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  • Doc to capture life and work of Art Shay

    Doc to capture life and work of Art Shay
    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...
  • iO opens with a mondo 'Armando'

    iO opens with a mondo 'Armando'
    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...
  • 'Parks and Recreation' filming in Chicago this week

    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...
  • Second City, iO raise the comedy bar for Chicago

    Second City, iO raise the comedy bar for Chicago
    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...
  • Video: Inside the new iO Theater

    Video: Inside the new iO Theater
    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"...
  • Standup Scene: Comedy audiences take risks too

    Standup Scene: Comedy audiences take risks too
    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...
  • REVIEW: 'Trap' at The Mission in the iO Theater ★★

    REVIEW: 'Trap' at The Mission in the iO Theater ★★
    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...
  • McBrayer, Adsit: Full roster for iO Theater re-opening announced

     McBrayer, Adsit: Full roster for iO Theater re-opening announced
    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...
  • Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines

    Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines
    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...
  • Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    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. Del...
  • Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong returns home amid dream year

    Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong returns home amid dream year
    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...