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RedEyeIt's like stuffing a car full of clowns ... A carload of TV stars with Chicago ties are among the 765 artists set to make funny April 1-7 at the 16th annual Chicago Improv Festival. "I'm thrilled that Craig and I will finally get to make stuff up for...
You can imagine the scene in thousands of family rooms: "Mom and Dad, I want to major in comedy." Silence. "Comedy? Not on our dime, you don't." To some parents, the notion of heading to Columbia College Chicago for a full-on degree program in matters...
There has been debate brewing the past few weeks among comedy performers in New York concerning the issue of pay. Often, stand-up comedians with a certain level of experience can score paying gigs at New York clubs. Recently, more and more stand-ups...
The iO Theater is moving. On Friday, owner Charna Halpern purchased a new space for her long-running comedy enterprise, signaling an end to iO's presence in Wrigleyville after nearly two decades. Currently located at the corner of Clark and Addison,...
RedEyeThese days, you might know Scott Adsit best as overworked and under-appreciated producer Pete Hornberger on NBC's “30 Rock,” but, if you're old enough (or just a nerd about these things), you may also remember him from his days performing in...
Jeffrey Sweet--Victory Gardens playwright, New York resident, chronicler of improv history--has had a success at the New York Fringe Festival with his one-man show, "You Only Shoot the Ones You Love," which he describes as the story of his dealings with...
Tags: New York, Fringe Festival
Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater. So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...
Tags: New York, ImprovOlympic, Fringe Festival
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
Tags: David Axelrod, Jesse White, Primaries, Satire (genre), Politics
Josephine Forsberg, a pioneer of the teaching of improvisational acting in Chicago, an early company member at The Second City, and an influential teacher of such stars as George Wendt, Shelley Long and Bill Murray, died Monday morning at the Illinois...
Jacket CopyTina Fey and Steve Martin appeared together on stage in LA Tuesday night: our report....
The Theater LoopTHEATER REVIEW: "Christmas Smackdown" â â â Through Dec. 22 in the Del Close Theater at i.O., 3541 N. Clark St.; Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes; Tickets: $14 at 773-880-0199 or chicago.ioimprov.com âChristmas Smackdownâ begins with a song...
Culture MonsterThe famed Chicago satirical troupe turns 50 this month, and not everyone agrees on what kind of work it actually does. Second City has always insisted it be viewed and treated as a theater (it has a contract with Actorsâ......
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