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  • The Bears have perfect buts

    The Bears have perfect buts
    Abracadabra, the Bears are 3-0. If the season ended today, the Bears would be in a three-way tie with New Orleans and Seattle for home-field advantage in the NFC. Congratulations. Of course, NFL seasons don't typically end after three weeks. And it's...
  • iO troupe has a fitting final Tuesday night

    iO troupe has a fitting final Tuesday night
    In the end, with tears in their eyes, they piggy-backed, kicked and shot one another with fake lasers one final time, until the lights went black and the packed house shot to its feet. And so completed the seven-year run of Cook County Social Club, the...
  • How to be a Chicago sports fan in L.A.

    How to be a Chicago sports fan in L.A.
    After working on his comedic chops at both ImprovOlympic and Second City, Chicagoan Joe Nunez moved to L.A. in 2001 to pursue an acting career. You might know him as Manche Sanchez in “Prison Break,” the guy who hit Will Smith with his car...
  • JUST FOR LAUGHS: Seeking out the hangers-on

    JUST FOR LAUGHS: Seeking out the hangers-on
    Here's a funny thing about arts festivals: You know they're really cooking not so much by what acts are part of the official lineup but by what's tagging along. Exhibit A is the Edinburgh Festival. If that annual entertainment conflab in Scotland were...
  • JUST FOR LAUGHS: Talking to Seth Meyers + A guide to the fest

    JUST FOR LAUGHS: Talking to Seth Meyers + A guide to the fest
    "I've spent my formative years at 'Saturday Night Live' doing 'Weekend Update' while sitting behind a desk," said Seth Meyers in a recent interview. "But in my new job, I think there might be a bit of standing up." That new job for the former Chicago...
  • Second City, iO, UCB Key to TV's Top Comic Actresses

    It's a story almost as old as vaudeville: A girl moves to New York to make it in showbiz, kid. Only instead of cramming into cattle-call casting sessions or stuffing envelopes with headshots and dreams, Eliza Coupe sprawled out in the anonymous dark of...
  • Why the Red Wings have already lost

    Why the Red Wings have already lost
    So the Blackhawks forced Game 7 against the hated Red Wings, and in the process completely demoralized Detroit. I'm not sure if you saw Game 6 on Monday, but if so you might have noticed Detroit fans in Joe Louis Arena streaming for the exits. With more...
  • Why you should have Nate Robinson's back

    Why you should have Nate Robinson's back
    I bought a Nate Robinson jersey this weekend because I'm not sure he'll be a Bull next year. You read that right. Because I don't think he'll be back, I bought his jersey. This does not happen often. Chicago fans don't run out to buy as much merchandise...
  • 'Sirens': Another Chicago TV pilot picked up

    Yet another scripted series will be shooting in Chicago. On Thursday USA Network announced it has picked up the Denis Leary-produced half-hour comedy “Sirens,” about Chicago EMTs who have their act together at work but are a mess in their...
  • 'SNL' looks to Mexico, with iO's help

    “Saturday Night Live,” set to wrap its 38th season this month, is branching out into Mexico with the help of iO Theater's Charna Halpern, who is working with producers to cast the new show. Auditions for Spanish-speaking writers and...
  • Chicago improv team behind Comedy Central pilot 'Schlub Life'

    A group of Chicago sketch and improv performers are making a sitcom pilot for Comedy Central called “Schlub Life,” about “two out-of-work and out-of-shape husbands and their exasperated wives who begrudgingly provide the good life for...
  • 'Schlub Life': Comedy Central pilot coming from locals

    A group of Chicago sketch and improv performers are making a sitcom pilot for Comedy Central called “Schlub Life,” about “two out-of-work and out-of-shape husbands and their exasperated wives who begrudgingly provide the good life for...