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  • Theater figures

    Theater figures Lawrence Roman, 86; best known for writing the hit Broadway play "Under the Yum-Yum Tree" and for adapting the farce into the 1963 movie (May 18) Paul Sills, 80; legendary improvisational director and teacher co-founded the Compass...
  • Bonnie Hunt prepares (sort of) for daytime TV

    Bonnie Hunt prepares (sort of) for daytime TV
    SPEND AN hour or so with Bonnie Hunt these days and you come away convinced she's got a daytime talk show inside her head. The only question now is whether she and her producers can extract and polish that vision within the next three weeks, when "The...
  • 'No Country for Old White Men': New jokes, old format at Second City

    'No Country for Old White Men': New jokes, old format at Second City
    In its great mid-1990s revues "Pinata Full of Bees" and "Paradigm Lost," The Second City blew everything up. The old blackout-sketch-blackout routine was replaced by a new form in which satire and current events merged before your eyes. As writers and...
  • Way to turn jokes practical

    Last winter, an independent group of Los Angeles-based Second City alumni scored a monster hit on the Internet with a comedy video spoofing the Republican presidential candidate John McCain. According to one of the creators, Andy Cobb, the viral video...
  • Chicago, city of broad strictures

    Chicago, city of broad strictures
    Chicago's grit is the stuff of legend. The city's hard-scrabble history conjures images of wind-beaten dock hands; rugged immigrants working punishing factory jobs; and 500 acres of slaughterhouses and their hard-time killing floors. At the same time,...
  • In politics, Chicago takes center stage

     
    Sen. Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Friday, June 6, 2008, during an unscheduled stop at the Chicago 2016 Olympic Rally in Chicago at Daley Plaza.(Chicago Tribune photo by Heather Stone) by Amanda Erickson Chicago's taking a......
  • Second City: official White House jesters?

     
    by Chris Jones If Barack Obama wins the presidency, Second City might well find itself the quasi-official White House comedy troupe. The Obama campaign, and the Obamas themselves, have been enamored of the Chicago-based theater ever since the 2007...
  • Dems convene, night 1 live-blog

     
    by Frank James 11:20 PM -- It's difficult to tell how Michelle Obama's speech played out in flyover country. She obviously has a great personal story, this South Side Chicago girl. But is it enough to overcome her earlier controversial......
  • Theater review: 'The Doctor Despite Himself' at Electric Lodge

     
    Post-commedia antics are the prescribed treatment in ???The Doctor Despite Himself??? at Electric Lodge. Ipanema Theater Troupe???s wacky take on Moli??re???s 1666 ???Le M??decin malgr?? lui??? is awash in slapstick aplomb. That is obvious from the pre-...
  • Paul Shaffer knows what to spill -- and not -- in his memoir

     
    Paul Shaffer has shared the stage with so many big names that it's probably easier to list the stars he hasn't worked with. How many television sidekicks can boast to having played with both Andy Kaufman and his alter-ego, Tony......
  • Weekend TV Talk Shows: The way forward in Afghanistan is a featured topic

     
    TODAY Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer Afghanistan: correspondent Michael Ware; Obama's environmental policy: Democratic strategist James Carville, Ben Stein; Rep. Patrick Kennedy abortion controversy: Bishop...
  • Is there any Hollywood movie that isn't having an anniversary this month?

     
    As you may have noticed, posting on the Big Picture is light this week -- and it's going to be light until sometime in the middle of next week -- because I'm on a nice little stay-cation, which basically means......