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  • President Obama on Harold Ramis: 'A Proud Product of Chicago's Second City'

    No less a fan than President Obama has weighed in with an appreciation of Harold Ramis, the comedy hyphenate who died Monday at the age of 69. SEE ALSO: Harold Ramis Dead at 69 Obama saluted Ramis' work and his deep roots in Chicago, the city that...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jane Lynch to host Lyric diamond gala

    Jane Lynch to host Lyric diamond gala
    Jane Lynch is going operatic. The Dolton native and “Glee” star will emcee Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 60th anniversary concert, Nov. 1 at the Civic Opera House, the company announced Wednesday. Joining the actress and the international...
  • Harold Ramis and living the 'yes, and' life

    Harold Ramis and living the 'yes, and' life
    Harold Ramis, the actor-writer-director who died last Monday, was greatly beloved. The extraordinarily voluminous outpouring of attention and affection—which extended all the way up to the "Caddyshack" fan who occupies the White House—was...
  • Good and the bad feed her comedy routine

     Good and the bad feed her comedy routine
    Even the hard times have given Tracy DeGraaf inspiration for her comedy routine. When DeGraaf's mom was bedridden and dying at age 51, she was still up for a game of rummy. As the two played, her mom even goofed around and made light of her cheating...
  • Second City to collaborate with Hubbard Street Dance

    Second City to collaborate with Hubbard Street Dance
    The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will embark on a new and distinctive collaboration this fall. A sketch-comedy show, as yet untitled but on the theme of modern dance and comedy, will be created and performed by artists in both companies....
  • 'Hallelujah the Hills,' the funniest comedy you've never seen

    'Hallelujah the Hills,' the funniest comedy you've never seen
    The funniest comedy you've likely never seen, let alone heard of, comes to the Siskel Film Center this week for two screenings. "Hallelujah the Hills," from 1963, is so rare, you won't find it on DVD or any streaming site. Even I couldn't finagle a look...
  • 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...
  • 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,...