The Laugh Button interview with Jonathan Kite
We recently spoke with Jonathan Kite best known as the short order cook Oleg from the the popular CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Kite is also an alum of the prestigious Second City. We got a few moments to speak with Kite about his his background in improv, his A.D.D., and well, because of these, [&helli... [Read More]
Italian Bred: The Laugh Button interview with Candice Guardino
Candice Guardino is a woman with many hats. Although we can’t find a picture of her wearing an actual hat, she’s still an actress, writer, singer, and comedian. A student of UCB and Second City, she’s also been trained in the areas of long and short-form improv. We recently spoke w... [Read More]
“Braving the Unknown,” Susan Messing’s Ted Talk in Chicago, April 2014
"Taking a risk -- maybe a tiny one, maybe a giant leap, into the unknown." Spend the next 14 minutes with Susan Messing, who tells an audience last month at a TedX UChicago event that when she wanted to grow up, she dreamed of being goalie for the New York Rangers, a swimming coach, or perhaps ... [Read More]
Sketch Anatomy: Bill Oakley Breaks Down 'SCTV's "Dr. Tongue's Evil House of Pancakes"
by Megh Wright Welcome to our new column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what se... [Read More]
Watch Tina Fey Tell an Awful McDonald's Commercial Audition Story
by Bradford Evans Here's Tina Fey talking about a bad experience auditioning for a McDonald's commercial in Chicago in the '90s for an episode of The Tonight Show's web series My Worst Audition. It didn't work out, but at least Tina Fey didn't get really into being a commercial spokesperson instead... [Read More]
Jordan Klepper joins Comedy Central’s The Daily Show as regular correspondent
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has a new correspondent, and his name is Jordan Klepper. Klepper files his first on-air report tonight, "live" from "Ukraine." Comedy Central's news parody program lost two correspondents late in 2013 to other shows -- Al Madrigal is co-starring in NBC's new mids... [Read More]
Harold Ramis's 'SCTV' Legacy
by Ramsey Ess In his obituary, published yesterday by his hometown paper The Chicago Tribune, Harold Ramis was described as leaving behind "a reputation as a mensch and all-around good guy." There's really not much more one could ask for when your life is being summed up. But as it turns out, Ramis ... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart pay tribute to the late great Harold Ramis
Stephen Colbert must keep up appearances as blowhard mouthpiece "Stephen Colbert" on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, but at the tail end of Monday night's episode, "Stephen Colbert" offered that if he, in fact, were a comedian..."as a young, bookish man with glasses looking for a role model, I ... [Read More]
R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944-2014)
Writer/director/comedian Harold Ramis died early this morning, four years after first being diagnosed with the health problems that caused his autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis was 69. Ramis was born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1944, and moved back to the Windy City in 1996 while still a hugely s... [Read More]
Before Saturday Night Live: Rare footage of Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character (Video)
If you were a fan of Saturday Night Live back in the ’90s, one of your favorite sketches was probably Chris Farley’s motivational speaker Matt Foley: the man with a little bit of a “weight problem” you hired to talk some sense into your teenagers so that they don’t end ... [Read More]