OLD TOWN — Guests for the upcoming Second City charity roast of George Wendt are going well beyond the Norm.
The Second City announced Wednesday that Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and Keegan-Michael Key of the cable comedy "Key & Peele" would be in on the Sept. 9 roast of former mainstager Wendt, joining roastmaster Jason Sudeikis, Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas and David Koechner. Also confirmed Wednesday were Chicago favorite Tim Kazurinsky and fellow "Saturday Night Live" trouper Julia Sweeney, as well as David Rasche of HBO's "Veep."
"I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt" is set for Sept. 9 at the Second City Mainstage Theater, 1616 N. Wells St. It's a benefit for Gilda's Club Chicago, the cancer-support charity named for cancer victim Gilda Radner, one of the original "SNL" Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Players, and the Second City Alumni Fund.
Tickets aren't cheap. General admission starts at $1,000, a $1,959 package includes a backstage tour with surprise guests, an open bar and dinner, and the $3,000 Top Shelf VIP ticket adds appetizers and photos with Wendt and Sudeikis. Seats can be purchased through the Second City website or by calling 312-664-4032.
Wendt, of course, went on from Second City to star in the classic sitcom "Cheers" and many other TV shows and movies.