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  • Annoyance launches Kickstarter for new space

    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...
  • 10 itching questions for the 2013-14 Bulls

    10 itching questions for the 2013-14 Bulls
    How will this year's Bulls team do with Derrick Rose back? Can the team make a leap into the "genuine contender" category, or will their style of play lead to more injuries at just the wrong time? Will the team make a trade or stand pat? These are the...
  • 'Grimm' actor has a history with horror

    'Grimm' actor has a history with horror
    As a child, David Giuntoli consumed a steady media diet of horror films like "Carrie," "The Shining" and "The Exorcist." The films scared the heck out of him, he said, but like a kid in a (really spooky) candy store, he couldn't help himself from...
  • 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...
  • '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)...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

    Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...
  • More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show

    More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show
    With his new late-night talk show set to debut on NBC next month, Seth Meyers has added to his already Chicago-centric writing staff with the hiring of former iO and Second City performer Amber Ruffin, a source close to the show confirmed. Like Meyers,...