| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:38 AM
It’s that time of year again when LGBT Chicagoans and all their allies wave the Pride flags high. But there’s more to Pride than just the parade—you can also celebrate with these seven shows, which span the spectrum from Obie Award-...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 2:22 PM
Last year, local sketch performers Mark Raterman and Tim Robinson (late of Second City's mainstage) created and starred in a TV pilot for Comedy Central called "My Mans." It was produced by Bob Odenkirk — a revered name in comedy circles...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:18 AM
In Chicago, last week was for the playing of games.
Three of Chicago's best-trained game players — Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong — landed lucrative, career-making gigs on "Saturday Night Live," a tantalizing reminder of the...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 10:40 AM
For six days in September, several cities across the globe simultaneously host panels, events and more to celebrate Social Media Week (Sept. 24-28). Like social media but don’t necessarily want to get involved as a techie, an entrepreneur or a...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:57 PM
Social Media Week is fast approaching--Sept. 24-28--and Chicago is taking center stage with more than 90 events around the city as part of the global celebration of social media nerdery. RedEye's been on the social media game for years and years--we...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 7:54 AM
The sixth season of “Jersey Shore” isn’t scheduled to begin filming until the summer and its spinoff, “The Pauly D Project,” isn’t filling the void like you had hoped, so this might be your only chance to get your...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 12:16 PM
"Dinner with the Elams"
There are family music acts and family circus acts, but the family improv act is a rarity. "Dinner with the Elams" at iO Theater in Wrigleyville seeks to rectify that, and it's a helluva idea. Three Elam siblings (Erica, Brett...
| Apr 28, 2012
Five years ago this month the influential comedy website Funny or Die took a few baby steps and uploaded its first video, a rough, hastily assembled sketch that starred, appropriately enough, a baby. Pearl McKay was 2 years old at the time, the daughter...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:17 AM
You can imagine the scene in thousands of family rooms: "Mom and Dad, I want to major in comedy." Silence. "Comedy? Not on our dime, you don't."
To some parents, the notion of heading to Columbia College Chicago for a full-on degree program in matters...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 12:08 PM
Whenever I find myself in a bleak mood, a quick glance at the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness usually does the trick. A near-perfect melding of minds between the "Parks and Recreation" writing staff and actor Nick Offerman, this visual guide on how to...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:49 PM
There has been debate brewing the past few weeks among comedy performers in New York concerning the issue of pay. Often, stand-up comedians with a certain level of experience can score paying gigs at New York clubs. Recently, more and more stand-ups...