Billed as “NPR without the dignity,” this satirical weekly quiz show has been taped before a live audience in Chicago since May 2005. Politics supply the jokes du jour as […]
Several of the bitchy waitstaff at Ed Debevic’s go from rude to crude, staging sketch comedy in a back room with bad audio and worse lighting. Starting with a short […]
Security guards, a merchandise table, and a video of the cast strutting to the theater (a la Chris Martin in “Fix You”) create a rock vibe for this show by […]
This mostly fake talk show hosted by “Mark Luge,” which premiered in early 2005, mixes late-night staples–monologues, guests, interviews–with a sketch show’s satirical characters. Steve Waltien, who played alternate host […]
Misleading people and making them laugh both require frustrating their expectations, something writer-performers Patrick O’Brien and Peter Grosz have mastered in this clever sketch show directed by T.J. Jagodowski. Facts […]
Turn up late and you’ll miss the superior opening act on this double bill: Cook County Social Club, whose four performers, directed by Jeff Griggs, are as brazenly committed to […]
A star sophomore is leading Northwestern’s wrestling team out of the woods.
A year ago attorney Kate O’Malley decided to combine her frustration with dating and her interest in theater. The result was this sketch improv/dating event, which she also produces. At […]
Developed by S.O.S. Productions (apt), this performance has no single writer or director–and that shows in the flat dialogue, derivative characters, lamely executed stunts, and amateurish comic timing, which belies […]
Within two years of earning an MFA from Yale’s drama school in 1981, David Alan Grier had nabbed a Tony nomination and a Venice Film Festival best actor prize for […]
Three years ago Jimmy Callahan, just out of college and living at home, started getting severe headaches. Two weeks later doctors found a brain tumor and gave him two weeks […]
Jim Gaffigan follows just about every joke with a whispered self-criticism: “That guy’s a dick.” “He lost me with that one.” Parodying listeners’ potential reactions renders the whole process transparent–he […]
A couple of downtown flacks add a little frisson to their office romance.
Joe Swanberg’s first feature takes a long, embarrassing look at postcollegiate sex.