iO West Is Shutting Down Next Week
iO West, the Los Angeles branch of Chicago’s iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) founded by Del Close and Charna Halpern, is closing its doors for good next week. In an email sent to performers today, iO West Managing Director Zach Huddleston announced that the theater, which has been in ... [Read More]
Sexual Misconduct Allegations Have Put the Future of New Orleans and Austin’s New Movement Theaters in Doubt
With theaters and training centers in Austin and New Orleans, three comedy festivals under its name, and a published book about improv, The New Movement has been a swiftly rising comedy powerhouse in the South since it was founded by Chris Trew, Tami Nelson, and Brock LaBorde in 2009. When we profil... [Read More]
Second City Chicago Is Back in Business This Week
Second City has announced its first live comedy shows since a fire destroyed its offices last month. In a press release today, the Chicago improv theater revealed that it’s set to resume shows at its Mainstage Theatre three weeks after the August fire beginning with a special performance for t... [Read More]
A Fire Reportedly Destroyed Second City Chicago’s Offices Today
Sad news: Earlier today in Chicago, an extra-alarm fire broke out in Old Town where Second City’s theater and offices are located, and the Chicago Tribune reports that Second City’s offices have been “destroyed,” though the fire reportedly did not spread to the theater. Accor... [Read More]
A Barcelona Comedy Club Is Charging Audiences Per Laugh Through Facial Recognition Software
by Megh Wright Well this is weird. BBC News reports that a comedy club in Barcelona called Teatreneu is experimenting with a new way to get more customers to attend shows: Charging them per laugh instead of per ticket. The club installed tablets to the back of each seat with facial recognition softw... [Read More]
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ ‘Rise Of The Guardians’ Mix-Up Hilarious! Wrong Movie Shown At Regal Cinemas As Virginia And New Jersey Theaters Played 2012 Animated Film Instead Of Marvel Blockbuster
The people running the projectors at several Guardians Of The Galaxy screenings on Thursday had just one job. Yet they somehow managed to screw it up. Regal Cinemas in Richmond, VA and Turnersville, NJ accidentally showed fans the 2012 animated flick Rise Of The Guardians instead of the hi... [Read More]
This just in! 2014 American Comedy Awards adds “Concert Comic” category to differentiate from “Club Comics”
Just hours after voting closed overnight for the 2014 American Comedy Awards, the event has added a new category: CONCERT COMIC. And it's a good thing, too. Because if you looked at the American Comedy Awards nominees for "CLUB COMIC" for more than a hot second, you quickly would have asked how in t... [Read More]
Read an Oral History of LA's Wildly Influential Groundlings Theater
by Bradford Evans THR has a new oral history of The Groundlings Theater, the LA-based comedy institution where Phil Hartman, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and also people not on SNL, like Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, and Jim Rash, honed their chops before breaking into movies and TV. The piece... [Read More]
Dave Coulier on bringing “Clean Guys of Comedy” to a movie theater near you
You've heard Dave Coulier's voice for three decades now in various TV series, and remember him fondly from our TGIF nights with Full House, but this Thursday, he's beaming himself and a handful of his stand-up comedy friends into a movie theater near you with his latest project: Clean Guys of C... [Read More]