Fame Costs...

“You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here’s where you start paying… in Sweat!” – Debbie Allen The newly revamped Chicago Tribune published a great article on what (if anything) an improviser (or comedian) can expect to make in Chicago. Check it out here. A nice companion piece is one of the first blogs... Read more »

Women Writers... "... not just a quota... common sense.."

Yet another salvo in the absolutely ridiculous and archaic “women aren’t funny” thing…. … but to a larger extent it’s about the idea of quotas in the world of writers and comedy. The source is pretty inpeachable, Dan Harmon (showrunner of NBC’s Community, writer for The Sarah Silverman Show, and much more.)  For the full... Read more »

A Chicago Guide for the Intense

It’s June! When an improv school makes the completely altruistic and noble move of creating a Summer Intensive program. People (mostly young folks) come to Chicago for weeks at a time to study for hours a day. No matter which institution you attend, the program is, well, intense. We could go on and on debating... Read more »

Famous People Doing Funny Things

The third Chicago-based Just for Laughs Festival comes roaring into town June 14th! The Festival began in 1983 all the way up in Montreal, but in 2009 a Chicago Festival was added and with the added financial and broadcast capabilities of the TBS network it has grown very fast. What I personally like about the... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Tina Fey

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born 41 years ago this day!  She was hired for the Second City Touring Company while still in classes at Second City. She started dating Jeff Richmond then, who is now her husband, father to her two children and executive producer of 30 Rock. So, uh, get on that, you slacker.... Read more »

Before the Bridesmaid, She was 'The Quack'

Before the Bridesmaid, She was 'The Quack'
To be honest, I’m not that big a fan of Kristen Wiig on SNL. I mean, she’s obviously super-talented, but I feel like they found her and then burned her out as soon as possible. I mean, she’s retired more characters than some people have ever had on SNL.  I was, however, a big fan... Read more »

Comedy is Top Heavy

This past weekend we were graced by the presence of Maya Rudolph and Darrell Hammond on SNL. And is that a good thing or a bad thing? While it’s great that those people come back to reprise their characters and use their prodigious talents again (and maybe, just maybe surreptitiously plug their upcoming movie), couldn’t those parts... Read more »

Happy Mother's Day, From HITLER

From the Del Close archives: Years ago, Del said he wanted to have a line of greeting cards for when you were obliged to give a card but secretly hated the person you were giving the card to. He wanted have to lovely watercolor paintings of landscapes, flowers and houses on the front, with the... Read more »

World's Worst Mothers

Listen, if you tell your kid that he was an immaculate conception and that he has a very special future, chances are he's going to grow up to be the galaxy's greatest space-murderer. That Annakin was a ticking timebomb.

Kate & William: the Royal Pre-Nup

We were able to get a look at the pre-nuptial contract between Prince William and Kate Middleton. There were some surprise clauses!  He may never refer to her as “common” and she may not refer to him as “in-bred” By mutual agreement, any offspring will be raised both “hoity” AND “toity” After two years of... Read more »