LOCKPORT – “We do this because of our faith.”
So said Dave Ebert of Crest Hill, founder of the Ha Ha Men improvisation and sketch comedy troupe. It's not the motto of most comedy troupes, but Ha Ha Men isn't an average comedy troupe.
Founded in 2013 by Ebert and several members who have since moved on to other projects, Ha Ha Men specializes in interactive improv games and "focuses on clean, engaging, family-friendly comedy that unites people in laughter," according to a news release.
It’s this brand of comedy that Ha Ha Men will bring to the Dellwood Block Party on Saturday at Dellwood Park in Lockport. Sponsored by local churches and businesses, the Dellwood Block Party will feature live entertainment, music and a variety of activities including kid-friendly ones, the release said.
“That’s what this block party is about,” Ebert said. “That’s why we’re excited to be part of it, to do our part to use humor as a way to break down barriers so people can say, ‘How about it? We laughed at the same time, and we’re completely different. Maybe we’re not so different.' ”
Don’t be fooled by the name or the faith-based mission – members of Ha Ha Men are serious about comedy. Ebert said he trained at both Second City and Gorilla Tango Theater, both in Chicago.
(Pictured above, from left, is Anna Yee, Angela Beckefeld, Dave Ebert, Jim Bushy, Brooke Simkins and David Zarbock).