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Tracy DeGraaf, 48, presents her comedy routine Life Happens, Laugh Anyway at New Life Church in New Lenox Saturday, June 7. (Marybeth Sadlik/22nd Century Media)
Marybeth Sadlik, Freelance Reporter
5:28 pm CDT June 16, 2014

Monee resident and mother of five boys, Tracy DeGraaf, 48, uses nearly 20 years of parenting as material in her stand-up comedy routine.

DeGraaf holds a journalism degree that she put on life’s backburner after she married her husband, Ron, in 1989. Dusting off her writing skills in 2008, DeGraaf produced “Laugh Anyway Mom”, a 134-page book of survival skills as a mother of five boys. Her publicist encouraged her to turn her book into a stand-up comedy routine.