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Obamacare is a big f*&^ing deal.

I am posting this picture in tribute to Vice President Joe Biden because he was right. For me and Kevin Lampe and our small business, Obamacare is a big f*&^ing deal. We have medical and dental insurance now for about $500 a month. The last time we had health insurance was in 2007 and we had to pay $2400 a month. Thank you PresidentBarack Obama and VPOTUS.


Dennis Farina Owes me 40 cents – a memory of a great guy by Kevin Lampe

Dennis Farina owes me 40 cents.

Back in my stand-up comedy days, I would also work as an extra on tv shows and movies being shot in Chicago.

Dennis Farina was the best guy on the set. He would talk with everybody. He always took his meals with the rest of the crew. He was still just a guy from Chicago. Everyone loved him.

I appeared as an extra in number of Crime Story episodes. Sometimes in the same episode I would be in the background as a cop and moments later with a change of a hat and a jacket I would be a bad guy standing under the el tracks.

The scene that will forever be a part of me was shot with Dennis Farina. An Ed Debevic’s in Glenview was standing in for a diner in Indiana. Dennis’ character was on the trail of a bad guy. I was pulled from the group of extras and assigned interaction with Dennis. I was to sit at the counter, pick up up check, leave some change for a tip, get up and go to the cashier then pay my bill. Dennis’ cue to enter was when I went to the cashier and he would take my place at the counter.

On the first take, I moved too quickly and the director yell at me. “Get it wrong again, Background and I’ll find some one who won’t.”

I then hit all my marks for every take. On, what would turn out to be the last take and the one that made the final cut – Dennis takes my place and swipes the change I left for the waitress. He slides the 40 cents into his pocket.

“Cut” yells the director. “Great, Dennis, I loved the business of you stealing the tip.”

The problem was that was my change, if fact it was the all the money I had until I could cash the check from that day work on the set. And since there was one 40 cent toll between Glenview and my home, I had to take side streets that night.

I thought if my comedy career took off, this would be the story I would tell when I made it to the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and got to sit next to him. In my day dream, I tell the story and Dennis walks out on to stage, hands me a buck and says “keep the change.”

Well, it never happened and now it never will. We lost one of the best today. A great actor and even a better guy.

So Dennis, keep the change.

You gave me so much more, you gave me a real show biz moment and a story I will be able to tell forever. Thanks a million!

The following is the link to the video for Crime Story, Season 1 Ep 12 “Hide and Go Thief” the scene begins about 22:30 I am in the blue sweater.


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We are moving our offices



Movers from the last century move what seems to be a century of stuff from the offices of Kurth Lampe.

After almost 15 years in an amazing space at 444 North Wabash Ave in Chicago we are moving. We will miss our wonderful neighbors at Michael Walters Advertising.

Watch this space for the announcement of our new space. Hint: It will only require changing one word and one number in our old address.


Check out trialballoons.net discussion w/ @CarolMarin on NBC5 @Ward_Room Friday night

Kevin Lampe discusses trialballoons.net with Carol Marin on NBC5 Ward Room Friday night at 6:30pm and 11:35pm on NBC5”s digital channel on Comcast channel 341, RCN channel 50, and WOW channel 130

From our friend Mileydi Fougstedt and 

Misceláneas de Cuba http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web

From our friend Mileydi Fougstedt and 

Misceláneas de Cuba,

Six human rights activist and bloggers from Cuba gathered at the Swedish Parliament 

Scandinavia is hosting events and giving plenty of attention to the Cuban bloggers and Human Rights activists.

Last week, Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White, received the Vaclav Havel prize for Creative Activism, and Roberto de Jesús Guerra, founder of Hablemos Press, Cuba’s biggest independent news agency was one of the speakers at Oslo Freedom Forum, BKyGtrwCMAAS6Z4hosted by Human Rights Foundation 

In an unprecedented event, today at the Swedish Parliament Yoani Sánchez, blogger of Generation Y, Miriam Celaya, blogger of SinEvasion , Antonio Rodiles, from Estado de Sata, Laritza Diversent, a young independent lawyer and Eliécer Ávila, a young alumni who challenged the president of the Cuban National Assembly gathered for the first time ever in Cuba’s history to debate about the current situation for the opposition in Cuba.

Misceláneas de Cuba, a Cuban organization based in Sweden, to support the island’s internal opposition, together with the Swedish Government managed to organize a week of hope for the Cuban opposition. The Cuban visitors spoke about how they work on a daily basis and the importance of collaboration with the Cuban s in exile.

2013 A lucky year for Kurth Lampe

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Please note Kitty and Kevin now have direct phone numbers

Kitty   (312) 617-7288

Kevin  (312) 617-7280

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Kevin Lampe tonight 7:00pm on NBC5.1 The Talk with Marion Brooks discussing Congressman Akin and his disgusting comments about rape victims

Kitty Kurth & Kevin Lampe discuss USA Presidential Politics at Prime PR Stockholm

View video of Kitty Kurth & Kevin Lampe discussing USA Presidential Politics at Prime PR Stockholm. Hosted by Prime’s Niklas Nordström and Billy McCormac





Kevin Lampe Speaks At Berghs School of Communications in Stockholm

Watch video of Kevin Lampe speaking at Berghs School of Communications in Stockholm


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