Day: November 4, 2019

iO Chicago alums to write, direct “Del & Charna” movie

Red Crown Productions LLC announced it’s developing a biopic about Chicago improvising legends Del Close and Charna Halpern, Del & Charna. Kay Cannon will direct the film, off a script from Rich Talarico and Alex Fendrich. All three are alums from The Second City, and Cannon and Talarico both studied and performed under Close and Halpern at improvOlympic, the Chicago theater group the famed duo founded in 1981. Del & Charna tells the true story of the unlikely pairing of eccentric improv legend, Del Close and feisty comedy theater owner, Charna Halpern. The movie chronicles their tumultuous 19-year relationship,...

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Shows you’ll wish you’d seen at the 2019 New York Comedy Festival

It’s easy to just rattle off the headliners and say go to them. In fact, several of the biggest names performing this week at the 2019 New York Comedy Festival already have sold out their shows! Here are shows you still have a chance at seeing last-minute, as well as comedians you’ll wish you saw now, while they’re still easy to see up close and personal in intimate venues and performances. MONDAY (TODAY), NOV. 4, 2019 Häus Party, at Public Arts (8 p.m.). Zach Teague & Drew Lausch host, with performances by Nikki Glaser, Julio Torres, Liza Treyger, Kiko...

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Episode #279: Celeste Barber

Celeste Barber had appeared on Australian television as a regular on the hospital soap opera All Saints in the late 2000s, but that wasn’t translating into fans or followers on social media. Then Barber decided she’d have fun re-creating the outrageous photo shoots of celebrities and models, and posted her results on Instagram with the hashtag #CelesteChallengeAccepted. Eight months after she took on that challenge in 2015, her hashtag and her Instagram account went viral. Fast forward to 2019, and Barber has published two books (one nonfiction and one for children), toured the US with a stage act, gained...

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