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Chicago comedy scene no longer a boys’ club

Chicago comedy scene no longer a boys’ club

March 15, 2019

In a Nashville-based improvisation class, junior musical theatre major Caitlin Dobbins was 16 when she was told she would have an issue doing comedy as a woman. Almost six years later, Dobbins will be performing as an ense...

Rebecca O' Neal, co-host and notable Chicago comic, performing her sketch at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Oct 26.

Small clubs, big stars: Established and amateur comics flock to comedy open mics

October 31, 2016

It is Wednesday night and the music of local Chicago musician Jamila Woods comes through the speakers at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square. The neighborhood dive is filled with friends talking, drinking and p...

Part-time faculty union President Diana Vallera enters the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., May 18 for an ongoing National Labor Relations Board hearing regarding full-time staff members' eligibility to teach courses and have union representation.

P-Fac members, more college witnesses take stand in NLRB hearing

June 6, 2016

Following the testimony of full-time staff, members of the college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, and other college employees were called as witnesses in a National Labor Relations Board hearing re...

Chicago: A training ground for comedic talent

By Arts & Culture Reporter

March 9, 2015

In a world devoid of Chicago’s renowned comedic training centers, Stephen Colbert might have been reduced to just a silly sounding French name and Hannibal Buress might only be seen as the funny coworker at the office. Without the city’s legendary comedy scene, the names Bill Murray and Tina Fey might be utterly irrelevant.As a learning ground for some of the most renowned comedians in popular culture, Chicago has achiev...


Peelander-Z crash lands to excite stale rock venue

November 17, 2014

The “Japanese action comic” punk band Peelander-Z has proven that no one is too old to enjoy a rock show. With more attention toward audience participation than playing the band’s own songs, Pee...

Back to basics

By Features Editor

September 29, 2014

When CBS tweeted, “Stephen Colbert to be next host of ‘The Late Show’” in April, it was a bittersweet moment for fans. The wry comedic powerhouse will shift to CBS from his long-time home on Comedy Central in 2015, but something will be lost in the process: Stephen Colbert, the character. The bombastic, conservative pundit who started as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” in 1997 and hosted the Emmy Award-wi...

Standup comedian Nick Thune will take his comedy on the road with the “Midwest: Heartland Tour” in October.

Nick Thune shows Midwest love

September 29, 2014

Nick Thune is a comedian from Seattle, Washington, where he was “born young” and “spent his early years growing up,” as he says. Since moving to Los Angeles a decade ago, 34-year-old Thune quickly ma...

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