The Comedy Expo Hits Tonight
With the absence of Just For Laughs in Chicago, this city was left with a gapping wide hole for standups. But fear not, The Comedy Exposition starts tonight and lasts throughout this weekend. I spoke with Matt Byrne, one of the producers of the festival, to get a few more details.
Chicago Takes Over NBC
We’ve been hearing about it for about a year, but Splitsider just reported it, so it’s fair game now. NBC is producing a sketch comedy pilot featuring almost a dozen of your favorite Chicago-based comedians. With this kind of talent, how can this not be an amazing show?
Studio BE Is Now MCL Chicago.
Studio BE has officially transformed into MCL Chicago – the first venue in the country solely dedicated to musical improvisation and music comedy. MCL, which stands for Music Comedy Live, has come on to the scene in the middle of musical improv’s rise in Chicago. Since numbers don’t lie, the number of people graduating from The Second City’s Music Improv Training Program has tripled in the last four years.
A Musical Comedy Fusion
Amber Linde didn’t let other people’s doubt distract her from making it as musical improviser. When Linde discovered her preferred style of performing was embraced in the Chicago comedy scene, she took it upon herself to create her own opportunities. Thus, Jams with Ambs was born. Read More
Top Notch Advice from Your Favorite Comedy Writers
In 2009, author Mike Sacks sat down with 21 comedy writers to talk about the industry with his book, And Here’s the Kicker. Now, he’s back at it with Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. Sacks recruited a laundry list of A-listers including Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler and Mel Brooks to talk about the world of comedy. Read More