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WORK IN PROGRESS Returns to Showtime August 22 Photo WORK IN PROGRESS Returns to Showtime August 22
by TV News Desk - Jun 29, 2021

McEnany was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series and won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role.

BWW Feature: Stephen Mosher's Pandemic Playlist Number Fourteen - The April Fool's Ed Photo BWW Feature: Stephen Mosher's Pandemic Playlist Number Fourteen - The April Fool's Edition
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 1, 2020

Spoken word cabaret is a real thing, and a lot of the

WORK IN PROGRESS Renewed for Second Season Photo WORK IN PROGRESS Renewed for Second Season
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 13, 2020

SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS. Created and written by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix), the series stars McEnany as a fictionalized version of herself whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. The ten-episode second season will be entirely written, shot and produced in Chicago this year. Season one currently airs on Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, with its season finale set to air January 26. The announcement was made today by Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour.

Photo Flash: Inside the Premiere For Showtime's WORK IN PROGRESS Photo Photo Flash: Inside the Premiere For Showtime's WORK IN PROGRESS
by Stephi Wild - Dec 7, 2019

On Friday, December 6, SHOWTIME hosted the premiere for the new comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS. The screening was held at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago and was followed by a reception at the Beacon Tavern.

BWW Review: JULIA SWEENEY'S OLDER & WIDER, The SNL Alum Bares Her Comedy Chops and Sh Photo BWW Review: JULIA SWEENEY'S OLDER & WIDER, The SNL Alum Bares Her Comedy Chops and Shows They Are as Sharp as Ever
by Bobby Patrick - Nov 4, 2019

We are certain this next chapter will yield even more hilarity for our generations' Erma Bombeck and we can't wait Sweeney has added another show at Joe's Pub next Sunday, November 10 (see link in the review) And you should definitely put on your pumps and take the ride downtown my dearlings because Bobby gives Julia Sweeney a most solid 4 out of 5 Rainbows.

VIDEO: Showtime Releases Trailer for New Comedy Series WORK IN PROGRESS Photo VIDEO: Showtime Releases Trailer for New Comedy Series WORK IN PROGRESS
by Stage Tube - Oct 31, 2019

SHOWTIME has released the official poster and trailer for its new half-hour comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS, created by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8), premiering on Sunday, December 8 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. A funny and uniquely human comedy, the series  features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performer Karin Anglin co-stars alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, Shrill) appearing in a crucial role as herself. Theo Germaine (The Politician) will also appear as a special guest star.

Bridget Everett, Joey Arias, Julia Sweeney And More Come To Joe's Pub, 10/24-11/2 Photo Bridget Everett, Joey Arias, Julia Sweeney And More Come To Joe's Pub, 10/24-11/2
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 23, 2019

Check out what Joe's Pub has on tap for the next few weeks.

 Photo SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Alumna Julia Sweeney Returns To The Groundlings Stage With I, AS WELL
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 16, 2019

Julia Sweeney is bringing her latest show to The Groundlings' Gary Austin Theatre to workshop her newest monologue/stand-up/storytelling adventure, I, as Well.

New York's Leading LGBTQ Film Festival 'Newfest' Announces Full Lineup Photo New York's Leading LGBTQ Film Festival 'Newfest' Announces Full Lineup
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 19, 2019

New York's leading LGBTQ film festival, NewFest, has announced the full lineup of their 31st annual celebration of the year's best LGBTQ films from around the world. As announced earlier this week, the festival will kick off the festival's 31st edition with the New York premiere of Mike Doyle's Manhattan-set ensemble rom-com SELL BY, featuring an eclectic cast including Scott Evans (Netflix's “Grace and Frankie”), Kate Walsh (ABC's “Grey's Anatomy”), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy Award-winner Patricia Clarkson, Michelle Buteau (Netflix's “Tales of the City”) and Augustus Prew (HIGH-RISE), and will close the festival with the New York premiere of Rodrigo Bellott's award-winning film TU ME MANQUES, which was recently announced as Bolivia's submission for Best International Feature Film selection for the 2019 Academy Awards. 

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by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 18, 2019

ABC News Presents a Two-Hour Television Event on the Life and Tragic Death of Legenda Photo ABC News Presents a Two-Hour Television Event on the Life and Tragic Death of Legendary Actor Phil Hartman Sept. 19
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Sep 11, 2019

Phil Hartman is best known for his iconic impersonations of Bill Clinton in countless “Saturday Night Live” skits, voicing Troy McClure on “The Simpsons” and starring in the sitcom “NewsRadio.” Despite his professional success, Hartman's personal life was far from perfect. In the early hours of May 28, 1998, Phil's wife, Brynn, fatally shot him before she died by suicide. Now, over 20 years after their deaths, a two-hour ABC News television event details Phil's life, legacy and tragic murder. The news special features an exclusive interview with Gregory Omdahl, Brynn's brother, speaking out to set the record straight about his sister; exclusive Hartman family home videos that give a rare look into the lives of one of Hollywood's most intriguing couples; and a never-before-seen interview with Phil. “The Last Days of Phil Hartman” airs Thursday, Sept. 19 (9:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.  

