| May 16, 2012
| 9:20 AM
The comic Sarah Silverman has been added to the line-up of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. Silverman will present an evening of her "favorite comedians" at the Chicago Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. June 16. Tickets for all shows go on sale 10 a.m....
| Mar 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 11:04 AM
Second City is producing a new Christmas-themed show in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group announced Thursday.
"A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" will open at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre (part of the complex that includes the...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 12:05 PM
Going into "An Evening with Kevin Smith," it was difficult to imagine Smith answering audience questions as a Chicago Theatre show and one of the centerpieces of this year's TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival.
Watching the 41-year-old...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
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...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:19 PM
Chicago's live-lit scene is a robust one, with storytelling events filling up the calendar every month. They're cheap to produce, and I suspect they tap into a desire among audiences to experience something without a screen of one sort or another...
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 AM
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...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
A group of Chicago sketch and improv performers are making a sitcom pilot for Comedy Central called “Schlub Life,” about “two out-of-work and out-of-shape husbands and their exasperated wives who begrudgingly provide the good life for...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:44 PM
"I've spent my formative years at 'Saturday Night Live' doing 'Weekend Update' while sitting behind a desk," said Seth Meyers in a recent interview. "But in my new job, I think there might be a bit of standing up."
That new job for the former Chicago...
| 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...