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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Five Comedy Incubations That Hatched Into Major Stars and Projects

    Last month, during a master class at the Taormina Film Festival, no less a star than Ben Stiller admitted that his career wouldn't have gotten far if he'd relied on auditions, which seldom went his way early on, for other people's projects. "A lot of...
  • Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

    Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley
    Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater inside the Piper's Alley complex at 230 W. North Ave. Second City plans to fill the new space with “student-centered facilities,&...
  • New Binoculars Tour takes in gargoyles, sky-high details of Loop

    New Binoculars Tour takes in gargoyles, sky-high details of Loop
    Margaret Hicks has a simple message for visitors to Chicago and natives alike: Look up. Better yet, look up and look closely at all the rich ornamentation adorning so many classic buildings in the Loop. Here, take these binoculars, take a moment —...
  • George Morrison, Acting Teacher to Gene Hackman, Edie Falco, Dies at 92

    George Morrison, an acting teacher and director who trained, worked with, and inspired great actors including Gene Hackman, Edie Falco, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Klugman, Sandy Dennis, Judy Collins, Susan Dey, Jane Alexander, Jill Clayburgh, Joel Grey, Stanley...
  • 'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight

    'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight
    I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
  • A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'

    A very sober-minded Derek Waters on work, life and doing Baltimore in Season 2 of 'Drunk History'
    If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters. No, it’s not a leftover...
  • LGBT Pride plays

    LGBT Pride plays
    On Sunday, more than 750,000 LGBT and allied hetero celebrants are expected to converge for Chicago's annual Gay Pride Parade to commemorate progress in human rights issues since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Gear up at these stage shows taking place in...
  • Businesses turn to improv to bolster skills

    Businesses turn to improv to bolster skills
    Chicago attorney Julie Wiorkowski concedes she doesn't listen well in court, a flaw that can hurt her chances of success. "I'm usually somewhat listening to the other party, but I'm already thinking about what I'm going to say," Wiorkowski said. To...
  • Dan Ronan, Chicago comedian, dies at 24

      Dan Ronan, Chicago comedian, dies at 24
    Growing up in Wilmette under the watchful eyes of three older sisters, Dan Ronan was the irrepressible little brother who enjoyed entertaining the family with his spirited song, dance and comedy routines. So when Mr. Ronan graduated from New Trier...