| May 16, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...
| 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 21, 2014
| 1:56 PM
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)...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:05 PM
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....
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:00 PM
"Saturday Night Live" cast members Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant came up through the all-female improv team Virgin Daiquiri at iO, which says something about this group's ability to attract and hone talent.
You can catch its Wednesday-...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
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...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 3:07 PM
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...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 11:31 AM
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...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:39 PM
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...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:32 PM
For some in Chicago, the anointing of Stephen Colbert as the successor to David Letterman this month was a watershed, greatly-to-be-savored moment of total establishment dominance by the Chicago comedy school — as propagated by such venerable...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:05 AM
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,...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...