SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett

2+ If ladling on sauce makes you want to sing marinara’s praises, SNL’s Cecily Strong has just the message for you. Check out how Leo Burnett Chicago’s new work for Prego encourages us all to make dinner quick and “pour it on thick.” The best way to win at dinner is to put it all … Continue reading “SNL’s Cecily Strong ladles up the Prego for Leo Burnett”

Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’

1+ Haven’t gotten enough Michael Jordan from ESPN’s uber successful The Last Dance? Jordan LeBron James, and Charles Barkley will headline opening night of this week’s marathon of classic sports-themed Saturday Night Live episodes on NBCSN, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Tonight’s NBA hosting trio – Jordan, James, and Barkley – have combined to win 10 NBA MVPs, … Continue reading “Tonight: Michael Jordan hosts classic 1991 ‘SNL’”

Former SNL writer, Second City vet McCarthy passes at 61

3+ Chicago has lost a beloved writer, actor, comedian, teacher, husband and father. Former SNL writer, Michael Clayton McCarthy, who was also an active member of The Second City, iO Comedy and DePaul University faculties, passed away peacefully after a two-year bout with a debilitating form of cancer on April 8, 2020.  He was 61. … Continue reading “Former SNL writer, Second City vet McCarthy passes at 61”

Fast Horse enlists ‘SNL’ alum Cheri Oteri for Fiber One

3+ The Minneapolis agency and the versatile funnywoman help the snack maker encourage people who need more fiber in their diet According to “Food Navigator” for some consumers, digestive health is about avoiding foods that make them feel bloated or lethargic, for some, it’s about ‘roughage’ and ‘regularity.’ Fiber One does not want to be … Continue reading “Fast Horse enlists ‘SNL’ alum Cheri Oteri for Fiber One”

“SNL’s” Rachel Dratch in new Ruby Tuesday campaign

14+ Confession time. I’ve always had an odd crush on Rachel Dratch. Yeah, Debby Downer. Her. I can’t explain it, but I have always found the Second City alum kind of alluring through all of her oddball skits. So imagine my surprise and deep down joy (lust?) when I saw these amusing new Ruby Tuesday … Continue reading ““SNL’s” Rachel Dratch in new Ruby Tuesday campaign”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

8+   Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

Strange Loop, Uber, Digital Kitchen, SNL in the news

6+ Production company Strange Loop has teamed-up with Uber to produce a short documentary campaign promoting Uber’s recent partnership with the Youth Guidance organization in Chicago. The organization provides mentorship to hundreds of students at pivotal points in their lives through their BAM (Becoming a Man) and WOW (Working on Womanhood) programs. Helmed by director … Continue reading “Strange Loop, Uber, Digital Kitchen, SNL in the news”

Digitas, Indianapolis Art, Box Office, SNL in the news

6+ DigitasLBI, AOR for Maytag, has produced a humorous new thirty second spot called Delivery that supports Maytag’s tagline, “What’s Inside Matters.” Directed by Martin Granger from Moxie Pictures, the spot follows the Maytag Man as he (and clones) stands in for a variety of appliances as they leave the factory and are delivered to … Continue reading “Digitas, Indianapolis Art, Box Office, SNL in the news”

SNL, OKRP, Ora Interactive and Starburst in the news

Live from the Museum of Broadcast Communications it’s The SNL Experience!

According to The Chicago Tribune, a major, 500-artifact exhibit, chronicling the four-plus decades of NBC’s late-night topical humor sketch series, is coming to the Museum of Broadcast Communications in October.

The Museum’s founder, Bruce DuMont says the exhibit will change the dynamics of the museum. “It’s a grab for the gold ring. I think it’s going to dramatically change the museum for the better. We’re very excited about it. There’s going to be more attention, more traffic, more buzz about the things we do here.”

Beginning Oct. 21, the show is slated to run for 14 months at the North State Street museum that is celebrating its 35th anniversary but has struggled to draw visitors and get on sound financial footing.

