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'Jackass' star Steve-O makes 71-year-old fan's day -- again

Apparently you’re never too old to be a Steve-O fan.

Judy Kling, 71, has enjoyed the “Jackass” star’s work ever since she first saw him on the slapstick MTV show. The retired Bartlett resident said Steve-O, who has lit himself on fire and run full speed into Mike Tyson’s fist in the name of comedy, reminds her of her sons. She said his humor makes her wince, but helps her forget her day’s problems.

In September 2011, Kling said she was walking into Zanies Comedy Club in St. Charles to see Steve-O’s stand-up show when she got caught in a sidewalk crack and fell, breaking her Rollator walker.

“I was OK, but embarrassed,” said Kling in an e-mail she sent me after reading my interview with Steve-O in Friday’s Tribune. “…I have many joint problems and walking is difficult, but I was not going to miss any of Steve-O.”

Once inside, Steve-O took a seat next to Kling and chatted with her until it was time for him to go onstage. “He was surprised I was such a big fan,” said Kling, who guessed it had something to do with her age. “He asked me if I knew how dirty his show was. I told him yes and said ‘Dirty can be funny.’”

The 38-year-old comedian returned to Kling’s seat after the show. He remembered her name and posed for a photo with her, which he later posted on his website.

Steve-O, sober since 2008, performed Thursday at Zanies in Chicago and Friday and Saturday at Zanies in Rosemont. “I would go, but Rosemont and Chicago (are) difficult for me right now,” Kling said. “I will miss his show, but I will always remember (that night).”

When reached for comment Friday, Steve-O recalled meeting Kling. “I remember Judy well,” Steve-O said by email. “She really made that night special.”

The encounter, however, wouldn’t be their last.

Steve-O reached out to Kling to give her two tickets to his early show Saturday. And because she stated that the long drive would keep her from attending his show, Steve-O sent a car to pick her and her son up and drive them to the show.

“Steve-O sat with us before his show,” Kling said by e-mail Sunday, adding that he gave her his personal number to call any time. “He took a few pics with me to make sure there was one I liked. I went home with a signed t-shirt and a lot of great memories.”

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