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  • New ArtsQuest festival to get second year

    New ArtsQuest festival to get second year
    An entertainment festival that ArtsQuest started this year will be back for a second year, it has been announced. The second SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival will be held Jan. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the organization says on its...
  • Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie

    Life forms ingredients for filmmaker's indie
    In the Chicago-shot indie "Warren," filmmaker Alex Beh plays a barista by day, occasional improv performer by night. Put another way: He's a guy in his 20s struggling to get his act together. That post-grad sinkhole of unfulfilled ambitions is a...
  • Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong returns home amid dream year

    Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong returns home amid dream year
    They could be telling Cecily Strong’s story at iO Theater in Wrigleyville for years to come. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member wasn’t the obvious choice to follow in the footsteps of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — who...
  • REVIEW: 'Live! Tonight! With Kevin and Nick' at iO Theater

    REVIEW: 'Live! Tonight! With Kevin and Nick' at iO Theater
    Both a lampoon of late-night talk shows and a sincere (if twisted) homage to form, the show devised by Kevin Knickerbocker and Nick Mestad for their Tuesday night slot at iO feels like they're picking up where David Letterman has mostly left off these...
  • Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground

    Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground
    Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
  • REVIEW: 'Red, White & Blaine' at iO Theater

     REVIEW: 'Red, White & Blaine' at iO Theater
    Beloved as it is, "Waiting for Guffman" didn't even crack $3 million at the box office when it came out in 1997. The comedy is probably best watched on the small screen anyway, where you can rewind the funniest moments into oblivion. Among Christopher...
  • Swanberg movies bought post-Sundance

    Swanberg movies bought post-Sundance
    After married filmmakers Joe and Kris Swanberg each debuted their movies at Sundance last month, both have seen their work picked up for theatrical release. Joe Swamberg’s comedic drama about marriage called “Digging For Fire”...
  • Tello Films incubates web series

    Tello Films incubates web series
    Midway through its second season, Comedy Central's "Broad City" has made its mark not only for being funny and audacious, but also because the show's central dynamic is one that rarely anchors a sitcom anymore — that of a deep and abiding friendship...
  • 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. ...
  • Snooki appearing at Chicago-area tanning salon, Skylar Grey performing at Studio Paris, LeBron James dines at RPM Italian

    Snooki appearing at Chicago-area tanning salon, Skylar Grey performing at Studio Paris, LeBron James dines at RPM Italian
    The sixth season of “Jersey Shore” isn’t scheduled to begin filming until the summer and its spinoff, “The Pauly D Project,” isn’t filling the void like you had hoped, so this might be your only chance to get your...
  • This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'

    This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'
    If any one town can claim to have invented improv, it's Chicago. It's been that way since July 5, 1955, when the Compass Players opened their first show at 1152 E. 55th St. and allowed the likes of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Valerie Harper and Alan Alda to...