Monday, April 4, 2016

At The Movies.

Nothing is funny until we say it’s funny. If you’ve ever revisited a comedy you loved when it came out years earlier and not laughed even once the second time around, you might be interested in the Is It Still Funny? series that begins next Tuesday night at the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s north side. Each week through May 3, Mark Caro, who covered a wide range of entertainment topics for several years at the Chicago Tribune, will host the screening of a popular comedy, and determine if it has stood the test of time. The chosen flicks are National Lampoon’s Animal House, Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, and the Farrelly brothers’ Something About Mary. General admission is $12, $10 for Music Box members.

There is no Sanity Clause. The Marx Brothers also show up in the Legends of Laughter 2: The Comedy Teams series that’s currently running at the Park Ridge Public Library. (A few of the films will be screened at other venues.) Laurel and Hardy; Martin and Lewis; Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour; and Abbott and Costello are also on tap, with Columbia College graduate Matthew C. Hoffman serving as program host. All library screenings are free and begin at 7:00 PM.

She’s a replicant, isn’t she? Patio Theater on Irving Park Road will offer The Sci-Fi Spectacular this coming Saturday, promising “Over 14 Hours Of Sci-Fi Insanity.” Matt Wedge and Kristin Kreepkrull will serve as hosts, and the lineup includes Blade Runner; Galaxy Quest, West World, and The Man Who Fell To Earth. Tickets are $25 at the door, and the insanity kicks off at noon.

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