| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
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,...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:05 PM
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....
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:00 PM
"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-...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
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...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:39 PM
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...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:05 AM
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,...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:26 PM
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.
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:08 AM
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...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:40 AM
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...