James Franklin Farrell, 45, of Oak Park, formerly of Chicago, died on Feb. 2, 2021. A graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania in 1998, he worked full-time in the restaurant management business, but his greatest passion was performing. He studied long form improv both at Second City and the iO in Chicago. He performed with the Free Associates in Chicago, with the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest and as a founding ensemble member of Comedy Accident in Chicago. Also, he often performed at open mic stand-up comedy events at Chicagoland venues, including Door No.3, Hound Dog Comedy @ 240 Lounge, and Cigar & Stripes BBQ Lounge, in addition to appearing as a guest entertainer on various comedy podcasts.
While attracted to playing humorously dark and very flawed human beings, his favorite characters all shared the common traits of being fiendishly clever, wickedly sarcastic (if sometimes just a bit whiny) and expressing profound respect for the truly absurd. His comedic timing and rapid-fire wit never failed to make all of us laugh. A kind, hard-working, articulate and valued soul, he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
James Farrell was the son of the late James and Linda Farrell; the brother of Michele (Tom) Visosky, Andrea Farrell, Kirstin (Kevin) Urland, and Renee (Rich) Remington; and the uncle of five nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.