Thursday, June 5, 2008

Comedy, misc.

1. On stage this week
The 2008 Chicago Improv Festival is underway, running through this weekend. This city is a longtime breeding ground for comedy talent and the Festival has grown into an annual homecoming and celebration of some of our best; you'll recognize many of their faces from movies and TV. The CIF also books buzzed-about coastal troupes who rarely visit the Midwest. Learn more here.

2. On stage this month
Second City e.t.c. presents a comedic double feature as two of its rising stars deliver solo performances Tuesday nights at 8:30pm through July 1. My Flavorpill preview is here.

3. In memoriam
Compass Players and Second City co-founder Paul Sills has died. If his mother, Viola Spolin, was improv's James Naismith, Sills was its Johnny Appleseed, dedicating his life to teaching and developing improvisational theater. Beyond influencing countless performers, he helped to shape an entire art form. The Gray Lady's obituary is here.

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