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  • Actress Jane Lynch will announce Jeff Award nominations

    Actress Jane Lynch will announce Jeff Award nominations
    With the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee taking a leaf from the Tony Awards playbook, the nominations for this year’s Jeff Awards are to be announced live and in public by a celebrity — in this case, the actress Jane Lynch. Lynch, a...
  • How Robin Williams Inspired a Generation to Seize the Day

    It was "Dead Poets Society" that did it. That was the movie that pushed me over the edge from casual moviegoer to full-blown film junkie, the one that sent me back to the video store night after night looking for my next fix, desperate to discover other...
  • Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...
  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...
  • Five Comedy Incubations That Hatched Into Major Stars and Projects

    Last month, during a master class at the Taormina Film Festival, no less a star than Ben Stiller admitted that his career wouldn't have gotten far if he'd relied on auditions, which seldom went his way early on, for other people's projects. "A lot of...
  • A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'

    A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'
    If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters. No, it’s not a leftover...
  • 'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight

    'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight
    I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
  • Monday: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Monday: Eat. Drink. Do.
    EAT (Free!) Ko-Po Ma BBQ Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588 Kimchi-topped Polish sausages are the stars of this free barbecue—which also includes side dishes—on the Bridgeport bar's expanded patio,...
  • Businesses turn to improv to bolster skills

    Businesses turn to improv to bolster skills
    Chicago attorney Julie Wiorkowski concedes she doesn't listen well in court, a flaw that can hurt her chances of success. "I'm usually somewhat listening to the other party, but I'm already thinking about what I'm going to say," Wiorkowski said. To...
  • Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night

    Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night
    Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...