| Oct 8, 2012
| 8:35 AM
Mr. Willy Wonka himself, Gene Wilder, will be appearing at the Avon this Wednesday for a screening of the 1980 film Stir Crazy, which he starred in alongside Richard Pryor. The pair play a couple of unemployed guys that take a promotional job that...
| Oct 17, 2012
In the excellent new drama “Mr. Sophistication,” veteran comedian/actor Ron Waters (Chicago-native Harry Lennix) is tempted by the notion that fame means he exists on a different level in society.
“I think any honest celebrity would see...
| Nov 13, 2012
Anyone looking for the loud, boisterous version of Chris Tucker may be disappointed. Asked to tell me a joke, Tucker’s delivery is so understated I react late to the punchline, expecting something juicier than, “I went to a psychic and she...
| Mar 17, 2012
On Sept. 23, 1955, Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam fired up stogies and smooched their wives. About an hour earlier, a Mississippi jury had mulled their fates.
The men had stood trial for abducting a 14-year-old black boy. They pounded his face into ground...
| Aug 16, 2011
Vic Dunlop, a zany and irreverent standup comic with a natural flair for making people laugh, has died. He was 62.
Dunlop died of complications of diabetes Saturday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his wife, Linda.
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Jan 22, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Fifteen minutes before the Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats faced off at the United Center Saturday, comedian Kevin Hart was on his phone, trying to get an extra ticket to the game for his friend.
Hart didn’t expect to make it to the game by tip-off. He...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 2:12 PM
"Unspeakable," a unauthorized show about the late comedian Richard Pryor, will be performed before an invited audience at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Chicago on Friday. The non-public performance is an attempt to secure backers for a commercial...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:57 PM
One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 9:06 AM
"Unspeakable," the new biographical show about the late comedian Richard Pryor slated for the Royal George Theatre in Chicago next month, has been cancelled.
A spokesman for the producers said a major piece of the funding for the commercial show, which...
| Jun 11, 2011
He's been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it's not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos, before it was teeming with tourists and rolling with Rolls-Royces, the city was home to Fred Hayman, the proprietor of the...
| Dec 18, 2010
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to.
The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation...