| May 16, 2014
| 7:22 AM
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...
| 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,...
| May 5, 2014
| 5:09 AM
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...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:53 AM
They could be telling Cecily Strong’s story at iO Theater in Wrigleyville for years to come.
The “Saturday Night Live” cast member wasn’t the obvious choice to follow in the footsteps of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — who...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 5:10 AM
NBC has confirmed some personnel changes at "Saturday Night Live" ahead of its 39th season premiere on Sept. 28. Chicago performer Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers — a move that leaves her poised to take over the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 2:02 PM
In the end, with tears in their eyes, they piggy-backed, kicked and shot one another with fake lasers one final time, until the lights went black and the packed house shot to its feet. And so completed the seven-year run of Cook County Social Club, the...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Life on the fringe can be precarious, and this year three small Chicago theater companies with a combined 31 seasons among them decided to call it quits: BackStage Theatre and Caffeine Theatre (both on our best-of compilations in the past) and New Leaf...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 11:46 AM
Seven years after launching the profitable and long-running “Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play,” Pub Theater has acquired its own theater space just a few blocks north of Wrigley Field at 3914 N. Clark St.
The longtime home of Live...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:49 PM
There has been debate brewing the past few weeks among comedy performers in New York concerning the issue of pay. Often, stand-up comedians with a certain level of experience can score paying gigs at New York clubs. Recently, more and more stand-ups...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 12:08 PM
Whenever I find myself in a bleak mood, a quick glance at the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness usually does the trick. A near-perfect melding of minds between the "Parks and Recreation" writing staff and actor Nick Offerman, this visual guide on how to...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...