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  • Second City offers new fellowship for minority performers in sketch comedy

    Second City offers new fellowship for minority performers in sketch comedy
    In a move that comes after NBC's "Saturday Night Live" reacted to intense pressure to hire more minority performers, Chicago's Second City says it has created a new (and tuition-free) multi-performer fellowship designed to fast-track talented minority...
  • Video: A puppet performs with Second City

    Video: A puppet performs with Second City
    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...
  • John Lehr's 'Quick Draw' gets 2nd season on Hulu

    John Lehr's 'Quick Draw' gets 2nd season on Hulu
    Former Chicago resident John Lehr has another season to tame the Wild West in Hulu's original series "Quick Draw." The online service Monday announced it has renewed the comedy for a 10-episode second season. "Quick Draw" premiered this summer, becoming...
  • How the West was fun: John Lehr of Hulu's 'Quick Draw'

    How the West was fun: John Lehr of Hulu's 'Quick Draw'
    John Lehr and Nancy Hower didn't know a lot about Westerns when they embarked on writing their new Hulu comedy, "Quick Draw." But they dug up comedy gold while researching the Old West. "It's amazing the stuff that never made it into the Westerns because...
  • Annoyance launches Kickstarter for new space

    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...
  • Why Chicago loves Italian beef sandwiches

    Why Chicago loves Italian beef sandwiches
    There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot...
  • The Crowd: SCR takes center stage at gala

    The Crowd: SCR takes center stage at gala
    There was a time, not many years ago, when Orange County was the cultural stepchild of Los Angeles. Boy, have things changed. Today, on many fronts, the O.C. leads the charge in such areas as the performing arts, visual arts, healthcare and scientific...
  • Jane Lynch's Glee for Edgy Roles Keeps Her in Demand

    Although she's best known as silver-tongued killjoy Sue Sylvester, a scheming cheerleader coach with a propensity for track suits on Fox's "Glee," Jane Lynch's range as an actress runs wide and deep. Her roots with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and...
  • Judy Blume, forever

    Judy Blume, forever
    The first time I read Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" was on an eight-hour road trip over the winter holidays. I was 7. We were on our way to visit cousins and I was squeezed in the backseat with my two older brothers, sandwiched...
  • Love Notes: Snowbound on the farm

    Love Notes: Snowbound on the farm
    Allison Klotz remembers the scene perfectly. It's 1974, and she is in her family's driveway. She is about to depart California for Chicago, where North Park College and nursing school await. Her mother is taking pictures, her father is scrambling...
  • Mike Gray dies at 77; co-wrote 'China Syndrome' screenplay

    Mike Gray dies at 77; co-wrote 'China Syndrome' screenplay
    Mike Gray, an author, activist and documentarian who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The China Syndrome," the provocative 1979 film about a cover-up at a nuclear power plant, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Hollywood Hills home, his...
  • Second City airs some arias this weekend

    Second City is headed back to the opera in June; a performance this weekend at the UP Comedy Club will preview what's to come. "Improv & Arias: A Sneak Peek," from Second City and Lyric Opera Chicago, will be an evening of informal evening of sketches,...