“Stand-up comedy is an American art form…” Bert Haas on Zanies’ 40th Anniversary

In this photo taken Friday, April 30, 2010, Olympic Gold medalist Shani Davis smiles after delivering a five minute stand up comedy routine at the Zanies Comedy Nite Club in Chicago. Davis might have found his next career for whenever he tires of speedskating, trying his hand at stand-up comedy Friday night, one of many post-Vancouver adventures. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Bert Haas, executive vice president of Zanies, discusses the institution’s 40th anniversary in this conversation with Nick Digilio.

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