| 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 8, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Second City is a Chicago-based comedy troupe best described by the names of its past members. Names like Akroyd, Belushi, Colbert, Carell, Farley, Fey, Murray and Myers. This is improv at its finest, and the current cast will most likely contain some...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:57 PM
One Friday night in Chicago, two stand-up worlds. The first world: In the established, Old Town room, the nationally known Greg Proops fires off his California hipster comedy, heavy on attitude, high on his own intelligence, thick with high-culture...
| May 16, 2012
Programming this week’s Chicago Live! was no easy task. Knowing it would occur just as Chicago began holding its breath for the NATO summit and all of the surrounding planned (and unplanned?) activities, our producers debated how much NATO-related...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 2:32 PM
You know what helps during an election? The opportunity to laugh about the election! And for that matter, all of life! Take advantage of one of the best things Chicago has to offer . . . Second City! With alumni including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, the...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 11:54 AM
Diana Martinez, the president of The Second City, is leaving the company, the Chicago-based theater and training center said Friday. Martinez had been enployed there since 2009, president since Sept. 2010.
In a statement, Second City CEO and co-owner...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 1:33 PM
George Wendt, the Second City alumnus and beloved TV star known for playing Norm on "Cheers," underwent successful coronary bypass surgery at a Chicago-area hospital Thursday.
According to Wendt's Los Angeles-based manager, Geoff Cheddy, tests had...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 7:33 AM
'Curb Your Enthusiasm" fans in Chicago, get ready for more Jeff Greene. Everyone else, get ready for more of native son Jeff Garlin.
The Second City alum is returning to Chicago Dec. 4-16 to do his new stand-up show, "Closer Than I Appear," at...
| May 24, 2012
| 3:48 PM
The Park Avenue Players, Laguna Beach High School's dramatic acting group, will stage Neil Simon's "Rumors" to close out the theatrical year.
The production will open Friday night and run through June 3, the Players announced in a news release.
| Jun 8, 2012
| 7:50 AM
You won't find universal love for the Just for Laughs festival in Chicago's comedy scene. But as the aggregation of local, national and international talent prepares to begin its fourth annual run here this week, you will find something close — plus...
| Jun 11, 2012
Name five actresses you assume participated in sports and other activities in high school, including being president of the student council. Aubrey Plaza’s not on that list, is she?
Despite the 27-year-old’s remarkably convincing, deadpan...