Goddammit, I hate it when people die.
This time it was Judy Fabjance — one of the greatest pioneers to ever emerge from the world-renowned improv comedy group, Second City. The same comedy group that produced the likes of Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
No small feat.
Judy was a mother, she was 41-years-old and she was the wife of my childhood friend, Kelly Beeman.
Kelly and I grew up together – playing soccer and pulling pranks as far back as I can remember. Kelly was the life of every party, every soccer field, every scene and every outing. A dull time was never to be had when Kelly Beeman was around.
It’s no surprise to me that Kelly found a life partner in Judy Fabjance, a human being who lit the world on fire with her honesty and humor and forged a trail for thousands of people to follow in her footsteps.
While I never met Judy in person, I’m incredibly aware of the impact she had on this world.
In 1996, Judy was one of the founding members of the first openly gay sketch comedy troupe in Chicago. Think about that date for a minute. If you’re good at math you’ll recognize that it was 19 years before the Supreme Court would legalize same sex marriage.