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  • Jon Favreau learns to be a 'Chef'

    Jon Favreau learns to be a 'Chef'
    Before he wrote and starred in “Swingers” and went on to direct hits like “Elf” and “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau spent four years in Chicago learning improv at theaters like Second City, the Annoyance Theatre and Improv...
  • 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,...
  • Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines

    Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines
    Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them. Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
  • 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...
  • Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts

    Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera first began assembling the cast...
  • Video: Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer and more at Second City

    Video: Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer and more at Second City
    On July 17, The Second City hosted two performances on its Mainstage featuring famous alumni such as Aidy Bryant ("Saturday Night Live"), Tim Meadows ("Saturday Night Live"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), George Wendt ("Cheers")...
  • Harold Ramis dies at 69; writer, director of successful film comedies

    When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words: "What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over...
  • Harold Ramis dies: Five of his most memorable comedy movies

    Harold Ramis dies: Five of his most memorable comedy movies
    Whether in front of the camera, in the director's chair or on the page, the late comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis could be counted on to deliver antic humor under-girded by surprising intelligence. Following are five films exemplifying...
  • Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival

    Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival
    When the 13th annual Sketch Comedy Festival kicks off at Stage 773 next week, it will mark the return of Danny Pudi, who performed in the first few installments of the fest before landing the role of Abed on NBC's "Community." This is the first time...
  • Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

    Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...
  • More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show

    More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show
    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. Like Meyers,...