April 2, 2013 |
Considering my - um - history with Star Trek folks, you'd think that I wouldn't be so welcome in their universe. Let's face it, the first time I met William Shatner he tried drowning a Jean-Luc Picard Action Figure that he assumed was mine. Newsflash, Captain Kirk! It wasn't! Anyhoo... Despite my checkered past with the crew of the Enterprise , the funny folks of " Improvised Star Tre k " have invited me to be a part of their show this Friday! I'll be a contestant in "The Away Mission Game" where I will be selecting my favorite...
May 20, 2013 |
When Chicago actor Scott Duff joined forces with Laugh Factory to debut an LGBT-themed showcase, he knew he wanted his first headliner to be no-holds-barred comedian Jessica Halem, who spent 12 years - 1996 to 2008 - at the top of the Chicago comedy scene before returning to New York. "I really wanted a strong female presence," said Duff, a founding member of About Face Theatre who also has appeared in productions at Steppenwolf, the Goodman and other Chicago stages. "Whenever you think about the gay community, you think of gay men. And I'm...
May 9, 2012 |
NBC has ordered a full season of "Chicago Fire," an "action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. " The series pilot was filmed in Chicago and, according to an NBC rep, the series will continue to be filmed in the Windy City. From "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, the series stars Taylor Kinney ("The Vampire Diaries"), Jesse Spencer ("House"), Monica Raymund ("The Good Wife"), former Chicagoan David Eigenberg ("Sex and the City")
February 16, 2012 |
Name a comedian - any comedian - and chances are that performer either passed through the doors of the famed Second City in Old Town or worked with someone who has. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, the alumni list from the improv club boasts more big names than an issue of People magazine and more stars than the Oscars telecast. The Second City celebrated its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago, and the list of those who turned up included Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, Harold Ramis, Stephen Colbert, Catherine O'Hara, George Wendt, Martin Short - if you've seen a comedy (or a drama,...
June 22, 2011 |
We all deal with certain amounts of stress in our lives. How we cope, though, sets us apart. "I probably smoke too many cigarettes, which isn't a very good thing," said Elijah Wood, best known for playing Frodo Baggins in "The Lord of the Rings" movies. "I don't have any extraordinary sort of coping mechanism. I certainly don't talk to a dog. " That's exactly what his character does in "Wilfred," the unapologetically bizarre FX comedy that premieres at 9 p.m. June 23. Wood plays Ryan, a suicidal guy who strikes up a relationship with his neighbor's dog, Wilfred.
March 1, 2012 |
Marisol Nichols knows how to make people cry, but how to laugh? Well, she's been working on that. Best known for her dramatic work in such series as "24," "The Gates" and "Blind Justice," the 38-year-old actress has been stretching her comedic muscles in her latest TV series, "GCB," which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC. "It's so fun," Nichols, who grew up in Rogers Park and Naperville, told me while visiting Chicago over Thanksgiving. "It's ridiculous. It's also fun just being ridiculous.