Rick Kogan: Catching up with the life and times (and COVID battle) of comic Tom Dreesen, who has written a memoir 'Still Standing'

CHICAGO — Of the comic Tom Dreesen, David Letterman once told me, “I cannot say enough good things about the guy and his comedy. He is one of my oldest friends and a born storyteller. And he’s got such a good heart.”Those stories and that good heart pepper every page of Dreesen’s new autobiography, “Still Standing … My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra” (Post Hill Press), written with Darren Grubb and Johnny Russo, with a foreword by Letterman, in which he writes, “Tom Dreesen is not my oldest friend, but he may be my best.”Dreesen’s life began in once thriving south s…

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