WBEZ | Jimmy Carrane http://www.wbez.org/tags/jimmy-carrane Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daily Rehearsal: Profiles Theatre extends 'After' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-extends-after-102937 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/after.jpg" style="height: 138px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="" /><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Profiles Theatre extended <a href="http://www.profilestheatre.org/after.html"><em>After </em></a></strong></span></span>for three weeks; it&#39;ll now play through November 4.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Jimmy Carrane and Tim Kazurinsky</strong></span></span> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-04/afternoon-shift-162-improv-performance-102907">joined <em>Afternoon Shift</em></a> to talk about their Improv festival at Navy Pier this weekend. As the <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/four-star-comedy-fest-at-navy-pier/Content?oid=7568913"><em>Reader </em>reports</a>, you&#39;re in for a ton of free workshops and some stellar performances, including by Tim Meadows, who <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/15526666-421/comedy-fest-a-stand-up-affair-at-navy-pier.html">told the <em>Sun-Times </em></a>that he&#39;s &quot;sort-of&quot; friends with Jason Sudeikis, who keeps him up on the latest <em>SNL</em>&#39;s worth watching.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; "><strong>- Maria Bamford</strong></span></span> mentioned radio-lovely Delilah <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/daily-rehearsal-maria-bamford-scheduled-october-second-city">during her set last night</a>, and though she seemed a bit crazy by<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15754161/maria-bamford-at-the-up-comedy-club-comedy-review"> Jason Heidemann&#39;s account</a>, &quot;An unskilled perfomer this fixated on her own interior world might inspire groans, but Bamford is never not funny or unrelatable.&quot;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/daily-rehearsal-profiles-theatre-extends-after-102937 'Improv Nerd' Jimmy Carrane gets chatty at Second City http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/improv-nerd-jimmy-carrane-gets-chatty-second-city-94640 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-06/387845_238118219587044_188974064501460_674452_1082537959_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Longtime listeners likely remembered the comedic style of Jimmy Carrane. Carrane hosted the comical, partly improvised, show-within-a-show<br> <em>Studio 312</em>, which aired on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>. He now has a new show, <em><a href="http://www.secondcity.com/training/chicago/performances/detail/907/" target="_blank">Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane</a></em>. The live interview format heads into what could be considered its second season this Saturday at the <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/" target="_blank">Skybox Theater at Second City in Chicago</a>. The show starts at 9:00 p.m., and Carrane will talk with Mick Napier founder and artistic director of <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/" target="_blank">Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre</a>. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talked with Carrane earlier this fall.</p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/improv-nerd-jimmy-carrane-gets-chatty-second-city-94640 Daily Rehearsal: Chris Tucker stops by Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/daily-rehearsal-chris-tucker-stops-chicago-92070 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/chris tucker_flickr_jennifer davenport.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. I'm just going to throw this out here</strong></span></span>: "Have you ever had to pee so badly you could nearly taste it?" Um...<a href="http://chitheatreaddict.com/2011/09/15/get-the-scotchgard-circle-theatres-side-splitting-urinetown-may-challenge-your-bladder-muscles/">I don't know, Bob</a>. But go see <em>Urinetown </em>at Mayne Stage, I guess?</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <em>BEER - The Puppet Musical</em> is up</strong></span></span> at the <a href="http://drinkingandwriting.com/">Drinking and Writing Theatre</a>, and they also have <em>The City That Drinks</em> going on as well. Neither are particularly family-friendly, but one is at 4 and the other is at 7 at Haymarket Pub and Brewery on Saturday, so take your pick.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-16/chris tucker_flickr_jennifer davenport.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 201px; height: 350px;" title="Chris Tucker, back in the day (Flickr/Jennifer Davenport)"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Goodman has gotten a nice <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=shia-kapos&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;uid=32246edb-06fb-4784-9008-b3233e7480b9&amp;plckPostId=Blog:32246edb-06fb-4784-9008-b3233e7480b9Post:a239b066-0fe9-4623-8766-adfdc28634e7&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">chunk of change</a></strong></span></span>; a cool $10 million to add to their endowment. Of course, they're still $5 million away from the job, which prompted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to say, "This is a no-brainer. Finish it." The money that's been raised so far includes cash from Shawn Donnelley, James Annable and his wife Susan, and Merle Reskin, all of whom donated $1 million.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Chris Tucker will be at the <a href="http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/chris-tucker-chi092011.html">Chicago Theatre tonight</a></strong></span></span>&nbsp;at 7:30 (tickets are $55 to $75). He's currently on a <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/Chris-Tucker-tickets/artist/985154">stand-up tour</a> around the nation, and <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/chris-tucker-making-a-pretty-welltimed-comeback,61378/">it's all part of his master plan to take over the universe</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Chicago comedy veteran Jimmy Carrane</strong></span></span> brings you&nbsp;<em>Improv Nerd</em>&nbsp;at Stage 773 <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/funny-man-jimmy-carrane-releases-his-inner-%E2%80%98improv-nerd%E2%80%99-92030">starting this Sunday night</a>. Carrane will interview comedy locals, and then do something interesting -- he'll engage in 20-minute improv scenes with said individual. Afterwards, they'll discuss how they thought the scene went and what their techniques were. It'll end with a Q&amp;A from the audience, but if you miss it all, you're in luck, because he's podcasting it. Carrane doesn't seem to mind <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/14940631/improv-nerd">comparisons to Mark Maron's <em>WTF</em></a>,&nbsp;and he's also probably well-suited to break down the improv, given that he's been <a href="http://www.jimmycarrane.com/">teaching it for some time now</a>. And, he used to have a show before on WBEZ -- <a href="http://www.prx.org/series/31304-studio-312"><em>Studio 312</em></a>. &nbsp;Former producer Justin Kaufmann says, "The challenge of this show will be how much Jimmy lets his guests talk. I kid, because I can."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-16/daily-rehearsal-chris-tucker-stops-chicago-92070 Funny man Jimmy Carrane releases his inner ‘Improv Nerd’ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/funny-man-jimmy-carrane-releases-his-inner-%E2%80%98improv-nerd%E2%80%99-92030 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/Jimmy Carrane.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For 25 years, Chicago improv comedian <a href="http://www.jimmycarrane.com/" target="_blank">Jimmy Carrane</a> honed his skills in the wide world of comedy. And worked with some of the biggest names who got their start in--or rolled through--Chicago.</p><p>He played small rolls in television and film and for quite some time; and could be found in public radio-land on WBEZ’s <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>. Carrane interviewed celebrities as the host of his own “show-within-a-show,” <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/56935" target="_blank"><em>Studio 312</em></a>.</p><p>Carrane channeled his chops to teach comedy and recently combined all of his passions for stage and performance in a new stage show, <em>Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane</em>. The weekly show runs on Sundays through Nov. 27 at <a href="http://www.stage773.com/" target="_blank">Stage 773</a>, on West Belmont.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/funny-man-jimmy-carrane-releases-his-inner-%E2%80%98improv-nerd%E2%80%99-92030