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FUNNY BUSINESS: A member of the entertainment world’s most loved family, The Wayans, Shawn Wayans will bring his act to The Improv, October 7th through 9th, and a great time is absolutely promised.

Shawn Wayans made his acting debut in 1989 in his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans’ feature film “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.” Immediately following his feature film debut, Shawn joined the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series, “In Living Color.”

Shawn starred in the box office hits, “Little Man” and “White Chicks,” both of which he also co-wrote and co-executive produced. Shawn began co-writing his string of blockbusters with the smash “Scary Movie,” where he also played “Ray,” an ambiguously gay football jock, alongside his brother Marlon Wayans and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans. Co-written, co-executive produced by and starring Shawn Wayans “Scary Movie 2” was the only sequel in the Scary Movie” franchise with direct Wayans involvement.

Shawn’s past film credits include the hit comedy “Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” which he starred in with brother Marlon Wayans. The movie was a comic spoof of the coming-of-age-in-the-hood movies and is a huge cult favorite. “The Wayans Bros,” sitcom, which Shawn and Marlon created and starred in, was the first WB show to be sold into syndication after heading up the EB network lineup for five years.

When not on the road performing standup, Shawn can be found hard at work in the “lab” where he and his brothers are busy concocting their next project.

Show times are Friday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $28 per person. The Improv is located at 5 Woodfield Road (inside the Woodfield Mall) in Schaumburg, Illinois and you must be 18 years of age or older.

TRIBUTE TIME: Traveling Soul: A Curtis Mayfield Tribute will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at The Promontory, located at 5311 South Lake Park Avenue in Chicago.

This event will celebrate the release of Traveling Soul, Todd Mayfield’s biography of his late father Curtis Mayfield, and include Syd Brown and the Mayfield All Stars performing in tribute to Curtis Mayfield and to Mayfield’s protege Reginald Torian, Sr., who passed away earlier this year. A star-studded cast of Mayfield’s friends and fans will perform his greatest hits with the band and Todd Mayfield will speak about his father’s work and legacy. The event will also serve as a benefit for the Musical Arts Institute.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $30.

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