| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns.
The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 11:58 AM
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...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:08 PM
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...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 1:59 PM
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....
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:33 AM
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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 9:41 AM
Auto show season is in full swing. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit wraps up this weekend, just as the Washington Auto Show kicks off in the nation’s capital. Chicago is up next, running from February 8 to February 17.
| 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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| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:56 AM
In a move that comes after NBC's "Saturday Night Live" reacted to intense pressure to hire more minority performers, Chicago's Second City says it has created a new (and tuition-free) multi-performer fellowship designed to fast-track talented minority...