| Jul 13, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Wednesday night at iO, the comedy theatre formerly known as improvOlympic, is free night. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. the theatre opens its doors to the frugal improv-comedy-loving masses and presents an evening of long-form improvisation. And just...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 4:34 PM
EVANSTON, Ill. — American actor, comedian, head writer for “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) and SNL’s “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers will be the star attraction …...
| Aug 25, 2011
"Whirled News Tonight" ***
Absurd and often just plain depressing, the news on any given day is always ripe for a send-up. Jon Stewart knows it. The Onion knows it. And the long-running improvised show "Whirled News Tonight" knows it.
Coming up on its...
| May 23, 2011
| 5:32 PM
Concrete barriers were erected at a dead-end street on the Chicago River today, two days after a car containing the body of a missing model was pulled from the water there.
City crews placed the barriers across Blackhawk Street, just west of North Branch...
| Mar 2, 2011
| 4:08 PM
The last thing viewers of the comedy "Mr. Sunshine" (8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC) probably expected was to see sweet man-child Roman get a girlfriend.
Nate Torrence, who plays the son of the Sunshine Center's owner, Crystal (Allison Janney), is all...
| 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...
| May 4, 2012
| 8:20 AM
Joel Murray and Bobcat Goldthwait have known each other since 1985, when they met on the set of "One Crazy Summer," an iconic comedy of the era starring John Cusack as a dorky animator and Demi Moore as the girl of his dreams.
"The day I met Bob, he...
| May 16, 2012
| 10:10 AM
TBS and Just For Laughs have added comic Sarah Silverman to the Chicago festival line-up in June, along with dozens of other newly announced shows.
Silverman will host two shows at The Chicago Theatre on June 16, presenting some of her favorite comedians...
| Jun 8, 2012
| 4:43 PM
These days, you might know Scott Adsit best as overworked and under-appreciated producer Pete Hornberger on NBC's “30 Rock,” but, if you're old enough (or just a nerd about these things), you may also remember him from his days performing in...
| Jun 12, 2012
Sure, there are plenty of star acts at the fourth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago festival, which runs through Sunday this week at 18 venues around the city. But sometimes, the biggest laughs come with the smallest ticket prices, as in these local...