As far as festivals go, any one that includes Mike Ditka has to be better than Woodstock, Mardi Gras and Cannes put together. So, get ready Chicago, coach Ditka is coming to your city this summer and bringing some of his biggest fans.
Saturday Night Live's Super Fans, the beer-drinking, Ditka-loving, sunglasses-wearing Chicagoans who love all things Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Cubs, will reunite in June to stage a live reading of a never-produced screenplay from the mid-'90s. The script was written by original SNL writer and original Super Fan Robert Smigel (the guy who does Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk. The script featured the Super Fans lamenting the sale of the Bears and the conversion of Soldier Field into a sea of luxury boxes. It never got the greenlight from Paramount.
On June 19, Smigel and Odenkirk will lead a live reading of the script along with original Super Fans George Wendt and Joe Mantegna, as well as film critic Richard Roeper, who will serve as the narrator. Mike Ditka will appear as himself.
The reading will serve as a benefit for two groups: Have Dreams: Helping Autistic Voices Emerge, and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Funds. It's part of a larger comedy festival in the city. The Just For Laughs festival also features Ellen DeGeneres, Cedric the Entertainer, Denis Leary and Aziz Ansari. Good thing Ditka is limiting himself to one day of performances, or else he'd have overshadowed the whole thing. He truly is a compassionate Ditka.