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  • 'Schlub Life': Comedy Central pilot coming from locals

    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...
  • Dork and Mindy: Chicagoan Ike Barinholtz ready to throw his weight around on new project

    Dork and Mindy: Chicagoan Ike Barinholtz ready to throw his weight around on new project
    After years spent making her mark as a writer and performer on "The Office," Mindy Kaling is branching out with her own show. A hospital workplace comedy that knowingly tackles rom-com cliches, "The Mindy Project" debuts at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Fox and...
  • Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies

    Improv pioneer Josephine Forsberg dies
    Josephine Forsberg, a pioneer of the teaching of improvisational acting in Chicago, an early company member at The Second City, and an influential teacher of such stars as George Wendt, Shelley Long and Bill Murray, died Monday morning at the Illinois...
  • Chicago improv veteran, teacher Mike Enriquez dies at 42

    Chicago lost a longtime member of the city’s sketch and improv scene last week. Performer and teacher Mike Enriquez, who mentored current “Saturday Night Live” featured players Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain, died Thursday at St. Joseph...
  • This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'

    This town needs a show like 'Second City Improv All-Stars'
    If any one town can claim to have invented improv, it's Chicago. It's been that way since July 5, 1955, when the Compass Players opened their first show at 1152 E. 55th St. and allowed the likes of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Valerie Harper and Alan Alda to...
  • Sarah Silverman added to Just for Laughs

    Sarah Silverman added to Just for Laughs
    The comic Sarah Silverman has been added to the line-up of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. Silverman will present an evening of her "favorite comedians" at the Chicago Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. June 16. Tickets for all shows go on sale 10 a.m....
  • The Chicago actor's dilemma: Love Chicago but leave it

    The Chicago actor's dilemma: Love Chicago but leave it
    "No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...
  • Second City to stage a twisted 'Christmas Carol'

    Second City is producing a new Christmas-themed show in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group announced Thursday. "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" will open at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre (part of the complex that includes the...
  • Reviews from Just for Laughs Chicago: Kevin Smith, Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo + Kyle Kinane, Scott Adsit + Kevin Dorff, Patton Oswalt and Stephen Merchant

    Reviews from Just for Laughs Chicago: Kevin Smith, Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo + Kyle Kinane, Scott Adsit + Kevin Dorff, Patton Oswalt and Stephen Merchant
    Going into "An Evening with Kevin Smith," it was difficult to imagine Smith answering audience questions as a Chicago Theatre show and one of the centerpieces of this year's TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival. Watching the 41-year-old...
  • Q&A: 'SNL' veteran Nora Dunn returns to her comedy roots

    Chicago native and former "Saturday Night Live" performer Nora Dunn has kept a busy schedule since moving back here a little more than three years ago. Despite her Chicago address (she lives in the Ukrainian Village), her career has been just fine,...
  • Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago

    Jeffrey Sweet show is coming to Chicago
    Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater.  So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...