When I was in theater classes at Columbia College Chicago back in the Pleistocene era (i.e., the late 1980s), certain reverse-snob assumptions came out from time to time about the Theatre School at DePaul (which had changed its moniker a few years earlier from the Goodman School of Drama). DePaul was, to us, the high-toned […]
Chris Gethard tiptoes into uncharted territory
Comedian, author, and volunteer ambulance driver Chris Gethard may be a fully Boylan-blooded New Jerseyan, but he’s not shy about the extent to which his improv and stand-up DNA has been imprinted by the comedy scene here in Chicago. “Years ago, I was booked to host a stage at Lollapalooza,” remembers Gethard as we talk, […]
Improvising at a distance
Instructors adapt to online comedy and improv courses.
Teacher of the Year earns low marks for both math and comedy
The devil’s in the details.
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Shen Wei at the Auditorium Theater, Dia de los Muertos celebration at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and more happenings from September 22-24
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Project PAM release, Holidose, and other events happening in Chicago from December 11-13
The Comedy Exposition stand-up fest stands in for Just for Laughs
Locals at the ground floor of Chicago’s stand-up scene launch the Comedy Exposition to help replace the absent Just for Laughs.
Sunday in the Park With George and midnight with zombies: new performing arts reviews
Fresh reviews from Reader critics