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  • 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...
  • A piece of Chicago history at Up Comedy Club

    A piece of Chicago history at Up Comedy Club
    Kelly Leonard, "Chicago Live!" co-executive producer and Second City executive vice president, reflects on his memories of Chicago's golden era of entertainment and its influence on "Chicago Live!" "Chicago Live!" will open its new season Feb. 2 in a...
  • Meet the team: James Janega, Trib Nation manager

    Meet the team: James Janega, Trib Nation manager
    I'll level with you. The most important person I go to meet at "Chicago Live!" is you. Not the famous guests, who are very nice and really interesting. And not "you," plural -- I mean you, personally. I'm sitting here at my desk wondering who you are...
  • Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley

    Up next at Second City? A new theater in Piper's Alley
    Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.” Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
  • Bailey sets a smart tone at UP

    Bailey sets a smart tone at UP
    "You guys in Chicago are used to improv," sneered the acidic Ben Bailey on Friday night at the opening of UP, the new comedy club at the Second City. "You can smell written material like a pack of hound dogs. You want to hunt it down. You want me to...
  • 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...
  • Q&A: Aubrey Plaza of 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

    Q&A: Aubrey Plaza of 'Safety Not Guaranteed'
    Name five actresses you assume participated in sports and other activities in high school, including being president of the student council. Aubrey Plaza’s not on that list, is she? Despite the 27-year-old’s remarkably convincing, deadpan...
  • A new comedy room, and a cautionary tale for Second City

    A new comedy room, and a cautionary tale for Second City
    Beware, O Second City, of the perils of the plush-and-shiny new room with the new high-tech toys just begging to be used! Beware further of the dangerous assumption that just because we all now spend our entire lives staring at tiny video screens,...
  • Next stop, Japan ... Second City extends its reach to second continent

    Next stop, Japan ... Second City extends its reach to second continent
    In its first formal move outside North America, The Second City is joining with Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., one of Japan's largest TV producers, talent managers and entertainment companies, in a new joint venture that aims to introduce the improv-based...
  • Andrea Martin and Seth Rudetsky, weekending in Chicago

    Andrea Martin is headed to Second City's UP comedy club with her semi-autobiographical show, "Final Days! Everything Must GO!."  The former SCTV star will play UP, located in Pipers Alley at 230 W. North Ave., from May 11-13. She'll be accompanied by...
  • 2011 FALL THEATER GUIDE

    2011 FALL THEATER GUIDE
    New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish of...