The 19th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out
The annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule for the event. The improv marathon takes place from Friday, June 23rd through Sunday the 25th, and some of the comedians slated to show up throughout the weekend include Amy Poeh... [Read More]
The 19th Annual Del Close Marathon Schedule Is Out
The annual Del Close Marathon takes place in New York next month, and this week UCB released the full lineup and schedule for the event. The improv marathon takes place from Friday, June 23rd through Sunday the 25th, and some of the comedians slated to show up throughout the weekend include Amy Poeh... [Read More]
How Matt Besser Combines His Love for Comedy and Music on ‘improv4humans’
A little-known fact about improv is that a lot of it used to be accompanied by music, specifically a piano. One comedian who actually began the deviation from live music in improv was UCB co-founder Matt Besser, but as many things in life seem to do, those elements have come full circle. On his podc... [Read More]
How Matt Besser Combines His Love for Comedy and Music on ‘improv4humans’
A little-known fact about improv is that a lot of it used to be accompanied by music, specifically a piano. One comedian who actually began the deviation from live music in improv was UCB co-founder Matt Besser, but as many things in life seem to do, those elements have come full circle. On his podc... [Read More]
R.I.P. Gary Austin, founder of The Groundlings (1941-2017)
Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, there were two places to go to find the best sketch comedians and improvising funny people in America: The Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Gary Austin put The Groundlings on the map, founding the sketch and improv troupe and nonprofit sch... [Read More]
Those Times ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ Got Started on Improv
If doing improv is your dream, there’s never been a better time to be alive. There are more resources than ever to consume if you want to learn how to do great improv: dozens of theaters, hundreds of teachers, books and blogs to read, hours of shows to watch on YouTube, and a myriad of [&helli... [Read More]
Prepare for Tax Day with This 2007 Clip from The Second City
Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over t... [Read More]
Prepare for Tax Day with This 2007 Clip from The Second City
Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy’s biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over t... [Read More]
Kelly MacFarland Gets Comfortable
Standup comedian and long-time improviser Kelly MacFarland is finding the funny in her new life as an “older” suburban stepmom. Her new album, You Woke Up Today!, follows her debut album Bombshell with tales of how much can change in just a few years. MacFarland treats her material &mdas... [Read More]