| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:13 AM
After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:18 AM
Abracadabra, the Bears are 3-0.
If the season ended today, the Bears would be in a three-way tie with New Orleans and Seattle for home-field advantage in the NFC. Congratulations. Of course, NFL seasons don't typically end after three weeks. And it's...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:28 PM
The 2013 Chicago Improv Festival kicked off earlier this week with Craig Cackowski — a veteran Second City and iO performer seen in recent years on NBC's "Community" — asking the audience for a suggested location. The first reply shouted out...
| Apr 7, 2013
| 2:57 PM
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...
| Apr 20, 2013
The huge dramas playing out from Boston to our flooded basements are weighing on our hearts now. But humans are not wired to be stressed out 24/7/365. When our imaginations are ready to soar, we couldn’t be in a better place than Chicago.
| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
A group of Chicago sketch and improv performers are making a sitcom pilot for Comedy Central called “Schlub Life,” about “two out-of-work and out-of-shape husbands and their exasperated wives who begrudgingly provide the good life for...
| May 8, 2013
| 2:31 PM
“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...
| May 21, 2013
| 2:40 PM
I bought a Nate Robinson jersey this weekend because I'm not sure he'll be a Bull next year. You read that right. Because I don't think he'll be back, I bought his jersey.
This does not happen often. Chicago fans don't run out to buy as much merchandise...
| May 28, 2013
| 5:49 PM
So the Blackhawks forced Game 7 against the hated Red Wings, and in the process completely demoralized Detroit. I'm not sure if you saw Game 6 on Monday, but if so you might have noticed Detroit fans in Joe Louis Arena streaming for the exits. With more...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:10 PM
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)...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 8:28 AM
After working on his comedic chops at both ImprovOlympic and Second City, Chicagoan Joe Nunez moved to L.A. in 2001 to pursue an acting career. You might know him as Manche Sanchez in “Prison Break,” the guy who hit Will Smith with his car...