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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...

The ensemble members of HIJINKS performing

Comedians bring HIJINKS to iO stage

February 9, 2015

Sketch comedy is always a welcoming platform for new, high-concept ideas. The weirder the idea, the better.This is good news for HIJINKS, the five-piece sketch comedy group that brought its show “HIJINKSfes...

“The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hours” is an annual benefit show at The Second City Theater, 1608 N. Wells St., featuring famous musical and comedic performers.

Sleepless in The Second City

December 8, 2014

Comedy is a 24-hour job for The Second City, Chicago’s famous sketch theater at 1608 N. Wells St. This has rarely been more true for the comedy institution than with its annual star-packed benefit sh...

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...

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