Meet Rachel Dratch, The Second City’s 1996 NBA Superstar

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.

To welcome back a new season of the NBA, Second City sent us a clip this week from the 1996 revue Citizen Gates, which featured ensemble performers Scott Adsit, Scott Allman, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Jenna Jolovitz. In the above scene, Rachel Dratch looks back on her very brief but glorious career playing basketball for the Chicago Cubs, an experience she achieved simply by believing in even her wildest dreams. “The season was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. Seems the guys didn’t want to pass the ball to me,” she recalls. “Maybe it’s cause I’m a woman, maybe it’s cause I’m 5’1, maybe it’s cause I’d say ‘All right, you don’t have to whip that thing at me!'” Check out some other great clips from Citizen Gates here, here, and here.

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