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  • '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...
  • 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...
  • Stories from 'PleasureTown'; Switch Committee at iO

     Stories from 'PleasureTown'; Switch Committee at iO
    "Welcome to PleasureTown"  I'm not going to lie: Pegging your show as "A Prairie Home Companion" meets "Caligula" is a near guarantee that you'll get me in the door. And what do you know? "Welcome to PleasureTown" delivers with its collection of...
  • 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...