The Mother of Improv Comedy
Photo from the Chicago Sun-Times
I first fell in love with improv at iO‘s Clark Street location. iO changed my life, but my story is not unlike many others. Charna created a world at iO that many call “home” and it has become the center of their universe. Charna Halpern is one of the most influential people in improv, has paved the path for hundreds of comedians over the last few decades and has assisted in world peace — literally. It was more than a pleasure and more than an honor to speak with her; it was inspirational.
Changing Chicago – One Ad at a Time
There’s the saying that laughter is the best medicine. There’s another saying that says laughter heals. There’s another saying that…people just like to laugh. We live in a city chalk-full of comedians and there’s one in particular who is going out of his way to brighten people’s day. Ladies and gentlemen, Ben Larrison wants to brighten your commute with his Kickstarter campaign to create funny CTA ads.
The Biggest Heart in Improv
Courtesy of Sam Willard
Last January, as in January of 2013, I finally found a chance to sit down and chat with Miss Tara DeFrancisco — which turned into a three hour interview about life, improv and how the world goes ’round. As time has flown by, it is with my sincerest apologies that this is just now being posted for the first time. However, it is a Thursday…so we can say #TBT — LAFS’ interview with Tara DeFrancisco.
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.
Men In Pajamas
Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are The Pajama Men. If you’re like me, you may be wondering why grown men are performing absurdist comedy on stage in their pajamas and where the name came from. Well, Shenoah and Mark were kind enough to answer a few questions and turns out they’ve been in their pajamas for well over a decade. Can’t get mad at a man who wants to be comfortable, that’s for sure.