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  • 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...
  • Chicago producer Robert Teitel reveals the project that got away

    Chicago producer Robert Teitel reveals the project that got away
    “Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground,...
  • Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown

    Riot LA comedy festival plays for laughs downtown
    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...
  • More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show

    More Chicago on Seth Meyers' show
    With his new late-night talk show set to debut on NBC next month, Seth Meyers has added to his already Chicago-centric writing staff with the hiring of former iO and Second City performer Amber Ruffin, a source close to the show confirmed. Like Meyers,...
  • 'Lean Back' is Virgin Daiquiri's take on being a woman

    'Lean Back' is Virgin Daiquiri's take on being a woman
    "Lean Back" "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-...
  • 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...
  • Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians

    Stand-up Scene: Truth in comedians
    Sean White is a yeller. When he takes the stage at the Lincoln Lodge's "Double Feature," a monthly night of stand-up comedy interspersed with short films, the blond and bearded stand-up has a booming growl in his voice. White's got a reason for his...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Improv diversity starts at the roots

    Improv diversity starts at the roots
    Improv, that Chicago comedic staple, has been in the news recently for some of the wrong reasons. The debate about the lack of diversity on the famed sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" prompted the broader question of whether a lack of diversity...
  • The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake

    The mind of DeRay Davis - unfiltered and never fake
    The Game Show Network hopes to wring some laughs from the old standby: Men think like this; women think like that. "Mind of a Man" debuts January 8 and is hosted by stand-up comedian DeRay Davis, who told me he had to adapt his R-rated instincts for basic...