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“Tim & Tom” One Part of Dreesen’s Legacy

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October 2013 — One half of the nation’s first biracial comedy team says laughter was in his life from the time he was a child.

Greater Chicago’s Tom Dreesen has been entertaining crowds for fifty years, ever since taking the stage with partner Tim Reid on the advice of a grade school child.  Reid went on to star in “WKRP in Cincinnati”
while Dreesen went on to open for Frank Sinatra for 14 years and was a regular guest on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and others.

He continues to perform and currently promoting his new stage show, “Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra from a Standup Comedian. ”

Lakeshore news anchor Jodi Juhl sat down with Dreesen at Chicago’s iconic Pump Room to find out just what makes this standup comedian a true “standout” in the world of laughter.

They discussed the Harvey, Illinois foundation of his comedy, catholic school, and how using comedy with Tim Reid in an anti-drug effort launched an integrated comedy team in 1968 when racial and social tension caused them to ask whether laughter could help people who laugh together then live together.

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