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The Annoyance Theatre, a venerable Chicago comedy theater, is on the move. Jennifer Estlin, the theater's owner and executive producer, said Wednesday that it will exit its Uptown digs on the same block of North Broadway as the Uptown Theatre and move...
It's time, dear reader, to raise a glass to Mick Napier, improv queen Susan Messing, wild Joe Bill, hard-toiling Jennifer Estlin, restless Mark Sutton and the Annoyance Theatre, which have, improbably, survived together for 25 years. On Aug. 18, the...
Only Jeff Garlin could get away with doing an entire show about his giving up sweet stuff — even titling the show "No Sugar Tonight" — while swigging from a bottle of Gatorade. The thematic disconnect was particularly egregious because, by...
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Channel Guide MagazineWhen it begins its 38th season this Saturday, Sept. 15, NBC's venerable late-night institution Saturday Night Live will have a noticeably different look, in terms of cast members. Departing the show are favorites Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby...
Channel Guide MagazineSome might argue that Saturday Night Live isn't as funny as it was many years ago, but what isn't up for debate is that this weekend's season premiere — thanks to politics and cast changes — is one of the most heavily anticipated in a very,...
TribLocal - Arlington Heights » NewsJoe Avella wanted to make a movie. But he had one little problem: he had no money to do so. That didn’t stop Avella, a …...
The Theater Loop1964 ~ 2011 Mary Scruggs, the head of writing and education programs for The Second City Training Center, died at her home in Chicago late Tuesday night, said Kelly Leonard, the executive vice president of Second City. She was 46.......
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...
Special to the Chicago TribuneThere was a time, in its Roaring '20s heyday, when Uptown lived up to its name in more than one way. Yes, it stood higher than the Loop on the Chicago city map, but it also represented a glamorous step up from much of the rest of the Windy City. In his...
As 2012 draws to a close, let's take a look back at the year in Chicago theater. January started with a roar — Klea Blackhurst doing Ethel Merman doing "Gypsy" at the Drury Lane Theatre. Twyla Tharp, an artist who refuses to stop reworking her...
Justin Howard's award-winning performance of a guitar that isn't almost wasn't. When the Chicago man known onstage as "Nordic Thunder" failed to repeat as U.S. air guitar champion in Denver this summer, it cost him an automatic berth in last week's world...
"The Second City's Girls' Night Out": Not to be confused with "Girls Night: The Musical," which just opened in the city. This Second City touring show is geared for the gentler sex — though anyone who has seen the work Second City's alumnae have...
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