| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was a giant and genius of television. He came into the medium, in 1949, when it was still molten. He helped shape TV comedy, even as TV, with its new technical demands and advantages, shaped his...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 12:32 PM
"Is it hard to be a comedian?" asks Nick Gaza at "The Nasty Show" at the Laugh Factory last Saturday night. "No, it's hard not to be a comedian."
It reminds me of something Mel Brooks once said, that "life literally abounds in comedy if you just look...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 3:00 PM
The late actor, comedian, writer and musician Sid Caesar was a comic Renaissance man. Though best known for the TV series "Your Show of Shows," he was also a regular presence on the stage and the big screen. Here's a look at five of his most memorable...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Sid Caesar had a profound influence on the comedy aspirations of young Conan O'Brien. And on Tuesday, he'll have Caesar's former colleague Mel Brooks on "Conan" to discuss the comedy master, who died last week at age 91.
The day Caesar died, O'Brien...
| Jan 10, 2014
The director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for only six months, Ellen Wedner says she has already dispeled the perception that it is "another doom-and-gloom Holocaust festival."
"I think all Jewish film festivals get pigeonholed by people...
| Dec 27, 2013
It's the final column of 2013. So, happy New Year! And here are 10 moments from the Chicago theater — the inspired, the unusual and the I-can't-believe-they-just-did-that — that I'll be remembering for years to come.
1. The umbilical cord...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:13 PM
The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars.
A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:10 AM
We bring to the movies whatever childhoods we had, and whatever television we watched to keep real life at bay, one half-hour at a time.
The frantic, occasionally funny new animated feature "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is a 3-D big-screen version of a...
| Jan 10, 2014
Curiously, the major reviews for "August: Osage County," the John Wells movie, have been turning into a referendum — a spectacularly ill-informed referendum, to boot — on "August: Osage County," the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play that...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"... the funniest man America has produced to date."
--Mel Brooks, describing Sid Caesar in 1982.
There must be whole generations by now whose reaction to the name Sid Caesar might be summed up as "Huh?"
How describe his appeal in the now...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 5:36 PM
Comic actor Brad Garrett has been tapped by the Writers Guild of America, West to host the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1, and you can watch how he works the room with a live webcast of the ceremony along with pre-awards nominee interviews –...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:55 PM
So you have to hand it to director William Osetek and the Drury Lane Theatre. They've gone a long way toward rehabilitating Mel Brooks' “Young Frankenstein” musical which, on Broadway in 2007, was a $20 million dog.
As he proved a couple...