Watch Alan Arkin Pitch a Spitball at The Second City in 1961

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 the coming weeks we’ll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

Alan Arkin’s 82nd birthday is just a few days away, so to celebrate, Second City unearthed an old clip for us from a 1961 revue featuring Arkin, Howard Alk, Severn Darden, Andrew Duncan, Barbara Harris, Mina Kolb, Paul Sand, and Eugene Troobnick. In the above scene “Wrigley,” Arkin plays a struggling Chicago Cubs pitcher, Duncan plays one of the Cubs’ many coaches, and Troobnick plays the pitcher who is sent in to relieve Arkin. Unfortunately for Arkin, not even his trademark spitball helps him turn the game around. Check out another clip of Arkin performing in 1961 here.

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