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  • The Late 90s, showing how improv should be done

    The Late 90s, showing how improv should be done
    The Late 90s Up-and-coming improv teams are given stage time before the headliner most nights at iO and, on Thursdays at least, the comparison in skill is something worth seeing firsthand. The openers I caught last week (the teams Denver and Dog)...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    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,...
  • Chicago improv team gets TV Land's attention

    The veteran iO Chicago improv team The Katydids have landed a sitcom pilot order from TV Land, based the group’s web series “Teachers.” Rooted in cringe comedy, the series features six elementary school teachers who “don’t...
  • CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL: Complete 2014 schedule of shows

    CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL: Complete 2014 schedule of shows
    17TH ANNUAL CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Information is from an advance schedule from CIF and is subject to change. MONDAY, MARCH 31 Stage 773 - The Pro Stage CIF 17’s Opening Night “Best of Chicago Improv” ... 8 p.m., $15...
  • Parodies and permission slips all part of their worldview

    Parodies and permission slips all part of their worldview
    "One, Two, Many"¬† Even¬†preteen girls in the early ’90s snickered at the lyrical idiocy of Color Me Badd’s radio staple “I Wanna Sex You Up.” I haven’t thought about that eye-rolling R&B ballad in years, but it came to...
  • Chicago Improv Festival is a comedy best bet

    Chicago Improv Festival is a comedy best bet
    One way to approach the Chicago Improv Festival, in which 200-plus troupes descend on the city to perform, is to think of blackjack. Blackjack, like all games of chance, and like improvised comedy, is no sure thing. Every show is a new hand, and success...
  • 'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO

    'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO
    For one of the final scenes of the first season of the new HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," creator Mike Judge and his production designers re-created TechCrunch Disrupt, the intense annual San Francisco conference where computer engineers,...
  • Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong says 'Weekend Update' still being updated

    Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong says 'Weekend Update' still being updated
    Cecily Strong says her sign-off with Colin Jost at the end of “Saturday Night Live's” “Weekend Update” is still a work in progress. Strong and former co-anchor Seth Meyers blew kisses to the audience or gave each other a fist...
  • The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead

    The surprising places improv comedy's 'Yes, and...' can lead
    I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic....
  • Poehler, Biden boost Meyers' 'Late Night' debut

    Poehler, Biden boost Meyers' 'Late Night' debut
    Seth Meyers took the “Late Night” stage Monday night like a man who didn’t have anything to prove. His approach to his hosting debut was suggestive not of a much-hyped beginning, but of a Tuesday night show a couple of years into a...
  • Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' host

    Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as 'Late Show' host
    When Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” on CBS next year, he will bring with him a career built on Chicago-style comedy. He will be the second major late-night talk show host, after fellow...
  • Movie makes secret writing public, for fun

    Movie makes secret writing public, for fun
    Chicago's live-lit scene is a robust one, with storytelling events filling up the calendar every month. They're cheap to produce, and I suspect they tap into a desire among audiences to experience something without a screen of one sort or another...