choice," said Bob Zany. "I love the Vaudeville vibe. The place is oozing with comedy history and I'm proud, really, really proud, to tape my special there and add my name to the list."
With over thirty years on the comedy circuit under his belt, Bob Zany has made over 800 television appearances including the "Tonight Show" and "Last Comic Standing." You can catch Mr. Zany on the big screen starring opposite Matt Damon in "The Informant!" currently playing in theaters nationwide - including Galesburg's Showplace 8.
Neither Ms. Francis nor Zany representatives would comment on what channels were in contention to broadcast the special.
"Negotiations are still underway, so I really can't comment other than to say that it will be televised nationally - perhaps internationally," said Ms. Francis. "The production crew is first-rate. They'll bring additional lighting, sound and rigging to supplement the Orpheum's equipment. We've been discussing whether the Orpheum Theatre's vaudeville scenic flats might be used as well as local actors. Additional scenes may be filmed in and around Galesburg. This event could turn out to be a great showcase for our community - not just the Orpheum Theatre."
"I love the laid-back feeling of Galesburg. The people are great," added Zany. "Galesburg actually reminds me a lot of my hometown of West Covina, California, but without all the kids who tormented me in second grade."
Bob Zany appears at the Orpheum Theatre on October 30 at 8 p.m. Also on the bill are Bob and Tom Radio Show regulars Chick McGee and Christine Steadman with Keith West and Brandy Belle. All seats are $29. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Orpheum Theatre box office at 250 East Main Street in downtown Galesburg, by phone at 309-342-2299 or on-line at www.theorpheum.org.
The "Bob & Tom" show is heard locally weekday mornings on Galesburg Broadcasting Company station WLSR "Pure Rock 92.7FM The Laser." For more information, CLICK HERE.
(Submitted by the Orpheum Theatre. WGIL News contributed to this report.)
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