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  • Improv training, passion for city fuel tour guide's storylines

    Margaret Hicks says her training as a comedian has served her well in her new vocation: Chicago tour guide. Hicks runs Chicago Elevated, dedicated to walking tours, mainly around the Loop. There's the architectural tour, the disaster tour (think the...
  • 'SNL' writer Katie Rich appears in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival

    'SNL' writer Katie Rich appears in the Chicago Women's Funny Festival
    The Chicago Women's Funny Festival is back for its third year with 77 shows featuring 400 comedians on four stages across four days. OK, a few of the 400 performers are male—it's not the "Anti-Men Funny Festival"—but for co-producers Jill...
  • Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night

    Pete Holmes on fringe of late-night
    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...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    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,...
  • 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,...
  • 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,...