| Feb 22, 2013
| 10:01 AM
"Saturday Night Live"'s Julia Sweeney and singer-songwriter Jill Sobule will team up for "Jill and Julia," a show set for the Mark Twain House & Museum on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sweeney began her performing career with the comedy troupe The...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:54 PM
As a relatively broke college student, Chicago-based writer Rob Christopher didn't have the cash to rent movies from a video store. Instead, he sought out his local library and discovered not only a repository of films vast enough to satisfy his tastes...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Can a live lit show about all things current find happiness in a jazz club steeped in a century of history? That’s what Christopher Piatt aims to find out this weekend as he moves The Paper Machete to the storied music club.
Piatt, a former Time...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 4:33 AM
Emmy Rossum discusses "Shameless" at the 2011 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California on January 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Gus Ruelas) Emmy Rossum, in town filming Showtime's "Shameless," had brunch at Meli Cafe & Juice...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 4:33 PM
F. Kathleen Foley reviews 'Groundlings Singles Cruise' at the Groundlings Theater....
| Feb 12, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Comedy nerds, you're not dreaming. The cast of Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy," plus the stars of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," are teaming with Sarah Silverman for Partner in Health's "Stand With Haiti" benefit. Expect musical numbers and a table...
| Apr 1, 2010
| 9:32 PM
Chris Ritter of the Lakeshore Theater, outside the comedy venue in May, 2009. (photo by Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune) The Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, most recently a busy comedy venue on Chicago's North Side, is to abruptly close, effective April.....
| Dec 6, 2011
| 6:50 AM
Getting to cover Julia Sweeney and Nora Dunn working out new material in intimate settings over the weekend was a treat. Sweeney's readings at the Evanston club Space actually have been open to the public, so $5 and knowledge that the presentation started...
| May 22, 2011
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...