LIMA — The audience at Veterans Memorial Civic Center will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience Saturday. Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy will bring its signature brand of improvisational comedy to Lima and, according to Belushi, how great the show will be will depend entirely on the audience.
“We are as good as the audience,” he said. “They really participate in this show. This isn’t a show you come to and nap through. It’s not a movie.”
Belushi, known best for his film and television roles, including stints on “Saturday Night Live” and “According to Jim,” draws joy out of living in the moment as he and his troupe creates comedy on the spot.
“There’s an excitement in the room because they don’t know and we don’t know what we’re going to do next,” he said. “We all hope it works and when it does, everybody feels great and we’ve done it together.”
Belushi, along with fellow comedians Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad Morris and Joshua Funk, have to work together in a short time to create comedic magic.
“We have the greatest communication and chemistry between us, and that transfers to the audience,” Belushi said. “During the shows we’ve done, we’ve had such great communication with the audience.”
The group will rely on the creativity of the audience in coming up with material.
“We’re going to come to you with suggestions of locations, and make sure the locations can fit on the stage, not a city or state,” Belushi said. “We come asking for suggestions on relationships, objects, fears, song titles and lyrics, film genres, theatrical genres, famous people, issues between people and that sort of thing.”
Through the work of the comedians and the audience, Saturday’s show promises to be unforgettable.
“The show that Lima’s going to see is going to be special to Lima and nowhere else in the country,” Belushi said. These people will leave this experience and never forget it.”