| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
| May 16, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...
| May 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:15 AM
(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,...
| May 7, 2014
| 9:05 AM
The most dangerous year in a person's life is the 12 months after they get their driver's license.
So, the Newington Children's Theatre Company is teaming up with the Connecticut Children's Medical Center: Injury Prevention Center, the Allstate...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Adam McKay uses Twitter prodigiously -- to engage with fans about "Anchorman 2" or Funny or Die clips, or just to write jokes as he did in his "SNL" days.
"I like Twitter, it's accessible, it's simple, yet you can make it dense. It's political, it's...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
He may play a struggling actor in "Buyer & Cellar," but Michael Urie is anything but. The 33-year-old Texas native and Juilliard graduate, who rose to fame in "Ugly Betty" as Marc St. James, the boot-licking assistant to the show's diva-villain,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:44 PM
What kind of talk show host will Stephen Colbert be once he assumes the late night mantle at CBS? His appearance Tuesday on "The Late Show with David Letterman" offered few clues. But there was something subtle I couldn’t help noticing: Colbert&...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Of all the great comedians Second City and Chicago's improv culture have produced, Stephen Colbert stands as one of the greatest: a true living giant. Belushi, Murray, Fey -- they're all geniuses in their own particular ways, but let's understand that the...
| Apr 13, 2014
The Onion is turning funny into money as a digital media company.
Two years after consolidating editorial operations in Chicago, the satirical weekly newspaper has ceased publication, its website is filled with commercial comedy videos and the company...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of CBS' "The Late Show."
The network's official Twitter account broke the news Thursday, shortly before CBS sent out an official announcement.
The Second City alum and former Chicago resident Colbert...