| 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 “...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:41 PM
Neal Marshall wasn't thrilled.
About 15 minutes before showtime he walked to the lip of the stage, put his hands on his hips, held his body in a dejected slouch and stared out into the Vic Theatre. He had done this many times, in many theaters: As...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2014
Thirty-two years ago Charna Halpern approached Del Close with an offer. He was already a renowned director in the world of comedy, and working at Second City. She had just launched the ImprovOlympic and wanted him to teach a class.
"I heard about this...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 12:56 PM
Pro wrestler Colt Cabana pretends to hurt people for a living. The 33-year-old Deerfield native has been doing it for 15 years, briefly in WWE but mostly on the independent scene. But the punch he delivered to actor Michael Cera’s groin in late...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Hannibal Buress, meet the Bulls. Bulls, meet Hannibal Buress.
The 31-year-old comedian and life long Bulls fan said he had never crossed paths with any Bulls players before performing Wednesday at the annual “An Evening with the Bulls”...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Seth Meyers took the “Late Night” stage Monday night like a man who didn’t have anything to prove.
His approach to his hosting debut was suggestive not of a much-hyped beginning, but of a Tuesday night show a couple of years into a...