| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:24 AM
I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:18 AM
In Chicago, last week was for the playing of games.
Three of Chicago's best-trained game players — Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong — landed lucrative, career-making gigs on "Saturday Night Live," a tantalizing reminder of the...
| May 16, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...
| 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. ...