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‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ recalls Chicago club where talent thrived, regardless of color

Insightful documentary looks back at the Rush Street hotspot that hosted Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler and countless other rising stars.

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‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Netflix sitcom’s a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche

The fun-loving reveler from Twitter is surrounded by so many lovable characters, we can forgive all the Fridge and Malort references.

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Norm Macdonald, comedian and ‘SNL’ alum, dies at 61

His death followed a nine-year private battle with cancer.

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Chicago Party Aunt exposed: She was born in L.A. and has the voice of a Canadian

As everyone’s favorite Twitter merrymaker nears her Netflix debut, her creator reveals she was inspired by relatives of his own as well as some regulars at Ditka’s.

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Chicago comedy series ‘South Side’ season 2 to air on HBO Max in November

The series, which premiered in 2019 on Comedy Central, was created by Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and Sultan Salahuddin.

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30-city Louis C.K. tour will come to The Vic in December

It’s the comedian’s most extensive tour since he admitted committing acts of sexual misconduct.

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Kathy Griffin recovering from cancer surgery to remove part of lung

The Oak Park native says she has never smoked. The cancer is in Stage 1 and doctors are very optimistic.

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‘Heart-related’ issue caused Bob Odenkirk collapse, rep says

‘Better Call Saul’ star said to be in stable condition after being taken to a hospital from the show’s New Mexico set.

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Bob Odenkirk collapses on ‘Better Call Saul’ set

The 58-year-old actor and writer from Naperville reportedly was hospitalized after the fall.

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‘For Madmen Only’: Like the man himself, doc on improv guru Del Close offers little that’s conventional

Comic-style graphics, dramatizations help tell story of the dark but esteemed sage from Second City and iO.

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‘Bo Burnham: Inside’: A comedian’s triumph in a small space comes to the big screen

Though his Netflix pandemic special focuses on home confinement, it’s entertaining enough — and beautiful enough — to work in a theater.

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Chicago duo buys iO theater, plans to resume improv shows and classes

Real estate execs Scott Gendell and Larry Weiner take over the North Side company that trained Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert.

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‘The Daily Show’ celebrates 25 years with live-streaming special

The show’s long-term legacy as a talent incubator is sterling. It became a launching pad for the likes of Aasif Mandvi, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper and Samantha Bee.

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Bernie Mac biopic on the way, produced by singer John Legend

The musician, Mac’s co-star in ‘Soul Men,’ teams up with the Chicago comedian’s estate to remind a new generation of his ‘always edgy’ humor.

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Stephen Colbert among new members of Second City board of directors

Colbert will also chair Second City’s Artistic Advisory Board to advocate for artists.

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Dave Chappelle becomes first comedian to headline Summerfest’s biggest stage

The Milwaukee festival announced Monday morning that Chappelle will headline the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Sept. 11. There has never been a standup-comedy headlining show at the venue in the amphitheater’s 34-year history.

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Second City returns with scaled-down shows — but bigger ones on the way

For now, new exec Jon Carr says improv-heavy shows make sense as we determine, "What is funny now?"

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Twista, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony headline Power 92’s ‘Father’s Day’ drive-in festival

The event will be hosted by Power92 personalities Ricky Rampage and Sean Dale, along with WSRB-FM’s (106.3) Lady Red.

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Mister Kelly’s documentary to preview on WTTW-Channel 11

The film about the fabled Rush Street nightclub will air Thursday in an abbreviated version.

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Paul Mooney, a pioneering comedian and writer for Richard Pryor, dies at 79

Mooney, a boundary-pushing comedian whose sage, incisive musings on racism and American life made him a revered figure in stand-up, died of a heart attack at his California home on Wednesday.

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WATCH: Michael Jordan turns mean in ‘SNL’ parody of ‘The Last Dance’

Host Keegan-Michael Key zings MJ’s drive to win by recalling his hallway bet with a security guard, a highlight of last year’s Bulls docuseries.

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WATCH: Elon Musk on ‘SNL’ — Billionaire gets silly, sends up himself

Playing Wario, a Gen-Z doctor and himself in the Old West, the outspoken SpaceX and Tesla CEO puts to rest any notion that he’s "a chill, normal dude."

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‘Hilarious’ story brings Billy Crystal back behind the camera

In addition to starring in ‘Here Today,’ the veteran funnyman directs and coaxes a ‘very loving’ performance from Tiffany Haddish.

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Lilly Singh talk show ‘A Little Late’ will end on NBC

The comedian, one of late-night TV’s few female stars, moves on to her own Netflix series.

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‘That Damn Michael Che’ makes you laugh a lot, squirm a little

The ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian gets his points across during topical sketch show on HBO Max.

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Conan O’Brien announces June finale for late-night talk show

The finale of the late-night series will run for an hour, double the length of an episode in the show’s current form, and "will look back on the past 11 years of this iteration of O’Brien’s lengthy late-night career."

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Keegan-Michael Key, Second City and ‘Mad TV’ alum, to host ‘SNL’

He’ll front the May 15 episode with ‘Drivers License’ singer Olivia Rodrigo as musical guest.

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Jay Leno apologizes for past jokes about Asian people

The former "Tonight Show" host says his change of heart is not "another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part."

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‘Silicon Valley’ actor Thomas Middleditch accused of sexual misconduct

A report alleges the actor, once a prominent improv performer in Chicago, groped women at a Los Angeles goth club.

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Second City in-person shows scheduled to resume in May

Comedy hub plans new productions at its Piper’s Alley venue, with audiences subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Second City nears sale to private equity mogul: report

New York investor Strauss Zelnick is said to be negotiating for the company that has launched the careers of comic legends.

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Greg Gutfeld to host weeknight talk show on Fox News Channel

The right-leaning satirist from "The Five" enters a world that skews liberal under the dominance of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah.