| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The cast of Touchstone Theatre's 14th annual "Christmas City Follies" received a standing ovation from a sold-out house on Saturday night and it had to do with a lot more than the fact there were clearly lots of friends of the troupe in the audience....
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:32 PM
FOX recently announced the all-star lineup of guest voices that will be appearing on its Sunday night Animation Domination lineup of shows – The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad. All four series return for their season...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:47 AM
If there was any sort of competition between the year’s most anticipated superhero films, “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel” — which opened at the U.S. box office six weeks apart — “Iron Man” actress...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Charna Halpern's script about her late iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) co-founder Del Close opens with the vastly influential, hard-living, difficult, brilliant improvisation pioneer glimpsing a TV on which his former student Betty Thomas is thanking him...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 12:08 PM
Whenever I find myself in a bleak mood, a quick glance at the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness usually does the trick. A near-perfect melding of minds between the "Parks and Recreation" writing staff and actor Nick Offerman, this visual guide on how to...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 4:02 AM
Penn Jillette is, famously, not a religious man, but his visit to South Florida for performances at the Hard Rock this weekend is a pilgrimage of sorts.
“Without Randi, there would be no Penn & Teller,” says the magician, author and star...
| Feb 6, 2013
Jon Lovitz's standup career only began in earnest nine years ago, long after his popular stint on "Saturday Night Live," when he says the movie roles "started drying up" and his talent managers slapped down a cold, crushing reality check.
"I told 'em,...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 3:35 PM
Ike Barinholtz finds no downtime working as a writer for and costar of Fox's "The Mindy Project," but the Chicago native wouldn't trade the job for anything.
"It's long hours and I don't look good anymore and my blood pressure is higher and my weight...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Life on the fringe can be precarious, and this year three small Chicago theater companies with a combined 31 seasons among them decided to call it quits: BackStage Theatre and Caffeine Theatre (both on our best-of compilations in the past) and New Leaf...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:01 PM
How did Ryan Dempster convince his Cubs teammates to wear tuxedos and man the blackjack and craps tables at his charity event Wednesday, just hours after the team’s game against the Atlanta Braves?
I’m not exactly sure. But whatever he did,...
| May 2, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Ricky Martin poses with a fan at Lucky Strike Lanes in Chicago on April 18, 2011. (Photo courtesy of Paul Sullivan) What does a world famous pop star do for fun the first night he’s in Chicago? In the case of Ricky Martin, he went bowling. The ...