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Comedy, Q's and A's with Fred Armisen, Jeff Garlin and special musical guest Jeff Tweedy
Emanuel Congregation
Chicago, IL
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Comedy, Q's and A's with Fred Armisen, Jeff Garlin and special musical guest Jeff Tweedy
Fred Armisen will be doing stand-up comedy and an audience Q&A about working on Saturday Night Live and how he got there. He will be joined by Jeff Garlin and special musical guest Jeff Tweedy the lead singer of Wilco.

*Every 25th ticket buyer will win a special prize awarded the night of the event including CDs, ticket upgrades and more. Next up? #125, #150, #175 and #200*

Platinum Patrons will enjoy a cocktail hour with light appetizers sponsored by HUM spirits in the Michigan Room before the show with entertainment from Stereo Sinai.

Gold and Silver Supporters will have a free pizza buffet sponsored by Domino's Pizza and a cash bar featuring Ska Brewing, wines from Wine Sisterhood and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. Matt Ryd will perform during the pre-show pizza buffet.

All proceeds from the show and cash bar will benefit the youth programs at Emanuel Congregation.

Platinum Patrons are invited to a pre-show cocktail hour sponsored by HUM spirits, on site parking, one drink ticket and preferred seating.

Gold Givers are invited to a pre-show pizza buffet with entertainment by Matt Ryd, one drink ticket and mid-range seating.

Silver Supporters are invited to a pre-show pizza buffet with entertainment by Matt Ryd and seating in rear third.

Plus Platinum Patrons and Platinum Patrons are invited to the HUM spirits cocktail hour, given on-site parking, one drink ticket, preferred seating and may include a greeting in the program.

Taking the bus? Take the 147, 136 or 151 along Sheridan and stop at Thorndale or take the 36 Broadway to Thorndale and walk east to Emanuel.

Taking the train? The CTA Red Line stops at Thorndale, then just walk two blocks east to Emanuel.

Driving? Parking will be available off-site at St. Andrew's Church on Sheridan just south of Hollywood. This is three blocks south of Emanuel. It is $10 cash night of or $7 in advance.

Platinum Patrons, Plus Platinum Patrons and Diamond Benefactors will have parking available at Emanuel.


Fred Armisen is in his eighth season on "Saturday Night Live."

In his first year, Armisen scored with his character "Fericito." The Venezuelan comedian coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought big laughs to "Weekend Update" and now his own recurring sketch "Showbiz Grande Explosion" with his Latin style and catchphrase "I'm just keeeeeeding."

Armisen recently took on the role of then Democratic Presidential nominee and now U.S. President Sen. Barack Obama. His impression on New York Governor Patterson has also garnered it's fair share of controversy. Other characters include the vaguely European home design enthusiast "Nuni," the Native American comic Billy Smith, the political comedian Nicholas Fehn and as Prince as the often-silent host of the musician's talk show "The Prince Show." Armisen has also contributed memorable impressions of Larry King, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad in the popular Digital Short "Iran So Far Away."


Jeff Garlin's talent encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and performing stand-up comedy.

Garlin both co-stars and executive produces the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" starring "Seinfeld" creator Larry David. The unique comedy features Garlin as David's loyal manager. The critically acclaimed series has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy, The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, and the AFI Comedy Series of the Year Award.

The Chicago native studied filmmaking and began performing stand-up comedy while at the University of Miami. A Second City Theatre alumnus, Jeff Garlin has toured the country as a stand-up comedian. Garlin's first film as a director, "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With," was released to critical acclaim. Most recently, he was the voice of The Captain in DisneyÃÃ,Ã,Ã,¢Ã,Ã,Ã,Ã,¢Pixar's "Wall-e" and is Buttercup the Unicorn in the upcoming "Toy Story 3".

Jeff's latest endeavor is his book, "My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World," which will be released on February 23rd.


Jeff Tweedy is an American songwriter, musician, and poet best known for his work with the genre-bending group Wilco. He was also a founding member (along with Jay Farrar) of the highly influential Alternative country group Uncle Tupelo, and a sometime member of Golden Smog, an occasional musical collective whose shifting personnel also includes members of The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum and The Replacements. He also teamed up with Billy Bragg to set Woody Guthrie's lyrics to music on the albums Mermaid Avenue and Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2.

Uncle Tupelo's first album was entitled "No Depression" and the title track became an important touchstone for a new movement. The song, a Carter Family tune, became the title associated with resurrgence of Gram Parsons' inspired americana (somewhere between country and rock). After four albums with Uncle Tupelo, Farrar left and founded the harder rocking Son Volt and Tweedy picked up the pieces and remaining members of Uncle Tupelo to found Wilco. Their first album, which was still firmly in the Alt Country category, was titled A.M.

Tweedy and Wilco began to explore new soundscapes and broke from the style of previous recordings on the seminal sprawling double album Being There in 1996. Wilco then released the more classicist pop-influenced Summerteeth in 1999. After the band recorded Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and delivered it to Reprise Records, they were told that the album was not commercially viable. Rather than change the music, Wilco bought their own master tapes. The critically-hailed album was finally released on Nonesuch Records in 2002. The process of recording Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the record industry backlash was portrayed in the 2002 documentary film I Am Trying to Break Your Heart directed by Sam Jones, which also saw the departure of longtime multi-instrumentalist and producer Jay Bennett. Wilco released their fifth album A Ghost is Born in 2004 which won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album. The following year, the band released their first live outing in the form of a two-disc set entitled Kicking Television. It was recorded in their hometown of Chicago.


Emanuel is a vibrant, growing congregation located along Chicago's lakefront. What makes Emanuel so unique is its dedication to Jewish worship, learning and community by its diverse membership of: new families and families who have been members for several generations, individuals and seniors, interfaith and interracial couples, and those who have more recently identified with the Jewish people. Our midsized Reform congregation has a strong commitment to Jewish tradition that serves as the foundation for our daily lives.


Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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