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  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • 'Lean Back' is Virgin Daiquiri's take on being a woman

    'Lean Back' is Virgin Daiquiri's take on being a woman
    "Lean Back" "Saturday Night Live" cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant came up through the all-female improv team Virgin Daiquiri at iO, which says something about this group's ability to attract and hone talent. You can catch its Wednesday-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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,...
  • Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

    Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...
  • More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show

    More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show
    With his new late-night talk show set to debut on NBC next month, Seth Meyers has added to his already Chicago-centric writing staff with the hiring of former iO and Second City performer Amber Ruffin, a source close to the show confirmed. Like Meyers,...
  • A face you won't forget, in movies big and small

     A face you won't forget, in movies big and small
    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...
  • The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake

    The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake
    The Game Show Network hopes to wring some laughs from the old standby: Men think like this; women think like that. "Mind of a Man" debuts January 8 and is hosted by stand-up comedian DeRay Davis, who told me he had to adapt his R-rated instincts for basic...
  • Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians

    Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians
    Sean White is a yeller. When he takes the stage at the Lincoln Lodge's "Double Feature," a monthly night of stand-up comedy interspersed with short films, the blond and bearded stand-up has a booming growl in his voice. White's got a reason for his...