| Jul 22, 2014
| 4:50 AM
Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater inside the Piper's Alley complex at 230 W. North Ave. Second City plans to fill the new space with “student-centered facilities,&...
| Aug 1, 2014
His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers.
| Jul 2, 2014
| 8:38 AM
The upcoming Marvel adaptation of “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd will also feature Chicago theater actor-turned-filmmaker David Dastmalchian, whose semi-autobiographical indie “Animals” (which examined addiction with a sly and...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:24 AM
I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them.
Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 12:51 PM
When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 6:37 AM
One of the busiest summers in Chicago's sketch and improv community just got busier. Next month veteran improvisers TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi will open a theater of their own called the Mission, which will be housed in the new iO Theater space at...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 7:32 AM
This weekend, Charna Halpern's iO Chicago, once known as ImprovOlympic before the pesky International Olympic Committee decided to enforce its trademark, makes its final exit from the scruffy strip of Clark Street bars just south of Wrigley Field.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Art Shay, who has spent his career documenting the lives of others, is now the subject of a documentary himself.
Milwaukee filmmaker Ken Hanson says he and his collaborators are about 10 months into the project about the renowned Chicago-based...
| May 29, 2014
| 10:54 AM
Jordan Klepper, the newest addition to "The Daily Show," doesn't mind risking a little poison ingestion if it is in the name of comedy. And if that doesn't bode well for his future as a correspondent on the show, I don't know what does. More on that...
| May 5, 2014
| 5:09 AM
Seth Meyers broke out a Chicago accent during his monologue on Thursday’s episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” when joking about the city’s ban on plastic grocery bags. The former Northwestern University and iO alum...
| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...