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Lakeside Legacy Arts presents 'A Winning Night of Comedy with the American Laughing Champion, Julie Ostrow' on 2/28 at 8:00pm in Crystal Lake, IL.

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  • Photo done by Patty Bell of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation

    Photo done by Patty Bell of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation
    Patty Bell

Cori Cooper

Julie Ostrow and her Improv Friends will perform in 'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, IL. This winning night of comedy with the American Laughing Champion, Julie Ostrow, is scheduled for 8:00pm on Friday, February 28th. The tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door and are on sale now! Contact the box office at 815-455-8000 or

Siobhan Cottone Lakeside's Executive Director remarked, "Lakeside is excited to bring new and exciting talent to 'the Listening Room'. It is a fabulous venue for not only music, but all types preforming arts! Previous comedy shows in 'the Listening Room' have packed the room, so make sure to purchase your tickets today."

Ostrow is an experienced comedian who performs stand-up comedy, improvisation, and laughter yoga in the Chicago area in addition performing before worldwide organizations. She also conducts improv workshops for actors and non-actors. Her training in improvisational acting comes from The Second City in Chicago, while she also gains other experience by being a certified laughter yoga leader. Let's not forget that Ostrow has the honor of being America's first ever laughing champion, where she competed in many categories, such as: one on one laughter duels, snorting laughter, etc., to earn the title, which makes her feel like a "laughing princess". Ostrow won this award in 2013 in San Diego, California at the annual conference of the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humors. A laughing championship is a public contest where people compete in a series of laughter skills. The contests are usually judged on contagiousness, hilarity and technique. They can be extremely entertaining. Since the 1st one in Montreal in 2011, there have been contests in Japan, France, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and California.

Ostrow's goal is to facilitate laughter in the lives of people while acting as a catalyst for rediscovering and recreating joy, creativity, and childlike playfulness. "We know audiences will be laughing off their seat from Ostrow's witty humor," stated Roger Reupert 'the Listening Room' house manager when asked about Ostrow's comedy.

The winning night of comedy with Julie Ostrow and Her Improv Friends will be a unique and humorous experience for all. The performance is at 8:00pm on February 28th. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and can be purchased at or by contacting the Box Office and asking for Roger (815)-455-8000. If online sales have not sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.00. Lakeside encourages people to purchase tickets in advance. If you purchase tickets at the door on 2/28, however, please arrive by 7:30pm. A cash bar is also available during the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Lakeside Legacy on the web. 'the Listening Room' is located within the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, IL. Lakeside Legacy is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and is also home to the Historic Dole Mansion.

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