‘TV & Me’ returns to Pheasant Run stage
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media August 15, 2013 5:24PM
Chicago-based comedian Mike Toomey. | File photo
‘TV & Me’
♦ Aug. 16-17
♦ Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
♦ Tickets, $32
♦ (630) 584-6342
Updated: August 16, 2013 8:29AM
If you like TV, then comedian Mike Toomey has a show for you.
Toomey brings his show “TV & Me” to the Pheasant Run Resort at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17. The one-man act explores the role TV shows he watched as a child in the 1960s and ’70s shaped his adult life. The show includes a multimedia presentation with more than 200 slides and sound bytes, plus Toomey’s celebrity impressions.
“When I was a kid, I spent way too much time in front of the TV, and that’s what this show stems from,” he said. He grew up in Carol Stream, a fan of “Superfriends,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Batman,” to name a few.
“When I started doing stand-up comedy, that’s pretty much what I would do in my act — commentaries on television and impersonations,” he said. “I started doing comedy as a teenager out of high school and I didn’t have a lot in common with my audience.”
Television bridged that gap. As the years passed, his television material went by the wayside. But he missed talking about TV.
“I realized also that it had a specific audience. So I created this show for that audience,” he said. That was around 1998, and the act has evolved a lot since then.
“In the beginning, it was just me doing a lot of television-type bits, and now it’s become more of a story with a timeline running through it.”
He talks about Saturday morning cartoons being destination television, about commercials, TV theme songs and reruns. It’s non-threatening stuff that everyone can relate to, and people tell him they appreciate the trip down memory lane.
Pictures and video projected onto a screen behind him help illustrate his points. Some of it has been doctored and some of it is exactly as it aired back in the day.
He gets quite a few requests to perform the show, and these days, his audiences include not only Baby Boomers but also younger folks who have seen reruns.
Toomey has another standup act he performs regularly in addition to “TV & Me,” and he works on the WGN Morning News.
The show is good for people who like the classic age of television, he said, as well as for people who like celebrity impressions.
“The show is filled with fun pictures and videos and I do a bunch of impersonations,” he said. “The show is a lot of fun for me to do. I think if you are of that generation you would certainly like it as well.”