Comedy

Showtime’s Refreshingly Different ‘Work In Progress’ Has Its Origins in the World of Improv

This month, Showtime is introducing a fascinatingly diverse Sunday evening lineup of programming. It’s headed by the return of The L Word in a sequel series. That series will lead into a new comedy called Work in Progress that is not only refreshingly different in terms of the types of characters regularly portrayed on television, but also in its engaging and hilarious format. That format is inspired largely by the previous work of the show’s star/co-creator/cowriter/co-showrunner Abby McEnany, who has been a longtime staple of Chicago’s improv scene. Together, she and Tim Mason, another Windy City improv-er, have fashioned a […]

Comedy

‘The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil on Her New Show ‘The Misery Index’ and Her Own Miserable Experiences

TBS’ new game show The Misery Index is far from your typical game show — instead of contestants guessing at mundane trivia questions, they must rank real-life unfortunate experiences on a scale from 1-100. Possible scenarios include getting attacked by a bear, being breastfed until age 9, or even getting your privates stuck in a shower chair. Yikes. But misery goes down best with laughter, and you’ll be doing a lot of that with host Jameela Jamil (Tahani from The Good Place) and the Tenderloins (the comedy team behind truTV’s Impractical Jokers), who help “coach” the contestants through each situation. […]