| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Art Shay, who has spent his career documenting the lives of others, is now the subject of a documentary himself.
Milwaukee filmmaker Ken Hanson says he and his collaborators are about 10 months into the project about the renowned Chicago-based...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 12:13 PM
When former Chicago writers and improvisers of the caliber of David Koechner, Joel Murray, Laura Krafft, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit and Stephnie Weir are to be found together on a stage, replete with a dozen or more of their celebrity friends, it generally...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:04 PM
NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” will film part of an episode in Chicago this week, according to the Illinois Film Office.
The series stars iO and Second City alum Amy Poehler and is set in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. It’s...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Improv hub iO Theater recently moved into new digs in a freshly renovated building in Lincoln Park's Clybourn Corridor.
A celebrity-filled grand opening is slated for this weekend (Aug. 29 & 30) featuring performances from alumni including: "30 Rock"...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Jeff Arcuri is a joke machine tonight. As the host of “This Week’s Show” every Thursday at Bar Celona in Wrigleyville, it’s his job to amp up the crowd, and he’s doing it well. “I want to get a tattoo of a cross with my...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 12:45 PM
TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi are known nationally as masters of long-form improvisation, that made-in-Chicago art form wherein a single audience suggestion of dialogue or a situation can unspool into a 90-minute show, never to be repeated. This past...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 1:40 PM
The new iO Chicago Theater in the Clybourn Corridor has announced its full roster for its grand opening weekend Aug. 29 and 30, and it’ll bring back a celebrity-filled lineup of Chicago improv alumni. As reported earlier in the Tribune, performers...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them.
Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
| Aug 1, 2014
His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers.
| 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...