| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:05 AM
For one of the final scenes of the first season of the new HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," creator Mike Judge and his production designers re-created TechCrunch Disrupt, the intense annual San Francisco conference where computer engineers,...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns.
The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Sometimes, size does matter. In the case of the 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival, this translates to more than 200 acts at 21 venues in 11 categories including long-form, short-form, experimental, musical and—wait for it—puppetry. That...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:47 PM
The depth of the Chicago winter next year is to be enlivened by the coming of puppets from far and wide.
Slated for Jan. 15-26, 2015, the new city-wide cultural festival is to feature puppet shows at a variety of arts venues around the city.
| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:43 PM
Cecily Strong says her sign-off with Colin Jost at the end of “Saturday Night Live's” “Weekend Update” is still a work in progress.
Strong and former co-anchor Seth Meyers blew kisses to the audience or gave each other a fist...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.
Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Australian actress dies at 61
Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said.
Hughes began her rise...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Call them Second City problems.
Summing up what the city of Chicago collectively feels about the winter, the Second City Network released a parody video Wednesday panning reviews of warmer climes on TripAdvisor.com. In the video, actors against arctic...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Zach Galifianakis landed a sit-down with none other than President Obama for his Funny or Die talkshow "Between to Ferns."
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| Feb 27, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Harold Ramis, the actor-writer-director who died last Monday, was greatly beloved. The extraordinarily voluminous outpouring of attention and affection—which extended all the way up to the "Caddyshack" fan who occupies the White House—was...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 1:41 PM
A day after Harold Ramis’ death, President Barack Obama not only paid tribute to the Chicago-native writer-director, but he ended with a “Caddyshack” reference. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, the president wrote: