Interviews

Early Bird Gets the Laughs: A Q&A with Steven Springer

By Teme Ring | February 5, 2023

Guess which facts about Steven Springer are true or false: The first time I was impressed by Steven Springer was when I happened on his YouTube clips about seven years ago. His delivery is on an almost magical frequency – both inscrutably deadpan and intriguingly charming. I wanted to hang on to every word. The …

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It’s Time to Celebrate “Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue”: A Q&A with Vic & Paul

By Teme Ring | December 27, 2022

PHOTO: DANA OLSEN, VICTORIA ZIELINSKI, PAUL BARROSSE The legendary Practical Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue at Studio5 in Evanston from December 29-31 and January 4-7 with a special New Year’s Eve edition. The sketch comedy and music extravaganza stars Victoria Zielinski, Dana Olsen and Practical …

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It’s Time to Celebrate “Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue”: A Q&A with Dana Olsen

By Teme Ring | December 27, 2022

PHOTO: DANA OLSEN, PAUL BARROSSE, VICTORIA ZIELINSKI, STEVE RASHID If you spot Dana Olsen playing with his grandson at a North Shore park, know that you are not looking at just any grandpa. Dana’s comedy partners Victoria Zielinski and Paul Barrosse describe him as a “tall Nord” and “as fine a comedy writer as there …

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Doug! A Q&A with Matt Braunger

By Teme Ring | December 14, 2022

PHOTO: Matt Braunger/Photo by Mindy Tucker ****************************************** As Matt Braunger toured nationwide honing material for his new special Doug, he discovered a problem. The surprise twist at the end had unintended consequences. “It happened almost every weekend,” Matt said. “I would look online and people had shot video of my show, unbeknownst to me. They …

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Behind the scenes with the Bad Momz of Comedy: from comedy class to Kelly Clarkson

By Teme Ring | December 6, 2022

What are your favorite TV moments of 2022? Mine happened on October 12 between 3-4 p.m. I was watching The Kelly Clarkson Show on NBC. Jay Leno was on. He confessed that Kelly’s next guests had comedy kudos that even he lacked. For one thing, he’d never brought down the house at a P.T.A. event, …

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Of Fathers and Fame and Jimmy Carrane

By Teme Ring | October 8, 2022

I don’t know how we got home from Elgin. It was a long drive, but all I remember is my husband and me, immersed in an altered state, discussing Jimmy Carrane’s World’s Greatest Dad(?).  We were returning from this year’s Elgin Fringe Festival where we’d seen Jimmy’s reboot of the show he first launched in …

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