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  • Doc to capture life and work of Art Shay

    Doc to capture life and work of Art Shay
    Art Shay, who has spent his career documenting the lives of others, is now the subject of a documentary himself. Milwaukee filmmaker Ken Hanson says he and his collaborators are about 10 months into the project about the renowned Chicago-based...
  • Ike Barinholtz cast in Tina Fey-Amy Poehler movie "The Nest."

    Ike Barinholtz cast in Tina Fey-Amy Poehler movie "The Nest."
    Ike Barinholtz, a writer and co-star on the Fox sitcom “The Mindy Project,” has been cast as the male lead in the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler movie “The Nest.” The comedy is about a pair of sisters who decide to throw one final party to...
  • 'SNL' writer Katie Rich appears in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival

    'SNL' writer Katie Rich appears in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival
    The Chicago Women's Funny Festival is back for its third year with 77 shows featuring 400 comedians on four stages across four days. OK, a few of the 400 performers are male—it's not the "Anti-Men Funny Festival"—but for co-producers Jill...
  • iO alum has big shoes (and ties) to fill on his "Daily Show" gig

    iO alum has big shoes (and ties) to fill on his "Daily Show" gig
    Jordan Klepper, the newest addition to "The Daily Show," doesn't mind risking a little poison ingestion if it is in the name of comedy. And if that doesn't bode well for his future as a correspondent on the show, I don't know what does. More on that...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
  • Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night

    Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night
    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...
  • Interview: Seth Meyers is up for hosting gigs, but not yet on 'SNL'

    Seth Meyers broke out a Chicago accent during his monologue on Thursday’s episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” when joking about the city’s ban on plastic grocery bags. The former Northwestern University and iO alum...
  • Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' host

    Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' host
    When Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” on CBS next year, he will bring with him a career built on Chicago-style comedy. He will be the second major late-night talk show host, after fellow...
  • The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead

    The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead
    I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic....
  • 'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO

    'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO
    For one of the final scenes of the first season of the new HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," creator Mike Judge and his production designers re-created TechCrunch Disrupt, the intense annual San Francisco conference where computer engineers,...
  • Chicago improv team gets TV Land's attention

    The veteran iO Chicago improv team The Katydids have landed a sitcom pilot order from TV Land, based the group’s web series “Teachers.” Rooted in cringe comedy, the series features six elementary school teachers who “don’t...