January 12, 2014 |
I admit it; I'm not a huge fan of rap music. So I wasn't expecting to like the animated rap comedy "Chozen" ( 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, FX; 1.5 stars out of 4 ) What's surprising is how much more I like the musical segments than the rest of it. When the gay white "rappist" of the title openly boasts about his sexuality with the same bravado as any straight rapper would about his, the only slightly amusing "Chozen" finally gets real, yo. The show, from former "Eastbound & Down" writer's assistant Grant Dekernion and produced by the "Eastbound" (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride)
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"...
June 27, 2013 |
** (out of four) A by-the-book FBI agent. An all-over-the-place cop. Imagine the sparks that will fly if they become partners! Actually, you don't have to imagine. You've seen this dynamic in practically every buddy cop movie ever, just not with women as the buddies. The parts land square in the comfort zones for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who annoy each other and me in “The Heat,” which should have considered inverting the roles and allowing the actresses to play against type a la Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street.” ...
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...
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,...