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  • '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...
  • Improv Fest: Subtle mastery from Adsit and Lutz

    Improv Fest: Subtle mastery from Adsit and Lutz
    Chicago has long been improv's home base. Much of this is due to the ongoing influence of Del Close, the outsize personality and improv guru (and the subject of at least two films being developed about his life) who made the persuasive case that...
  • A face you won't forget, in movies big and small

     A face you won't forget, in movies big and small
    Very little casting is done in Chicago when big studio movies shoot here. Not significant roles, where the camera lingers on a person for more than a moment. It's a strange phenomenon considering the deep bench of acting talent in town, but every so often...
  • 'SNL' names new cast; Cecily Strong to co-host 'Weekend Update'

    'SNL' names new cast; Cecily Strong to co-host 'Weekend Update'
    NBC has confirmed some personnel changes at "Saturday Night Live" ahead of its 39th season premiere on Sept. 28. Chicago performer Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers — a move that leaves her poised to take over the...
  • Lamorne Morris: 'New Girl' star, Chicago native and True American

    Lamorne Morris: 'New Girl' star, Chicago native and True American
    With Fox's "New Girl" returning its third season, star and Chicago native Lamorne Morris recently visited RedEye to talk about the show and what's in store for Winston, Jess, Nick and Schmidt. More importantly, Morris talked about the origins of the...
  • Chicago's Cecily Strong gets 'SNL' desk job

    Chicago's Cecily Strong gets 'SNL' desk job
    NBC has confirmed some personnel changes at "Saturday Night Live" ahead of its 39th season premiere on Sept. 28. Chicago performer Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers — a move that leaves her poised to take over the...
  • 'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago

    'Epic Rap Battles of History' creators met in Chicago
    As two of YouTube's most successful rappers--their "Epic Rap Battles of History" channel has more than 1.2 billion total video views and almost 5.4 million subscribers--Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD (Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist to the historical record)...
  • Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'

    Chicago comic Claire Mulaney picked for 'Saturday Night Live'
    Though the news comes earlier than usual, “Saturday Night Live” has already made at least one Chicago hire for its upcoming season. Local improv and sketch performer Claire Mulaney will join the long-running NBC series as a writer, according...
  • Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'

    Atmosphere is all you get in 'Homecoming'
    "Conversations on a Homecoming" The Irish pub where Tom Murphy's drama takes place is located somewhere in Galway. The year is 1970-something, and the place is cozy but shabby. So are the lives of its denizens, men who quietly and then not-so-quietly...
  • Autumn theater sneak peek: 50 shows for the next few months

    Autumn theater sneak peek: 50 shows for the next few months
    As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on 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...