| Jan 10, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Lehigh Valley Music Awards has announced the first of its special honorees to be recognized at the 15th annual awards ceremony, set for March 9 at Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem. The announcement comes as voting for the......
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The Santa Monica Pier is a second home to Paul Sand, the actor who won a Tony Award nearly 43 years ago playing 11 characters, including a dog, in "Paul Sills' Story Theatre."
His parents met on the pier at a dance. He took his first baby steps there...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:32 AM
I wasn't the only "Community" obsessive to breathe a sigh of relief when the NBC comedy returned for its fifth season last week, with creator Dan Harmon reinstalled at the helm after being discharged from his duties last year. The show suffered for it,...
| Jan 6, 2014
In 2001, Brian Posen rented the Theatre Building Chicago—now Stage 773—to stage a musical, which fell through. In order to honor the rental commitment, he invited 30 local sketch comedy groups to share stage time and The Chicago Sketch...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Los Angeles is home to hundreds of comedy clubs and sketch shows and some of the country's strongest improvisation schools, which have trained and put a spotlight on comedians like Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam. But the...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:13 AM
After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:21 AM
On October 26, an ornery puppet named Moses from Blind Summit Theatre’s “The Table,” which recently concluded an acclaimed stint at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, took to another one of Chicago’s famous stages — The Second City...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:36 AM
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor, minor point, somewhere between apocalyptic and not-very-apocalyptic-at-all: The 24-hour Starbucks in Piper's Alley, the large, busy one that hugs the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Improv, that Chicago comedic staple, has been in the news recently for some of the wrong reasons. The debate about the lack of diversity on the famed sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" prompted the broader question of whether a lack of diversity...
| Dec 13, 2013
The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:10 PM
As irresponsible as it may be to encourage drinking at this time of year, you are more likely to enjoy “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre if you toss back a few Tiny Tim-tinis or Scroogedrivers at the lobby...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:37 AM
NEW YORK — Adam McKay still has the improvising chops that made him a Second City standout, but now he's doing his work with microphone in hand, video monitors arrayed in front of him and fellow funny guys Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd...