Links: Funny Business feature for Chicagoly magazine

I love living near Chicago for the sake of its comedy scene, but I feel like for all the reputation the city has, its talent often heads to one of the coasts to find, you know, money (and fame). I wanted to explore this idea for Chicagoly Magazine, because what’s more fun than the business side of comedy, right? Anyway, it is one of the longest pieces I’ve written in a long time (maybe ever). And for all that work, I’m probably proud more than anything about the two-word headline I came up with. (C’est la vie.) For those of Continue reading Links: Funny Business feature for Chicagoly magazine

Links: A.V. Club – Review of Nick Offerman’s ‘Gumption’

I reviewed Nick Offerman’s latest book, “Gumption,” the review of which posted on Memorial Day at The A.V. Club. I liked his take on the modern stuff more than the formative figures of the United States, and it gets a little preachy at times for my tastes, but all in all, I like what he’s trying to do with it. You can read it by clicking here.

Don Jon’s flashes of brilliance overshadowed by miscues [Theatrical Review]

Title: Don Jon MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Written by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza Rating: Review by: Bill Jones It’s hard to deny the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt right now. People love him for his acting talents, be they employed as an integral character in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, in a heartfelt comedic turn alongside Seth Rogen in 50/50 or doing a wonderful Bruce Willis impression in Looper. So it’s not much of a surprise that Relativity Media was willing to indulge the actor in Don Jon, a Continue reading Don Jon’s flashes of brilliance overshadowed by miscues [Theatrical Review]