The Second City complex destroyed by an extra-alarm fire in Chicago
Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out in Chicago’s Old Town that destroyed the offices of The Second City theater company. Four firefighters and another person were injured. It’s also been reported that it did not spread to the building housing the theater’s stages. “At one p... [Read More]
A Fire Reportedly Destroyed Second City Chicago’s Offices Today
Sad news: Earlier today in Chicago, an extra-alarm fire broke out in Old Town where Second City’s theater and offices are located, and the Chicago Tribune reports that Second City’s offices have been “destroyed,” though the fire reportedly did not spread to the theater. Accor... [Read More]
UP in smoke: Rooftop fire at Piper’s Alley complex in Chicago home to The Second City
When there's smoke, there's often fire. And when that fire happens in the Piper's Alley complex in Old Town Chicago that's home to The Second City, all's well that ends well with a joke or two on social media. But even as Chicago firefighters arrived on the scene at 1612 N. Wells to put out [&hellip... [Read More]
Belushi, Flaherty, Ramis, and Fisher Play an All-American Football Team at Second City in 1972
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]
Watch David Koechner Critique Aidy Bryant and Jack McBrayer’s “Skit” at 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]
Harold Ramis Looks Back on Working at the ‘SCTV’ “Comedy House” with John Candy
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]
“I Am Chris Farley” shines light over the dark side of Chris Farley’s life
There’s an overwhelming sadness to the new documentary I Am Chris Farley, even though the goal of the documentary isn’t to state this. The sadness comes because we know the unfortunate outcome of this story; and even sadder because it becomes apparent very early into the flick that the c... [Read More]
John Belushi and Joe Flaherty Meet on Death Row in This 1971 Second City Sketch
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]
Watch a Second City Sketch Starring Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, and Jill Talley from 1990
SNL star Chris Farley is the subject of a new documentary premiering on Spike next month, so this week’s unearthed clip is another look back at Farley’s 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama. In the sketch, Farley and Tim Meadows play two buddies whose friendship g... [Read More]
Travel Back in Time to West Berlin with Second City’s Eugene Troobnick and Andrew Duncan
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]