SNL, MADtv acts among 110 performing at eighth annual Chicago Improv Festival now through May 1

In the world of improv and sketch comedy, Chicago reigns supreme. Nowhere is that more evident than in the eighth annual Chicago Improv Festival, now through May 1 at the Athenaenum Theatre and other venues.

CIF8 is bigger and more energetic than ever than ever before, with a celebrity soup roster of 125 improv and sketch ensembles.

They come from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chapel Hill, Toronto, Honolulu and Oslo, Norway.

Mill Chicago helps Kraft fans send “noods”

2+ Today is National Noodle Day and who couldn’t use a “nood” you know? In the midst of navigating through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, families and friends are looking for ways to offer love and comfort from a safe distance. For some, that may be sending flowers or a thoughtful card, but for real comfort, … Continue reading “Mill Chicago helps Kraft fans send “noods””

Burnett taps Mindy Kaling to launch Campbell’s Well Yes!

1+ Autumn De Wilde and Leo Burnett Chicago used vibrant visuals and Mindy Kaling ‘s charm to launch the latest campaign. It’s a common misconception that canned soup must not contain real and fresh ingredients and therefore they must not be all that good for you. And that’s simply not the case. Well Yes! soups … Continue reading “Burnett taps Mindy Kaling to launch Campbell’s Well Yes!”

McDonald’s is adding Travis Scott Meal to the menu

0 Travis Scott and McDonald’s seek out opportunities to support charitable organizations during the month-long program. At one time or another, someone’s favorite fast food joint was McDonald’s, even some of today’s biggest superstars. And now, two icons are coming together, as The Golden Arches meet Cactus Jack for a multi-level innovative partnership. This is … Continue reading “McDonald’s is adding Travis Scott Meal to the menu”

Leo Burnett delivers new campaign for Foxtrot

2+ With all of the challenges 2020 has brought, Foxtrot is launching a new campaign rooted in the idea that enjoyment can be found in the ordinary everyday. Good Stuff Delivered celebrates the small moments that feel memorable in today’s world, like grabbing a cup of coffee, picking up a bottle of wine, or ordering … Continue reading “Leo Burnett delivers new campaign for Foxtrot”

Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20

3+ (Editor’s Note: Maywood, Illinois’ John Prine died on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Music journalist Morgan Enos, who has bylines in Billboard, TIDAL and Vinyl Me wrote this piece that first appeared in the Grammy Newsletter about Prine’s legacy.) John Prine got his most famous acknowledgment from Bob Dylan, who praised his songs as … Continue reading “Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20”

‘The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth’

2+ Topic, the streaming service from First Look Media, announced today that they are partnering with legendary comedy force and improvisational theater troupe The Second City for a half-hour sketch and variety limited series event called The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth. The limited series event will stream exclusively on Topic … Continue reading “‘The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth’”

Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance

2+ Chicago-made pilot is one of four “highly original series-kickoff episodes” that will be featured during the festival’s Indie Episodic Program Tessa Films’ Work In Progress is scheduled to screen during the Indie Episodic Program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. A series pilot directed by Tim Mason and starring Abby McEnany, the plot follows … Continue reading “Tessa Films’ “Work In Progress” to screen at Sundance”

President George H.W. Bush passes at 94

1+ The country’s 41st President passed away Friday night, just seven months after wife Barbara Bush. CAVU. According to CNN reporter Jamie Gangel, this was the code word that the Bush family used to let each other know that their patriarch and 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush had finally passed … Continue reading “President George H.W. Bush passes at 94”

Leo and Kraft are thankful for Mac & Cheese

3+ Kraft Mac & Cheese launched a preemptive strike against all the weird foods we eat on Thanksgiving How was your Thanksgiving? The Reel Chicago team is still recovering from fried turkey and lots of nuts, but we did manage to check out some spots and videos that caught our attention. This one from Kraft … Continue reading “Leo and Kraft are thankful for Mac & Cheese”