Enjoy an evening of can’t-miss comedy in downtown Crystal Lake! Raue Center For The Arts is excited to welcome Steve Cochran back to the stage along with John Da Cosse from the WGN Radio morning show and special guest Mike Toomey for “An Evening with Steve Cochran & Friends” on March 24!
A radio personality for over 30 years, Cochran has hosted his own show from coast to coast, settling in Chicago in the late ‘90s. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in several films, including “Grumpy Old Men,” and also worked as a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Over the years, he has also performed stand-up comedy with many of the greats in the business.
Cochran loves getting out and doing live performances about four times a year, including his annual New Year’s Eve show, now in its 17th year! He is best at hosting his own show, and since returning to WGN and being named host of the WGN Radio morning show from 6 – 10 a.m., Cochran has followed in the “mic-checks” of legends such as Wally Phillips, Bob Collins and Spike O’Dell and returned the morning talk show to its rightful place at number one!
McHenry County Arts had the chance to chat with Cochran before he returns to Raue Center’s stage!
What inspired you to pursue stand-up comedy?
As a kid in the ‘70s, I would get up and watch “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” all the time.
Pryor, Carlin, Cosby (long before we knew…) were brilliant and Johnny’s monologues were great… especially when he bombed. That lit the fire for me.
What comedians have had the biggest influence on your career?
Carson and Letterman.
What been the highlight of your stand-up career so far?
I’ve had lots of cool things happen from national TV hits to performing in stadiums, but truly, the highlight for me is performing shows around Chicago. They always have the best audiences.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to break into stand-up comedy?
Consider something less ridiculous. But if you still have the drive – watch the best, write every day, get on stage anywhere and everywhere you can as many times as you can… rinse and repeat.
What can audiences expect from “An Evening with Steve Cochran & Friends”?
A funny, clean, great time for all who join us!
This show will be your 9th at Raue Center! What keeps you coming back?
It’s a beautiful theater in a beautiful town and the audiences are always smart and fun too!
Come laugh with your favorite comedians at “An Evening with Steve Cochran & Friends” on March 24!
Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit rauecenter.org.