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  • 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...
  • Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'

    Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'
    "Conversations on a Homecoming" The Irish pub where Tom Murphy's drama takes place is located somewhere in Galway. The year is 1970-something, and the place is cozy but shabby. So are the lives of its denizens, men who quietly and then not-so-quietly...
  • How to be a Chicago sports fan in L.A.

    How to be a Chicago sports fan in L.A.
    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...
  • JUST FOR LAUGHS: Seeking out the hangers-on

    JUST FOR LAUGHS: Seeking out the hangers-on
    Here's a funny thing about arts festivals: You know they're really cooking not so much by what acts are part of the official lineup but by what's tagging along. Exhibit A is the Edinburgh Festival. If that annual entertainment conflab in Scotland were...
  • Why the Red Wings have already lost

    Why the Red Wings have already lost
    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...
  • Why you should have Nate Robinson's back

    Why you should have Nate Robinson's back
    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...
  • My favorite moments of 2012

    My favorite moments of 2012
    Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
  • The best of Chicago fringe theater in 2012

    The best of Chicago fringe theater in 2012
    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...
  • Autopsy: Man who fell down hotel smokestack died of trauma

    Autopsy: Man who fell down hotel smokestack died of trauma
    An autopsy today found that a man who plunged down a smokestack on the roof of a Michigan Avenue hotel died from injuries suffered in the fall, and his death has been ruled an accident. Nicholas Wieme, 23, had climbed onto the roof of the...