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  • Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground

    Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground
    Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
  • George Wendt has bypass surgery in Chicago, comes out laughing

    George Wendt has bypass surgery in Chicago, comes out laughing
    George Wendt, the Second City alumnus and beloved TV star known for playing Norm on "Cheers," underwent successful coronary bypass surgery at a Chicago-area hospital Thursday. According to Wendt's Los Angeles-based manager, Geoff Cheddy, tests had...
  • Video/Q&A: 'American Reunion' stars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott

    Video/Q&A: 'American Reunion' stars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott
    “I was like, ‘Guys, my penis!,’” says Jason Biggs. “I need my penis in the movie!” That’s how the “American Reunion” star said he reacted when he feared that a full-frontal idea wouldn't make it...
  • Bo knew jerseys, and so does Danny Pudi

    Bo knew jerseys, and so does Danny Pudi
    I wasn't the only "Community" obsessive to breathe a sigh of relief when the NBC comedy returned for its fifth season last week, with creator Dan Harmon reinstalled at the helm after being discharged from his duties last year. The show suffered for it,...
  • Second City, Onion delay live show

    The Onion and Second City, both based in Chicago, have delayed their joint theatrical enterprise, "The Onion Live," which was to have toured nationally to theaters this fall. Several presenting venues, such as the Harbison Theatre in Irmo, S.C., had...
  • Paul Simon shows up at Second City, improvises

    Paul Simon shows up at Second City, improvises
    The legendary singer Paul Simon showed up unannounced Thursday at the Second City mainstage in Chicago and then, as is traditional for visiting celebrities, took to the stage during the post-show improv set. Simon told funny stories and then,...
  • Bernie Sahlins tribute on Navy Pier

    Bernie Sahlins tribute on Navy Pier
    Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City are joining forces to stage a public tribute to Bernie Sahlins, the late co-founder of The Second City. The event, to contain performances and speeches, is slated to take place 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on Navy...
  • 'Big Fish' writer chats with the minnows

    'Big Fish' writer chats with the minnows
    A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films). They'...
  • Chicago's Robert Townsend talks Cosby, Second City and a 1-man show

     Chicago's Robert Townsend talks Cosby, Second City and a 1-man show
    Here's something you may not know about Bill Cosby. "He orders lunch for everyone," Robert Townsend said when I reached him in Los Angeles by phone. "Usually somebody like a production assistant does that. But he will call the restaurant himself and...
  • Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013

    Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013
    The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
  • Toned down 'Today Show' hits Chicago

    Toned down 'Today Show' hits Chicago
    Big picture, not much went right for the “Today Show's” planned broadcast from Chicago this week.¬† First, terrible, significant news happened in Oklahoma, meaning stars Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie would never make it to the live location...