| 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...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 3:00 AM
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...
| 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 9, 2015
| 10:00 PM
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...
| 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...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 2:02 PM
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...
| 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...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 3:33 PM
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,...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 11:25 AM
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...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:52 PM
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...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:38 PM
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...