Lori Callahan, a pillar of the local comedy scene for thirty years, passed away last Friday. She was 54. The news has sent reverberations of grief throughout the community she was so instrumental in shaping. A generous spirit, Callahan organized and performed at many benefit shows. She provided many new comics with their first road gigs, along much-needed moral support in their nascent careers. Always a hit with audiences, Callahan won the respect of her peers with her comedic chops, but won their hearts with her motherly guidance.
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That's why the most fitting tributes to Lori's life and career have come from the comedians she inspired. Their outpouring of grief on social media only hints at the surface of this devastating loss. Westword asked some comedians to share their memories of Mama Callahan, and we've reprinted excerpts of others' heartfelt Facebook posts.More »