WORK IN PROGRESS to Debut on December 8 on Showtime Photo WORK IN PROGRESS to Debut on December 8 on Showtime
by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 2, 2019

WORK IN PROGRESS, a new half-hour comedy series created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason, will debut Sunday, December 8 at 11 PM ET/PT.

SHOWTIME Orders Comedy Series WORK IN PROGRESS Photo SHOWTIME Orders Comedy Series WORK IN PROGRESS
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 30, 2019

SHOWTIME has ordered an eight-episode season of the new half-hour comedy series WORK IN PROGRESS, created by Abby McEnany and Tim Mason. McEnany stars in the series, expected to premiere later this year. Mason directed the pilot. Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8) will co-write the first season and executive produce with McEnany and Mason. SHOWTIME acquired the project after its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it was an official selection of the Indie Episodic program. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

Geffen Playhouse Raises More Than $1.3 Million At Annual Backstage Fundraiser Photo Geffen Playhouse Raises More Than $1.3 Million At Annual Backstage Fundraiser
by Stephi Wild - May 21, 2019

Geffen Playhouse raised more than $1.3 million for the theater's education, community engagement and artistic initiatives at its 17th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser held May 19, it was announced today. Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon franchise, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) presented the Artistic Impact Award for Harry Belafonte, which was accepted by daughter Gina Belafonte on his behalf, and Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie, Book Club, 9 to 5) presented the Distinction in Theater Award to Lily Tomlin.

The Groundlings Theatre & School To Be Honored At 5th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festi Photo The Groundlings Theatre & School To Be Honored At 5th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
by A.A. Cristi - May 14, 2019

The fifth annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF), taking place May 22 through 26, is pleased to announce this year's Sierra Spirit Award honoree and Closing Night film.

Geffen Playhouse to Honor Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin Photo Geffen Playhouse to Honor Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin
by Julie Musbach - Apr 22, 2019

Geffen Playhouse will honor legendary singer, songwriter, actor and activist Harry Belafonte and groundbreaking performer, comedienne and activist Lily Tomlin during its 17th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, it was announced today.

Hulu Renews SHRILL for Season Two Photo Hulu Renews SHRILL for Season Two
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 15, 2019

Hulu has renewed Shrill for an 8-episode second season. 

Margaret Trudeau To Premiere At Second City Photo Margaret Trudeau To Premiere At Second City
by Julie Musbach - Mar 6, 2019

The Second City invites you to celebrate Mother's Day with Margaret Trudeau, the mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In a world premiere engagement, Margaret Trudeau is coming to Chicago to bring her intimate staged performance Certain Woman of an Age exclusively to UP Comedy Club at The Second City, 230 W. North Ave. Co-written by Ms. Trudeau, herself, and directed by Kimberly Senior, this solo performance follows the compelling story of one of the world's most fascinating figures, chronicling her courageous public and private journeys.

Review: JULIA SWEENEY May Be OLDER AND WIDER but She is Still Shrewdly Funny Photo Review: JULIA SWEENEY May Be OLDER AND WIDER but She is Still Shrewdly Funny
by Shari Barrett - Feb 6, 2019

Luckily for us, after a 10-year hiatus raising her adopted daughter Mulan ("Yes, that was her given name in China," she shared with embarrassment) with her Eastern European Jewish husband in suburban Chicago, the Irish Catholic comic recently moved back to Los Angeles to resume her career as a writer and performer. While currently filming a recurring role in the upcoming Hulu series Shrill, opposite Aidy Bryant, she decided it was time to get back on the stage and grab the spotlight again now that her daughter has moved out as a college freshman. In her new solo show, JULIA SWEENEY: OLDER & WIDER, she offers hilarious takes on parenting, religion, cancer, feminism and even her iconic SNL characters' place in today's modern landscape. And though she shared this was the first time she performed using a handheld microphone in front of an audience, Sweeney appeared to be totally at ease and enjoying the accolades from her many fans in attendance on opening night.

Rory O'Malley Takes Over as Full Time Host of Geffen Playhouse Podcast Photo Rory O'Malley Takes Over as Full Time Host of Geffen Playhouse Podcast
by Julie Musbach - Feb 6, 2019

The Geffen Playhouse Unscripted podcast has been renewed for a third season with PodcastOne, the nation's largest advertiser-supported podcast network, it was announced today. In addition, Tony-nominated Rory O'Malley (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon) has joined the podcast series as its new full-time host.

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