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  • What's your take: Comedians working for free at iO

    What's your take: Comedians working for free at iO
    There has been debate brewing the past few weeks among comedy performers in New York concerning the issue of pay. Often, stand-up comedians with a certain level of experience can score paying gigs at New York clubs. Recently, more and more stand-ups have started performing at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, a sketch and improv house where no one is paid to perform. Hence, the recent tensions.
  • Chicago Improv Festival schedule includes TV funny folks

    Chicago Improv Festival schedule includes TV funny folks
    It's like stuffing a car full of clowns ... A carload of TV stars with Chicago ties are among the 765 artists set to make funny April 1-7 at the 16th annual Chicago Improv Festival. "I'm thrilled that Craig and I will finally get to make stuff up for...

    Sweet show headed to Chicago

    Jeffrey Sweet--Victory Gardens playwright, New York resident, chronicler of improv history--has had a success at the New York Fringe Festival with his one-man show, "You Only Shoot the Ones You Love," which he describes as the story of his dealings with...

    Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago

    Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago
    Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater.  So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...

    Tweets take their (expletive) place among city's rich literary tradition

    Tweets take their (expletive) place among city's rich literary tradition
    Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...