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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Newfound fame is
something of a sobering thought for Kate James.

And/or Colleen Henneman.

James is a member of Schadenfreude, a local
comedy troupe. Henneman is one of the characters James plays.

And so it was on Opening Day outside Wrigley Field that fellow Schadenfreude member Justin Kaufmann was interviewing an
inebriated Cubs fan Henneman (if that’s not a redundancy).

All in good fun.

Kaufmann, who works for WBEZ, posted the video on the radio station’s website as
well as at schadenfreude.net.
And the video became a huge hit on the Internet (if Quick Hits figures things out, you should be able to link to it in the online
version of this item).

‘‘There are a lot of people out there that think I am real,’’ James told Quick Hits. ‘‘They think I’m wasted by 9 a.m.’’

Well, it was a real
interview.

‘‘Justin is real, WBEZ is real, I’m real,’’ James said. ‘‘Colleen Henneman is not real.’’

Some people had a real difficult time figuring that out?

‘‘In a million years, I never would have thought that anybody would have thought that what I was doing was real,’’ she said. ‘‘I was sober when I shot it.

‘‘There’s a lot of people that know it’s a joke because we posted it on April Fool’s Day. And I found what I said to be completely ridiculous, so the fact that a lot of people do think I’m real is both
flattering and terrifying.’’

Apparently after doing Colleen for about 10 years with Schadenfreude, she’s an overnight success.

So what’s next for ­Colleen?

‘‘I think she goes back to her apartment, which she shares with three of her friends from college,’’ James said.

And when real people meet the real James?

‘‘They’re oddly
disappointed that I am a functioning human being that is not wasted while I’m talking to them,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m not sure what that says about America.

‘‘The non-Cubs fans are using it to their advantage, and the Cubs fans are using it to their advantage.
Equal-opportunity love and hate of Colleen Henneman.’’

As for James’ baseball loyalties?

‘‘If forced to pick a side in Chicago, I gotta go Sox,’’ the Michigan native said. ‘‘I feel the hate mail coming already.’’



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