Comedy Writing and Performance Archive

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Preston Max Allen ’13 — a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting who also took courses in the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre and Comedy programs — is spearheading A Place...
  Columbia College Chicago‘s student-powered Manifest Urban Arts Festival is both online and in-person in this year’s Manifest: Reach. The 20th-anniversary edition runs May 10 through 14, and the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department will be proudly participating! From...
“A central tenet of the Comedy Writing and Performance major at the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department is the idea of comedy cross-training, thinking about comedy from multiple perspectives (writing, directing, performing) across mediums,” says Theatre Department Assistant Professor...
The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department has announced the remainder of its 2020-2021 Mainstage Season — an exciting mix of in-person and virtual student-performed productions, starting with Are You There God, It’s Me, Katniss Everdeen, running March 24 through...
August 27, 2020, would have been the 85th birthday of Sheldon Patinkin–longtime chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, noted director and teacher, and cherished friend and mentor to many in the Chicago theatre community. Born August 27,...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Anthony LeBlanc has been named Interim Executive Producer of The Second City, the nation’s premier comedy theatre and training center. LeBlanc succeeds the theatre’s longtime CEO and Executive Producer Andrew Alexander, who...
James Sherman in "The Ben Hecht show"
Actor-playwright James Sherman, a Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member who teaches playwriting and improvisation, performs his one-man play The Ben Hecht Show as part of “Teatron: Chicago’s Jewish Theatre Festival,” running November 3 through 10 in conjunction...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Aidy Bryant ’09, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting and now a regular cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is profiled in an article in DEMO, Columbia College’s...
Congratulations to Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Pam Klier ’94, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. The show business trade publication Billboard reports that she has joined the staff of Paradigm Talent Agency, as...
The Second City, America’s premier comedy theatre and training center, is marking its 60th anniversary with the publication of The Second City: The Essentially Accurate History, coauthored by the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s late longtime chair, Sheldon Patinkin....