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A Chicago Humorist Named 'Dont Fret' Cracks Up The Street

03/19/2014 10:49 am ET | Updated May 19, 2014

Oh, so you're a comedian now, hah? A real funny boy, hah?

Art on the streets is not always neatly folded into archetypes. Street artists and graffiti writers are not all anti-social miscreants intent on running afoul of the law, although that is a satisfying and simple characterization some critics default to.

In truth, these days there are a variety of voices in the conversation on the street. Some are social commentators, others are anarchists, showmen, activists, nihilists, narcissists, dreamers, storytellers, poets.

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Then there are the comedians. We've noticed that a surprising number of them come from Chicago. Possibly the harsh winters in that windy city turn people silly on the street. Among the funniest Chi-town hoodlums we've seen are Left-Handed Wave, Nice One, and of course the incorrigible Goons.

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Add to this list the humorist human Don't Fret, who knows how to depict us in all our eclectic and imperfect wonder without passing judgment but causing a cryptic cackle of recognition when you run into him. It's a sophisticated comedian who knows how to pull off common scenes with an insider wink. It's not that you know his people personally -- wait, that is exactly what it is like. Even when he is just using text to describe a person, you know the people he's referring to because they live in your neighborhood, cook your Halal street meats, coach little league, cook your books, attend your family barbecue.

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

More acute than ever, Don't Fret was recently in New York and we caught the jokes he was pitching. Ready?

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don't Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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