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  • Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer

    Del Close: Dueling scripts detail improv pioneer
    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...
  • JUST FOR LAUGHS: Talking to Seth Meyers + A guide to the fest

    JUST FOR LAUGHS: Talking to Seth Meyers + A guide to the fest
    "I've spent my formative years at 'Saturday Night Live' doing 'Weekend Update' while sitting behind a desk," said Seth Meyers in a recent interview. "But in my new job, I think there might be a bit of standing up." That new job for the former Chicago...
  • What would Neva Boyd think?

    What would Neva Boyd think?
    In Chicago, last week was for the playing of games. Three of Chicago's best-trained game players — Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong — landed lucrative, career-making gigs on "Saturday Night Live," a tantalizing reminder of the...
  • What's your take: Comedians working for free at iO

    What's your take: Comedians working for free at iO
    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...
  • iO troupe has a fitting final Tuesday night

    iO troupe has a fitting final Tuesday night
    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...
  • Improv Fest: Subtle mastery from Adsit and Lutz

    Improv Fest: Subtle mastery from Adsit and Lutz
    Chicago has long been improv's home base. Much of this is due to the ongoing influence of Del Close, the outsize personality and improv guru (and the subject of at least two films being developed about his life) who made the persuasive case that...
  • 'SNL' looks to Mexico, with iO's help

    “Saturday Night Live,” set to wrap its 38th season this month, is branching out into Mexico with the help of iO Theater's Charna Halpern, who is working with producers to cast the new show. Auditions for Spanish-speaking writers and...
  • 'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago

    'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago
    As two of YouTube's most successful rappers--their "Epic Rap Battles of History" channel has more than 1.2 billion total video views and almost 5.4 million subscribers--Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD (Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist to the historical record)...
  • With election season in full gear, “SNL” returns to NBC at perfect time

     
      Some might argue that Saturday Night Live isn't as funny as it was many years ago, but what isn't up for debate is that this weekend's season premiere — thanks to politics and cast changes — is one of the most heavily anticipated in a very,...
  • “Saturday Night Live” adds three new cast members

     
    When it begins its 38th season this Saturday, Sept. 15, NBC's venerable late-night institution Saturday Night Live will have a noticeably different look, in terms of cast members. Departing the show are favorites Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby...
  • Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'

    Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'
    Though the news comes earlier than usual, “Saturday Night Live” has already made at least one Chicago hire for its upcoming season. Local improv and sketch performer Claire Mulaney will join the long-running NBC series as a writer, according...