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Simon Amstell makes his neurotic Chicago debut

Simon Amstell makes his neurotic Chicago debut

At one point in his Chicago show at Thalia Hall in Pilsen Wednesday night, Simon Amstell, the popular young British comedian known for the quiz show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" and now on a kind of American coming-out tour, noticed an audience member with red hair, outre attire and, he decreed, a palpable need for attention. A need that Amstell understood. "Which parent didn't love you?" he asked, his voice rising to the semi-unconscious falsetto that tended to show up whenever Amstell talked about his childhood. "Your dad? Me too." Amstell's father — by his son's account, a once-inclusive Jewish man whose post-divorce religious...

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