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  • Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...
  • 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...
  • Video: Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer and more at Second City

    Video: Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer and more at Second City
    On July 17, The Second City hosted two performances on its Mainstage featuring famous alumni such as Aidy Bryant ("Saturday Night Live"), Tim Meadows ("Saturday Night Live"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Scott Adsit ("30 Rock"), George Wendt ("Cheers")...
  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    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...
  • 2014 Chicago Auto Show: Why size matters

    2014 Chicago Auto Show: Why size matters
    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. What&...
  • 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...
  • Columbia, Second City partner for comedy degree

    Columbia, Second City partner for comedy degree
    Chicago's comedy scene just got a little bit more serious this week after Columbia College announced Tuesday that it will be partnering with The Second City to offer a new four-year degree in comedy writing and performance. The new bachelor's degree,...
  • The incredible Steve Carell

    The incredible Steve Carell
    TOLUCA LAKE, Calif. — Looking trim in a black windbreaker over a gray crew neck sweatshirt, Steve Carell walked into the diner near the Warner Bros. lot just like a regular guy. OK, most actors/celebrities walk into diners like regular folk; it&...
  • The Onion and Second City join to stage live show

    The Onion and  Second City join to stage live show
    The Chicago-based comedy organization that publishes The Onion is soon to announce a new nationally touring satirical show, staged in partnership with The Second City. "The Onion Live!" is to bow Sept 28 at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. The...
  • Chicago Forward: Future of art in Chicago

    Chicago Forward: Future of art in Chicago
    The conversation crackled after Wednesday night's Chicago Forward program on the future of the arts in Chicago. “I thought this was an especially auspicious panel with views you don’t often hear,” Tribune arts critic and co-moderator...