| Nov 2, 2011
| 11:31 AM
Which nickname is future NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal going by now that’s he’s retired? Big Daddy? Superman? Shaq Fu? The Big Aristotle?
Nope. Diesel. I know this because that’s how he introduced himself when I answered...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Watching a comedian bomb on stage is uncomfortable. Watching a comedian talk about bombing on stage? Surprisingly enjoyable.
“The Tonight Show” has a feature called “Worst I Ever Bombed” in which guests appearing on the show...
| May 21, 2013
| 6:28 PM
William Shatner jokingly told new “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams during a sketch on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last week that the franchise should revolve around Captain Kirk, the character Shatner famously played on “...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 8:19 AM
If you’re a great cook and wouldn’t mind getting screamed at by a guy who looks like a Scottish Nick Nolte, the casting directors of Fox’s “MasterChef” want to talk to you.
The Gordon Ramsay-hosted reality show will hold...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 3:14 PM
Time Warner Cable was patting itself on the back this week after saying it was willing to have a federal arbitrator step in to resolve its long-running dispute with other pay-TV companies over the cost of the new Dodgers channel.
"We prefer to reach...
| Jul 27, 2014
I'm all for affording former Mayor Jane Byrne a long overdue geographical honor, but I draw the line at the Circle.
Byrne, now 80, Chicago's only female mayor, served from 1979 to 1983, but never had her name slapped on a park, street, building,...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 6:19 PM
"Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays). Derek Waters and Jeremy Konners' anthology comedy, Internet-born and cable-polished, returns for a second season on Comedy Central. The premise is a process and the process is this: A person, typically a...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:38 AM
The upcoming Marvel adaptation of “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd will also feature Chicago theater actor-turned-filmmaker David Dastmalchian, whose semi-autobiographical indie “Animals” (which examined addiction with a sly and...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:18 AM
Natasha Leggero somehow went from being the target of death threats to the envy of the comedy community in a span of a few days.
The Rockford-born comedian came under fire when she referenced SpaghettiOs' controversial Pearl Harbor tweet during NBC's...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:24 AM
I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:01 PM
How did Ryan Dempster convince his Cubs teammates to wear tuxedos and man the blackjack and craps tables at his charity event Wednesday, just hours after the team’s game against the Atlanta Braves?
I’m not exactly sure. But whatever he did,...