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  • 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...
  • 15 for your Feb.14: Love songs or an iO square dance

    15 for your Feb.14: Love songs or an iO square dance
    Valentine's Day, St. Valentine's Day, the Feast of St. Valentine —whether you embrace it or resist it, it is here this weekend. If you're in need of some entertainment for the occasion, read on. Valentine's Night Barn Dance Jubilee: "Square...
  • 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”...
  • Comedian and performer Victoria Elena Nones debuts her own musical comedy show

    Comedian and performer Victoria Elena Nones debuts her own musical comedy show
    Fighting for a spot on The Second City Mainstage roster is remarkably strenuous. Yet, for so many improvisers in Chicago, it's the ultimate goal: work hard, climb the ranks and eventually be selected to join the newest revue. But for Victoria Elena...
  • 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...
  • Comedy for a cause on tap in Chicago Ridge

    The Our Lady of the Ridge Parents Club will host its annual Night of Laughs fundraiser Saturday at the school in Chicago Ridge. It will feature local talent from the comedy sketch group AWK. Stephanie Seweryn, a 2003 graduate of Our Lady of the Ridge, is...
  • 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...
  • REVIEW: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

    REVIEW: Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
    Even after 14 years, Chicago's Sketch Comedy Festival hovers below a lot of cultural radars. This is partly due to the glut of small festivals in early January; SketchFest competes both with the fringe-theater Rhinoceros Theater Festival and, this year,...
  • Jason Chin, iO performer and teacher, dies at 46

    Jason Chin, iO performer and teacher, dies at 46
    Jason R. Chin, a longtime improv performer, director and instructor at iO Theater, was reported dead late Thursday. He was 46. His death was announced via Facebook by Charna Halpern, founder and proprietor of iO. A integral member of the comedy...
  • Our suggestions for Chicago's fringe theater in 2015

    Our suggestions for Chicago's fringe theater in 2015
    Nimble and risk-taking, small theater companies in Chicago are often leading the creative charge. There's nothing like a tight budget to entice artists down the unbeaten path. With that in mind, a few observations about Chicago's fringe theater worth...
  • Big moments in theater in 2014

     Big moments in theater in 2014
    In 2014 ... Chicago's Jessie Mueller snagged the role of Carole King in "Beautiful" on Broadway. By June, she had a Tony Award and the Mueller family was on its way to becoming a national theater brand. Seth Meyers, first spotted doing a little show...