| Nov 5, 2014
| 11:53 AM
Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago, the former husband of the actress Valerie Harper and a familiar face from a plethora of character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:47 AM
"Happiness" (PBS, Monday). I am, as a rule, a fan of the films that make up the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," which tend to spend intimate quality time with the kinds of people TV usually ignores for being too far off, too foreign, too poor...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:25 AM
About halfway through Second City's very moving and revealing collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago last week — you missed it, but I suspect it will be back — I found myself thinking about another fabulous show at the Broadway...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 5:44 PM
An entertainment festival that ArtsQuest started this year will be back for a second year, it has been announced.
The second SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival will be held Jan. 31 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, the organization says on its...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Sheldon Patinkin, a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists, died Sunday at the age of 79,...
| Apr 17, 2011
Chicago has long had a thing for strippers and I do not mean the anything-but-subtle lap dancers who populate so-called gentlemen's' clubs.
I mean some of the legendary artists (and I do mean artists) who have wowed Chicago through the decades, among...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 11:23 AM
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...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 10:37 PM
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,...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 1:28 PM
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...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 4:48 PM
"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...