| Mar 16, 2014
| 4:43 PM
Cecily Strong says her sign-off with Colin Jost at the end of “Saturday Night Live's” “Weekend Update” is still a work in progress.
Strong and former co-anchor Seth Meyers blew kisses to the audience or gave each other a fist...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:47 PM
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.
| Mar 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Sometimes, size does matter. In the case of the 17th annual Chicago Improv Festival, this translates to more than 200 acts at 21 venues in 11 categories including long-form, short-form, experimental, musical and—wait for it—puppetry. That...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Zach Galifianakis landed a sit-down with none other than President Obama for his Funny or Die talkshow "Between to Ferns."
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| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Australian actress dies at 61
Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said.
Hughes began her rise...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.
Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that...
| May 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
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...
| 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 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 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...
| Aug 1, 2014
A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...