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The Great Kazoo

George Robert Wendt III was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He worked with the Windy City's famed Second City comedy troupe from 1974-1980. He is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the hit televison series, Cheers for which he was nominated for six Primetime Emmys.



Edward Heffernan is a filmmaker, writer, and actor from Chicago. Ed's films have won awards at domestic and international film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, Indie Fest, and the California Film Awards. Ed is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Second City's Harold Ramis Film School and Stanford University.



Originally from the south side of Chicago, Nick has a background in musical theater, sketch comedy and improvisation. Recent stage credits include "Tribulation: The Musical" at the New York Fringe Festival, "Dank Tank" at The Annoyance theater, and writing and performing as part of "Wilson!" In Chicago's 2017 SketchFest. Recent film credits include The Great Chicago Fire (Isaac), The 100 Meter Race/Walk (Cristiano), and The Sweepstakes



Caroline Heffernan is a teen actor, singer, dancer and gymnast based in Chicago. She made her first commercial at age five and began playing featured and leading roles in Tony-Award-winning regional theatres at the age of eight. Caroline is represented by Stewart Talent Agency.




He has acted at Chicago Dramatists, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Royal George, Madison Rep, Second City, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Florida Stage, Lookingglass, Northlight, Wisdom Bridge, Organic, and many others. This is his third film with Edward Heffernan having previously acted in The Letter and as Grandpa Snazzy in Expired. You're most likely to recognize Richard as the "Rise and shine!" DJ that Bill Murray heard every morning in the film Groundhog Day.




Charlie Babbo is a Chicago-based stage and film actor.  He has performed in productions at the Lyric Opera, the Paramount Theatre, and the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, as well the Wang Theatre in Boston and New York’s Madison Square Garden. On television, Charlie had a recurring role in the second season of NBC’s Chicago Fire (NBC), and has appeared in episodes of Chicago Med (NBC), The Exorcist (Fox), and The Onion.  He also recently had a role in the feature film, American Fable



Diona Okunbo was born and raised in Los Angeles and she graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in screenwriting just moments ago. She worked for the US House of Representatives as a Congressional Page, she worked at HBO as an Original Programming Intern, as well as interning for Untitled Management and Project Greenlight's 2015 film "The Leisure Class." In addition to un-produced screenplays, she wrote and acted in the web series "The Writers Room." She also created, directed and edited the web series "School Code" and she wrote, directed, and edited several short films and sketches for Roar Studios including "The Coughing Dead" "Man vs. Meal Plan" and "Sorority Girls." She produced, directed, and edited the documentary "Welcome to Inglewood" about the LA Rams return to Inglewood and the effects it will have on the city and its people.


Produced by

Nancy Hays, Walt Arnett

Cinematography by

Benjamin Derrell Thompson

Music by

Mat Morse


Jim Spangler, Thomas Rieck

1st Assistant Director

Alex Mangen


Victor Tan


Trevor Kravitz

Sound Recordist

Nicholas Fanelli, Bethany Berg

Boom Operators

Dania Khan, Sean Beck, 

Matthew Heffernan

1st Assistant Camera

Alyssa Wilden, Tavia Woodie

Production Assistants

Cathy Dunlap, Mary Heffernan

Artistic Consultant

Summer Pixton


Arctic Circle Taxidermy

Still Photographer

Juliette Strangio

Special Effects Makeup

Tara Froehlich

Theater Patrons

Christina Shaver, Matthew Heffernan, Cathy Dunlap

Special Thanks

Sean Heffernan, Meagan Froehlich, Connor Huchton, Alice & Carl Edwards, Angie Gaffney, Charlie Garcia, Julie Alevizos, Tim Schmidt, Lyn Pusztai, Michael Nedza, Jack C. Newell, Trevor Albert, Dale Chapman

Fantasy Costumes, The Crowd Theater, The Gift Theater, Jedlica Performing Arts Center, Unforgettable Edibles, Union Ridge Cemetery, Stage 18 Chicago, Cinespace Film Studios,


The Harold Ramis Film School 

The Second City


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