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Dobie Maxwell discusses Comedy Night at Twisted Q

Dobie Maxwell akMr. Lucky will perform Aug. 31 Listening Room Twisted Q Homewood.

Dobie Maxwell aka Mr. Lucky will perform Aug. 31 at the Listening Room at the Twisted Q in Homewood.

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COMEDY NIGHT

Dobie Maxwell and James Wesley Jackson with Trevor Burke and host Joe Nuccio

♦ 8 p.m. Aug. 31

♦ The Listening Room
at the Twisted Q,
2053 Ridge Road,
Homewood

♦ Tickets, $10

♦ (708) 957-8899

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:10AM



He talks a mile a minute, and that rapid-fire delivery will be cranking out the comedy come Aug. 31.

That’s when Dobie Maxwell aka Mr. Lucky, of Fox Lake, will co-headline the inaugural Comedy Night at the Listening Room at the Twisted Q in Homewood.

“Dave Rudolf is just a wonderful guy,” Maxwell said of the Park Forest resident who books the acts at the relatively new venue.

“He’s a champion of the arts. For him to bring this here, it’s such a huge area and hopefully people will become regulars and see there’s a lot of talent in the Chicago area.”

Maxwell has performed in 48 U.S. states as well as in Canada and shared the bill with notables such as Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell and Robin Williams.

One of the collaborations Maxwell said he is most proud of is working with longtime Chicago South Sider James Wesley Jackson (jameswesleyjackson.com), who co-headlines on Aug. 31.

Jackson opened up arenas for years, warming up crowds prior to Parliament-Funkadelic’s concerts.

Maxwell produced Jackson’s DVD, “The 21st Century Enviromedian — Live in Chicago,” which will be one of two DVD releases celebrated on Aug. 31.

“It was a blast to do that, to be able to take one of your heroes and be able to work with him in that way,” Maxwell said.

He also will be celebrating the release of his “The Dented Can” DVD at Comedy Night.

A portion of the proceeds from DVDs sold at the show will go to the American Diabetes Association.

“I was diagnosed in 2011 with diabetes,” Maxwell (dobiemaxwell.com) said.

“Diabetes can be overcome with diet and exercise. I was determined to turn my life around. It was basically sodas for me. I stopped drinking sodas. I exercised. I’m not on insulin anymore.

“The doctor said, ‘Wow! I didn’t think you could do it.’ It’s got to be a full lifestyle change.”

Maxwell, who has appeared on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and is a former morning radio personality from WLUP-FM (97.9), has been sharing his craft with others by teaching classes.

“I teach comedy because the best person to learn from is the one who made the most mistakes,” Maxwell quipped.

“I did everything wrong offstage and on. I can’t make anybody funny, but I can tell them to do things in the correct order.”

Comedy Night will feature some performers Maxwell met through his classes.

Joseph Burke took Maxwell’s comedy class, and his son Trevor (trevorburke.com), 11, is set to perform.

Also, host Joe Nuccio (joenuccio.com) is a former student of Maxwell’s.

“We’re veteran comedians. We’re clean comedians,” Maxwell said of the bill.

“Unfortunately a lot of people hear ‘stand-up comedy’ and think dirty or off-color. We’re not prudes, but it’s not filthy especially since we have an 11-year-old on the show.”

Jessi Virtusio blogs about music, movies and much more on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment.

More of her conversation with Dobie Maxwell will be posted there soon.



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