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  • 'Hallelujah the Hills,' the funniest comedy you've never seen

    'Hallelujah the Hills,' the funniest comedy you've never seen
    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...
  • Harold Ramis and living the 'yes, and' life

    Harold Ramis and living the 'yes, and' life
    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...
  • Chicago gets new international puppet festival

    Chicago gets new international puppet festival
    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.  The...
  • 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...
  • Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived

    Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived
    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...
  • 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 offers new fellowship for minority performers in sketch comedy

    Second City offers new fellowship for minority performers in sketch comedy
    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...
  • 'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO

    'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO
    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,...
  • Sexy in the city

    Sexy in the city
    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...
  • 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...