Eighth Muse Features

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Leifer’s “How To Succeed” Succeeds

Given the number of self-improvement and career-shaping books published over the decades, it’s challenging for any author to introduce material or ideas that haven’t been … [Read More...]

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Dave Barry’s Rewriting Process a Trick of the Trade

“The best writing is rewriting.” ­ – E.B. White. White’s quote has been repeated and refashioned thousands of times over the years and practiced by anyone who has ever … [Read More...]

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Onion Thriving After Going Digital

Four months after discontinuing the print version of its satirical newspaper, The Onion is thriving as a digital media company according to the Chicago Tribune. Boosting … [Read More...]

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I Fell Behind on Posting. Here’s why….

Ten years after Chicago saw its first full-time comedy club open, the landscape was decidedly different. “Stand-up comedy has exploded in the last couple of years,`` a … [Read More...]

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Magazine Cites Key & Peele As Among Most Creative

Nate Silver, whose 2012 election predictions raised eyebrows for their boldness and then turned heads when they proved true, tops Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in … [Read More...]


Mini Reunion for Conan, Simpsons writers

In his latest installment of "Serious Jibber Jabber", Conan O'Brien reunited with former Simpsons writers Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen, and Jeff Martin to discuss their … [Read More...]


Comic Genius Inspired Others, Beloved by Many

Jonathan Winters, a madcap comedy genius who inspired many comedians and comedy writers and was loved by audiences world-wide, has died. Recipient of the Mark Twain Prize … [Read More...]


Arrested Development Returning May 26

Add another comedy milestone to May 26. Twenty years after Jose Canseco misplayed a fly ball that hit him in the head and bounced over the fence for a home run, Nexflix … [Read More...]

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Nixed Work of Odenkirk, Cross Set For Book Release

So just what didn't make it to air on the sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Bob and David? It's a particularly interesting … [Read More...]

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Musings: Monday, February 4, 2013

After collaborating with Ridley Pearson and then Alan Zweibel on several fiction books, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave … [Read More...]

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Poehler Latest ‘SNL’ Alum to Get Book Deal

First Tina Fey, then Rachel Dratch and now Amy Poehler. It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, and … [Read More...]


Entries For 2013 Thurber Prize Being Accepted

Was the release of your hilarious romantic comedy overshadowed last year by Fifty Shadows of Grey? Did a book of sample SAT … [Read More...]

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Ball Is Just Starting to Roll For Comic Thread

A lover of irony, Nicolas DeGrazia remembers that day. There’s no specific date attached to it because like many things in … [Read More...]

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Pencil In Performance or Two at Sketch Fest

The 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the largest sketch comedy festival in the United States, opens today. More … [Read More...]