to go to rkj's Group Musical Gallery to hear
samples from the CD and for ordering
to listen to our original demo (the club act
from hell) -- we're still the same deeee-lish
duo with a different moniker!
|“A Must See for Comedy Masochists!”
Kathy O’Malley, Chicago Tribune
WGN, “Kathy & Judy Show”
“A Devilish Slice of Heavenly Entertainment!”
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times
Fox Entertainment Reporter
“Delightfully, wickedly funny!”
Lewis Lazare, Crain’s Chicago Business
|In 1992, after years of performing a comedy musical act as his show biz alter ego Dick O’Day, Richard Knight,
Jr., pianist (and wretched vocalist as Mr. O’Day) teamed up with mega singer Becca Kaufman to become The
Show Biz Kids From Hell!, a comedy cabaret duo. From their debut at Espial, a cutting edge north side
Chicago club that sadly closed its doors a few years later, The Show Biz Kids From Hell! have never looked
back, and have never wanted for audiences.
Knight met Kaufman, a native New Yorker, who moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, at the
Arlington racetrack (naturally) and after betting on the ponies, the team rehearsed a show and before you
can say “Spyros Skouras choreographs the Rockettes” an act was born that has wowed audiences 15 years
The “act” consists of Dick playing and singing horribly but thinking he’s fabulous and needing to constantly
impart his hard earned show biz “wisdom” to “the girl,” young Becca (who sings like a bird). “The Girl” is an
accomplished studio singer and voice over talent, who you’ve heard proclaiming the delights of Coke, Diet
Coke, Bally’s, Buick and many others. Kaufman’s character voices can also be heard on many games and
toys, including the smash CD-ROM series, You Don’t Know Jack.
The teaming of O’Day and Kaufman drew immediate raves from Chicago critics for their fast, funny
interactive show which they lovingly dub, “The trailer park of cabaret,” owing to its emphasis on popular
culture and material not often heard by a piano duo (everything from Led Zeppelin to disco and TV theme
songs). The original name, The Club Act From Hell, eventually morphed into The Show Biz Kids From Hell! in
recognition of the comedy duo's popularity beyond the cabaret scene in both public and private venues. You
name it – they've played it – from Park West to Taste of Chicago and every country club and cabaret within a
50-mile radius of Chicago!
In addition, Kaufman and Knight not only kicked off the Chicago Aids Walk for three years, but also co-wrote,
co-produced and performed “Walk For Life,” the 1995 AIDS Walk theme song. Between Show Biz Kids
performances (and a kid friendly version is available WITHOUT the “Hell!” add-on for younger or more
impressionable audiences), Kaufman has become an expert wedding singer and all around wedding
etiquette authority, among other activities like the Becca Kaufman Orchestra.
Mr. O’Day hasn’t exactly been idle either. Click HERE to read Dick’s full bio.
From 1999-2002, Kaufman co-creator and co-host of the radio wedding talk show I Do! I Do!, was heard each
week on Chicago’s WCKG-FM. O’Day was part of the line-up as resident film critic (and now his alter ego
Richard Knight, Jr. holds that title for Windy City Times). In the summer of 2002 he hosted a Midnight Movie
series for Landmark Theatres (Dick’s a movie maven). In 2001 Kaufman co-created and monthly co-hosts
the Chicago Singer Spotlight at the legendary Fitzgerald’s nightclub. This in turn has spawned a veritable
empire of singing showcases over which Kaufman happily presides. Click HERE for their extensive website.
At present, Mr. O’Day and Ms. Kaufman continue to dazzle their many private and corporate clients and still
occasionally do public shows. A spring 2004 show at Chicago’s renowned Theatre Building highlighted
Kaufman’s second visit from the stork and was titled, “The Show Biz Kids: Pregnant With Possibilities” while
a spring 2006 show at the famed Fitzgerald's trumpeting her THIRD (and final she swears) impending stork
drop off added the word "Again!" to the title. The duo celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2012 with a slew of
special performance gigs.
|CLICK the thumbnails below to watch the Show Biz
Kids perform two separate numbers:
|A Disco Medley
|Stuff Like That There