DU comedy night will benefit homeless kids

By Louise M. Koryta

NIU students can get a good laugh and support a worthy cause at the same time when Delta Upsilon fraternity sponsors a comedy night to be held on behalf of homeless children.

The Comedy Club, a professional group of three comics and an emcee, will perform in the main room at Matthew Boone’s Restaurant and Lounge, 122 S. First St., Sunday at 8:30 p.m., DU member David Baum said. He said the group usually appears at bars and other comedy clubs in the Chicagoland area.

According to Baum, the comedy night is part of DU’s national philanthropy. All proceeds will go to The Village, Inc., which “is kind of a Boys Town shelter” in Kansas, Baum said. He said the money helps pay for shelter, clothes, education and food for the homeless children.

Baum said he originally saw The Comedy Club with some other DU members at the Northbrook Holiday Inn. “We had such a great time I thought it would be a really good idea to bring it to school.”

Linda Lewis, co-owner of Matthew Boone’s, said the main room holds approximately 300 people. According to Baum, they are trying to sell all 300 seats and he expects to have a sellout. He said the tickets are going pretty fast, but there are still plenty of seats available.

Tickets for the show are $5 and can be bought by calling the DU house or through other members of the fraternity, Baum said. He said people do not have to be 21 years old to attend.

Plans for the comedy night began in December, Baum said. The entire house is involved and all 80 members of the fraternity are selling tickets.

Lewis said they have had comedy nights in the past, but the restaurant did not make enough money to pay for the expenses. She said they decided to try it again because it is a fundraiser. Doing it this way is “the best way to go,” she said.