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Matthew Broderick (left) with Jim Carrey in the 1996 Columbia Pictures Comedy "The Cable Guy"

Matthew Broderick (left) with Jim Carrey in the 1996 Columbia Pictures Comedy "The Cable Guy"

Matthew Broderick (left) with Jim Carrey sport paper crowns in a scene that has their characters attend the Medieval Times dinner theater show in the 1996 Columbia Pictures Comedy "The Cable Guy."

April 11, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hammond free royal affair Saturday and Alaska vet's TV series debut

OFFBEAT: Hammond free royal affair Saturday and Alaska vet's TV series debut

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Canada's 'SCTV' still a Second City funny favorite in U.S.

OFFBEAT: Canada's 'SCTV' still a Second City funny favorite in U.S.

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Catherine O'Hara as her Spoof Character Lola Heatherton on "SCTV"

Catherine O'Hara as her Spoof Character Lola Heatherton on "SCTV"

Catherine O'Hara as her spoof character Lola Heatherton, a combo silly tribute to Las Vegas entertainers Lola Falana and Joey Heatherton, was a favorite on "SCTV."

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
Andrea Martin as Mrs. Edith Prickley

Andrea Martin as Mrs. Edith Prickley

Andrea Martin and her alter-ego Mrs. Edith Prickley remained regulars on "SCTV" during the series entire run from 1976 to 1984.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am
Ann N. Davis (seated and leaning on her hand) Surrounded by her Theatre at the Center Staff

Ann N. Davis (seated and leaning on her hand) Surrounded by her Theatre at the Center Staff

Ann N. Davis, production manager and technical director for Theatre at the Center in Munster, is shown seated (far left) surrounded by her staff and colleagues on the set of venue's 2013 hit comedy production "Fox on the Fairway."

March 01, 2014 12:00 am
Musical Humorist Dale Gonyea to perform in Munster

Musical Humorist Dale Gonyea to perform in Munster

MUNSTER | Dale Gonyea, “heir to the piano-comedy throne” according to The Los Angeles Times, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: First Folio Theatre's 'Rough Crossing' not so funny

OFFBEAT: First Folio Theatre's 'Rough Crossing' not so funny

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am
Cast of "Rough Crossing" at First Folio Theatre

Cast of "Rough Crossing" at First Folio Theatre

The nautical musical comedy farce "Rough Crossing" continues at First Folio Theatre until March 3.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at age 91

OFFBEAT: TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at age 91

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
Travis Taylor as The Monster in the Drury Lane Theatre Production of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankestein"

Travis Taylor as The Monster in the Drury Lane Theatre Production of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankestein"

Actor Travis Taylor as The Monster in the Drury Lane Theatre production of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" playing until March 16.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am
Actress Renee Matthews in "Old Jews Telling Jokes" at Royal George Theatre in Chicago

Actress Renee Matthews in "Old Jews Telling Jokes" at Royal George Theatre in Chicago

Actress Renee Matthews stars in "Old Jews Telling Jokes," a comedy revue at Royal George Theatre in Chicago now extended until March 30.

January 21, 2014 12:00 am
The Kean Sisters

The Kean Sisters

The Kean Sisters, Betty and Jane, were a popular night club comedy and song duo in the 1950s, before Jane began a solo career. Jane Kean, the surviving member of the duo, died on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at age 90.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am
Comedienne Ellen Cleghorne as Character Queen Shenequa on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

Comedienne Ellen Cleghorne as Character Queen Shenequa on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

Comedienne Ellen Cleghorne played character Queen Shenequa on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," appearing frequently on the "Weekend Update" segment providing commentary.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am
Robin Hood and his Merry Men head to Lake Central stage

Robin Hood and his Merry Men head to Lake Central stage

ST. JOHN | It's the classic story, but with a twist, as Lake Central High School's Theatre Department presents "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" as its fall play.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Lowell proves "You Can't Take It with You"

Lowell proves "You Can't Take It with You"

LOWELL | Setting out to prove the old adage "You Can't Take It with You," Lowell High School will present the play of the same name opening Thursday.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

Eight region favorites to star in new production of "Rumors"

CEDAR LAKE | L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group, now in its ninth year at Great Oaks Banquet Center, presents the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors," opening Sunday.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
Clowns Are the Ambassadors of Comedy for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus

Clowns Are the Ambassadors of Comedy for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus

Clowns are the ambassadors of comedy for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, visiting Chicago for a one-month run in November.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Silly staging of '50 Shades! The Musical' hoping for a hit

Silly staging of '50 Shades! The Musical' hoping for a hit

The idea to create a parody stage musical comedy paying homage to the page-by-page success of the sexy, breezy read "Fifty Shades of Grey" began with the show's writer Marshall Cordell getting "roped into it."

October 22, 2013 12:00 am

Beatniks bring thriller-comedy to the stage

HAMMOND | Beatniks will present "She's No Angel-A Murder in Noirville," a film noir-style thriller by Peter Colley, opening this weekend at Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am
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