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  • Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians

    Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians
    Sean White is a yeller. When he takes the stage at the Lincoln Lodge's "Double Feature," a monthly night of stand-up comedy interspersed with short films, the blond and bearded stand-up has a booming growl in his voice. White's got a reason for his...
  • Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

    Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...
  • Annoyance launches Kickstarter for new space

    After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
  • 10 itching questions for the 2013-14 Bulls

    10 itching questions for the 2013-14 Bulls
    How will this year's Bulls team do with Derrick Rose back? Can the team make a leap into the "genuine contender" category, or will their style of play lead to more injuries at just the wrong time? Will the team make a trade or stand pat? These are the...
  • 'Grimm' actor has a history with horror

    'Grimm' actor has a history with horror
    As a child, David Giuntoli consumed a steady media diet of horror films like "Carrie," "The Shining" and "The Exorcist." The films scared the heck out of him, he said, but like a kid in a (really spooky) candy store, he couldn't help himself from...
  • Stand-up Scene: Bringing the heat in Chicago

    Stand-up Scene: Bringing the heat in Chicago
    In a new feature on The Theater Loop’s Funny page, freelance writer Jason Heidemann trolls Chicago’s stand-up clubs, wandering all over the city and suburbs. In this space, he’ll report back his musings on the jokes, the talent and the...
  • Comedic actor Jay Leggett dies

    Comedic actor Jay Leggett dies
    Comedic actor and one-time Chicago improviser Jay Leggett collapsed and died of natural causes Saturday after a day of deer hunting in Lincoln County, Wis., according to the sheriff's office there. He was 50. A one-time mainstay in Chicago’s...
  • Seth Meyers surrounds himself with Chicago talent

     Seth Meyers surrounds himself with Chicago talent
    A sizable group of comedy writers with Chicago ties has been hired on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," a source close to the show confirmed Friday. The talk show launches in February on NBC in the slot currently held by Jimmy Fallon. Meyers — a...
  • The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake

    The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake
    The Game Show Network hopes to wring some laughs from the old standby: Men think like this; women think like that. "Mind of a Man" debuts January 8 and is hosted by stand-up comedian DeRay Davis, who told me he had to adapt his R-rated instincts for basic...
  • 'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago

    'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago
    As two of YouTube's most successful rappers--their "Epic Rap Battles of History" channel has more than 1.2 billion total video views and almost 5.4 million subscribers--Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD (Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist to the historical record)...
  • Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'

    Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'
    Though the news comes earlier than usual, “Saturday Night Live” has already made at least one Chicago hire for its upcoming season. Local improv and sketch performer Claire Mulaney will join the long-running NBC series as a writer, according...