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January 12–18, 2018

Chicago Premiere

Wait for Your Laugh

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"As lively and likable as the actress herself, Jason Wise's documentaryWait for Your Laugh pays fond tribute to a tireless trooper whom generations have known mostly as a wisecracking second banana often funnier than the bigger stars she supported"
  —Chicago Tribune
"An enjoyable trip through showbiz history"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"[The film] has the merit of being nearly wall-to-wall Rose Marie... revealing a complex life and a picture of her times that should suffice to dispel nostalgia for them"
  —New Yorker
"Director Jason Wise's enthusiasm proves undeniably infectious"
  —Los Angeles Times

Wait For Your Laugh tells the story of the longest active career in entertainment. Far more than just Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the top center square on Hollywood Squares, Rose Marie worked in every facet of showbiz. She was "the darling of the airwaves" at the age of four and went on to work in vaudeville, Vegas, Broadway, movies, television, theatre, concert halls and nightclubs. Along the way she was known as "the kid" by the mob and she called Al Capone "Uncle Al", opened the Flamingo in Las Vegas for Bugsy Seigel, as well as had her career protected and nurtured by "the boys." Her friends include the best show business has to offer: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Mercer, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting and Bing Crosby to name a few.

Unbeknownst to her fans, the woman always looking for a man was actually married for almost 20 years to the love of her life, Bobby Guy, one of the best trumpeters in the business. His untimely passing and its impact on "the one who makes you laugh" is recounted here by her friends Peter Marshall, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Tim Conway. Wait For Your Laugh also has amazing behind-the-scenes color footage from Rose Marie's personal collection, chronicling what went on backstage on The Dick Van Dyke Show and other sets where she worked.

Narrated by this energetic 94-year-old, Wait for Your Laugh recounts Rose Marie's nine-decade, nonstop showbiz career in this a riveting portrait of a fascinating woman, who is still waiting for that next gig, ready to work at any time.

Directed by Jason Wise, U.S.A., 2017, 85 mins.


  • Fri., Jan. 12 at 7 & 9pm
  • Sat., Jan. 13 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 14 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., Jan. 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Jan. 16–18 at 7 & 9 pm


  • Sat., Jan. 20 at 1, 3 & 5 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 21 at 1 & 3 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation