| Aug 4, 2011
Reggie Watts' story is much like that of any other comic: He was a class clown, always goofing off and playing jokes on everybody, much to the consternation of his teachers.
But during his youth in Great Falls, Mont., he also was in the school...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 8:05 AM
"Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers" by Mike Sacks; Penguin (480 pages, $18)
Comedy is having a moment. You can't really talk about the vaunted New Golden Platinum Age of Television without reference to Louis C.K., Amy...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 12:56 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Discovery's Shark Week has made its biggest ratings splash yet in several key ratings categories, including a first-place finish among all networks -- broadcast and cable -- in men under 50.
The 27th edition of Shark Week...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 12:34 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The slate of nominees for the fourth annual Streamy Awards have been announced, with the online kudocast scheduled to stream live from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.
The Streamy Awards...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 10:25 AM
The news of the death of Robin Williams spread quickly Monday afternoon, but many people who were present at the taping of "Conan" had no idea it had happened until Conan O'Brien himself broke the news at the end of the show.
Clearly shaken, O'Brien...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 11:04 AM
Comedian Jimmy Pardo, best known for hosting the podcast "Never Not Funny" and for being Conan O'Brien's opening act, frequent guest and regular sketch performer, returns to the Chicago area this weekend for a pair of performances at Zanies in Rosemont (8...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Spoiler alert: Gary Oldman seems to do one thing over and over in his movies: He dies.
The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" star's myriad fallen alter-egos were commemorated with a special "in memoriam" reel during his visit to "Conan" this week....
| Jul 28, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The Television Academy Foundation has announced the listings for its annual Emmy Season Auction.
Running now through July 31, the fundraiser gives television fans an exclusive chance to win VIP tickets to "Late Night with Seth Meyers," signed merchandise...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Andy Serkis is always game to give the fans what they want. Whether he's on a set or at a convention, his range of creature voices, including Gollum from the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Caesar, the proud chimpanzee of the "Planet of the Apes" films....
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Alynda Lee Segarra is a twenty-something feminist singer-songwriter with a very old soul. The Americana artist is her own woman, all the while drawing on a mix of vintage and contemporary influences including Robert Johnson, the Carter Family, Townes...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When local comedian Katie McVay discovered in December that the Just For Laughs Festival was not returning to Chicago this year, she tweeted the news and posted it on Facebook with a plea for someone to put together an event to make up for the loss....
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Seven years ago, Bronzeville resident Brian Babylon was earning a good salary as a media director for a multimedia firm and working the stand-up open mic circuit—when he founded the Bronzeville Comedy Showcase. Hosted in the courtyard of a coffee...