| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
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...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 2:45 PM
After years spent making her mark as a writer and performer on "The Office," Mindy Kaling is branching out with her own show. A hospital workplace comedy that knowingly tackles rom-com cliches, "The Mindy Project" debuts at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Fox and...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 12:05 PM
Going into "An Evening with Kevin Smith," it was difficult to imagine Smith answering audience questions as a Chicago Theatre show and one of the centerpieces of this year's TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival.
Watching the 41-year-old...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 1:15 PM
If any one town can claim to have invented improv, it's Chicago. It's been that way since July 5, 1955, when the Compass Players opened their first show at 1152 E. 55th St. and allowed the likes of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Valerie Harper and Alan Alda to...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 2:01 PM
Chicago native and former "Saturday Night Live" performer Nora Dunn has kept a busy schedule since moving back here a little more than three years ago. Despite her Chicago address (she lives in the Ukrainian Village), her career has been just fine,...
| Jun 16, 2012
Jen and I met at Ohio University and started dating while she worked in Chicago and I worked in Washington. We came to Los Angeles in 2001 (her) and 2002 (me). Then, like all couples who move to Los Angeles, we broke up. After two years together, the "L....
| May 16, 2012
| 9:20 AM
The comic Sarah Silverman has been added to the line-up of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. Silverman will present an evening of her "favorite comedians" at the Chicago Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. June 16. Tickets for all shows go on sale 10 a.m....
| Oct 3, 2011
| 1:04 PM
Josephine Forsberg, a pioneer of the teaching of improvisational acting in Chicago, an early company member at The Second City, and an influential teacher of such stars as George Wendt, Shelley Long and Bill Murray, died Monday morning at the Illinois...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Martha Stewart’s cooking up some comedy with Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers on “Martha Stewart Presents: Men Who Make Us Laugh” (7 p.m. March 27, Hallmark Channel; *** out of four).
Stewart sits down with O'Brien on the set of...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 11:01 PM
Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater. So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...
| Jan 16, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Chicago lost a longtime member of the city’s sketch and improv scene last week. Performer and teacher Mike Enriquez, who mentored current “Saturday Night Live” featured players Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain, died Thursday at St. Joseph...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 3:27 PM
"No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...