| Oct 19, 2014
| 5:44 PM
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...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 8:30 AM
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...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:53 AM
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...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 12:51 PM
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...
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 9:42 AM
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...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 11:05 AM
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”...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 11:32 AM
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...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 11:01 PM
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. ...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 7:54 AM
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...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 1:15 PM
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...