On a Role

Radio sidekick hosts comedy tour while bosses stay home.

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The Bob & Tom Show started at an Indianapolis radio station nearly 25 years ago. These days, the duo is heard in dozens of cities across the nation. Their Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour -- which features a half-dozen stand-up comics, including Donnie Baker, Frank Caliendo, and Drew Hastings -- comes to Playhouse Square tonight without the longtime pals. But program regular Chick McGee plays emcee . . . he thinks. “I come out and say hi,” he says. “And every now and then things happen.”

McGee’s onstage role pretty much amounts to introducing the comedians. His radio gig, however, has expanded over the years. He was originally hired as a sportscaster, but now spends much of his airtime playing comic foil to the show’s stars. “I figure as soon as I start questioning what I do, I’m in trouble,” he laughs. “I just go with it -- whatever I feel like we need.” www.playhousesquare.com for more information.
Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 2007

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