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Chicago's Funny Festival celebrates women in comedy

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Kristen Toomey, a Villa Park resident, will perform at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.

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Claire Swanson of Des Plaines is on the bill for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.

Former Glen Ellyn resident Molly Hall, third from the left, will perform with her group, Dumpster, at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.

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Villa Park resident Kristin Toomey said she's performed stand-up in all kinds of places -- even state prisons. "It was fun; they were a great crowd," she said. Laughing connects people, she said. That's one reason why she loves comedy and also why she will perform with 400 other women at the second annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, at Chicago's Stage 773.
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    • Kristen Toomey, a Villa Park resident, will perform at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.
    • Claire Swanson of Des Plaines is on the bill for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.
    • Former Glen Ellyn resident Molly Hall, third from the left, will perform with her group, Dumpster, at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.
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