| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Even the hard times have given Tracy DeGraaf inspiration for her comedy routine.
When DeGraaf's mom was bedridden and dying at age 51, she was still up for a game of rummy. As the two played, her mom even goofed around and made light of her cheating...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 3:32 PM
One hundred years ago this month, Chicago was not thought of as the planet's pig renderer.
And its shoulders, hunched or held back, square or rounded, big or small or somewhere in the broad middle, went largely unremarked upon.
All of that changed...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:18 PM
A Glen Ellyn native who has been overseeing the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center on an interim basis has been named as its new director.
Diana Martinez was officially named to the position in late January.
"I am extremely honored to join the...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:59 PM
The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will embark on a new and distinctive collaboration this fall. A sketch-comedy show, as yet untitled but on the theme of modern dance and comedy, will be created and performed by artists in both companies....
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:56 PM
Wayne Brady’s schedule is a multitasker's dream come true. He's gearing up to host this year’s BET Honors in February, traveling the country for his "It's My Line" Tour, taping a new season of "Whose Line Is It Anyway," recording his own music...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:33 AM
The funniest comedy you've likely never seen, let alone heard of, comes to the Siskel Film Center this week for two screenings. "Hallelujah the Hills," from 1963, is so rare, you won't find it on DVD or any streaming site.
Even I couldn't finagle a look...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:56 AM
In a move that comes after NBC's "Saturday Night Live" reacted to intense pressure to hire more minority performers, Chicago's Second City says it has created a new (and tuition-free) multi-performer fellowship designed to fast-track talented minority...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 9:41 AM
Auto show season is in full swing. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit wraps up this weekend, just as the Washington Auto Show kicks off in the nation’s capital. Chicago is up next, running from February 8 to February 17.
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:07 AM
Stop me if this sounds familiar.
A rather hot commodity in baseball is out there to be had. He's exploring his options, looking for a big payday. It comes down to a couple of teams. One is the Cubs. One is the Yankees. It looks like it's going to be...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:26 PM
With his new late-night talk show set to debut on NBC next month, Seth Meyers has added to his already Chicago-centric writing staff with the hiring of former iO and Second City performer Amber Ruffin, a source close to the show confirmed.
| Jan 23, 2014
| 10:53 AM
MMA fighter Eddie Wineland is no stranger to the Second City. The northwest Indiana native does the majority of his training in the Chicago area and often makes that wonderful drive down the Skyway (ahem, note sarcasm here).
On Saturday, the 29-year-old...