Williams turns comedian for a great cause

If I were asked to provide a word or two to describe White Sox general manager Ken Williams, a few would immediately come to mind.

–Driven

–Hard-working

–Intense

–Focused

–Successful

You get the picture. He wants to win another World Series, and basically that thought consumes his every waking hour, by his own admission. Well, almost every waking hour.

But how about Ken Williams, Improv comedian or Improv actor?

Well, I would put that description right up there with the likelihood of ‘Ken Williams, lover of blogs.’

On Friday night, though, Williams will be making a brief foray into this particular world for a very good cause.

Williams is one of the celebrity guests at Friday’s ‘Night of 1,000 Noogies,’ featuring the world famous Second City, presented by the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club Chicago. The event takes place at the Park West Theater on 322 W. Armitage in Chicago, running from 7-11 p.m., and will feature original scenes and songs through improvisation that honor Chicago’s finest celebrity characters.

According to the write-up for this great event, guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind improv comedy show, with a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago, a free support community for men, women, children, families and friends touched by cancer.

I’m not sure if the celebrities such as Williams, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and CBS2’s political editor Mike Flannery, to name a few, will be part of the actual skits or just the subject of them. Anyone who has interviewed Williams or watched him in action on television understands that he’s a very eloquent speaker and I can tell you Williams also has a self-deprecating sense of humor. He should be a boon to the cause.

While I won’t be in attendance, and I certainly would have been there if I was in Chicago, I would like to make my contribution. I’m a big supporter of Second City, having seen many a show, so I know one of the improv games they play is starting a skit with a suggestion of one sentence from the audience.

If Williams is part of this particular improv game, allow me to throw out a few suggested Williams’ classics for the people in attendance to use.

For your entertainment pleasure:

“You can’t spend a dollar if you only have 50 cents.”

“He needs to stay out of White Sox business.”

And one of our favorites on the White Sox beat:

“That’s not a Kenny Williams problem.”

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