| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
| May 29, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Jordan Klepper, the newest addition to "The Daily Show," doesn't mind risking a little poison ingestion if it is in the name of comedy. And if that doesn't bode well for his future as a correspondent on the show, I don't know what does. More on that...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
The veteran iO Chicago improv team The Katydids have landed a sitcom pilot order from TV Land, based the group’s web series “Teachers.” Rooted in cringe comedy, the series features six elementary school teachers who “don’t...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:43 PM
Cecily Strong says her sign-off with Colin Jost at the end of “Saturday Night Live's” “Weekend Update” is still a work in progress.
Strong and former co-anchor Seth Meyers blew kisses to the audience or gave each other a fist...
| 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...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:39 PM
When Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” on CBS next year, he will bring with him a career built on Chicago-style comedy.
He will be the second major late-night talk show host, after fellow...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:05 AM
For one of the final scenes of the first season of the new HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," creator Mike Judge and his production designers re-created TechCrunch Disrupt, the intense annual San Francisco conference where computer engineers,...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:05 PM
I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic....
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:00 PM
"Saturday Night Live" cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant came up through the all-female improv team Virgin Daiquiri at iO, which says something about this group's ability to attract and hone talent.
You can catch its Wednesday-...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 6:58 PM
“Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground,...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:15 AM
Very little casting is done in Chicago when big studio movies shoot here. Not significant roles, where the camera lingers on a person for more than a moment. It's a strange phenomenon considering the deep bench of acting talent in town, but every so often...